Belfast Telegraph

Wreckers can't ruin Ronnie's night


By Robert Fenton

Vandalism to the traps forced the abandoned of all sprint races at Drumbo Park on Saturday night.

Every effort was made to repair them but in vain which meant the programme was curtailed to only five races over five bends.

But Hillsborough trainer Ronnie McKeown was not deterred as he landed a nice double, including a brilliant run by Boleys Fella who clocked a brilliant 28.58 secs.

The black and white dog was led out and down to the third bend by Giorni Dispari but the Fella really swept the bend to go clear and come home a comfortable five-lengths winner.

It saw McKeown finish with a double, his Surprize Pup doing the business earlier in 29.09.

Surprize ran really well, coming from the pace to win going away at the finish. The brindle dog was led round the first two bends and into the back-straight by Dance Leyla and had plenty of ground to make up. But he gave chase to the third bend and when Leyla moved wide on the home-turn, Surprize came through on the inside with a storming finish to win by two lengths in a healthy 29.09 secs.

An impressive show enhanced Rockview Act's reputation as he romped home in the £400 A6 final the previous night, clocking 28.83 secs despite a slow start and having to come from behind.

From trap one, Act missed the 'kick' as Mountjoy Dancer and Cashen Magda led into the turn. Fortunately for Rockview he didn't get touched and connections were happy to see him go round on the inside with a clear run.

Turning into the back-straight, Rockview upped the gears and blew past the field with a tremendous burst of speed to be in front at the penultimate turn. From there, it was all over and Act strode home four lengths clear of the gallant Mountjoy Dancer who ran well for second, three lengths ahead of Cashen.

In his first two races over four bends, the black dog has clocked 28.90 and 28.83 and has a very bright future. He will now move over the ladder and his next outing, will be watched with even more interest especially as he won't be two-year-old until October.

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