Kentish Dreams and Cabriol Madison at the double for Ronnie
Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown was on the ball at Drumbo Park with two good winners over the weekend.
He landed a one-two in the A3 Dual Distance with the odds-on favourite Kentish Dreams obliging from kennel-mate Barntick Heart.
Kentish just took the first bend where he bumped Jimmys Sham and led with Sham and Masterofthehill putting in a challenge. But the challenge faltered as the chasing pack veered over to the rail due to the attentions of Footfield Alpha.
That left Dream clear to win by six and a half lengths in 30.45 with Barntick flying home on the outside to beat the rest including Masterofthehill who was two lengths further back in third.
Ronnie’s newcomer Cabriol Madison made an impressive start to his career in the second semi of the Bet On The Tote A7 contest with £300 up for grabs.
Cabriol quickly put this heat to bed, leading up from Siberian Skyfall and cutting the latter off at the first turn. From there, the leader stretched away and had five lengths in hand over Skyfall. Stamina was the name of the game in the second heat with Powerhouse Hondo staying on well to beat Holborn Buzzard four lengths in 29.37.
Holborn broke best and led round from Rafas Wee Baby and Hondo. Buzzard was still in control going into the third bend but Hondo brushed past for an easy victory.
Meanwhile, Tipperry’s Graham Holland has three finalists in the €125,000 Boylesports Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park next Saturday.
Favourite Sonic goes from trap four and will take plenty of beating after his three lengths and two lengths defeat of Escapism and last year’s winner Ballymac Matt. Holland also had the other semi winner in Rural Hawaii who will run from his favoured trap six while his Sidarain Pearl goes from trap two. Holycross Leah will wear the red sheet.
Final line-up: 1: Holycross Leah; 2: Sidarian Pearl; 3: Ballymac Matt; 4: Sonic; 5: Escapism; 6: Rural Hawaii