Shelbourne success at Curraheen

SHELBOURNE BECKY duly delivered the goods in the final of the Guinness Trophy at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.

In doing so she went through the event unbeaten to credit her Co Meath handler Keeley McGee with her first major success at the track.

Keeley is a daughter of former top handler Ginger McGee, who won the event with Slipaway Jadee at the old Western Road track in the '90's.

The winner had a slightly unusual preparation for the event - winning a duffer stake at the Dundalk coursing meeting over Christmas.

Saturday's final wasn't without incident with Jims Vieri, the 7/2 joint second favourite and a kennelmate of the winner, taking no part.

He turned in traps when first put in, was taken out and turned the right way and put back in. The hare was then set in motion but, unfortunately for connections, he turned the wrong way again and was left in traps when they went up.

Because of that mishap Personnel Things had a dream run up the middle and led into the bend ahead of Alimo and Cregane Boss.

Some minor scrimmaging between bends saw the pacemaker extend his advantage to four lengths by halfway by which time Shelbourne Becky, after an indifferent start, had moved into second place.

She immediately began to eat into the leader's advantage and had collared him by the last bend. Edging ahead as they straightened up, she ran on well to see off Personnel Things by a length in 28.62.

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