Dubh has the staying power to leave rivals in his wake
Dubh Ciuin made every post a winning one in taking the £500 prize in the final of the Corrs Contracts Dual-Distance A4 event at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
The black dog, owned by Co Down's Damian McCartney, faded behind Courtney Impact after leading over 525 in the semi-finals, but there was no stopping him when it mattered.
From trap one, Dubh hit out and led from Sincere Star and Shaconga Holly, while Courtneys took a bump at the first bend, which put paid to her chances.
The two main chasers tried their best to cut back the leeway, but it was all in vain as Dubh, a son of Maytown Ruler, stayed on in fine style, increasing his advantage to four lengths at the line from Star with Holly half a length further back in third (30.70).
The performance of the night, however, came from Anita O'Hanlon's Lurgan-based blue bitch Stephanies Glory.
At one stage she was at least eight lengths behind in the four-runner Johnny Hamilton Memorial Bitches event, before showing all her stamina power to just get up and collect the £250 prize, prevailing by half-a-length from Drumcrow Natasha in a splendid 28.81 seconds.
Fastest run of the night, however, came from Lord Macrory, who was overdue another success for Larne's Adrian Hall.
The black dog had been running very consistently of late and in good company.
The evens favourite grabbed his chance from trap one in an A2 race, coming from behind Hightown Hill for an easy three lengths victory in 28.75 seconds.
DRUMBO PARK RESULTS: 335: MISSRECKLESS (5-2) 1; Cappa Dan ( 7-4) 2. 1. 18.30. Yellowtown Jet (4-7 Fav).
335: HILLMOUNT QUEEN (2-1) 1; Tullymurry Wit (4-5 Fav) 2. 2. 18.26.
335: BLISSFUL PUDSY (4-6 Fav) 1; Jaydins Bolt (4-1) 2. NK. 18.15.
335: KILNAHUSHOUGUE (3-1) 1; High Scope (5-2 Co Fav) 2. .1/2. 18.59. Becauseyourmine and Kelsies Rosie (5-2 Co Favs).
525: HIDDEN VIC (4-7 Fav) 1; Savo Bound (7-2) 2. NK. 29.43.
525: CLONDOTY LEONA (3-1) 1; Barnish Peter (5-4 Fav) 2. 28.91.
335: BLUE OBAMA (2-1) 1; Beaming Impact (5-2) 2. 1. 18.13. Baltovin Billy (5-4 Fav).
550: DUBH CIUIN (3-1) 1; Sincere Star (4-1) 2. 4. 30.70. Wonder Pearl (5-4 Fav).
525: STEPHANIES GLORY (3-1) 1; Drumcrow Natasha (Evens Fav) 2. .1/2. 28.81.
525: LORD MACRORY (Evens Fav) 1; Hightown Hill (3-1) 2. 3. 28.75.
525: QUARTERLAND TICO (4-1) 1; Knifeandfork (Evens Fav) 2. 1. 29.06.