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Classy Drumcrow Chrissy causes big stir at Drumbo Park

By Robert Fenton

Dungannon trainer Roy Ruddy produced an upset with one of his two finalists in the prestigious Jackie McCann Memorial at Drumbo Park.

Drumcrow Chrissy, a blue son of Drumcrow Obama, returned a nice price of 5/1 for connections as well as picking up the winner's prize of £1,250.

Hot favourite was Ronnie McKeown's Talking Tactics following his semi-final win in 29.11, three lengths faster than Chrissy's penultimate victory.

And the pair had it between them from the off, Drumcrow winning the tussle into the first bend and then staying on with resolution to hold he 4/6 favourite by two lengths in a sharp 28.73 secs.

Earlier all eyes were on Harry Sharpe's young black bitch Greenhill Pearl in an A3 contest after being unluckily eliminated from the McCann Memorial the previous week when running into trouble at the first bend.

Ideally drawn in trap one, she was not brilliant from the lift of the lids, but once into her stride had the pace to lead round the opening bend. There was slight skirmishing on her outer and this enabled the 1/3 shot to move clear, coming home seven and a half length in front of Hour Glass Lass in a brilliant 28.49 seconds.

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