Dawn and Sheldo make it a double for Fitzsimmons at Drumbo
Stoneyford's Frankie Fitzsimmons saw his pair Lisson Dawn and Lissom Sheldo share the limelight with Briggs Buoy at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
Dawn put in a strong finish in taking the A2 final (525) worth £400, overtaking early leader Grancore Ella who had beaten Dawn in the semi-finals.
Ella flashed out of box six and led from Dawn and kennel mate Take The Call. Turning home, Call ran into Dawn but with Grancore swinging wide, Lisson finished strongly to win by three quarters in 28.80 on a fast surface.
Sprinter Lissom Sheldo got his first win since January for Frankie. The black dog clocked his fastest run (17.89). Headed from traps by Highview Steel, Sheldo produced a fine turn of pace up the inside and soared clear on the turn where Steel was bumped and impeded by the others.
Reserve Black Hollow chased the winner home, six and a half lengths back in what was a fetching performance from Sheldo.
The best display over four bends came from the in-form Briggs Buoy. The fawn dog, handled by Banbridge trainer Michael Taggart for owner Jack Niblock, clocked a brilliant 28.68 (525) in beating Cabriol Dante by four lengths.
Dungannon trainer Roy Ruddy saw his Alpha qualify for the Boylesports.com Irish Derby following a cracking finish to this trial stake. He claimed the £300 prize in a three-way photo finish with short heads separating the first three.
The contest included Joe Hurley's English Derby runner Blue Cafu and he was challenged by Carinea with the others involved in early bumping.
Educate moved into third entering the far side where Alpha took it up approaching the third bend. There was never more than a length between the front two and Cafu rallied in the closing stages but just failed, while Educate finished with a rattle as the trio flashed over the line together in 30.17 (.20 fast).