Toolmaker gets £5,000 job done
Christmas came early for punters in the Tennent's Gold Cup final at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.
Favourite Toolmaker Scot opened at 7/4 and naturally that didn't last long as the odds tumbled to evens prior to Toolmaker putting in an exhibition of the highest quality in taking the £5,000 prize with an emphatic display of pace and grace that saw him glide to an effortless 28.17 (525) victory by five lengths from Farloe Rumble.
And adding an extra 'sugar cube to the coffee' for Scottish multi-millionaire owner and Rangers director William Hyslop, was Scot's kennel mate Toolmaker Metro finishing third for an additional £750.
They and Rathagan-based trainer Robert Gleeson had plenty to celebrate after Scot ran the opposition into the ground. Once he came away from trap four with Darfin Angel missing the 'kick,' it was as good as over, such is the dog's quality.
Leading round the opening turn from Irish Derby semi-finalist Farloe Rumble who took a bump from Metro, it quickly became a two-dog affair with Scot holding off Farloe Rumble.
Scot's run was the fastest since 2010 at Drumbo and his sectional time of 16.12, has only been bettered once by the great Leeview Jet in this same event six years ago.
The final was the highlight of a great night's racing which also saw three semi-finals of the Jackie McCann Memorial with the Aidan McVeigh-trained Kahuna Barry clocking 28.51 a fabulous 28.51. He was involved in a great buckle with Fernisky Tango down to the third bend but Barry then pulled away to win by four lengths.
Tango is one of three finalists for Antrim's Brian Macklin, the other two Alex My Friend and Dogsandfools, also finisihing second behind the Ronnie McKeown-trained Cabriol Madison (28.76) and Damian Maginn's Billies Idol (29.21) respectively.
Saturday's final line up is: 1: Fernisky Tango; 2: Cabriol Madison; 3: Dogsandfools; 4: Kahuna Barry; 5: Billies Idol; 6: Alex My Friend.