Risk pays off for John as Cool runner sets hottest pace
Coolykereen Risk came back to his very best form, taking an open sprint in a fast 17.80 and paying a huge compliment to his previous week's conqueror Mullaca Big Boy at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
From trap one, he was soon clear of Lisson Bullit and Mucho Macho Man while Danny Direwolf put in a temporary challenge turning the first bend.
But there was only one winner in this contest and it was Risk, a brindle owned and trained by Lurgan's John Byrne. The dog clocked a split of 6.56 and rattled home three lengths better than Danny who put in his best show to date.
Mucho Macho Man, having his first race since competing in last year's Irish Derby, clearly needed the outing and should come on greatly for this effort which saw him back in fifth beaten just over five lengths.
In-form Dundonald trainer Margaret Campbell enjoyed two weekend winners, including the Ciggie Shop & DTSC A5 final (525).
She had two in the final and it was the brindle bitch Black Sika who landed the £600 prize, following up on her semi-final win.
Sika just got the first bend in front where the favourite Lisnakill Scamp was squeezed out and brought down.
Sika kicked on and was on her own down the far side, pursued by Whistlin Donkey and Trap The Kat.
However, there was no catching Sika, owned by John Shaw, and with the Kat fading out, Crystal stayed on for second, four lengths adrift and Donkey taking third spot. The winning time was 29.23.
Margaret followed up when her outsider Sheelin Vic who came with a later surge in a sprint.
Manilla Maverick was best away and looked all over the winner turning for home. However, Vic, a fawn dog, had other ideas and switching inside the leader, finished best for a length triumph in 18.24. It was Vic's maiden success in 10 races.