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Can't keep up with Jones

 

By Robert Fenton

Burma Ben Jones repeated his semi-final success in the final of the £1,200 Cathal Hagan Memorial (A4) Tri-Distance final over 575 yards at Drumbo Park.

As in the previous week, the good-looking fawn held on with the line just coming in time, landing the prize for Hillsborough trainer Marina McKeown.

Ardfhearta Jet and Old Fort Ohio finishes strongly but Ben who was crying out for the line, held on by a neck from Jet who was the only one to chase Burma down the far side after severe crowding on the initial turn. Jet made a determined effort but all in vain.

Ohio was stone-cold last entering the back-straight and again made up tremendous ground but had to settle for third, beaten half a length in 32.22 secs.

A smart victory for Out For Now, a black dog handled by Dungannon's Jim Hughes, caught the eye on Saturday night.

It was a highly meritable display in view of Now returning for his first race since winning over four bends back in July.

Breaking fast in a sprint, he came home in a super 17.93 secs, showing too much pace for his opponents, best of whom was Abrakebabra King six lengths in arrears with Ballygogue Sky a further five back in third.

Another making a successful comeback after a break was Crickleowl Sally. Handled by Portaferry's David Ritchie, the black bitch produced a strong finish to win an open sprint from Tullyrusk Snow. Tullyrusk made the best start and led up to the turn but Sally had the better resolve close home, winning by a head in 18.18 secs.

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