Toolmaker Scot leaves rivals in wake to storm into Cup semis
Simply brilliant are the only words to describe Toolmaker Scot's display in heat three of the £10,000 Tennent's Gold Cup first round at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
It was a highly polished display, featuring the second fastest split time for the trip (16.16) and the third quickest 525 (28.25) in the eight-year history of the track.
A blue dog, handled by Rathangan's Robert Glesson, he was runner-up in Dundalk's Irish Sprint Cup behind kennel mate Ballymac Bigmike, and his early pace saw him come away from trap one, beating Deanridge Wazzo into the first bend.
From there, the pair had it between them all the way home, although Wazzo never got to the leader and was beaten three and a half lengths. The staying bitch, Tullymurry Susie, came from a long way back to oust Jimmys Sham for third place, a length behind Deanridge.
Donaghdee trainer Curtis McGrath has two in next weekend's semi-finals, courtesy of Blue Cafu and Farloe Rumble, both of whom were semi-finalists in the English and Irish Derbies respectively. The pair are owned by Scotland's Peter Aiken.
First semi-final: Streetsofnewyork; Toolmaker Scot; Highview Passion; Tullymurry Susie; Deanridge Wazzo; Tiernans Gift
Second semi-final: Farloe Rumble; Knight Invader; Darfin Angel; Talking Tactics; Coolykereen Jack; Hard Bought (w)
Third semi-final: Blue Cafu; Toolmaker Metro; Nannny Brien; Ballymac Lorcan; Pass Remarkable (m); Kereight Dodger (m).