Stephen Murray’s dogs continued their recent winning form at Galway over the weekend with the Sixmilebridge trainer teaming up with Paul Conlon for a litter double while Astro Oisin owned by the Peppers of Feakle ended his nine race drought.

Having met trouble on his two career outings thus far the Colossal Syndicate of Ennis owned Colossal Knight made it third time lucky in race three at the Galway Track on Friday night last. In this A8 graded contest over 525 yards, he made all the running to defeat Ardera Karen by four and a half lengths in 29.74.

Away well on the wide outside Colossal Knight showed pace to lead Ardera Karen and Cloodarone Star by two lengths rounding the opening bend. Racing down the back Ardera Karen closed the gap slightly but approaching the third bend the winner began to draw clear again for a comfortable success.

From an early stage in race 4 for this S6 graded contest there was little doubt that the Miss Rachel Murray of Sixmilebridge owned Lady Blue Eyes was set to register her third career success as she made all the running to defeat Askingforafriend by two lengths in 19.47. Trapping well the daughter of Laughill Blake and Playmistyforme led Grancore Suzie ands Erril Star by over two lengths approaching the opening bend. Tracking well the Stephen Murray trained Lady Blue Eyes was in control off the home bend on her way to a comfortable success.

Race 5 centred around the two inside runners Last Rabbit and the reserve Clydagh Chloe with the Mark and Anthony Cusack of Cooraclare owned Last Rabbit (Skywalker Tuco-Sugan Jet) proving half a length too good at the line in 29.86. Clydagh Chloe showed pace to lead on the run towards the opening bend but she left plenty of room on her inner at the turn as Last Rabbit took over in front. At halfway the lead was three lengths and although Clydagh Chloe rallied from the third bend Last Rabbit always looked in control.

The chief supporting contest was the A3 eighth contest over 525 yards and from traps Ougham Sky and Bumblebee Lana were best away with Ougham Sky showing the best pace to lead approaching the opening bend from Buttsys Bullet who ran off the rails as Ougham Sky led Bumblebee Lana into the back straight. Passing halfway Buttsys Bullet began to close again out wide as Ougham Sky still held the call. Off the home turn the Buttsys-Buckos Syndicate of Shannon owned Buttsys Bullet loomed up on the leaders outside and the Gerry Holian trained runner edged on close home to score by three parts of a length in 29.18.

In race 10 the Jerry Maloney and Patrick O’Driscoll of Doora owned Ballaghboy Panda was another winner to make all the running as the son of Lenson Panda and Sues Music proved a length and three parts too good for Baylin Fancy in this A4 graded contest in a time of 29.32. Very smartly into stride in company with Ringroe Rascal the winner led by two lengths approaching the opening bend where crowding behind allowed his double his advantage racing towards halfway. Exiting the back straight Baylin Fancy began to close the gap on the leader but Ballaghboy Panda had enough in hand to score readily.

Owner Paul Conlon and Trainer Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge teamed up for a litter double on Saturday night at the College Road venue with the brace completed by the impressive all the way success of Besloe Sinsinati in the A7 graded fifth contest as the daughter of Over Limit and Be Slow Django romped home sox lengths clear of Bridgepark Jack in 29.30.

Breaking smartly in company with Commache Springs the winner led by over a length approaching the opening bend. With trouble behind Besloe Sinsinati opened up a four length clear racing towards halfway and it was simply a case of how far leaving the back straight as he drew further clear with every stride.

The opening leg of the brace came in the A9 graded third contest which developed into a match from an early stage as both Belsoe Missouri and Drombeg Timmy showed pace in the run towards the opening bend ahead of Come On Girl. Rounding the bend Drombeg Timmy tracked well to take a two length advantage into the back straight ahead of Besloe Missouri with the remainder five lengths further adrift. Rounding the home bend the leader drifted wide and this allowed the Paul Conlon owned Stephen Murray trained Besloe Missouri(Over Limit-Be Slow Django) to kicked clear for a four length success in 29.53.

The Thomas Keane of Kilmihil owned Glynnscrossfluff made it fifth time lucky in race seven as he recorded his maiden victory by six and three quarter lengths over Bumblebee King in 29.50. From traps Peteles Lord showed pace in the centre of the track to lead but rounding the opening two bends the winner eased round his outside to take command of the contest. Racing along the back Glynnscrossfluff extended the advantage to over five lengths and was always in command as Bumblebee King grabbed second place close home.

Without a win in nine previous attempts the Damien and Gary Pepper of Feakle owned Astro Oisin got his deserved maiden success in race nine as he proved three parts of a length too god for Peteles Duchess in 29.38. The first two home had the contest between them from an early stage as Peteles Duchess led out wide but Astro Oisin saved valuable ground along the rails at the opening bend to lead into the back straight. Leaving the back straight the lead was three lengths but close home Astro Oisin was searching for the line which arrived to the relief of connections in time.

Having met trouble at the opening bend last time out the Marion Moroney of Ennis owned Haaland made no mistake at the third time of asking in race 10 as he romped to a ten and a half length success over Balroebuck Game in 29.19. Smartly into stride in the centre of the track the winner led Dynamic Squirt by a length at the opening bend with Aulton Messi in third place. Racing down the back the winner drew further clear with every stride and it was just a case of how far from halfway.

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