Marina in festival mood with hat-trick of Drumbo successes
Drumbo's Track Supporters' Club celebrated their inaugural festival night of racing on Saturday which saw 11 winners share £5,150 in prize money.
Hillsborough trainer Marina McKeown, fresh from two triumphs the previous night, walked away with £1,225 with three more successes, and a second, including the one-two in the marathon 835 event.
The highlight was the show by Sir Boley in the Open 525 which saw the white and black dog, owned by Belfast's Marty Manning, scorch home in a fast 29.11 on a surface rated 30 spots slow, making for a time of 28.81.
Boley flew out and, with crowding in behind at the first bend, scooted clear coming home five and a half lengths in front of Bangor Lily.
The victory followed a 28.67 run at Dundalk the previous week.
Special pride came when Marina enjoyed a one-two with Surprise Pup, owned by England's Dudley Wilmott, getting the better of her grandson Kurtis Bain's Blueview Carrie, the pair running away from the other two contestants in the long-distance race.
Carrie, a black bitch, led past the winning line first time from Pup whose challenge came approaching the third.
The latter got in front but turning for home, Blueview rallied and had the better stamina, pulling away to win by four and a half lengths in a revised 47.37 secs.
Earlier, Dudley and Marina obliged with Whiz Round who benefitted form a poor start as this saw him get the run of the race when Ollys Uncle and Caw bumped each other and knocked into Eager Jude at the first bend.
Round picked the right night to land his maiden success at the ninth attempt, the brindle nipping through on the inside moving clear down the far side. Despite a good effort from the stayer Old Fort Ohio, Whiz had a length in hand at the finish (30.61) while Uncle recovered to take third three and a half lengths adrift.
Marina's two Friday night winners were Burma Ben Jones and Micks Gem, another one owned by Dudley Willmott.