New kid on the clock at Drumbo is a real Beauty
All Beauty was the star act at Drumbo Park over the weekend, the youngster clocking a superb 28.67 in only her third race to maintain a 100% record.
The black bitch, a daughter of Paradise Madison and Loughside Beauty, was expected to deliver as seen with a starting price of 4/7 and she did not disappoint. Owned by Toomebridge's Damian McCann, she was quickly into her stride, leading round the first bend and running on strongly with a sectional time of 16.46, beating Present Frank three lengths.
Meenagh Magic surprisingly had only won once before putting in his best performance in the opening semi-final of a 550 contest (A2), stopping the watch at 30.09. From a level break, the black dog, owned by Coalisland's Michael Corr, made the corner in front from trap six and was never headed after trouble in behind and has an excellent chance of taking Saturday's final.
Feora Fantasy suffered worst of all. Going well up the middle, she was badly baulked and bumped out of contention. This left Magic clear and while Jades Impact and Bad Blood kept on for the qualifying positions, beaten a length and a length and a half respectively.
The other heat went to the front-running Fuerty Rhino who recently joined Brian Larkin's Newry kennel. The black dog warmed up for this with a sprint run the previous week and that certainly gave him an extra edge. He was always in the forefront from trap one and led round and down the far side from Slip The Gears and Glebe Capri.
Rhino was not for catching and it was Billies Idol who came from well off the pace to finish ith relish and take second, two lengths behind Fuerty with Capri qualifying another length behind in third (30.17).