Ian Fortune

There was some tremendous racing on offer at Shelbourne Park on Friday with the youngsters taking their chance to shine in the semi finals of both the Salute To Our Industry Open Unraced and the Oran Kennels Puppy Oaks.


Newline Cody produced another brilliant display to continue his unbeaten sequence through the Salute To Our Industry Open Unraced at Shelbourne Park on Friday night, although for the first time in his brief career he had to work for the early advantage after a slightly mistimed start. 

The Have A Dream Syndicate owned son of Ballymac Vic and Newline Mo had the pace and determination to get the better of Ballymac Gaybo into the turn, however. The latter tried to stay with the favourite into the third turn and did quite a good job, but Newline Cody was relentless out front. Galloping all the way to the line he increased his lead on the run in to run out a four length winner in a fast 28.23. His record now reads three wins from three starts with winning times of 28.26, 28.21 and 28.23. In short, this youngster is already a model of consistency.

Ballymac Gaybo ran a fine race in second while, like the previous week, Amazing Champ showed plenty of stamina to finish third, a further length and a half adrift.


Ballymac Lowry (Ballymac Vic/ Droopys Casey) had tasted defeat in his first two outings but Liam Dowling’s charge made it third time lucky with a courageous performance in the second semi-final of Open Unraced.

Plenty were in with chances from trap rise but Ballymac Lowry displayed his trademark early dash to get his head in front rounding the opening two bends. From there, he never saw another rival as he raced to a comprehensive success in 28.53sec, three lengths clear of Adrahan Pinokio. Drumcrow Darwin encountered plenty of trouble in-running but stayed on well to claim the remaining place in next week’s final.    


Michael Dunphy’s Droopys Curio was again a red-hot favourite to score in the semi-finals of the Oran Kennels Puppy Oaks and, for the second week running, didn’t make life too easy for herself.

After a tardy exit she was last in the first few strides but she soon moved through the gears, displaying fine pace to join her rivals and take charge between the opening two bends.

Thereafter, she was never going to be caught. Ballybrack Gem chased in vain for much of the journey but the Robert Gleeson trained star emerged a comfortable three length winner from Ballybrack Gem and Fizz in 28.51sec.  


The opening heat turned into a thriller with Free From Desire and Bo Shine Bullet battling to the line although neither dictated the pace in the early stages.

Instead, Breton Avril rode a bump on the turn to set the pace for much of the way.

Despite taking a hefty bump on the turn, Free From Desire was third and quickly moved second before entering the back straight. More importantly, the Garry Dempsey trained Bo Shine Bullet got a run at the leaders from a tricky draw in six and was third down the back.

The leader stayed off the fence around the third turn allowing Free From Desire to challenge and head her as they hit the home turn. Bo Shine Bullet, owned by the Bruiser Boyz Syndicate, also shot through the gap and when Free From Desire edged wide turning for home, bumping Breton Avril, the race was on. Bo Shine Bullet was carrying more momentum and the well bred daughter of Kinloch Brae and Fear Emoski struck the front before staying on strongly to deny Free From Desire by a neck in 28.81.


1. Ballymac Gaybo

2. Amazing Champ

3. Newline Cody

4. Drumcrow Darwin (m)

5. Ballymac Lowry (m)

6. Ardrahan Pinokio (w)



1. Bo Shine Bullet

2. Droopys Curio

3. Breton Avril

4. Free From Desire

5. Fizz

6. Ballybrack Gem (m)


The remainder of the Shelbourne Park was littered with superb performances also. The old stagers had their moment in the spotlight in the semi finals of the Friends of Racing Veterans 525.

2019 Easter Cup champion Clona Blaze set the standard when producing a now typically professional display of front running.

Trained by Graham Holland for Kevin O’Brien, the son of Laughil Blake and Coolavanny Pearl shot from traps and never saw a rival, eventually coming home six and a half lengths clear of Bakery Lane in 28.35.

The opening heat went to Welltimer. A 5/4 chance in the betting, the Jerry Melia trained son of Greenwell Hulk and Wisdom was always in charge. Staying on the line, Thomas Melia’s charge raced on to a three length victory over Creevy Flash in 28.60.


There was an eye-catching run in the opener from Starshinebandit as he posted a career best 28.23. Owned by the Starshine Syndicate, the son of Over Limit and Strategic Folly flashed from boxes and never saw another rival.

 He went on to cross the line two and a half lengths clear of Highview Novel. There was little doubt the track was running particularly sprightly in the early part of the card but it was a massive run all the same.