Dark destroyer shows his star quality at Drumbo Park
Antrim's Alex Miskelly has a potential star on his hands with Fernisky Darkie after the latter's sensational 28.61 seconds victory on a fast Drumbo Park surface in only his third race and first over four bends.
The black son of Zero Ten, was a noted sprint winner back in June and more than bettered that in an A3/4 contest. His sprint win in 18.23 meant he was S1 class but could not be put in any higher than A3 for his 525 debut.
And Fernisky certainly took advantage of that in no uncertain terms and it was no surprise that he went off 4/5 favourite. He broke behind Moanteen Jet, himself no slouch and the latter matched Darkie down the far side.
But then Darkie upped the gears and moved clear going into the penultimate bend and finished very strongly in beating his rival five lengths.
Another blistering run came at the weekend from Fane Zeema who was right back to his best form with a 28.57 win, re-adjusted to 28.77 seconds.
Trapping ahead of Large Eggs, Zeema, a black dog handled by Belfast's David McErlean, took it up on the turn and blessed with plenty of stamina, had four and a half length in hand over the staying-on Express Lisa.
All Whistles is as game as a pebble and knows how to battle as seen with a last-ditch win - the second of her career for Ballymoney's Hugh Osborne, in a neck troumph from Sheelin Vic and Aulton Jacko.