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Melodic Air in fine tune for Stephen Magee at Drumbo

By Robert Fenton

It's easy to sing the praises of Melodic Air as the blue bitch is a brave and determined lady who just loves her racing.

And she proved that once again at Drumbo Park on Saturday night, with the best run of her career in winning the £400 prize up for grabs in the Glen Cooke Last Night Of Freedom A2 contest.

Melodic, a blue bitch handled by Belfast's Stephen Magee, confirmed her semi-final victory over Kahuna Bruce and it was a surprise to see the latter going off favourite ahead of the winner.

Drawn out wide in trap six, Air just took the corner, cutting the nose off Killinan Black and that in turned resulted in major trouble in behind with those behind Melodic caught up in severe crowding.

Going down the far side, it was all over as the lead was insurmountable, Melodic winning by nine lengths from the stayer Lisnaward Blaze in a brilliant 28.73. Kahuna finished third two and a half lengths further back.

Five heats of the Oceanfeed Greyhound & DTSC Bitches Stake, worth £750 to the winner, saw Audrey Burney's Armagh runner Bohard Rumble clock the best time of the first round (28.80). Rumble made all in beating Kilgreel two lengths.

Black Sika took the opening heat for Dundonald trainer Margaret Campbell in 29.28, Sika having a length in hand over Tartan Ghloir.

Mustang Tina just got the better of Cronodoy Mary by a short head (29.45) for the Belfast Cheap As Chips Syndicate while Fra McCullagh's Regent Street continued her winning form in defeating Overtwoher by a distance of two and a half lengths (29.11) in heat four.

The final heat went to Meadow Magic owned by Moira's Henry Gordon McCartney. She came from well off the pace to beat long-time leader Lahana Blue close home in 29.15.

Up at Lifford, Derry's Brendan Duffy saw his Central Cloud win the €3,750 McLean Bookmakers 525 final.

Showing good early pace, he was soon in control from Maysmorning run and Smurfing Convoy and came home three and a half lengths ahead of Convoy in 28.83.

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