Damian Maginn has three in final
Downpatrick trainer Damian Maginn will have a three-pronged attack on the final of the Blazers Black at Stud Bitches 525 final at Drumbo Park next Saturday night after Express Tamara, Playfield Nikita and Skywalker Daisy all qualified from the semi-finals
Fast-starting Nikita has the best of the draw in trap two and that early pace saw her take the opening 'semi' and turn around the previous week's form with Drumna Nina.
"She is a nervous bitch and didn't break that well, but her pace took her to the front at the bend and it was just a case of whether she would say on," said Maginn.
The black and white bitch failed to do so in the first round, fading to finish third. But it was a different story this time as the favourite Nina, again slow away, met trouble at the initial bend and was held up and as a result, did well to qualify in third.
The daughter of Climate Control held off the staying-on Ballinorig Sheba by two and a half lengths to win in 29.15 secs.
Express Tamara was favourite to give Maginn a double but she was crowded at the opening bend in the other penultimate heat.
Barbican Beauty, from Graham Reid's Ballymena Kennels, is renowned for her stamina and led down the far side but Skywalker Daisy went with her and in a ding-dong battle up the home stretch, it was Beauty who prevailed by a length in a sharp 28.96 secs, leaving Tamara running on for third.
The final line-up is: 1: Express Tamara; 2: Playfield Nikita; 3: Drumna Nina; 4: Skywalker Daisy; 5: Barbican Beauty; 6: Ballinorig Sheba.