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Drumbo star goes for Byrne

By Robert Fenton

A potential star emerged at Drumbo Park in the shape of Coolykereen Risk who clocked a blistering 17.79 in taking the £500 Toolmaker Novice Open on Saturday night.

Armagh owner John Byrne is renowned for having good dogs and this one looks a bit exceptional.

A brindle by Ballymac Eske out of Goosabrynes and only an April 2015 pup, he came in with a very sharp 28.50 trial over 525 a couple of weeks ago. He hit the lids big time on that occasion and did the same on his sprint debut.

Coming away from trap four, he soon had the others under pressure and while Tinas Barney put in a decent challenge at the first turn, the latter could not match the winner on the home stretch as Risk came home four and a half lengths clear.

Coolykereen's sectional time was 6.58 and his overall clock was just two and a half lengths off the track record.

On the same evening, Yonder Blue came back to his best form under the care of Dunloy's Denis Scott to pick up the £400 and trophy on offer for the S3 sprint final.

Outsider of the sextet, the blue dog picked the right night to hit the lids. Hitting the corner in front of Meadows Gold, Blue benefited from crowding in behind but would almost certainly still have won as he stayed on strongly in 18.05. Blue had six lengths and three in hand over Cons Double and Lynnway Wizard respectively.

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