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Quick Silver scorches to second successive New Year win at Drumbo Park

By Robert Fenton

Silver Lil is enjoying a golden spell entering the New Year. Victorious on the first night back after Drumbo Park's seasonal break, the black bitch moved up a notch and delivered for the second week in succession at the weekend.

There was no denying 5/4 favourite Lil as she's hard to catch once in front. At the finish, Silver had two and a half lengths in hand over Hour Glass Lass in 29.19 which due to the slowness of the track, equated to 28.99 seconds.

The same meeting also saw an eye-catching debut win by the well bred fawn pup Briggs Buoy. The fawn Wise Thought-Capa Nikita pup, made an average start behind Sneijder and Meadows Luther but produced an notable surge up the inside.

He was a bit fortunate in that the front two bumped each other, giving the Buoy the opportunity to pounce which he did in grand fashion, coming clear for an easy eight-lengths win from Rhythm Prince in an estimated 18.08. A very nice start to his racing career.

Blue Obama looked the bet of the meeting on her best form on Saturday night and that's how it turn out to be as she romped home five and a half lengths clear of her competitors.

The blue brindle bitch, a great servant to Lurgan trainer Gary Silcock, left them for dead from traps and it was all over early. So Perl followed her home with Daydreamer Jack a length and a half further back in third. The time was a solid 18.04 in continuous snow and no surprise to see her returned at 4/6.

That was part of a double for Gary as he also obliged with Santro Queen. She reigned in an A4 contest over 525, showing plenty of resolution in battling on for a length success (29.35), justifying market support into 2/1 favourite.

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