Cream always rises to the top and so it proved with Toolmaker Obama in the £500 Grandstand Restaurant A3 semi-finals at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
Trained down south by Robert Gleeson, Obama clocked a very fast 28.65 over 525 back in June and on that form he had to be well fancied.
The black dog was led round the first two turns but turned up the heat on the back-straight. Once he hit the front, Toolmaker was much too good and came home three and a half lengths ahead of Have A Go in 29.93 seconds.
The second 'semi' went to another cross-border raider in Some Solution for Dundalk's Gary Hilliard.
Drumskea Tamera was first to show from the lift of the lids ahead of Solution who was in close attendance. The brindle bitch moved smoothly into top gear down the far side and held off Tamera by two lengths (30.36).
The third semi-final saw a great buckle between Blueview Carrie and Vista Balls before Carrie came through for a two lengths win (30.15).
Handled by owner Curtis Bain's grandmother, Marina McKeown, the black bitch led out from Balls but the picture changed passing the sprint boxes where Vista moved through and looked set for a big run.
However, Carrie. a good sprint winner a couple of weeks earlier, refused to throw in the towel and was back challenging at the third bend and on the turn for home, proved the stronger.
Hillsborough's Marina McKeown introduced a very fast pup in Besow Maximus on the night. Up from Galway for his first visit, the black dog romped home in a sprint, winning by eight lengths from Hee Haws Fedor in a super 17.77 seconds, just two lengths off the Drumbo track record.