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McErlean-Sharkey duo score a Fane win at Drumbo Park

By Robert Fenton

Two penultimate heats of an A2 contest dominated proceedings at Drumbo Park on Saturday night with Fane Zeema caming out with the top plaudits.

A black dog owned jointly by Belfast's David McErlean and Martin Sharkey, Zeema was back to his very best with a 28.97 victory, four lengths at the line from Take The Call.

Homeless Dark was run out of it for second, being unable to hold the late response from Call who gives Newry's Brian Larkin two in this weekend's finale after his Grancore Ella took the honours with a strong run.

Coming out of trap six, Ella, a black bitch, improved on her second the previous week, going away after first-bend trouble, to win by seven and three-quarter lengths in a smart 29.02 seconds.

Ella took that vital turn by surging into the corner and her decisiveness caused bunching on the inside where Lisson Dawn, Bill Me and Dopey Dino suffered before chasing the leader into the back-straight.

Dawn who went off favourite, did well to recover and get the better of Bill Me for the other two qualifying spots.

The performance of the weekend was achieved by newcomer Lemon Man, winning his first race for Fintona trainer Davy Graham, running round the 525 circuit in a very fast 28.53 secs.

A black Aug '14 pup, he was not that well away from trap two but flew up between Twinkle Cain and Abrakebabra Bee in an A6 contest to lead into the initial turn and from there, ran away from the rest, beating Markstreet Mixie six lengths in what was an exciting start for the youngster.

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