Stephen hits the high notes with Melodic victory at Drumbo
Melodic Air was in fine tune for Belfast owner-trainer Stephen Magee, returning after a seasonal break to romp home in the fastest sprint time of the weekend (17.88) at Drumbo Park on a surface rated 10 spots fast for sprints.
A blue Droopys Scolari bitch, she has a 50 per cent strike rate and never gave those who supported her in the ring, a moment's anxiety. Trapping superbly in the white sheet, she out-paced Lisnasure and Millbrook King on the run-up and pulled away after trouble in behind at the first bend, to come home six lengths in front of Annas Wonder.
A brilliant way to start the New Year and Melodic now moves up to the top grade where she will not be disgraced.
Lissane Impact who won a sprint before Christmas, was even better in the opening round of the Martin Lavery Pet Foods & Drumbo Trainers and Supporters' Club S5 contest with £600 up for grabs.
The black and white dog surged out of trap five to beat Fatboyz Lilly two lengths in a calculated 18.19, setting the pace for other to follow.
Tyrone pair Sean and Francie Hagan have two in the second round, namely Mucho Macho Emma and Mucho Macho Mick.
Emma won her race in coming from behind to beat Shawdeco Hunter a length in 18.34 but Mick had to settle for second in the last heat, going down a neck behind Brendan McLernon's Crumlin-based Camlin Eagle (18.37). Big Baby landed his second win in six races for Belfast's Pat McCullagh in heat three. The young black dog was back in action for the first time since November and ran with much credit, getting the better of Nut Hill Martin by a length and a half in 18.32.