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Final showdown sees Ronnie McKeown hold a pair of aces


A £1,500 prize is on offer at Drumbo Park this weekend

An explosive contest is in store after Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown's pair Catherines Drico and Boley Lass dominated the semi-finals of the Stix & Stones Spring Cup.

It makes for an intriguing showdown in the chase for the £1,500 prize at Drumbo Park this weekend.

Both started even money favourites, won easily and clocked an identical time of 28.49 seconds, although there were contrasting finishes.

Catherines, one of the fastest sprinters in Ireland as shown when taking the Islandbridge Cup at Harold's Cross, was expected to lead in the second semi-final and duly did.

Very fast away, the blue and white dog, owned by Armagh's Shea Campbell, hurtled clear around the first bend.

While Drico was coming back after a sensational split of 16.19, he had a length and a half in hand over Meadowvale Thril.

Owned by Co Down's Patrick Brown, Boley Lass's split was 16.38, just under three lengths slower than Catherines but she was stronger coming home, doing so in 12.11 compared to her kennel mate's 12.30, approximately three lengths.

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So with clear runs, if Boley can stay within that distance behind Drico down to the third bend, she should beat him home.

The line-up not in trap order is: Boley Lass, Catherines Drico, Meadow Thril, Taepot Hill, Lord Macrory, Swift Cabernet.

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