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Infanta sparkles on debut for Banbridge trainer

By Robert Fenton

Published 18/04/2016

Killinan Infanta made a sparkling debut at Drumbo Park (stock photo)
Killinan Infanta made a sparkling debut at Drumbo Park (stock photo)

Killinan Infanta has emerged as a potential new star at Drumbo Park.

The young black bitch, under the care of Banbridge trainer Michael Taggart, made her first appearance on the track and bolted up in eye-catching fashion over the sprint trip.

Soon clear of the pack, Infanta ran away from the opposition, coming home six and a half lengths in front of Matts Miley in a tremendous 18.05 secs, confirming she's an exciting prospect.

Meanwhile, Coalisland's Brockagh Ciara returned to winning form with a bang in the second semi-final of the S1/2 sprint event for owner Cieran Fitzgerald and, in doing so, matched her best time achieved last month (18.19).

Maggie Jo and Glencroft Ellie came away best but neither could match Brockagh's speed up to the turn where the black bitch led in ahead of Fortune For Two and Glencroft.

And that was the finishing order, Ciara beating Fortune two lengths with Ellie half-a length further back in third.

Blackstone Nero, a recent addition to Margaret Campbell's Dundonald kennel, was a worthy winner of the first semi-final coming from behind to deny Sneijder right on the line.

The latter showed a good turn of foot up the inside to lead at the corner where Talking Tactics was forced to check and turning the second bend it looked all over. But Nero wasn't fiddling around and although not fast away, found top gear in the closing stages to put his head down on the line, winning by a short head in 18.35.

Drumcrow Duke who failed to get a clear run in the dash to the first bend, recovered to qualify in third, two lengths adrift of Sneijder.

Margaret Campbell's Common Man continued in winning form at Shelbourne Park, landing his sixth career win in an open 550, coasting home after going clear at the second turn, beating Haliksa Rubra in 29.96 secs.

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