The highlight of last Friday night’s card was the final of the December N2-N3 unraced, kindly sponsored by Alan Dunne. The Luke Kilcoyne/Terry McCann owned Tubbertelly King (Crash-Corporate Group) had impressed in the semi-finals and went off favourite to land the decider.
From a level break, the favourite showed the best pace up to lead into the opening corner. Mia Mea gave chase up the far side, but could make no impression on the leader. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, Tubbertelly King pulled further ahead in the home straight and came home 7 lengths clear of Mia Mea in 29.10, an impressive run on the night.
Racing opened with a win for Martin Scarry’s Esker Stoke (Daves Mentor-Bellers Girl) who flashed from the boxes and went into a clear lead going into the opening corner. Dans Dan went off in pursuit and despite reducing the deficit in the home straight, was still 1 1/2 lengths adrift where it mattered in 18.37.
Tina McGrane landed the first leg of a double in the second race with Felix Gormley’s Monery Sarah (Another Launch-Mag Dack) who was making a winning start to her career in this A9 contest. Quickly away, Monery Sarah made he early running from the chasing Carn Stanley, who could find no extra as Monery Sarah kicked on for home and went on to beat the running on Coogans Bluff by 3 1/2 lengths in 30.20.
Clairwell Jewel smashed out of the traps in the third race and went into a clear lead around the opening bends and up the far side from the chasing pack and looked set for a comfortable victory turning for home. However, her stride started to visibly shorten in the closing stages and it was Teresa Maguire’s Lemonhead Lover (Ballymac Maeve-Quare Sparkler) that came with a flying finish to swoop past Clairwell Jewel and score by a length in 29.77.
Joe McCabe’s and Mark Ragbould’s Chaz Dingle (Hondo Dingle-Rushmoor Angel) made the most of being drafted in from the reserve panel in the fourth race. Flashing out from the traps, Chaz Dingle quickly had this race sewn up as he raced into a unassailable lead and held on to beat the fast finishing Curramore Ali by 1 1/2 lengths in 18.24.
Seans Shadow looked set for victory in the sixth race when racing into a clear lead up the far side. However, Joe Quirke’s Bective Hunter (Premier Fantasy-Bective Honey) started to make rapid progress in the home straight and came with a powerful finish to come through late to get up and deny Seans Shadow by a length in 29.50.
Tina McGrane’s double was completed in the seventh race with the fast starting Newport Blackie (Killahan Phanter-Knuckles Turner) who, despite being pushed very hard throughout by Bartvin, crossed the line with 1 1/2 lengths to spare in 18.27.
Terry McCann and Luke Kilcoyne rounded off a memorable night when landing the `bumper` with Tubbertelly Joy (Crash-Corporate Group). Very smartly away, Tubbertelly Joy pulled further and further ahead of the chasing Pepsi Ba Ba throughout the contest and she come home in splendid isolation, 12 lengths clear of Pepsi Ba Ba in a useful 29.19.