Dowling’s industrious approach pays dividends with Shelbourne double

FEW trainers clock up the mileage like Ballymacelligott’s Liam Dowling and his industrious approach paid dividends on Saturday when he supplied two of the three heat winners in the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 at Shelbourne Park.

General Dogsbody and Ballymac Lomu, two members of the Tyrur Lomu/ Coolavanny Minor litter, both led all the way.

General Dogsbody, second in the recent Kingdom Derby final at Tralee, blasted out of trap two in the opening heat and cleared the bend. Behind him, the favourites Tyrur Domingo and Hare Mack both were in the wars and General Dogsbody went on to win by two lengths from Razldazlbroadway in 31.45.

Ballymac Lomu also got away running in the second heat and led Tyrur Lucky and Aranock Hand into the back. Tyrur Lucky faded badly from the third bend but Ballymac Lomu kept on strongly to win by two lengths from Aranock Hand in 31.68 with Gold Bars Nomore running on well to finish a half length third.

The final heat saw the Paul Hennessy trained De Ex Factor go on from Ashcarne Jack at the opening bend and this strong runner had four and a half lengths in hand of the staying Greenwell Viper in 31.60 with St Mullins Pride some three lengths back in third.

The Dowling trained Three One Three grabbed the fourth qualifying spot to give the Kerry kennel a third semi-finalist.

Saturday's semi-finals

Heat 1: 1 Whatsupjack; 2 Razldazlbroadway; 3 Three One Three (m); 4 Hare Mack (w); 5 Aranock Hand (w); 6 Tyrur Lucky (w).

Heat 2: 1 De Ex Factor; 2 Greenwell Viper; 3 Ballymac Lomu; 4 Gold Bars Nomore; 5 St Mullins Pride; 6 General Dogsbody.

Best run on the supporting card was the 28.87 from Conor Fahy's Tyrur Valdez as he won an open decisively from Slippery Jack.

Dolores Ruth completed a fine litter double as Kingo in 29.03 and Cartiers Dazzle in 29.28 won supporting opens while Denis Smith was another trainer to complete a litter double with Doonanes Dior and Doonanes Rocket. Indeed, Dior had also won at Harold's Cross twenty-four hours earlier. The Saturday and Sunday meetings at Clonmel were lost to frost but will be run tonight and tomorrow respectively.

Tonight's card features the semi-finals of the Irish Examiner Open 750 where leading staying stars Cooladerry Fizz and Group Skater can be expected to produce big runs. Also on the card are the heats of the Broadway Pet Foods Open Bitch Stake.

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