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Dutchess continues her impressive run of form and shows she's one for the future


By Robert Fenton

Belfast's Philip Moore had every reason to celebrate after his black bitch Dee Bee Dutchess lifted the 600 A1/2 final over 600 yards at Shelbourne Park.

No one at the Dublin track gave her much hope as she went off at 10/1 after finishing second in the semi-finals.

But the Bee had different ideas and burst clear from the lift of the lids and was never headed, staying on for a four-length victory over Good Digs in a very respectable 32.73 seconds.

A recent competition winner at Drumbo Park, she has not been out of the first two in her last five runs and has plenty to look forward to in the future.

Meanwhile, Brendan Magee has his 'old friend' Fox Encounter in great form and the Belfast-based black dog proved his worth in taking the Book Online S2 final and a £350 prize at the local venue.

The black Nov 14 dog was a good semi-final winner and while Santro Eclipse broke fast, Encounter, perfectly drawn in the red box, had the legs to lead up and move away in impressive fashion.

Turning for home, Fox was in no mood to be caught and had four and a half lengths in hand over Eclipse in 17.97.

Picking up the prize, Brendan said: "It is the first time I have won a trophy on my own and it was great to see him in front early. It makes it all worthwhile, especially as the dog had been sick earlier in the week and I thought about not running him."

Eclipse held on by a neck from the reserve Saleen Stars in the battle for the minor honours.

Also down for decision were two semi-finals of the Campbell Trade Sales and DTSC A3 semi-finals and this saw a great run from the Marina McKeown-trained Eastside Flyer.

This was the black dog's first effort over four bends, having previously won one of four sprints which came the previous week in Dundalk. That triumph in 21.52 showed his early pace and the Flyer used it here to maximum effort.

Fast out, he led into the initial bend from Unch Meet and Pookies Arrow, the latter putting in a brave challenge until fading in the home straight and losing out to Ballybeg Nidge by a neck for second. Ahead of them, Eastside was hitting the line four lengths clear in an impressive 28.73 secs.

The second semi was a much closer affair and went to 5/1 chance Darfin Jade owned by Crossgar's Daryl McLaughlin.

She came from off the pace to get up close home, beating Biddy by a short head with Marina having a second finalist in Sizzling Don who stayed on in eye-catching style for third place.

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