A third career success was recorded by Only A Pound owned by Shannon’s James McLoughlin in Galway on Saturday.
He was determined to hold off the challenge of Mollrose Annie by a length and a half in 29.33 in the seventh race in Galway on Saturday night.
In the early strides of this Novice 350 Yard contest, Clydagh Matt and Apache Springs were away smartly in the centre of track and the pair matched strides on the run towards the opening bend just ahead of Aulton Jenny. As the leaders rounded the bend the Pat Hogan of Ennis owned Aulton Jenny swept through between runners to take over in front. On straightening for home Clydagh Matt threw down a renewed effort but the Donal Duggan of Tulla trained Aulton Jenny just lasted home by a short head in 19.60.
Tromora Luna owned by Inagh’s Noel Hehir gave an eye-catching performance in the Novice 525 Yards contest race number five to overcame a bump at the opening bend on her way to a three length defeat of Croaghill Donna in 29.06. From traps Croaghill Donna and Burnpark Diamond were both away well and they led the eventual winner into the opening bend where the front to kicked three lengths clear as Tromora Luna found some trouble. Racing past halfway Burnpark Diamond held a narrow advantage but Tromora Luna really began to lengthen her stride out wide and sweeping to the front rounding the third bend the daughter of Droopys Sydney and Brogan Tic Tac stayed on well all the way to the line.
Risky Reward made all the running in race four to Orbsen Oak by two lengths in 19.21. Owned by Shannon’s Sean O’Riordan and trained by Stephen Murray of Sixmilebridge, she trapped well to lead Pandemicprincess and Orbsen Oak by a length approaching the opening bend but with the chasers crowding slightly the winner kicked clear and staying on well was always in control close home.
It’s five wins from ten starts for Ballyea Scrutiny owned by Noel Gavin. The son of Droopys Buick and Flandys Hawkeye proved three and three quarter lengths too strong for Remarkable Lady in 29.23. Away smartly from his trap six berth the Tommy Flanagan of Ennistymon trained winner showed pace t the bend in company with Brickhill Daisy and the eventual runner up.. Racing towards halfway Ballyea Scrutiny led Brickhill Daisy by a length and approaching the third bend the winner began to draw clear of his rivals to win going away in great style.
The Paddy Collins and Liam Farrell of Doora owned Knockdrum Lilly opened her account at the second attempt in race six on Friday nights card in this S8 graded contest as she proved one length too good for the experienced Shawnee Pass in 19.59.
Race elven saw the Pat Hogan of Ennis owned Aulton Ringo record his second career success in this A7 graded contest as he proved three and a half lengths too strong for the pace setting Way Out Tuxedo in 29.73. The Vincent McKenna trained winner raced in fourth place rounding the opening bend as Way Out Tuxedo led from Malibu Baby at the opening bend. Racing towards the halfway mark Aulton Ringo moved through to join issue with Way Out Tuxedo in front and after a good tussle the winner began to assert from the home bend to win going away in good style.
Quarter-final wins for Explosive Sally, De Machine and Luminous Light were recorded in the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial in Limerick on Saturday.