Davys triumphs as Jades fails to make impact
Stamina was of the essence on a rain-soaked Saturday night in the two semi-finals of the Robert Connolly Tri-Distance event worth £1,200 to the winner.
Sean McCafferty's blue bitch Davys Rionach put herself firmly in the frame for glory with a solid performance in denying the odds-on favourite Jades Impact in the initial heat (550).
The latter led up with Dunham Roxy and they came together at the bend which saw Davys on the outside sweep to the front. From there the blue bitch held off the late rally from the unlucky Jades by a length and a half in a solid 30.51. Dunham Roxy qualified in third, a further four lengths adrift.
Fionns The Boss has staying qualities and produced them in no uncertain terms as he won the second semi.
Darfin Ruby cut out the early running from Fionns and Straidnahana Sky but the picture changed down the back-straight where The Boss took over, showing the required acceleration racing towards the third bend and from there had too much in hand from Drumna Maple and Hi Beak who were second third.
The final will demand more as it moves up to 575 yards. The final line-up not in trap order is: Jades Impact, Daveys Rionach, Dunham Roxy, Fionns The Boss, Drumna Maple, Hi Beak.
Another 575 final, with £400 up for grabs, is down for decision, the semi-finals won by Barnish Ed (30.59) and Early Ace (30.91).
Final line-up not in trap order: Clondotty Leona; Barnish Ed, Barntick Heart, Early Ace, Caledon Arms, Domyheadin.