Belfast Telegraph

Marina at the double in Gold bid at Drumbo


By Robert Fenton

Hillsborough trainer Marina McKeown dominated the first round of the £5,000 Tennents Gold Cup with wins for Scroggy Sandy and Boleys Fella and also ended the night with a fabulous five-timer.

Sandy was the chief eye-catcher with a blistering 28.54 run for Belfast owner Martin Manning, the dog leaving his rivals including the favourite Burnt Beans who was bumped out of when cutting to the inside at the first bend, trailing in his wake.

The fawn tracker loves this track and is hard to peg back once in front, although he was just caught close home over further on his last visit.

There was no chance of that happening once he blasted clear and rounded the opening bend ahead of the Scottish-based Redbarn Ace who lost out for second behind the running-on Brigadier Gerard.

Scroggy put six lengths between himself and Gerard and a length and a half further back to Redbarn.

The kennel followed up in heat four with Boleys Fella who came from behind to win in a photo.

Young Willie MC, a brindle trained by Ambrose Quinn was soon in front with Fella, a white and black dog, slow away. Bangor Lily was bumped and pushed out of the race on the turn, leaving Willie and Boley's contesting the outcome.

MC held the initiative turning for home but Fella battled all the way home, just getting up for a short-head verdict. Droopys King ran on for the qualifying third spot, four lengths back.

Other heat winners included Shea Campbell's Armagh-basedStefans Wee Bro (28.90) and Brian Robinson's Coalisland runner Old Fort Miami who came from well off the pace to take heat two.

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