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Sweet music for Stephen in Melodic Drumbo victory

By Robert Fenton

Melodic Air was top of the pops in the opening semi-final of the A2 Bet On The Tote 525 at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.

The blue bitch is a top sprinter and used her speed to build up a winning lead. Stephen Magee's Belfast runner clocked a very notable 28.71 with a sectional of 16.34 in holding on by a length from the challenging Kahuna Bruce while Killinan Black came from last entering the back-straight, to qualify in third, beaten only three lengths.

Melodic's card reads well, six wins and four seconds from 12 races. The second heat went to Wizzer Magee after the black dog, handled by Dungannon's Eddie Hurson, took the first bend ahead of Meenagh Angel with Solution bumped out of contention.

Magee maintained his momentum in beating Lisnaward Blaze two and a half lengths, the latter coming from well off the pace to take advantage of crowding at the penultimate turn to come through and grab second. Spud Time made the decider in third, a further length adrift in 29.21 secs.

There were other notable performances over the weekend, one from the young sprinter Fatboyz Nathan who romped home in a very fast 17.97. This was the second successive win for June 2015 pup, owned by Ballymena's Helen Morrison.

Mucho Macho Emma caught the eye with a front-running display over 550 yards, beating Matts Mia three and a half lengths in a solid 30.27 secs. It marked a double on the night for Tyrone owners Sean and Francie Hagan who also obliged with Mucho Macho Mick in a sprint (18.50).

Regent Street picked the right time to land her maiden victory for Belfast owner Fra McCullough in the an S4 sprint final.

The black bitch was not that well away from traps behind Manilla Twist who beat her in the semi-finals. However, Street moved to the middle and a clear path up the inner to challenge at the opening turn. Regent came off the second bend in front and stayed on well on the home-run, beating Twist two lengths with Lisson Bullit a close-up third.

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