Belfast Telegraph

Shea strikes Drumbo Gold

 

By Robert Fenton

Armagh's young Stefan Campbell and his 'wee bro' Robbie were on hand to receive the £5,000 Tennent's Gold Cup after a tremendous finish to Drumbo Park's major race of the year.

Appropriately named Stefans Wee Bro took the honours, maintaining the black dog's undefeated run in the event and giving owner dad Shea and trainer Aidan McVeigh one of their best ever moments.

"It is a great result for us," said former Irish League star striker Shea. "He's a fast dog but we have had nothing but injury problems for some time and now we have got him back. This makes it all worthwhile."

There were tears of joy from Shea and his uncle Seamus who backed the dog ante-post at 10/1 while Stefans Dazzler put the 'cherry on the cake' on a marvellous family night double in taking the last race.

But it was the Tennent's final which had the golden aura and what a race it turned out.

Stefans hit the lids from trap three, followed round by the favourite Ballymac Galway and in a great buckle down the far side, Galway moved ahead at the third bend. Wee Bro refused to give in, battling all the way but turning for home, the favourite still held the edge.

However, Ballymac's lack of stamina came into play and he faded out to finish fourth, leaving Wee Bro to beat the fast-finishing Fane Zeema a length and a half with Young Willie MC, a length further back in third. The time was 28.58, the best time in the competition.

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