The big story was the fantastic run from that remarkable veteran Tyrur Big Mike as he produced an explosive performance in winning the final heat in 29.51.
The son of Brett Lee and Tyrur Temptress, runner up back in 2010, came away from traps like an express train and led the very promising Laughill Billy by almost three lengths into the opening bend. He ran wide, gave away ground but pulled clear again by the third bend. Despite running wide around the bottom bends he strode on up the straight to win by two lengths from Laughil Billy in 29.51 with Razldazl Dmagio over six lengths third.
The Graham Holland trained Cabra Millie became the fastest bitch ever over 550 yards at Shelbourne when winning Heat 8 in 29.60.
Cabra Millie flew out of five and was always in front. She was chased by rank outsider Ferdia Oscar for much of the journey but the Limerick dog Newlawn Tock came through to claim the second place, five lengths adrift of the most impressive Cabra Millie. It was just a half length to the rallying Ferdia Oscar in third.
Trainer Conor Fahy enjoyed his third heat winner so far in the classic when the young dog Tyrur Sugar Ray finally found his breaking boots as he flashed out of trap five. However he was denied the first bend lead by Cuil Cougar and lost a couple of lengths. But he then showed serious pace as he came again and raced home a most impressive two and a half length winner from Cuil Cougar in 29.65 with Barefoot Duke two lengths third.
There was a sensational effort in Heat 13 from the solitary English challenger Sawpit Sensation (Head Bound/ No Joke Sherry) as he exploded into action off the second bend. Razldazl Rioga led up but the David Hunt trained Sawpit moved second early in the back and raced to the front between the final bends to win by two and a half lengths and the same from Airforce Diva and Razldazl in 29.69.
Owen McKenna’s Confident Rankin was another impressive winner on the night as he flew out of trap four in Heat 9 and led all the way to win in 29.70. .
There was a massive shock in Heat 11 where Razldazl Jayfkay was a red-hot favourite but trailed in at the back of the field. He broke slowly and was then bumped as he tried to make ground on the opening bend and he could never recover.
It was the Fraser Black trained Mays Milan that broke fast here and led all the way for a two and a half length margin over Clydal Spirit in 29.83
Pat Buckley’s young star Dragon Shield (Cabra Cool/ Dragon Crash) produced a very game performance when winning Heat 7 in 29.95.
Marie Gilbert’s Dusseldorf bounced back to winning ways in Heat 12.