Benny collects second cup of season

Lochbo Benny collected his second Cup of the season at the Cork meeting at Blarney yesterday with an impressive eight lengths success over Camarillo Blonde, who was having her first outing of the year.

Benny collects second cup of season

Already a winner at Charleville, he won all his courses easily and in the final came from behind for an emphatic win.

The Derby Trial Stake went to the long odds favourite, Bower King who also came from behind to get the better of Mr Donn by a length.

In the Oaks Trial Stake, Belated Bracelet saw off Misty Hackup by two lengths.

* Kyle Roger saw off Lineroad Amigo in the semi-final and Shorten The Road to claim the Kingdom Cup at Ballybeggan Park in Tralee.

Roger now moves onto 10 Champion Stakes points and all but guarantees his place in the Champion Stakes in Powerstown. The son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Uptown Dilemma had been a 6-4 overnight favourite to collect the prestigious title and after a final appearance in Rathkeale last month, he delivered some silverware for owner Marie Field.

In the All Age Bitch Stake Careful Betty collected her second All Age Bitch stake of the season to move onto 10 Champion Stake points,

* Mrs Noreen McManus and her son Kieran collected their fifth Derby ticket of the current campaign when the Gerry Holian trained Funny Alonso obliged at Roscommon.

They were denied a double when So Long Honey, a comrade of the dog, was upstaged by Isabelles Charm, owned by Kieran Prendeville of Athenry in the final of the Oaks qualifier.

* Bango Malone almost certainly clinched a place in the Champions Stakes when crediting youthful Mooncoin owner Eamon Mackey with the Loch Garman Cup at Woodlands, Enniscorthy. This supplemented his Oisin Cup success at Mitchelstown on December 9. Brendan Matthews sent out his first classic qualifier of the campaign when John Boyle’s Ashmore Phantom proved best in the Derby Trial Stake.

* Loyal Lord followed up his duffer win in Ballyduff last month with victory in the South Clare Cup. The son of Bexhill Eoin and Loyal Leader, owned by Brian O’Sullivan, saw off Skellig Sunlight and Limerick South to claim a maiden Cup success.

* Last year’s Dundalk Derby Trial Stake winner Figaro took An Corn Cuchullain for Laurence and Brian Jones. He reached the third round of the Derby and had shown signs of returning to form with a semi-final appearance at Old Kilcullen. He got the better of Central Investor in the semi-final and saw off Murphy’s Vote in the final, the bitch claiming Paddy Carroll Cup for last surviving bitch.

* Boynepark Conor saw off Cooga Mafi to claim the Hitchens Post Cup in Borrisoleigh, claiming a first piece of silverware having previously lost out in a number of finals.

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