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McKeown is to the four at Drumbo

By Robert Fenton

Published 04/04/2016

On target: Shea Campbell
On target: Shea Campbell

Lisburn trainer Ronnie McKeown ended a lean spell with a four-timer on Saturday night at Drumbo Park, including the two winners of the penultimate heats of an A3 550 contest, courtesy of Barntick Heart and Baht At Breeze.

Consistent bitch Barntick owned by Crumlin's Paddy White, always gives her best and has now finished either first or second in almost half of her 61 outings.

Should Coulda won the race into the first bend but that lead was short-lived as Heart moved to the front down the far side.

The former was forced to check at the third where Kenyan Gold and Gingers Spice got into contention but there was no catching Barntick who had two and a half lengths in hand over Gold in 30.60.

Baht At Breeze gave Ronnie a second runner in the £350 final and she too dotted up for her first win since last May.

Stapleton fell out of trap three while Breeze made the initial turn in front where Hillhall Jilly, Zip and Santro Rose got entangled with each other. That left Baht away and gone.

Owned by Lisburn duo Martin Thackray and Mark Russell, she had nine lengths to spare over Santro with Zip a further length back in third (30.54).

Earlier in a 525 race, the red box helped Lochaber big time in landing his maiden victory at the 11th attempt.

Leading early, the black dog, owned by Belfast's Marty Manning, went further and further away down the far side and came home alone, clocking an impressive 29.08 seconds.

The winning margin was eight lengths, leaving Marinas Lee to come from off the pace to snatch second from Willies City.

And Ronnie was not finished, ending the programme with a brilliant sprint triumph by Robbies Dazzler.

Armagh's Shea Campbell owns this pacey blue dog who has shown his prowess here over four bends.

Perfectly housed in trap one, he was very fast away, hitting the corner in 6.57 and then holding off a serious challenge from Fairway Warrior by a diminishing half-a-length in a sharp 17.96 seconds.

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