Killinan puts Joe in Black to tune of £800 at Drumbo
A three-way photo highlighted a tremendous finale to Drumbo Park's Great Eastern Bar A3/A4 Tri-Distance, sponsored by East Belfast's Stephen Townsley, on Saturday night.
Stamina was the key over 575 yards and it was Killinan Black who came out best in denying the fastest finisher Cill Dubh Flash by a short-head with Sober Princess only a head further adrift in third.
Cathal Toy led up from Calzaghe Prost who took it up on the back-straight with the eventual winner only fourth and the slow-staring Flash even further back.
But in the run-in the picture changed as Killinan, a dark brindle handled by Banbridge trainer Michael Taggart for Thurles owner Joe McIlhone, hit the front only to find Cill Dubh bearing down fast on the outside. The line just came in time for Black and in another stride, Flash would have got up. The winning time was 32.19 secs.
To the winner the spoils, and Killanan landed the trophy and prize of £800.
Punters also saw a flying run from Gormanstown-based Badminton Rua in the second semi-final of the An Cu Veterinary Clinic & DTSC sprint.
Rua scorched home in a tremendous 17.79, the black bitch hitting the ground running, clocking with a sectional of 6.49 and beating the maiden Dark Vanity four lengths in 17.79 secs.
The latter challenged briefly at the first bend and was far from disgraced, finishing four and a half in front of the third Rathwire Joe.
The other 'semi' saw plenty of early pace, especially from Acantha Magic Kilcree Buddy and Fane Blue Girl.
Magic, a white and black dog owned by Craigavon's Steven McEvoy is a pup going the right way and he hit the turn with a split of 6.57 ahead of Buddy and proved two lengths better than the latter in 18.03 with the Girl qualifying in third.
Racing resumes at Drumbo on Friday.