Dream showdown looks set to be a Drumbo Park cracker
Kentish Dream set the standard in the second semi-final of the A3 dual-distance at Drumbo Park with a notable time of 28.99 seconds (525) and is likely to start a warm favourite for next Saturday’s decider over 550.
Jimmys Sham was the marginal leader going into the opening bend but Dream, a brindle dog, handled by Hillsborough’s Ronnie McKeown, came out in front and stayed there. He was pursued by both Sham and Masterofthehill who moved into second approaching the third bend, but Jimmys rallied and chased Dream home two lengths adrift. Masterofthehill was a similar distance back in third.
The initial heat went to Eamon Hagan’s Footfield Alpha who led early, was headed down the far side but came back to win handily in the closing stages.
Alpha led up but going down the back straight was overtaken by Ascot Duke. However, in the run for home, Duke faded and Footfield stayed on for a three and a half lengths victory in 29.15. Barntick Heart got up in the closing stages to deny Duke for second spot by half a length.
The A4 (525) final went to Uncle Jayfkay for Ballymoney’s Anthony Fuda. The young trainer has hit a bit of form with his new recruits and Jayfkay continues to improve as seen by justifying evens favouritism in beating Rag Bush three lengths in 28.95.
Derry butcher Paul Ellis has his Farloe Rumble, third in last year’s Boylesport Irish Derby, back in the semi-finals. The black dog finished second behind Gyp Rosetti in 29.73 (550) and stays on course for the €125,000 winner’s prize.
Graham Holland also has three in the semis, including leading fancies Sonic and Sidarian Pearl. The latter was the fastest winner of the quarter-finals, clocking 29.71 in beating Holycross Lea and Ela Alecko.
Sonic, normally a fast-trapper, showed he can win from behind in beating last year’s winner Ballymac Matt and kennel mate Rural Hawaii in 29.73, a mere two spots behind Pearl on the watch.
Boylesports Irish Derby semi-finals: Heat one: Ela Alecko, Farloe Rumble, Ballymac Matt, Cahir Castle, Sonic, Escapism. Heat two: College Paradise, Holycross Leah, Gyp Rosetti, Roxholme Barkley, Sidarian Pearl, Rural Hawaii.