Just one spot separated the heat winners in the semi-finals of the Speedrite Dog Food Rose of Tralee Stakes at Tralee on Friday with the James Broderick owned Promising (Godsend/ Sandals Oz) marginally the fastest.
The Kevin Losty trained Black Eyed Peppa (Big Daddy Cool/ Black Eyed Boss) has emerged as a real star during the Monthly DGOBA A2/3 Stake at Shelbourne and he gave another powerful performance when winning the final on Friday.
The Tom Lennon and Colin Rafter owned Lemon Donald (Scolari Me Daddy/ Lemon Bullet) maintained his unbeaten path through the competition when a late surge saw him capture the final of the Frank Wall A2 525 at Kilkenny on Friday.
Monrose was rewarded for her bravery and determination in the final of the €2,500 HRX Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne Park on Friday night.
The Pat Buckley trained Droopys Dargle (Ballymac Eske/ Droopys Hilda) again emphasised her huge potential when posting a brilliant victory in the opening semi-final of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway on Friday night.
The Gain Corn Cuchulainn certainly produces thrilling finals and for the second year in a row Airmount Tess won the final by a short head after a memorable battle for most of the journey with a gallant Frankies Lady.
It was a night of shocks in the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk on Friday but it was also an explosive occasion with the Lawrence and Brian Jones owned Heisman (Brett Lee/ Claddagh Pearl) setting a new trap record for the 400 yards when winning the first heat in 20.94.
The opening session of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup produced a host of fine performances at Dundalk on Friday and the best wine was reserved to last with Compliance clocking a best of the night 21.18 when winning the concluding heat.
The Pat Buckley trained Droopys Dargle (Ballymac Eske/ Droopys Hilda) confirmed the massive promise of his debut performance a week earlier when powering to a marvellously impressive victory in the quarter final of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway on Friday.
Ger Kiely’s brilliant staying bitch Airmount Tess is closing in on the historic second in a row Gain Corn Cuchulainn after a dominant performance in the second semi-final at Shelbourne on Friday night.
The second round of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn dominated proceedings at Shelbourne Park on Friday night and defending champion Airmount Tess continued her unbeaten run through the stake, although the fastest time of the round came from the Peter Cronin trained Frankies Lady as she impressed in the opening heat.
The Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate got off to a flying start at Galway on Friday night when the Pat Buckley trained Droopys Dargle turned in astonishing performance when winning the first heat in a brilliant 28.75.
Despite inclement weather conditions at the start of the meeting there was the usual very big attendance for the 28th annual BEAM Benefit Meeting at Kilkenny on Sunday night and among the attendance was champion UK trainer Mark Wallis who brought over two runners for the occasion.
There was a dramatic finish to the €4,0000 Kerry Group Hospital Stake final at Tralee on Friday with John Houlihan’s Misty Supreme just prevailing from College Bell in a driving finish.
There was a shock outcome to the first semi-final of the Kasko Dog Food Open Novice Stake at Thurles on Friday when the flying heat winners Skywalker Rafa and Cabra Angel were both knocked out of the competition.
The Gain Dog Nutrition Corn Cuchulainn got off to a very auspicious start at Shelbourne Park on Friday night when the Brendan Maunsell trained Redzer Ruby (Paradise Madison/ Paradise Maria) produced a brilliant performance in the first heat as she won by a wide margin in a flying 41.34.
Droopys Arietta had been the star performer in the Howard Wallace/ Francis Murray Longford Derby since the commencement of the competition and she maintained her record when dictating matters in Friday’s €8,500 final in front of a very big crowd at Longford Track.
It was semi-finals time at Tralee, Kilkenny and Dundalk on Friday, so let’s have a quick recap of what happened:
There was a top class card at Waterford on Friday night featuring the conclusion of the Bolands Citroen Festival and the heats of the Crokers Champ Open Unraced.
The second semi of the Wallace/ Murray Longford Derby saw Robert Gleeson getting both his runners through to the final.
Robert Gleeson’s brilliant sprinter Ballymac Bigmike (Tyrur Big Mike/ Ballymac Scarlet) maintained his unbeaten 2017 record when running out an easy winner of the Dundalk Stadium Open 400 final at Dundalk on Friday night.
Badminton Ciaran, a son of Tullymurry Act and Badminton Girl, produced a sizzling track record breaking run in the second round of the Wallace/ Murray Longford Derby on Friday night.
Owned and trained by John Kenny, Wagga Sky (Taylors Sky/ Maudabawn Jody) produced another sizzling run when winning the opening semi-final of the Droopys Stud Champion Stakes over 550 yards at Youghal on Friday.
It was a night for track records as, apart from Badminton Ciaran’s run at Longford, Junior Jet (Vans Escalade/ Lodgefield Snap) established new figures for the 325 yard sprint distance at Newbridge.
There was a sensational outcome to the €15,000 Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions at Tralee on Friday night when Killinan Rosie, one of the rank outsiders of the field, scored a thrilling victory in 29.62
The John McGee trained Ballymac Galway (Ballymac Vic/ Galtee Ellie) landed the €1,000 Dundalk Stadium Open 550 prize on Friday when the Alexander Czarnecki owned 6-4 favourite led all for a near four length margin over Drumsna Star in 29.99.
Noel Browne’s Coolavanny Spin (Droopys Scolari/ Samiya) was fastest in the second round of the Kerry Group County Championship at Tralee on Friday.