Having been plying her trade over the Dublin circuit in recent times Revilo Blue owned and handled by Philip Fitzpatrick set the bar high.
In the opening heat of this year’s Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks she scored in an excellent time of 28.53 over the finely manicured circuit in Newbridge.
Once the lids lifted Queen Rachael led out both Revilo Blue and Donanes Facebook. With Revilo Blue showing most early pace she skipped into the far side just in front of Donanes. This Swords Prince blue lady pulled away to cross the winning line six lengths ahead of the fast finishing Ballycowen Hero, who just pipped the Facebook for the runners up position.
Race 1 A6/7 525: The Iryna O’Flaherty owned Junior Ben gave his supporters not a moment’s worry. Taking Pegs Treasure with him into the back straight Ben just opened up into the third corner and from here there was only going to be one winner. Breaking the ray in a very good 29.06 on his debut Junior Ben had all of ten lengths in hand over Rasta Honey with Pegs another three off the pace in third.
Race 2 Open 325: The Alan Carpenter owned, Dave McKenna trained Sound Flight made the all important opening corner ahead of the consistent Astral Dubh. This pair then raced all the way home and with the infield clock showing a very impressive 17.55 Sound Flight had two lengths in hand over Astral Dubh. On this showing the winner should have a bit of a squeak in the upcoming sweepstake.
Race 3 A5 525: Peigs Bar owned by William Aird and Michael Dunne from Portlaoise came away very smartly to make all in a nice winning time of 29.53. Showing a liking for this circuit Peigs Bar now has three wins to his credit over the course, Forelacka Cause gave chase late in the contest and although closing in on the home straight he was still one and a half lengths shy of the winner. Balto Vixen after running well was just a head back in third place.
Race 4 Heat 1 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks: See lead story.
Race 5 Heat 2 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks: After having the sprint winner earlier in the evening Dave McKenna sent out the Master Shane McKenna owned Our Little Mix to take this heat by producing a very eye catching front running display once the lids opened. Despite racing from the five berth she made it around the opening corner ahead of Stoney Pass. Making every other post a winning one she had to pull out all the stops along the home straight as both Tyrur Annaleen and Ketch Up Bell were closing fast. Stopping the clock in a very nice 28.72 Our Little Mix had three quarters of a length to spare over the dead heating pair Tyrur and the Bell. Blueview Julia was also noted coming home strong in fourth.
Race 6 Heat 3 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks: In this very competitive heat it was Tasmanic Jaxx that set the early tone to make it into the back straight just ahead of Rios Girl. Showing nice pace down the far side Rios Girl took over up front by the time the third corner was reached. Not too far off the pace at this stage the Robert O’Hara and William Slattery owned Billis Adare was noted closing in on the leaders. Once lining up for home this Jerry Melia trained lady came through the field flying to score impressively by one and a half lengths in a very nice clock of 28.69. Rios Girl held on for second just ahead ahead of Siberian Dazzler.
Race 7 Heat 4 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks: Trainer Jerry Melia tried to make it a quick fire double here as Burnt Oak Becky flashed out. However coming off the second bend it was the Gary Loughane owned Glasheen Sally that struck the front. Once this Eden Brett lady went in front she raced away to score quite impressively by three lengths over Becky in a very nice 28.80. Buttermaid was a similar distance away in third place.
Race 8 Heat 5 Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks: The performance of Carrowgarriff was eagerly awaited in this heat. She was not the first to show but by the time the opening corner was reached she had shown great early dash to skip around in from of course specialist Loyal Molly. Striding out magically from here this Eleanor Mullins and Eimear Curtin owned lady brought the field all the way home to cross the finishing line three lengths ahead of the other Galway raider Danmar Mini in a very good clock of 28.65. Farkland Mist came home in third just another one and a half lengths adrift.
Race 9 A1 525: The Bagenalstown duo of Mary and Thomas Buggy took the final race of the evening with their home bred Kilgraney Rosco. Head Rock set the early pace but Kilgraney Rosco gained the advantage. Now the winner for the eighth time Rosco stopped the clock in a very good 28.84 one and a half lengths ahead of BoundfortheStars who was just ahead of Burrow Rover.