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Ronnie and Brian are on track with Sprint Cup contenders

By Robert Fenton

Published 03/08/2015

'At Drumbo on Saturday night, the top display came from Dean McComb's Belfast-based Knockra Teddy' (stock photo)
'At Drumbo on Saturday night, the top display came from Dean McComb's Belfast-based Knockra Teddy' (stock photo)

Northern trainers Ronnie McKeown and Brian Robinson have contenders in Friday night's semi-finals of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk.

Speedy pair Catherines Drico and Trewmount Blue will feature in the penultimate heats, the former, owned by Armagh's Shea Campbell, losing no quarter in going down by less than a length behind English Derby runner-up Tynwald Bish (400). The latter, trained by Terry Corden, clocked 21.31, a time matched by John 'Ginger' McGhee's Hillcroft Hero in the third round heats.

Trewmount, a black son of Razldazl Jayfkay and owned by Coalisland's Sarah Robinson, was beaten behind Trinity Forest last time and despite taking on Tynwald, has every prospect of a place in the final line-up.

First semi-final draw: Catherines Drico, Lislevane Swift, Blenhiem Cracker, Trinity Forest, Bruno Ya Know, Blue Cafu (M).

Second semi-final: Trewmount Blue, Slipalong Hero, Abbeylea Marta, Hillcroft Hero, Slade Paddy, Tynwald Bish (w)

At Drumbo on Saturday night, the top display came from Dean McComb's Belfast-based Knockra Teddy who followed up on his recent Derry triumph with another solid display.

Leading out of traps from Thumpher Hill and Dungannon Magic, the black dog justified the evens favourite tag in fine fashion.He was always in In control turning the first two bends and while Ballyshane Magic challenged at the penultimate bend, Teddy was not for catching and had two and a half lengths to spare in a sharp 28.97 secs.

One that started off his career in notable style was novice My Mias. A white and black September 2013 bitch, she looks very promising for Belfast's Pat McKenna.

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