Belfast Telegraph

Elementary as Sherlock lands £1,200 prize


By Robert Fenton

The form clues pointed to Sherlock taking the Jackie McCann Memorial final worth £1200 at Drumbo Park on Saturday night and there was no more popular victor than David Ritchie's Portavogie-based black dog who started evens favourite.

David only bought the dog a few months ago and Sherlock provided him with a memorable night, making it three wins on the bounce and giving the owner his first Drumbo trophy.

"Early pace wins the race. I have won three in Shelbourne but this is my success at Drumbo and I could not be more pleased.

"He didn't trap brilliantly but had the speed to lead up and once in front, I had no worries as he stays on."

Sherlock got the better of Auld Mac in the run-up and that's how they finished - a repeat of their semi-final encounter. The winning margin this time was two and a half lengths while Tidal Native who was looking for the inside position on leaving trap six, ran on well to clinch third, only beaten four lengths in 28.96.

Meanwhile, the stage is set for competitive Tennent's Gold Cup (525) next Saturday night. And the one to beat is the fast-starting Ballymac Galway's who won the first semi-final for Navan trainer John McGee.

Young Willie MC made a bold bid to peg back the winner who clocked a brilliant 28.68 secs. Fane Zeema ran on and did well to clinch third spot and a place in next week's decider.

The winner is owned by Poland's Aleksander Czarnecki and the dog came back to Ireland after winning several competitions in Poland including a Puppy Derby and finishing third in the Svenskt Derby. Stefans Wee Bro earned his place in the decider with a trap-to-line display, clocking 28.74 secs.

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