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Zeema and Tony are top dogs after a great year at Drumbo

By Robert Fenton

It was a night of joy for the McErlean and Sharkey families at Drumbo Park when their dog Fane Zeema shared the spotlight for the most wins in 2016.

And centre of attention was young 'Deedee' McErlean who was delighted to be pictured with the black, jointly-owned by David in tandem with Dundalk's Martin Sharkey.

Zeema is currently being rested for a campaign later in the year when David hopes to land a major prize with this consistent middle distance tracker who notched up nine wins.

But Zeema had to share the 'most wins' award with top sprinter Burrendale Tony whose easy open victory on the last night of racing for the year secured him that ninth success.

Tony is owned by a Burrendale syndicate headed by Gerard Magorrian who was on hand with his wife Tracey and Downpatrick trainer Damian Maginn's kennel lad and nephew Ryan Kearney.

Two other awards were handed out, Hillsborough's Marina McKeown picking up the leading trainer's honour on behalf of husband Ronnie.

He has made this trophy his own down the years, consistently outscoring his rivals.

This year he hit the half-century mark and started off the New Year as he means to go on with two very good winners on Saturday night, especially that of highly promising pup Yellowstone.

This black and white May '15 youngster, owned by Lisburn's Martin Manning, is unbeaten in three races and has all the hallmarks of a future star.

Dundonald's John Shaw picked up the 'most winning owner' prize, topping 2016 with 40 winners, headed by his open class Common Man who returned after a period on the sidelines by getting to within two and a half lengths of the clock in a sprint last month.

It all points to an exciting year ahead at Drumbo Park.

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