Sheehan later completed a double in the 15.0 hands on The Boodyman.
In their qualifying races for the Paddy Connolly Memorial final, Spanko’s Boy, Disraeli Quest and Mister Hill all led from the start. But in her division, I’m Just Like Mum, in rein to Robert Cleary, went into overdrive just before entering the back straight for the last time and powered to the front to take it up from Brywins Charvis.
She is likely to start favourite in the final, while Glenarn Harrier, who just failed to peg back Disraeli Quest, will also be well supported.
The Grand Prix final looks open, with Flashdance and Bon Camotion both impressive in winning their heats. Flashdance came with a devastating late run to score while Bon Camotion led from the start.
Peak’s Pretender won his division leading Coalford Victory home. But it is the latter’s stablemate, Stoneriggs Wizard, who qualified behind Bon Camotion, who is going for the hat-trick and could upset the odds.
1st. S. Cronin’s Sheahans Forge S. Cronin
2nd. Wm. Fitzgerald’s Blue Bell Ridden S. Fitzgerald
3rd. I. Burke Gismo Girl Ridden J. O’Callaghan
1st. F. Hayes’s Elpaso C. Quish
2nd. V. Walsh’s The Leary Man E. O’Sullivan
3rd. F. Tyner’s Queens Lake L. Lordan
1st. M. O’Riordan’s The Boodyman D. Lordan
2nd. P. O’Sullivan’s Carrig Shot S. Gray
3rd. E. Tyner’s Shippool King D. Lordan
Two mile Derby
1st. Castle Racing Syn. That Fellow G. Sheehan
2nd. D. Barry’s Who’s Fooling Who L. Barry
3rd. D/F Syndicates Hidden Treasure R. Dawson
1st. P. McCarthy’s Sharons Delight D. Lordan
2nd. Castle Racing Syn. On the Other Hand G. Sheehan
3rd. J. Lenihan’s Ladys Well K. Linehan
Paddy Connolly Memorial heats
Race 1 — 1. P, Hayes’s Spanko’s Boy (P. O’Driscoll), 1/1 fav; 2. G. & S.Kane’s Stoneriggs UK (K. Sheehy), 5/1; 3. MTC Racing’s Free Spirit (J. Mc Sweeney), 3/1. 6 ran, 1/2l, 1/2l.
Race 2 - 1. Caroline Salter’s Disraeli Quest (A. Hamilton), 2/1; 2. J. Burchill/D. O’Donoghue’s Glenarn Harrier (D. Murphy), 1/1fav; 3. JCB Syndicate’s Crown Direct (K. Sheehy), 4/1. 6 ran, 1/2l, 6l.
Race 3 — 1. R. Cleary’s I’m Just Like Mum (R. Cleary), 1/3 fav; 2. L. O’Regan’s Brywins Charvis (D. Murphy), 3/1; 3. P. Hill’s Hillside Dream (P. Hill), 4/1. 6 ran, 4l, 7l.
Race 4 — 1. D. Delany’s Mister Hill (K. Sheehy), 2/1 fav; 2. Dunmanway Racing Club’s Sharpe (Noreen McSweeney), 9/4; 3. H. Bennett’s Magical Sole (D. Murphy), 5/2. 5 ran, 1/4l, 1/2l.
* The first two home in each race qualifie for the final today.
Heat 1 — Denise McDonald’s Peak’s Pretender (K. Sheehy), 6/1; 2. T. Murphy’s Coalford Victory (Owner), 4/1; 3. Dunmanway Racing Club’s Springfield Chief (J. McSweeney), 1/2 fav. 6 ran, 1/2l, 1/2l.
Heat 2 — 1. Kelleher Bros/J. Power’s Flashdance (M. Kelleher), 1/2 fav; 3. Breda Shanahan’s Dream’s Place (J. Shanahan), 4/1; 3. Patricia Carey’s Destiny’s Dream (G. Carey), 5/1. 6 ran, 1/2l, 5l.
Heat 3 — 1. Quill Bros’s Bon Camotion (D. Murphy), 1/1; 2. S. Quill’s Stoneriggs Wizard (T. Murphy), 4/5 fav; 3. J. Shanahan’s Harmony P (J. Shanahan), 6/1. 5 ran, 2l, 10l.
* The first two home in each heat qualified for the Murphy’s Irish Stout Grand Prix Final today.