Swift Cabernet and Blastoff McCaw set to light up May Eastwood and Alfie McLean Memorial Puppy Cup Final
It's all to play for in the £2,000 May Eastwood and Alfie McLean Memorial Puppy Cup final at Drumbo Park on Saturday night after two competitive semi-finals with less than a length separating the two winners Blastoff McCaw and Swift Cabernet.
Both did identical splits (16.51 seconds) but McCaw was marginally faster in 28.98 compared to Cabernet's 29.03.
The pair have been drawn next door in traps five and six respectively in the decider.
Cabernet is one of two finalists trained by Slaney's Martin Lanney and he will be delighted with trap one for Meadowvale Thril who was runner-up to the classy Blastoff.
Armagh's John Byrne is enjoying a purple patch at present with some potentially smart pups, one of them being Blastoff who benefited from having the prime inside pitch in the opening heat.
Canny Lad broke best and was about to lead round the opening bend but took a bump from Posh Pawn which cost them both.
McCaw, a brindle son of Kinloch Brae, had a clear passage on the inside and moved ahead entering the back-straight.
Meadowvale, owned by Scotland's Alex Callachan, gave his all in pursuit and at the third bend looked like taking the lead but Blastoff found a bit more and kicked again, holding Thril by a length with Tom Thought seven lengths back in third.
Cabernet took the first semi-final with a fine effort, finding a narrow inside gap coming off the third bend and running on to hold off a storming finish from off-the-pace Tip Top Ozil by two lengths in 29.03.
Monagea Vic qualifed in third position.
Trap draw for the final is: 1: Meadow Thril; 2: Monagea Vic; 3: Tom Thought; 4: Tip Top Ozil; 5: Blastoff McCaw; 6: Swift Cabernet.