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Mahon Accord sets scintillating pace at Drumbo in Bitches Stake

By Robert Fenton

Mahon Accord set the pace in the opening round of the Skywalker Farloe Bitches Stake (A4) at Drumbo in sizzling style, clocking a scintillating 28.54 secs with a sectional of 16.48.

Owned by Portadown's Ken Smyth, she is an experienced tracker renowned for her stamina and was expected to be outpaced early in the second heat. However, the opposite was the case as she led out from trap three and hit the turn ahead of promising youngster Vigorous Becca with Highview Steel trying to keep in touch.

Once she was in front Mahon, who has previously run in better class, was never going to be caught although Becca made a brave fist of it and only lost out by a couple of lengths at the line. Steel was a further eight back in third.

Maiden Finulagh Limini opened the contest with a sparkling performance for Newry pair Harvey Lavelle and Cormac McHugh.

Fleadh Jolie broke fast but Dance Leyla showed the best pace to lead up and down the far side. Limini, a black bitch made her challenge at the third turn and once leading, ran away for a comfortable victory, beating Leyla five and a half lengths (29.02) with Jolie qualifying in third.

Lurgan owner-trainer Mickey Duffy who handles Dance Leyla, has a second contender in the semi-finals following the success of his black bitch Lisogarbh Norie.

Drumcrow Nina led in the early stages and held that position approaching the penultimate bend which Norie swept in good style, going clear for a four lengths defeat of Klopps Wee Pet, a good finisher from well off the pace and got up to deny Nina of second spot. The winning time was 29.00.

The winners just keep rolling in for Dundonald trainer Margaret Campbell and Quivers Buster was the first-leg of a nightly double as she made her way into the next stage.

Buster, a black bitch was first round the opening bend from Pickles and Wee Solerina and never looked surrendering her advantage. At the line, Quivers was a length and a half in front of Ardfhearta Jet who ran on well to take second, two lengths in front of Solerina (29.11).

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