Meeting Friday November 16th
The final of the Robbie Mulleady Memorial A2, worth 1200 euro to the winner and very kindly sponsored by the family and friends of the late Robbie Mulleady, was the centre piece of card at Longford Track on Friday night last and there was a really popular local success, when Mark Adams Sandstorm Siofra (College Causeway-Lilly The Minx) justified favouritism and maintained her impressive, unbeaten run in the competition.
Very smartly away, Sandstorm Siofra rode a heavy bump from Burberry Bucks at the opening corner to lead up the far side. Burberry Bucks threw down a strong challenge going into the third bend, but could find no extra as `Siofra` kicked on again as they turned for home. However, Oran Style and Coolalough Gem both came to challenge in the closing stages, but Sandstorm Siofra saw it out to win by a length from Oran Style in a smart 28.74, much to the delight of her supporters.
There were a number of sponsored races on the night and the first of these was the Cooleyhane Hero A2, kindly sponsored by Joe O’Neill. Doorock was first to show and was clear going into the opening corner from Gairneybridge who gave chase up the far side. Turning for home, Gairneybridge started to close and railing tightly, swept past Doorock in the closing stages and went on to score by a length in 29.36 to give the track’s current leading trainer, Tina McGrane another winner to add to her tally.
The John Prunty A3 went to PV Fallon’s Pepsi Crasher (Crash-Pepsi Tops) who took it up from the fast starting Boyhill Nellie at the sprint box to lead up the far side and went on to beat the fast finishing favourite Strong Suit, by a length in 29.44.
The Kevin Dempsey and Paddy Donnelly sponsored 8th race, a top grade sprint, gave us a thrilling finish when Pat Quinn’s Gortkelly Rooney (Killahan Phanter-Gortkelly Mouse), from a very level break, showed the best pace to lead into the opening bend. However, she had to pull out all the stops to hold the fast finishing Clydal Jack and Kilgrogan Theft by a short head and a neck in 18.04.
Racing had opened with a win for Irene McConnell’s Athboy Kewell (Droopys Kewell-Martinstown Mist) who pasted the fast starting Legan Star going into the opening corner and once in front kicked on to beat the running on Very Lucky by a couple of lengths in 18.11.
Eddie Dunne was on the mark with the Michael Finneran owned Curramore Ali (Vans Escalade-Galvinise) in the second race. Racecourse Lush and Curramore Ali raced to the sprint box locked together. It was here that Curramore Ali kicked on to go clear up the far side and looked set for victory. However, Racecourse Lush came with a renewed effort in the closing stages, but Curramore Ali held out for a length success in 29.40.
Seamus Patterson’s Headforthehudson (Fear Haribo-Simple Pleasure) made it three wins from five outings when landing the third race over the 550 yard trip. Smartly away and avoiding bad first bend crowding, Headforthehudson sprinted clear of her rivals up the far side and came home, untroubled, 7 lengths clear of Carn Fern in 30.40.
The Tony Fahy trained Portumna Harbour (Premier Fantasy-Portumna Bridge) was pushed very hard up the far side in the fourth race by Sigma Sophie. However, her efforts fell away at the third bend as Portumna Harbour pulled away and went on to beat the running on Castleroggy Lord by 1 ¼ lengths in 29.53.
The `bumper` was a cracking looking A1 contest, kindly sponsored by Eamon Prunty, and it was Paddy Donnelly’s Johnnysetaside (Killahan Phanter-Knuckles Turner) that made all to record his 14th career win. Paddy’s Design threw down a persistent and strong challenge throughout, but could find no extra as Johnnysetaside came home with 1 1/2 lengths to spare in 29.04.
Meeting Monday November 12th
Four first round heats of the Fast Trap Kennel Supplies A3 570, kindly sponsored by Tommy Kerrigan and worth 1100 euro to the winner, brought some cheer to patrons on a really miserable night at Longford Track on Monday week last. The fastest time of the round came in heat two from the Bernie Torkington trained Mooney The Man (Farloe Hurricane-Priddy Sue) who had also scored on Saturday night in Thurles. Breaking smartly and appreciating the long run to the opening corner, Mooney The Man led around the opening bends from the hard chasing Pepsi Rocket, who tried his hardest to get on terms with the leader, but Mooney The Man gamely held out for a 1/2 length success in 31.45.
The opening heat went to the Eddie Dunne trained Dream On Mike (Vans Escalade-Last Fiver) who tracked the fast starting Cranley Blueboy around the opening bends and challenged and took up the running at the half way mark and then pulled well clear of the field in the home straight to score easily by 7 lengths from Aranhill Denny in 31.68.
Heat three went to Tom Clyne’s Clydal Rumble (Ace Hi Rumble-Clydal Susie) who was always handily placed up the back straight behind the fast starting pair of Tintreach Tully and Drumsna Prince and he came on the wide outside to challenge as they turned for home. Taking up the running in the home straight, Clydal Rumble pulled clear to beat Tintreach Tully by a couple of lengths in 31.57.
The final heat went to the Kevin Losty trained Kilduff Scarlet (Shelbourne Aston-Classy Clover). It was all very close going into the opening corner, but amazingly, there was very little trouble and it was Kilduff Scarlet that shot clear at the sprint box to lead up the far side. Yours And Mine pushed him very hard throughout. However, he could find no more as Kilduff Scarlet came home 1 1/2 lengths clear at the line in 31.52.
Racing had opened with a win for Peter Meenaghan’s Ballina Princess (Ballymac Maeve-Pennys Moment) who flashed from the traps to lead around the opening bend from the rapidly improving Racecourse Wolf, who was closing with every stride. However, the line came in time for Ballina Princess, who held off Racecourse Wolf by a rapidly diminishing head in 18.44.
Andy Daly was in the winners enclosure in the second race with his Fiona’s Hope (Hometown Boy Nga-Killoe Lass) who, after a level break, led around the opening bends from the chasing Quare Impact. Increasing the tempo off the third bend, Fiona’s Hope pulled right away in the home straight and went on to beat Quare Impact by 8 1/2 lengths in 29.72.
Joe McCabe and Mark Raybould had a popular victory in the 7th race with their Clydal Oscar (Ballymac Kewell-Cherokee Lady) who had been knocking on the door in recent races. Breaking very smartly, Clydal Oscar soon had this race `in the bag` as he sprinted clear of the chasing Sandstorm Ella and crossed the line 1 1/2 lengths clear in 18.00.
The nightly 2 euro draw now stands at an amazing 1160 euro and hasn’t been won in 28 meetings!