A good crowd attended Thurles on Saturday night last were the Matty Ryan owned and trained Rickety Bridge made it four wins from four starts when taking the second semi-final of the TTSC A4A5 Stake.
Here, Chaotic Sultan showed the best early but was passed on the run to the bridge by the winner, Rickety Bridge who maintained a strong gallop on the back straight and to the line scoring by four and half lengths from Chaotic Sultan in a time of 29.13 with Glideaway Kate another three and half lengths back in third place.
RACE 1 A4A5 525
The opening race on the card was won by the Mary Dwan owned Borna Option who scored an easy eleven length win in a time of 29.77. Here, Foot The Turf made the early running and led to the back straight where the winner took it up and went rightaway to score by eleven lengths from Windgap Bolt with Knockroe Heather another length and half back in third place. The winner is a March puppy.
RACE 2 S6 S8 360
After a fairly level break in this event, James Cashin’s Pocket Rocket went clear at the bend and from here on was never headed. Going on to cross the line four lengths clear of Knockroe Lad in a time of 19.80 with Lisheen Comet another three lengths back in third place.
RACE 3 A4 525
James Nevins Try Again Bruno made it two on the trot when taking this race in a time of 29.92. Leading from flagfall, the winner was always in command and had two lengths to spare over Jampot Jim where it mattered with Centenarys Royal another head back in third place.
RACE 4 N2A8 525
Five Alley Moon owned by Paul Hogan made an impressive debut when taking this race. Running from trap 5, the winner led down, was passed at the bend by Runners Courage but took it up again on the back straight and went on to win by three lengths from Milestone Betty in a time of 30.26 with Heaven’s Temple another half length back in third place.
RACE 5 A2A3 525
Another to make it two on the trot on the night was Glen Roundy owned by Thomas Cormack and Ed Ryan. Doonanes Banjo was the early leader here with the winner taking it up at the top bends and going on to hold off the challenge of Dannys Zebo by a length in a time of 29.91 with early leader Doonanes another half length back in third place. The winner was making it three career successes.
RACE 6 A7A8 525
The sixth race on the card was won by Josie Fogarty’s Bosses Guarantee, an April puppy. Taking it up on the back straight, the winner held off the late challenge of Tidal Cove by a head in a time of 29.96 with early leader Crinkill Sky another length and a half back in third place. Bosses Guarantee was winning for the first time.
RACE 7 S0S2 360
Here the favourite, Gaytime Cody owned by Deirdre O Connell made it eight wins to date. From traps, it was Champion Candy who led with the winner taking it up on the run to the bend. From here on, Cody was never headed and he held off the late challenge of Suzie Cute by a length and half in a time of 19.57 with Blakefield Here another three and half lengths back in third place.
RACE 8 Novice 750
Rathannyprincess owned by Larry Keane, Tralee was an all the way winner of this event. Getting a flyer from trap 4, the winner made every post a winning one holding off the persistant challenge of All In Fashion by four and half lengths in a time of 42.89 with Slaneyside Aine running on very strongly to take third place a further half length back.
RACE 9 A4A5 525
This race, the first semi-final of TTSC stake was won by Laurence Power’s Old Road Ken who led from trap to line. A good winner last week, this fellow led down from trap 4 and was always in command, maintaining a strong gallop on the back straight and holding off Borna Champ by five lengths in a time of 29.28 with Hawkeye Jim staying on two and a half lengths back in third place.
RACE 11 A2A3 570
The last race on the card was won by John J Dunne’s Emers Boy who shot clear at the bend where there was crowding. Opening up a good lead on the back straight, the winner faded slightly on the run home but still held off the challenge of a strong finishing Shes So Vain by a length with Old Hollow Flash another half length back in third place in a time of 32.18. The winner was making it eleven career wins.
RUN OF THE WEEK
Rickety Bridge who clocked the fastest time of the night, an impressive 29.13.
ONE TO WATCH
Slaneyside Aine, who stayed on strongly in the Open Novice 750 and caught the eye when finishing. She will be one to note over the longer distances.