It's double delight for Brendan Matthews as Bay wins
Newry's Brendan Matthews landed a unique double when taking the €80,000 top prize in the Con & Anne Kirby Memorial at Limerick for the second year on the trot.
The trainer lifted this substantial prize 12 months ago with the favourite Boylepsports Hero, owned by Dundalk bookmaker John Boyle. This time he kept the spoils for himself as he owns and trains Cable Bay, a black son of Foleys Follys.
Starting as outsider at 6/1 in view of not having won a previous heat of the open contest, he enjoyed the run of the race and saw his strong stamina come to the fore where it mattered.
Cable lay handy in third and when only a length and a half down approaching the third bend, his chance became very apparent as he's strong in a finish. Hugging the inside rail, he galloped his rivals into submission, beating Hawaii two lengths in the fastest time of the year (29.11) at the track.
Meanwhile at Drumbo Park, Coolykereen Fire took his revenge on Lanas Dazzler in the S3 sprint final, the 5-4 favourite clocking 18.22 and giving Armagh owner and trainer John Byrne the £300 prize.
Racing continues at Drumbo Park this evening.
Programme for tonight (8pm)
335: Head Iton Bazza, Miss Holz, Baba Blue, Point Ruler, Tarnbridge Toby, Ulster Gent
335: Letnomandown, Suirview Ginger, Alien Dee, Amys Little Gem, Endova Tina, Chancer Simpson
525: Drums And Roses, Straidnahanalady, Cals Mix, Minnies Catorie, Head Iton Lottie, Mineola Meercat
525: Lakeshore Lad, Kevinsfort Turbo, Otis Bob, Milestone Aura, Oscar Chimes, Witsec Minelli
525: Darfin Lady, Mineola Tip Top, Stouke Sky, Cals Envoy, Churchtown Miley, Alibom By Yey
525: Quarterland Boss, Portmagee Beauty, Voodoo Magic, Swift Cabernet, Shift Trooper, All Time Low
335: Hy Shannon, Jaydins Bolt, Cherrypark Gem, Effernogue Daz, Nosey Paul, Briggs Buoy
550: Quarterland Ella, Dens Hannah, Pumpstreet Ciara, Clondoty Leona, Playfield Mac, Fit Right
525: Massimos Diva, Sneijder, Meadowview Thril, Quarterland Abby, Meadowview Vale, Taepot Hill
335: Darfin Dancer, Blue Obama, Roshure Paul, Nosey Taz, Quarterland Nico, Catherines Drico
525: Wee Bingo, Kincraig Pat, Hillhall Jilly, Nosey Meg, Rathin King, Beaming Grand