Litter brothers Fane Zeema and Sioux dominant in semi-finals
Litter brothers Fane Zeema and Fane Sioux dominated the semi-finals of the DTSC Members A1/2 550 event, with £500 up for grabs in this weekend's Drumbo Park decider.
Odds-on and an unlucky loser in the Tennent's Gold Cup final, Zeema, a black dog owned jointly by Belfast's Dave McErlean and Dundalk's Martin Sharkey, duly obliged in comfortable fashion.
But he didn't get everything his own way and was given a race down to the third bend by Deanmill Audi. Indeed, the latter led round the first before Fane move ahead down the far side.
Zeema kicked away to win by six and a half lengths in a solid 30.29 with the gallant outsider Greenmount Lilly putting in a creditable show to qualify in third.
In the initial semi, brother Fane Sioux, also owned by Martin, relished the extra yardage in coming from behind to beat Milldean Bobby by half a length.
Bobby was fast away from Beaming Brae and Sioux who found an extra gear going down to the third bend where he checked, running into the back of Bobby. The latter held the edge turning towards the home stretch, but Fane, a blue dog, came home the stronger with Brae third.
Veteran owner-trainer Harry Brazier was celebrating after his young bitch Camlin Pebbles picked up £375 in taking the Gallery Punters Plate Deal Novice sprint final.
Beaten a neck by Miss Tango in the semi-final the previous week, Camlin reversed the form after Tango missing the 'kick' from trap one. Quick away from Conlig Dan, Pebbles was in front at the turn with Tango making rapid progress. However, Cam stayed on a length to the good, clocking 18.41. Orange Lucille took third spot, four lengths behind Tango.