Newlawn’s early pace decisive

THE highly progressive Newlawn Tock produced a proper performance to take the final of the Irish Derby Trial Stake at Curraheen Park on Saturday night.

Trained by John Cusack for Mary Walsh, the winner broke reasonably well but showed a terrific turn of pace to lead into the bend.

His rivals were unable to make significant inroads from that point as he maintained a strong gallop to see off Castlelyons Ralf by three and a half lengths in 29.87.

The first round of the Kasko A3 dominated most of the card and the competition opened with success for the Denis Fitzgerald-trained Soho Storm, which came late and fast to claim a half-length victory over Forest Power in 28.87.

In heat two the usually slow-starting Heres The Deal, trained by Paul Hennessy, bounced out in front and raced clear in superb style to see off Cool Present by eight and a half lengths in 28.58.

The Pat Kiely-trained Maeves A Lady finished with purpose to land the third heat.

Spur Magpie set a furious pace but his stride began to shorten approaching the fourth bend and Maeves A Lady came with a withering run to claim a half-length victory in 28.73.

The lightly raced Dripsey Hawk took the fourth heat for Pat O’Shea. Outsider Greenhills Rebel briefly challenged but the bitch repelled that effort before racing to a three and a half lengths victory in 28.92.

Mort and Don Buckley’s Ders Always One caused something of an upset when getting up late to land the fifth heat in a very smart 28.78, while Barthlemy Torres, trained by Pat Mannix for the Chester Pool Syndicate, led between the bottom bends to take heat six in 29.13.

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