The annual JJ McGrath Memorial A3/A4 stake got underway at Thurles last Saturday night and it provided some top class racing. Kindly sponsored by Seamus and Rose McGrath, this stake has a winners prize of €1700 and has attracted a top class entry.
The most impressive performer was Roger Dwan’s Borna Trump who took the second heat in a time of 29.28. Making it three wins, the winner was led to the third bend by Inontheact but proving strong on the home straight, the winner went on to win by a length and half from the long time leader.
Race 1: The opening Race on the card was won by Corranstown Lady owned by Larry Enright, Knocklong. Here, Kilmessan Katie got a flyer and led to the bend where there was some crowding, allowing Corranstown Lady through. From here on, the issue was never in doubt and Corranstown stretched on to win by five and half lengths in a time of 29.61.
Race 2: The second Race on the card was won by Padraig Clarke’s Padraigs One who was also making it three in a row. After a fairly level break, the winner led down and scored by a massive seven lengths from Larkys Gift in 29.35.
Race 3: The third Race on the card, a sprint was won by Brian Doyle’s Woodsgift Turbo who clocked an impressive 19.49 when breaking smartly and making it all to win by three and half lengths from Sonaquest.
Race 4: The fourth Race on the card was won by the Denis Hattemore owned Chaotic Sultan.
From traps it was Singing Hen who led to the back straight with the winner taking it up to win by three lengths from Singing Hen in 29.37.
Race 6: Heat three of the JJ McGrath Memorial Stake was won by Thomas McCormack’s Tanks For That in a time of 29.51. From traps it was Gobekli Tepe who led and was still in front at the last bend where Tanks For That went on to win by three lengths from Gobekli Tepe.
Race 7: This Race, a 570 yd event was won by the David Flanagan trained Beautysbalotelli owned by Margaret Barrett. After a fairly level break here, the winner took it up at the bend and made it all just holding off the strong late challenge of Slaneyside Yank in a time of 31.91.
Race 8: Heat four of the JJ McGrath Memorial Stake was won by the Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Beryl owned by Donal Kehoe. The winner clocked 29.42 when slipping through on the rails on the back straight to catch early leader Shaws Messi and go on and win by three quarters of a length from Shaws Messi.
Race 9: The winner, Michael Ryan’s Glenbrack Cookey won for the sixth time when taking heat five of this stake which was also the final Race on the card. Showing a good turn of early foot the winner was never in danger and maintained a strong gallop to the line winning by three and half lengths from Tuckers Torres.