Jolly good Fella out in front
Boleys Fella set the standard in the opening round of the Redmills & DTSC Champion A3 contest worth £1200 to the outright winner at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
Not only did Fella hold on to his unbeaten record, making it three from three in taking a very competitive heat, but clocked the fastest time (28.87) of the four.
Fella, a black and white put in the hands of trainer Ronnie McKeown for Co. Down owner Pat Brown, took it up at the third and held off Scullys Big Bob Bob by two lengths with Toolmaker Obama, whose challenge petered out, a further one and a half back in third. The time was a flying 28.87 secs.
Stefans Wee Bro took heat two but the one that caught the eye was Robert Gleeson's Droopys De Rossi who was virtually bumped out of it at the sprint boxes before recovering to finish in second.
Wee Bro, a black pup started best while De Rossi was crowded on the run-up and took a might bump on the back-straight and shunted back to fifth before cutting through the pack and running on strong. But Stefans stuck on well to hold Droopys by a length and a half in 29.02 with Run Jay Run staying on in third.
Shes Royal won her heat at the lift of the lids. The black bitch, owned by Tyrone's Eugene O'Neill flashed, out and was clear at the first bend where Fernisky Dusky was badly bumped.
Barnish Indie made up ground running into the third turn but Royal cut him off and went on to hold him by three-quarters with Ballymoney Lass running on late after early trouble for the third qualifying spot (29.20).
Milldean Bobby was a worthy winner of the final heat after being held up at the first bend, being only third turning for home.
Take Kerr Janny escaped the initial buffeting to scoot clear down the far side. He had a good advantage but ran out of steam on the home stretch where Bobby, a black dog, handled by Craigavon's Bobby Scullion, stayed on well to deny Robbie Cheetah by half-a-length (29.53). Janny held on for third.