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Daniel's Drumbo final winner steps up in class with real Impact

By Robert Fenton

Lissane Impact lived up to his name in taking Drumbo Park's Martin Lavery Pet Foods & DTSC sprint final, worth £600.

The black and white dog, owned and trained by Derry's Daniel Ward, has won on his last four visits to the track but this was his piece de resistance as reflected in a time of 17.97 which elevates him into open class.

Camlin Eagle tried to make a race of it and ran on well with Mucho Macho Mick coming through for third after crowding at the first bend, beaten three lengths and half-a-length.

The A4 Dual Distance final which had £400 up for grabs, went to Whistling Brandy who came from behind to master Melvin Charm, staying on well in the closing stages for a two-lengths victory in 30.43.

Reserve Tartan Gunner cut out the early running from Charm and Brandy and it was Charm who held the initiative going into the third turn and heading for home. But Brandy, a black dog, owned by Portadown's Coin Adamson and Gerard Hamill, had the superior stamina and made it count.

A superb finish from Supa Rigel was the highlight of the weekend racing, the blue dog rattling home to win an open class sprint (335) by a length and a half in a flying 17.81 secs.

Surprisingly, the Dunganon-based Roy Ruddy-trained blue dog was easy to bet at 9/4 with Beaming Dot.Com and Talking Tactics going off the 6/4 joint-favourites.

It was outsider Tullyrusk Snow who bolted from trap two ahead of Dot.Com with Supa needing a bit of time to get into top gear out wide.

Turning towards the 'lollipop,' Snow held the advantage but she was powerless against the storming finish from Rigel who won going away by a length and a half.

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