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Buttsys Bengal the pride of Ballycasey

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*Ryan Hodge, Eoin Collins, David Ryan & Ciaran Connolly accept the prize for Buttsys Bengal.

Owned by a Shannon syndicate, Buttsys Bengal was the pride of Ballycasey after claiming the Seachtain na Gaeilge Novice 350 Stake Final in Galway at the weekend.

Friday nights Galway card saw the commencement of three stakes and the final of the Seachtain Na Gaeilge Novice 350 Yards Stake with the opening heats off the Bumblebee Kynen Enjoying Retirement A7 525, The Maurice & John Leahy Memorial Unraced and the Bull Run Bolt At Stud A4 525.

Having impressed in his semi-final victory, the Ger Holian trained Buttsys Bengal was a warm order to claim the Seachtain Na Gaeilge Novice 350 Stake Final with a €500 winners cheque on offer. However as the traps rose those that took odds were worried as he mistimed the start completely as Cragbrien Benjy and Rathin Maura disputed the lead in the run towards the opening bend.

Rounding the bend Rathin Maura took definite advantage along the inner as Buttsys Bengal began to thread his way through the field into third place. Off the home bend Rathin Maura led by two lengths but the Buttsys Buckos Syndicate of Shannon owned Buttsys Bengal was now in full flow as he swept down the outer to win going away by a length in 19.79.

Killuran Seanie and Dunmahon Jet were smartly into stride with the former showing the better early toe leading by two lengths rounding the opening bend of the Bull Run Bolt At Stud A4 525 first heat. The improving Cozzys Gem was tracking closely as Dunmahon jet tracked a wide course with Lamestep. Racing down the back Killuran Sean opened up a four length advantage on Cozzys Gem who though did begin to close approaching the penultimate bend. Approaching the home turn Cozzys Dream came through on the leaders inner to just strike the front before the Sean Cosgrove of Clarecastle and Stephen Sheedy of Ballyea owned runner eased away to defeat Dunmahon Jet for the Donie Duggan kennel in 29.48.

Newhall Torpedo, owned by Ballyea duo Noel Coote and Colin Barry recorded his second career success in the A3 graded contest on Saturday night defeating Tiger Roll by a length and a quarter over in 29.57 for the John Browne kennel. The winner was away well on the wide outside to lead from Tiger Roll and Domino Burko along the inner. Kicking on rounding the opening bend Newhall Torpedo extended his advantage to over three lengths at halfway an although Tiger Roll tried hard he could never get on terms.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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