Oaks Trial Stake
The oaks trial stake saw a victory for the Michael O Donovan trained Blazing Dilema. The bitch which is owned by the premier syndicate (Philip Ryan, Kevin Bourke, Ger O Neill and Mr Stapleton from Borrisoleigh showed great improvement in every round. In her semi final she was 2 lengths to the good of Belated Lacey. After being level early on, Blazing soon took control after the wire and extended its lead to 2 legnths.
In the bottom of the card, Oilean smile was putting together some good runs. In her semi final buckle she beat the David Needham owned Turnpike tara who had previously beaten Elusive Lady (1 length in her quarter final.
The final was a thrilling buckle with both bitches locked together for the first hundred yards. However as they neared the hare Blazing Dilema again began to show her customary late bust when extending her lead to 2 lengths for the turn. A couple of sharp wrenches followed before puss made its way to cover.
Reserve Derby Trial Stake
In the first semi final, the David Casey owned and trained Killeagh Matt came away smartly from slips and soon opened up a length advantage. After the wire Killegh then began to press home his advantage and led by 2 lengths for the only turn.
In the second semi final, the favourite, Patterdale Toby again flew from slips and eventually extended its advantage to 1 ½ lengths. A couple of turns followed before puss made its way to safety.
The final was an exciting course. Killeagh Matt again bombed from slips and opened up a length advantage to the wire. It was then that he kicked on similar to his semi final when getting the turn 2 lengths to the good. The cheers and celebration were heard in the neighbouring parish as the judge pulled the red collar. David, who is such a great sponsor to the game duly deserved his victory.
2 Course Duffer
In the first semi final, the Susan Hayes owned and John Hayes trained Gorgeous rocky was always in control winning by 2 lengths. He used the hare once before puss made its way home.
In the second semi final, the Shane Mc Loughlin owned Cooga Nina rocketed from slips and gradually extended her lead to beat the Alan Shanahan and Niall Horgan owned More bottle.
The final looked to be over at half way as Cooga Nina opened up a 2 length lead. However Gorgeous Rocky gradually closed and shot passed his opponent to win by 2 lengths. A course in which there was no turn.
In the first semi final, Velvet Peppa owned and trained by Tadgh Buckley in Doon looked mightily impressive when bombing away from slips and leading Philipstown Lad by 3 lengths.
In the second semi final, Cooga Text owned by Daniel Maher and Tomas Mc Loughlin from Doon led by 2 lengths for the only turn.
The final was a terrific course. Cooga Text poached an early lead and was a length clear at the end of the wire. However stride by stride Velvet Peppa began to cut the deficit and led 1 length for the flag. There was no turn in this course.
Surplus Duffer Stake
In the final, the Richard Bourke owned Cooneen Best led from slips and gradually increased its advantage all the way for a 3 length success. The winner is trained in Cappamore by Joe O Donnell.
All Age Dog Stake
There was no final in the all age dog stake. The winner Helens Jet, owned by Pa Fitzgerald and trained by Nelius O Connell, had previously won his trial stake on this field last year. In his semi final, he led all the way to beat Castlemartyr Lad. The other semi final saw Soapy Eyes fly from slips to beat Brannig RioBamba. A tough course followed with the winner getting plenty of work. Soapy eyes is owned by Margaret Clancy.
All Age Bitch Stake
There was also no final in the all age bitch stake when the Miss Shauna Riordan and Mary Flanagan owned Snowy Express was withdrawn injured. The declared winner was Portinard Nine for Maurice Collins. Impressive in all her courses, Portinard Nine never looked in trouble in any of her courses and duly deserved her success. She is now in a very strong position to qualify for the Champion Bitch Stake in Clonmel.