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Michael Corr conjures up £400 Magic touch at Drumbo Park

By Robert Fenton

Meenagh Magic has found his form big time and Michael Corr's Coalisland-based black dog showed his growing prowess with a super display in taking the 550 (A2) final and £400 prize at Drumbo Park.

Michael has found the key to this fellow who has now won two on the bounce and in clocking a healthy 29.97 secs, took another step up the grading ladder to open class.

Billies Idol led around the first two bends and into the back-straight where Meenagh found another gear before gliding past the leader in brilliant style, going down to the third bend. Once in front, Magic was not stopping, although Billies did well to keep on and reduce the winning margin to a length. The favourite Jades Impact ran wide on the final bend but finished clear enough to ensure third spot.

Two semi-finals of an A4 contest saw victories for Coolavanny Rogue and Braeside Bully.

The latter was quickest of the two, hitting the ground running in beating off a strong finish from Confey Snowy by a length with Farboyz Darcie qualifying in third. The winner is a white and brindle dog owned and trained by Armagh's Sean Devlin and got round the opening bend in front after trouble which saw the fancied Good Victory badly bumped after missing the break.

Earlier, Coolavanny Rogue rattled home in fine style from the third bend to win in 29.00 secs and claim his place in next Saturday's final.

Our Tipp made the first turn in front and her early pace was looking good before Rogue shattered that illusion. The powerful-striding fawn, owned by Antrim's Ciara Darby and Sinead Courtney, challenged big time and won going away by three lengths with Shaunas Mini taking the qualifying third spot.

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