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Acantha waves his Magic wand to conjure up Drumbo success for owner Steven

By Robert Fenton

Acantha Magic was the star performer at Drumbo Park on Saturday night with a top-class display of pace.

Acantha was in blistering form, winning the coveted £800 prize on offer for the An Cu Veterinary Clinic & DTSC sprint final.

Badminton Rua was installed as the odds-on favourite following her brilliant semi-final show but she was bettered in the all-important decider.

Acantha had defeated Badminton in the opening round and once again emerged on top - this time when it mattered.

Also a semi-final winner, Acantha is renowned for early speed and how he showed it here, going through the competition unbeaten.

Owned by Craigavon's Steven McEvoy, he bolted out of the traps, getting the first run on Rua - and that was decisive.

He hit the turn in 6.56 and, despite the gallant efforts of Badminton, held off his impressive rival by a length in a very sharp 17.87.

Kilcree Buddy, who was behind Acantha the previous week, ran on for third spot, two and a half behind.

Central Cloud came down from Derry for a first Drumbo appearance and Brendan Duffy's white and black duly obliged in good style.

Cloud, on the wide outside, took the turn in front of Listen Danny while Stefans Dazzler took a severe bump.

Cloud kicked on and at the end was three and a half lengths better than Danny (29.13) over the 525 trip.

Good Pogba also caught the eye on his impressive debut sprint outing.

A black Ballymac Vic pup, he clocked 18.09 with a stunning burst of pace up to the bend and doing his best running coming home.

Armagh owner Jim Kierans now has a very promising youngster, which he purchased at the Kilkenny sales.

Another encouraging winner first time up was Ballymac Carbine, much to the delight of Holywood's Don Hayes.

The blue and fawn pup, handled by Antrim's Frank Courtney, had a real battle on his hands all the way with Scullys Big Bob, who trapped first along with Vigorous Mason.

It was Carbine who shot to the front on the run-up (split 6.64). However, Bob roared back and gave the winner a run for his money all the way home, eventually going down by half a length in 18.11.

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