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Daryl's flying Angel spreads wings for Drumbo final victory

By Robert Fenton

Darfin Angel was confidently expected to land the £400 prize up for grabs in Drumbo Park's A3 final after a decisive semi-final performance.

The black bitch, owned and trained by Crossgar's Daryl McLaughlin, did not disappoint. Hitting the ground running from trap one, she was clear going into the first bend where Ruthless Mini hit Fane Sioux, bringing the latter down. Angel is hard to catch when in front and despite a gallant effort from Blackstone Nero in cutting back the leeway, Darfin was a worthy winner by two lengths in a fine 30.24 secs. Ruthless Mini was third five and a half lengths behind Nero.

The other £400 final (S4) saw Footfield Flash overturn his semi-final form with Search Now and clocking the equal fastest sprint time of the night (17.83).

Eamon Hagan's Dungannon-based black dog had to settle for the runner-up spot in his previous two runs, just failing to get up late on. But there was no near miss in this encounter as he came away from trap two from Search and never looked like being challenged.

Running on strongly, he had four lengths to spare over Wellpad Eve who came from off the pace after taking a bump along with Search at the bend. There is no racing at Drumbo this Friday night and the office will be closed from Tuesday until Friday morning for trial bookings the following week. Racing resumes on Saturday evening.

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