OF the twelve races at Limerick last Thursday, there was four Clare winners celebrating.

Getting the show on the road was Sugan Tiny for father and son team Anthony and Mark Cusack from Cooraclare, it was career win number three for this daughter of Skywalker Tuco and Sugan Jet and the winning time was 29.49 for an A4 contest.

Parteen’s Shanakyle Syndicate spearheaded by Joe Collins were successful with Shankyle Abbie, who recorded her first career success in 29.40, Abby is a daughter of Droopys Roddick and Toremore Nosey.

Tom Flanagan from Ennistymon presented Mythiccal Enya for an A3 contest and she duly justified favouritism when notching career win number five in 29.36, Enya is a daughter of Droopys Buick and Flandys Hawkeye.

Following the final race of the evening, Sarah Burke, from Leeds, Miltown Malbay was smiling after her pride and joy, Malbay Darla, left her opponents in their wake, with an eleven length victory in 29.36, Darla is a daughter of Kinloch Brae and Malbay Ally.

It was a great weekend at Clonmel track for the Dee Bee Flyer syndicate. This syndicate is a Feakle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, and Clarecastle combinaton, comprising of Gary and Damien Pepper, Seanie McMahon, Michael Corry and Tommy Hegarty. They recorded a double over the weekend with litter brothers Dee Bee Duke and Dee Bee Lord, Duke was first off the mark with an eye-catching win on Friday last in 29.21 and then on Sunday the double was completed when Lord made it two wins on the bounce in 29.34 – these are sons of Ballymac Vic – and Dee Bee Duchess and are trained by Tipperary based Paraic Campion.

In Galway on Friday night, race four was an S8 graded sprint contest where Pal Drew set the tempo towards the outside from Best Behaviour with Glynnscross Kian a close up third as they charged towards the opening bend. Rounding the bend the Thomas Keane of Kilmihil owned Glynnscross Kian slipped through along the rails to take command of the contest as his rivals kept wide. On the run home the son of Droopys Jet and Glynnscrosstyler was home and hosed four and a half lengths clear of Best Behaviour in 19.72.

No Risk owned by Lissycasey’s Martin Griffin made it two wins from three starts in race six and back to back wins in the process as she came home two and a half lengths clear of Caislean Ruby in this S6 graded contest inn a tie of 19.64.

The chief supporting contest at the same venue on Saturday night was the A1 graded eighth over 525 yards and racing towards the opening bend Dance Pando showed plenty of pace to lead round by over a length from Kilballyowen Boy Eileens Best in third place. Turning down the back Dance Pondo shot clear of his rivals and led by five lengths at halfway as the Noel Hehir of Inagh owned Coolavanny Blaze went in pursuit having tracked a path through first bend trouble. From the crown of the home bend Coolavanny Blaze(Ballymac Best-Coolavanny Dame) closed with every stride before leading close home to record a half length success in 29.21.

In the second quarter-final of the Sean Scully Memorial Sweepstake, the Paul Conlon owned Besloe Missouri was very smartly into her stride in the centre of the track and rounding the opening bend the Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge trained lady was already three lengths clear of Breaghmore Ava in second spot. Racing down the order remained unchanged till past halfway were Besloe Missouri began to stretch her rivals once again and powering clear as they bunched up at the third bend the daughter of Over Limit and Be Slow Django scored by nine and a half lengths from Creevy King in 29.15.

Racing opened with an A6 graded contest over 525 yards in which the judge was unable to split the Thomas Keane of Kilmihil owned Glynnscrossflora(Droopys Jet & Glynnscrosstyler) and the Declan Killkenny owned Shammer Dubh(Cometwopass-Killala Kathy) as they crossed the line in 29.86. Shammer Dubh took over in front at the opening bend and looked set to score racing down the back but Glynnscrossflora closed with every stride from the third bend to force a share of the spoils with her gallant rival.

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