Some pup as Coalisland flier makes Drumbo final on racing debut
A very competitive S4 final is in store at Drumbo Park on Saturday night following three semi-finals which saw the winners separated by two lengths on the clock.
The most appealing effort came in the initial 'semi' from an unraced pup, Una Ciruela, who clocked 18.16 (6.69 split) on his debut.
A blue September 2014 pup owned by a Coalisland syndicate, Una left his rivals trailing, going clear early and powering home five and a half lengths clear of Backdoor Wacko.
In the second semi-final, a strong finish from Wellpad Eve delivered the spoils from early leader Strong View, the pair qualifying for the decider.
Strong made the best start but was closely pursued by Eve and the brindle bitch, owned by Ciaran and Sean O'Neill, finished better to get up and deny the gallant Strong by half-a-length in a smart 18.28 secs following a 6.66 split.
In the third semi-final, Search Now was the quickest of the three heat winners, but only just (18.14). Fairyhill Dan broke smartly but Daniel Gregory's Belfast black bitch, accelerated up the outside and led going into the turn where Footfield Flash made a challenging move. Turning for home, it was between the pair and in a tight buckle, Search held on by a head from Flash.
Top show at the weekend came from Darfin Angel who soon put the 550 A3 semi-final to bed with a superb front-running display.
Blasting out from trap five, she was soon in command running down the far side and it was left to Fane Sioux, who came from well off the pace, to chase Daryl McLaughlin's Crossgar bitch home, two and a half lengths adrift in a tasty 30.14 ses. Ruthless Mini qualified in third, four and a half lengths behind Sioux.