The final of the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake, worth €6,000 to the winner, was the main attraction on the ten race card at Curraheen Park on Saturday night with victory going to the 5/4 favourite Burgess Dubh (Hondo Black-Borna Luck) before a big crowd in 28.57 on a surface rated .10 fast for 525 and .05 for 330.
The favourite came away well from his rails draw but none could match the pace of Drive On Razer, who after being hampered soon after leaving trap five, still held a length and a half advantage into the back straight.
He extended this to two and a half at halfway but coming to the third bend Burges was moving closer all the time with Airmount Speed a close up third.
The winner tried the inside line at the last bend but Razer was not giving way and with the line fast approaching he was forced to switch to the outside leading close home for a three quarter length victory over Razer with Airmount just another three parts away in third.
The winner is trained down in Killeagh by J J Fennelly who owns him in partnership with his mother-in-law Shelia Spillane, but spare a thought for the runner-up who has been reeled in with the line in sight on each of the three rounds.
The two semi finals of the Dan The Man 330 Stake were also decided with the first going to the Patsy Richardson, Doon owned Faithful Star who availed of trouble between bends to go clear on the rails for a three length victory over Rockforest Pedro in 17.68 with Couronne another length and a half away in third place.
The second went to the Mark White, Thurles owned & trained Pintos Moment who made all but had just three parts of a length to spare at the line over the last away but fast finishing Create A Star in 17.60. Mileheight Jet booked his place in the final another length and a half away in third place.
Five first round heats of the €5,000 to the winner Greyhound & Pet World A1 Stake made up half of the card with heat one going to the trap to line winner Sandman Sammy trained by Kieran Lynch for The Hard-Up-But-Happy Syndicate, Clonakilty who had two lengths to spare at the line over the fast finishing MacGyver with Mohane Prince a length further away in third place in 28.62.
Lynch made it a quick double when Rockybay Yank owned by John Slyne, Minane Bridge held the persistent challenge of Loughteen Steel in heat two by three parts of a length in a time of 28.46. Drive On Tipp took third place a length further back.
Owen McKenna sent out the winner of heat three when the early paced Water Fern owned by Peter Comeford &Tony Moore, Naas, with a split of 3.30, left his rivals for dead from trap-rise the 5/4 chance coming home with four and a half lengths to spare over Silverthornsandy in by far the best of the round 28.26.
Jims Classy Pick was a further three lengths away in third.
Trainer Tom O Neill took heat four with another trap to line winner Brideview Timmy owned by Miss Sheena Murphy, Ovens who had a length and a half to spare over the fast finishing Mohane Sparky in 28.54. Witches Spirit was three and a half lengths further back in third place.
Jayms Storm took the final heat for Niall Dunne in 28.61. Relinquishing his early lead to Knockard James he looked destined for the runner-up spot when the latter went a good three lengths clear along the back but sticking gamely to the task he reeled in the leader close home for a length and a half victory with Laravoulta Libby a further four away in third.
In the final race of the night, an A0, the even money favourite Earthwindandfire owned by Lorraine Moore, Riverstick made no mistake leading from pillar to post where she had two lengths to spare over Witches Buzz in 28.50.
The opener went to Cheap Call owned by the Holland/Cashman Syndicate, Friars Walk who made all in 29.08, the 2/1 chance crossing the line with a length and a half to spare over Ballyboy Mister.
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