Paul Cooney

Highlight of the Thursday programme at Limerick was a double for the Hayes kennels in Doon as Orlando Charlie (Droopys Scolari-Mohane Maeve) led the charge when returning the fastest semi-final winner in the Wheeler Auctioneers S2 350 Yard Stake.

Qualifying for the final which will form part of the Limerick GAA Community night next Friday, his battling display of early pace from a tricky Trap 6 draw saw the inside seed gradually gain the upper hand on the run to the bend.

Turning with over a length to spare as Village Road sneaked a run on the rails to claim second, he would repel that rival’s game challenge along the home stretch for a one and a half length verdict in 19.13 as Callaway Bosco survived crowding when recovering to claim third, a further length adrift when staying strongly.


The opening semi-final went to the in-form Adamant Page (Tyrur Big Mike-Adamant Secret) for trainer John Rainsford as she coped admirably with her return to S2 in a slick display.

Level away from Trap 2, she was also made to work hard for a first bend lead and in fact having edged in front, was joined upon turning by Ballymartin Boss to her inner. Never allowing that rival a comfortable passage while racing on his shoulder, she forcefully powered to the front once again when entering the home-straight and completed a thoroughly game victory with three and a half lengths to spare over Portinard Sam, with a short-head back to Carrigmore Pogba third, in 19.18.


Owner Susan Hayes completed her double in that sprint event which came late on the card following the ten-race SIS programme where her Orlando Davy (Kinloch Brae-Orlando Victoria) made a welcome return to winning ways in the Dublin Coach A4 525 Yard contest.

Well away from his Trap 2 berth, he had Coosane Tom for company practically throughout as the pair served up a cracker with the Doon charge gamely battling with a late rally to earn a half length success in 29.31, his second career success.


The fastest performance of the evening came as early as the third race when Patrick Conlon’s Milesian Wave (Head Bound-Lolos Spanner) justified the column confidence with a dominant display in the A2 525 Yard contest.

From a pleasing Trap 6 draw, he tracked the early pace of Excess Weight to the opening bend before ranging alongside that rival when swinging powerfully into the back-straight. Forcefully galloping his way to the front, he fully asserted his authority on the race when drawing clear thereafter while thoroughly impressing in a six and a half-length verdict over that same rival in a very smart 28.85.