Drumbo final provides a Sharpe reminder of Star quality
Two finals dominated racing at Drumbo Park on Saturday night and pride of place went to Greenhill Star in the A3 (525) encounter. The brindle son of Kinloch Brae reversed the form with the favourite Ballydoyle Key in winning by three lengths for Belfast owner-trainer Harry Sharpe.
Nine lengths behind Ballydoyle in the semi-final, Star secured the £350 prize from the inside draw, leading round the first bend where there was major bunching which held up Key.
Greenhill took advantage, striding clear to beat Memyselfandi handily in a praiseworthy 28.83. Ballydoyle ran on after that early trouble for third, a further three lengths back.
The Jackpot S5 final went to Run Davey Run. Handled by Lisburn trainer Jason Atcheson, the brindle and white sprinter following up his semi-final win.
Pats Brae cut out the early running but couldn't withstand Davey's pace into the bend and the latter ran on in determined fashion for a two lengths victory from Brae in a smart 18.14 secs. Bells Ringing ran on for third, half-a-length behind Pats.
A most eye-catching show came from Tony McCloskey's Crumlin runner Blissful Pudsy. Winning for the second time in four outings, the blue bitch pup had eight lengths in hand at the line, clocking a super 28.74 secs.
On the previous night, Helen Morrison's classy Nalps Crash returned to winning form in grand style, clocking 28.71. A classy sort, the black has suffered from severe injury and this was his first triumph this year as he got the better of the more than useful Barnish Peter by a comfortable three lengths.
Mickey Calvert's Picky Sue is in cracking form and the four-year-old black bitch has lost none of her enthusiasm for the game as seen when she took the Dual-Distance final over 575 for her Coleraine owner.
A daughter of Hondo Black, stamina is her forte and it was no surprise to see her strongly supported in the ring, being backed down to 4/5. Supporters had no anxious moments once the traps went up as Picky quickly hit the front.
Once she turned the first bend in front of Thumpher Hill, the result was never in doubt as she powered away and put four lengths between herself and the runner up, the veteran stayer Camlin Tumble. The winning time was a decent 31.71 secs.
The Boylesports.com Irish Derby in Shelbourne Park, has reached the quarter-final stages with several leading contenders having bit the dust.
One that hasn't is veteran Ballymac Vic. Back from a period at stud, the five-year-old has so far won all his heats and clocked 29.61 in beating Borneo two and a half lengths.
Fastest of the third round winners was Mickey O'Donovan's Laughil Blake and Pat Buckley's Paradise Maverik, both doing 29.43 (550) while Buckley also saw his English Derby and Scottish Derby finalist Mind The Net winning in 29.54.