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Ciara Fitz the bill for Ciaran Fitzgerald in £350 Drumbo Park final win

By Robert Fenton

Brockagh Ciara reversed the form in no uncertain terms as she lifted £350 and the trophy in Drumbo's A3 final on Saturday night, taking her revenge on the odds-on favourite Beaming Dot Com.

Beaten five lengths by Beaming Dot Com in last week's semi-final, the bitch, owned by Coalisland's Ciaran Fitzgerald, went off at 5/1 but turned that result on its head with a trap-to-line display.

Hitting out from trap five, Brockagh made the vital first turn in front of Beaming this time and that made all the difference.

Once in front, Ciara was not for catching and she strode on determinedly, putting three and a half lengths between herself and Beaming in a decent 29.12 secs. Run On Pearl came from last to stay on for third, a further five and a half lengths back.

Tinas Peppa put up the evening's best display in coming from a hopeless position to snatch the verdict on the line in a decent 29.26 secs, landing her fourth success for Ardboe's young Tracey Muldoon.

Barntick Heart made the best start and with severe crowding on the first bend where Peppa suffered badly, it looked all over when Barntick opened up a good lead down the back straight.

Footfield Alpha and Millbrook King gave chase and Tinas still had it all to do in fourth approaching the home stretch but she battled on with gusto in beating Barntick by a short head with Footfield only a head further back in third.

Curry My Yoghurt was very sweet as she landed her third win in four races for Belfast's young Jade Reid.

A fawn bitch, she was not brilliantly away from the lift of the lids where Pickels and Wicky Rachel fought it out for early dominance.

Rachel led round the first two bends and down the far side but Yoghurt was on her tail and striding out impressively. Curry took control from the third bend and stayed on well despite moving wide, to prevail by a length in 29.19 secs as she continues her upward trend.

There were a couple of notable sprint wins, Kentish Dream and Dogsandfools both dipping under 18 seconds. The former was running at Drumbo for the first time and is now handled by Hillsborough's Ronnie McKeown. The brindle pup romped home in 17.99, beating Bens Brae by three lengths.

Dogsandfools, a winner last week, went even faster. Brian Macklin's Antrim black clocked 17.93, winning easily by four lengths from Santro Wind.

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