On Saturday night, we had a unique occurrence at Tralee, where three siblings scored on the card.
The final of the 2018 GAIN Cup took centre stage at Curraheen Park on Saturday night and it went the way of the Pat Buckley-trained Droopys Steel (Laughil Black-Droopys Posh), who missed the break but showed enough early dash to lead around the opening corners.
It’s that time of year at Limerick when a second glance is cast upon every smart winner to double check if they will be eligible for the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial which commences on March 24th.
Droopys Steel produced a high class performance when winning his semi-final of the Gain Cup at Curraheen Park on Saturday night but his performance was overshadowed by the fall of the challenging Jaytee Dutch as they raced towards the line in the second heat.
Kerry breeder and trainer Liam Dowling has enjoyed some great success in recent years with his Ballymac greyhounds and he commenced the 2018 major racing scene when turning out Chespirito to register a shock victory in the €20,000 Best Car Parks Gold Cup final at Shelbourne Park.
The semi-finals of the €20,000 to the winner Best Car Parks Gold Cup topped Saturday’s card at Shelbourne and the races lived up to the billing with two powerful winning performances from Jaytee Yankee and Borna Gin.
The surprise appearance of Derby champion Good News as he made his seasonal debut in the Ladbrokes Easter Cup Trial Stake was a huge bonus for Limerick racegoers on Saturday – and the champion didn’t disappoint.
From an early stage in the competition the Pat Buckley trained Shelone Iso (Iso Octane/ Revilo Blue) and looked the likely winner of the Dublin Coach A3 and he quickly put the issue to bed when dominating the €2,500 final at Limerick on Saturday.
The second round of the Gain Cup produced some smashing racing at Curraheen Park and the star of the show was Paul Hennessy’s veteran performer Jaytee Dutch (Droopys Scolari/ Chin Gach Gook) as he won the third heat in 28.56.
The Pat Buckley trained Shelone Iso (Iso Octane/ Revilo Blue) was again the dominant figure in the semi-finals of the Dublin Coach A3 at Limerick on Saturday night.
Paul Hennessy entered a strong team in the Gain Cup A1 at Curraheen Park and Saturday’s opening round showed that the Kilkenny trainer will take some stopping.
For the second week running Borna Gin displayed his awesome pace and strength to set the standard in the second round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, in turn denying Skywalker Rafa in a tight finish.
While Pat Buckley was claiming the headlines at Shelbourne, he also was on the ball at Limerick where Shelone Iso made amends for last week’s defeat when a clear winner in the second round of the Dublin Coach A3.
The first Saturday of 2018 commenced on a very bright note for trainers Tom Buggy and Ian Reilly as they each registered doubles at Shelbourne Park last night. In each case it was a case of early pace winning the day.