Susie powers to quickest 525 time at Drumbo in over a year
Phenomenal is the one word to describe the performance of Eamon Maginn’s Downpatrick-based bitch Tullymurry Susie in the Drumbo Park Tote Stakes — she recovered from a very poor start to clock the fastest 525 time (28.47) at the venue since Dove River bettered it by two spots in May 2015.
The time was faster than that recorded by Derby finalist Sidarian Pearl when she won her first race around four bends at the venue last October in 28.49.
Susie’s forte is finishing power and stamina and if she could come away from the boxes better, she would be a sensation. Handled by Eamon’s son Damian, her effort was top drawer.
She was a poor fifth going round the first bend in her first outing since July — in which she was a winner over 550 yards — where Darfin Angel set the early pace. At the third bend, Susie was at least six lengths adrift.
It looked as if she had too much to do, but she brushed past on the home straight to win by two lengths. It was her fourth success in five outings, being beaten by a head in the other.
Down at Shelbourne Park, trainer Graham Holland, who has swept all before him in the past two years, won his first Boylesports Irish Derby — but not with the favourite Sonic.
Instead it was one of his other two finalists, Rural Hawaii, who landed the €125,000 prize for Clonmel owners and breeders Helen and Michael O’Dwyer.
Drawn out wide in trap six, he was very fast away from the two bitches Holycross Leah and Sidarian Pearl, Holland’s third runner. Although running wide off the final bend, he beat Leah by a length in 29.65 (550) with Sonic third.