Sharp Tools have edge in £10,000 Tennent's Gold Cup final at Drumbo
Hot-pot Toolmaker Scot booked his place in Drumbo Park's £10,000 Tennent's Gold Cup final next Saturday with a smooth semi-final performance at the weekend.
And he will take plenty of beating in the decider although it won't be plain sailing as he is drawn in trap four beside kennel mate Toolmaker Metro in trap five with the fast-starting Darfin Angel on his inside and Farloe Rumble again getting his coveted red box (T1).
Robert Gleeson's Rathangan-based blue dog, owned by William Hyslop, was not as impressive as his first round win but on a slower surface, rated 20 spots back, never looked like losing out in the opening penultimate heat, clocking 28.72.
From trap two he led up from the Belfast contender Tiernans Gift, handled by Tommy Light. The pair always had it between them following crowding in behind with Gift having to settle for the runner-up spot, beaten a length and a half. Not that such will disappoint Tommy as making the final is what mattered and Tiernans was certainly not disgraced behind a top-notch tracker. Gift again, occupies trap six in the final.
The camera was needed to sort out the second 'semi' with the gallant Darfin Angel just failing to hold off the favourite Farloe Rumble in the care of Donaghadee's Curtis McGrath.
A black bitch trained by Crossgar's Finbarr McLaughlin, Angel as expected, led and kept up the momentum down the far side chased by Farloe who did not make the best of starts but was always a clear second with the others crowded on the turn.
Angel's weakness is getting home and the black dog Rumble kept up the pressure all the way to the line, snatching the verdict by a short head in 28.87 (28.67). John Byrne's Armagh runner Coolykereen Jack finished well as usual after a very poor start but third was not good enough for a final spot.
Toolmaker Metro, a second finalist for trainer Gleeson, stayed on strongly despite being checked on his run approaching the home-turn, grabbing the vital second place, a neck behind Blue Cafu who followed kennel mate Farloe into the decider.
Final line up in trap order: 1: Farloe Rumble; 2: Darfin Angel; 3: Blue Cafu; 4: Toolmaker Scot; 5: Toolmaker Metro; 6: Tiernans Gift (M)