IN FRONT of a great attendance in Newbridge on Friday night it was Plutos Hawk owned by Anne Stack of Moyvane that came with a great late effort to just pip Glenardan by a head to take the Texacloth Puppy Derby title of 2012. Sponsored by Aidan Walsh of Clane she stopped the clock in a fantastic 28.66.
In the all important run to the opening corner we had a wall of participants heading to the corner as one. With all finalists vying for racing room it was Glenardan that swept across the field from the outside to lead into the back straight.
Plutos Hawk (Westmead Hawk – Plutos Tip) made it around in second place and took up the chase. Heading into the third Glenardan held a lead of three lengths with Plutos gaining ground with every stride.
The Glenardan supporters were in full voice once the home straight was reached but they had not factored in the strong finishing kick that Plutos Hawk had shown in her previous races around this galloping circuit. With the winning line fast approaching Plutos Hawk came through along the inside to just get her head in front where it mattered.
Having come into this prestigious Puppy Derby with only one race under her belt this game lady has left an everlasting impression on the regular patrons at the venue. Her staying power will stand to her over further distances in the future. Borna Slide had no luck in the early stages of this race came through to take third place four lengths adrift.
In the final of the Track Supporters Club A3 525 it was Catunda Penny that set the early fractions to make it to the third corner just ahead of Hondo Rules.
Rounding the final corners it was Hondo Rules (Hondo Black – Oldinn Betty) owned by Mark Kelly of Baltinglass that slipped through along the rails and on powering up the home straight he pulled away to cross the winning line five lengths ahead of Catunda in a very good 28.92.
Pitstop Glen came home strong to claim third spot a half a length adrift. On the presentation podium the head kennel lad Adam Keogh held the winning trophy high with delight.
Racing opened with a lovely trap to line victory from the Eugene Price owned Pennys Fluffy.
Exploding from the inside berth Pennys Fluffy (Top Honcho – Shellys Crown) went around the opening corner two lengths ahead of the field. Pulling away with every stride from here Fluffy made it across the winning line seven lengths to the good over the always second placed Thirsty Murt.
Stopping the clock in a mighty impressive 28.77 he has now brought his tally to three wins from eight attempts.
Senor Loki (Crash – Corrig Nikita) owned by Michael Buggie and Sean Martin took the second in a similar fashion. Getting across his rivals from the five box approaching the first corner Loki proceeded to place seven lengths of daylight between himself and Pennys Palma.
On crossing the winning line in this effortless victory he stopped the clock in a very good 29.04 to open his winning account.
Noted early pacer Saunders Monarch owned by Matt Owens exploded from the two berth to record her second race victory in race three. This Crash – Saunders Diva Jan.’11 whelp had this race in the bag from an early stage. Holding a length advantage over Jayos Pride entering the far side Saunders Monarch proceeded to put three and a half lengths between herself and Jayos when stopping the clock in a very good 29.03.
The fourth race over the gruelling 845 yards distance treated us to a great contest.
Call Dakota set the early fractions to lead the field into the home straight for the first time followed by Benro Sparky. Crossing the line for the first time was where Benro Sparky took control of this contest and from here this Stephen J Tappin owned Anne Moran trained proceeded to make every other post a winning one. Benro Sparky (Westmead Hawk – Benro Lucky) crossed the winning line for the second time with a two and a half length advantage over Call Dakota in a very good 47.96.
Now the holder of eleven race victory’s Sparky has being a model of consistency for his connections.
Liam Kirley owner of the runner up in the Texacloth left the venue with a winner in the shape of Glenowen. Racing from the two berth over the sprint course Glenowen came away with Touch Screen on the lifting of the lids.
This pair made it to the first corner as one and using the rails to his advantage it was Glenowen (Premier Fantasy – Glenfore) that made it into the home straight with a length advantage. Striding out all the way to the line he crossed it one and a half lengths too the good over Touch Screen in a good 17.79 clock.
In race seven we were treated to a great contest over the Derby distance. Veranda set the early fractions to lead to the third corner followed by three opponents. On the crown of this corner the outcome of this contest changed completely as all the participants got tangled up with each other.
Out of the mealy it was Rockmount Eagle ( Westmead Hawk – Rockmount Flo Jo) that made it into the lead and with the winning line now in his sights he went on to record his eleventh race victory in 30.99. Ni Dar came through to claim second place just a length adrift and a neck in front of Veranda.
The punters went for the John Harris owned Trashers Bound in race nine over the 575 yards distance.
Their confidence reaped benefits as on the pinning of the lids it was Trasher that came away best of all to lead into the opening corner. From here there was only going to be one winner as this Head Bound – Trashers Dasher Aug.’09 whelp is a noted strong finisher. Always holding the effort of Gin Blue he crossed the winning line with two and a half to spare in a good 32 seconds dead.
Racing closed with a great victory over the 600 yards course from the Joe Day trained Francie O’Donoghue owned Carhan Rebel. Pennys Toby set the early fractions here to lead Vito Dawn around the opening corners.
Still holding the advantage approaching the third corner Pennys now had Carhan Rebel racing in his slipstream. On lining up for home it was Carhan Rebel (Droopys Maldini – Cuam Dubh) that poached to the front.
From here we were treated to a great battle all the way home and on crossing the winning line in a very good 33.28 clock it was the Rebel that had a half a length to spare over the also staying on Vito Dawn. Just a length back in third place was Pennys Toby.