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Latest Drumbo celebration is a Breeze for Ronnie

By Robert Fenton

Published 11/04/2016

Trophy joy: Ronnie McKeown
Trophy joy: Ronnie McKeown

Drumbo Park witnessed another trophy winning celebration for Ronnie McKeown's Hillsborough kennels on Saturday night, this time in an A3 550 decider worth £350.

The training maestro had two contenders, Baht At Breeze and Barntick Heart who missed the 'kick' at the lift of the lids which put paid to her chances.

But Baht just made the corner in front and kicked on from there, coming home five and a half lengths ahead of the running-on Zip, clocking 30.69. The winner is owned by Lisburn pair Martin Thackray and Mark Russell.

Lismadine Oran came down from Letterkenny and scorched to a brilliant win in a fast 17.95 over the minimum trip. Owned by Seamus Boyce, the black dog was well backed in the ring and duly obliged.

Flying out of trap two, the black dog was chased by Killinan Act with the rest being held up at the first turn after Gary Cu ran straight on and over the wall. That left only two in contention and in a good buckle to the line, Oran had enough in hand to win by a length.

Tinas Peppa took the spoils following a good three-way battle for the £350 prize in an A5 final. Runner-up in the semi-final behind Hard To Kick, Tracey Muldoon's white and black bitch reversed that form, coming from behind to master kennel-mates Leathems Trixie and Leathems Hero.

Peppa was well away from the inside while the favourite Hard To Kick lost ground in trying to get across to the rail from the middle.

But on the apex of the bend, Trixie squeezed round in front and moved clear. But Peppa renewed her challenge approaching the third bend while Hero got into the shake-up on the outside.

However, it was Tinas who had the better finishing power and stayed on strongly in beating Trixie two lengths in 29.08 with Hero the same distance back in third.

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