An eye-catching injection of pace proved pivotal in the third race on Saturday night at Curraheen, as the Kieran Lynch-trained Rockybay Yank earned an eighth career victory.
He looked booked for trouble approaching he bend, but quickened to take a narrow lead at that point, and then pulled away to beat Knockboy Kathy by three lengths, in the night’s fastest 525 yards return - 28.41.
Sub-29.70 runs over 550 yards are not ten a penny in Curraheen, but the Johnny Linehan-trained Broadstrand Post managed to post one with a power-packed effort in the A1 ninth race.
A talented sort who has not always enjoyed the best of luck in running, he was only fourth round the opening bends here, but quickened in great style to challenge along the inner at the third bend.
From there he stretched right away wo score by four and a half lengths, from Test Me, in an impressive 29.67.
Barry Kiely’s Boherash Ozzie is another really talented sort who hasn’t always had his share of luck, but he showed what he is capable of with a terrific run in the A2 575.
From a potentially tough draw out in five, he had the pace to lead and get across to the rails before the turn.
Thereafter it was quite straight-forward as he stretched away to a four-and-a-half-length victory over Corrough Luckey in a smart 31.17.
Witches Rebel made it two wins in as few starts in sprints when battling gamely to take the S1/S2 for Liam Twomey. Quickest to find stride, he always held a narrow advantage, and did enough to deny Mon Chevalier by half a length, in 17.77. The winner is due to contest an open sprint in Youghal tonight.
Diarmuid Curran’s Loskeran Ramsey posted the night’s second-fastest time over 525 yards, when he made all to take the A1 525 in 28.50. Lightly raced May pup Dreaming Is Free, trained by Andy O’Leary, brought his tally to four wins from five starts when leading all the way and fending off the late challenge of Fionn Bound by a neck, in 28.66.
The Christy Corcoran-trained Lavan Lad recorded his eleventh victory in just 27 outings when leading all the way in the finale, a mini-open 525. Away well and on the rails before the bend, he stayed on nicely to deny Sandman Sonny by a length and a half, in 28.63.
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