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Sharpe operator outfoxes rivals to win Drumbo Park final

By Robert Fenton

Published 08/08/2016

Kentish Dream set the standard in the second semi-final of the A3 dual-distance at Drumbo Park with a notable time of 28.99 seconds (525) and is likely to start a warm favourite for next Saturday’s decider over 550 (stock photo)
Kentish Dream set the standard in the second semi-final of the A3 dual-distance at Drumbo Park with a notable time of 28.99 seconds (525) and is likely to start a warm favourite for next Saturday’s decider over 550 (stock photo)

Slow-starting Greenhill Fox still had the overall pace to dot up in Drumbo Park's S3 final worth £350 to the winner.

From trap one, he was a couple of lengths behind Meadows Magic at the lift of the lids and while showing a good turn of foot up the inside, looked destined for first-bend trouble. But the gap opened up on Magic's inner as she moved off slightly and Greenhill shot through approaching the home turn.

Once in front, Harry Sharpe's Belfast-based black pup came home three lengths clear in a decent solid 18.12 secs. Moira's Henry Gordon McCartney picked up the second and third prizes with Magic and Meadows Gold, the pair separated by a length for the minor honours.

Hot favourite Tingle Creek justified his market support in landing the A5 final in a fast 28.95 secs, also worth £350.

After an easy semi-final victory, Steven McEvoy's black and white dog made all from start to finish. Leading up from Cromac Terror, the 4/6 market leader soon had a commanding position and came home three lengths in front of Terror. Slip The Cash who was crowded at the first bend, ran on for third, half-a-length behind Cromac.

Fane Zeema clocked the fastest 525 of the weekend (28.72), winning a good buckle to the fourth bend with Grancore Ella.

The latter running from the outside, led round from Zeema who took it up down the far side. But Ella stuck to her task can came back to lead again at the third only to throw a winning opportunity away by moving wide on the final turn.

Such was the manoeuvre, Grancore also lost out for second and third as Markstreet Mixie stayed on for the runner-up spot, beaten two lengths and Westway Genie denying Ella by a head for third.

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