There was double delight for the Brownes of Cree at Galway track over the weekend with wins recorded by Burnpark Brae and Burnpark Lexi.
Racing towards the opening bend on Friday Nights Galway Ca for this A6 graded 575 yards contest Clooney Dasher and Balroebuck Game disputed the lead just ahead of Letsgetcracking with Balroebuck Game a length to the good as they rounded the turn. Turning down the back though the Martin Williams of Clooney owned Clooney Dasher tracked well and approaching halfway the Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge trained daughter of Skywalker Puma and Cragmoher Susie led by two lengths. At the third bend, Letsgetcracking went for a gap on the rails but Clooney Dasher closed the door as she then kept on gamely all the way to the line to prevail by a length in 32.06.
In race ten, the John Browne of Ballyea owned Rathmeehan Dier was another winner as the son of Droopys Sydney and Coolavanny Spice accounted for Askingforafriend by two and a half lengths in 29.13. The winner showed pace to lead Askingforafriend by two lengths rounding the opening bend and at halfway the pair were chased by Grangeview Best in third place. Between the final two bends the winner did drift wide giving his rival a chance but he stayed on well in the straight to record a third career success.
On the long run towards the opening bend in race 11 for this A3 graded 575 yards contest, Cloondarone Lady showed pace towards the outside but at the opening bend the Maria Browne of Cree owned Burnpark Brae took command on the contest along the inside rails. Turning down the back, the son of Kinloch Brae and Seekers Vision set sail for home as Spanish King and Cloondarone Lady gave chase but out front the bird had well and truly flown as Burnpark Brae stayed on well to defeat Cloondarone Lady by a length and a quarter in 31.96.
Burnpark Lexi made it a weekend double for the Browne Family when in race four on Saturday nights card where there was a tremendous finish to this S4 graded contest as the Alanna and Michael Browne owned Burnpark Lexi just lasted home to repel the renewed challenge of Caislean Joey by a short head in 19.08. In truth the pair had the race between them from an early stage as Caislean Joey shoed pace along the inner to lead Burnpark Lexi by half a length with Risky Reward in third place. Rounding the bend though Burnpark Lexi took over in front on the outer and although the daughter of Adios Alonso and Burnpark Grainne went two lengths clear off the home bend she was all out close home to land the spoils.
At the Limerick track on Saturday night last, Banshee Moon made it three wins on the spin for owner Joe Keane of West Clare. Running in an A5 contest, Banshee Moon didn’t come away too well from trap five but the even money chance showed instant acceleration when hit the sand and he rounded the opener in total control. Drawing clear thereafter, the son of Droopys Sydney and Blastoff Fizz had over eleven lengths in hand at the winning line as he clocked a hot time of 28.73.
Ennistymon handler Tom Flanagan sent out a nice winner of race ten, the IRGT A1 550, as Ballyea Scrutiny (Droopys Buick and Flanders Hawkeye) led from trap to line to record a seventh career win. Fastest into stride from trap six, Ballyea Scrutiny showed the superior early boot on the outside and he took a commanding lead into the back straight. From here, it was one-way traffic for the Noel Gavin of Ballyea-owned runner as he came home three lengths clear of Lissycasey Roy in second. The time was 29.91