Will to win serves Razldazl well

There was a minor upset in Saturday night’s first semi-final of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 when Razldazl Will, now in the care of Neilus O’Connell, made every yard of the running to claim the first place in next week’s final.

The earliest market move came for Gizmo Classic, who was well backed at 2-1 during the afternoon, but he was available at the same price on the track. Again well supported, he missed a beat at the start, as Razldazl Will led the easy-to-back Slip The Genie and Riverside Mary around the opening bends.

Slip The Genie, so impressive when beating the leader in the first round, looked perfectly positioned for a repeat when slipstreaming the leader out of the second corner. However, she failed to pick up in the same manner this time, and it was left to Classic Gizmo to chase the leader.

The latter quickened in eye-catching fashion, racing through a narrow gap between runners to move into second place at the third bend. And he loomed as a real threat to the leader as they turned for home.

However, despite clawing back the advantage as he did, he was unable to reel in the back-to-form Razldazl Will, who kept on really gamely to score by half a length in 31.18, with Slip The Genie a couple of lengths further back.

There was a far more dramatic finish to the second semi-final, where Tibetan Skies, owned by Eimear and Diarmuid Coffey of Youghal, came from the clouds to secure victory.

Stunning Buddy showed his customary early dash to lead around the opening bends and first-round winner Kokoro chased him past halfway. The two held a healthy advantage racing down to the third bend, where Ringtown Snowy began to make inroads.

At this stage, Tibetan Skies, who broke reasonably well but was short of room on the run-up and shuffled back to last place, still looked an unlikely winner, with almost 10 lengths to make up.

However, stamina was always going to be an issue for the front-running Stunning Buddy and, as he came back to Kokoro on the turn for home, Ringtown Buddy also moved to challenge on the outside.

Tibetan Skies sprouted wings from the third bend and when a gap appeared along the rails at the top of the straight, he powered through to score by two lengths from Ringtown Snowy, in 31.19, with Kokoro taking the final qualifying spot.

The final of the Tyrur Big Mike at Stud Open 525 resulted in a one-two for trainer Graham Holland, after joint-favourites Murralli Junior and Jimmy Boy dominated proceedings from the outset.

The former joined his kennelmate in the backstraight and looked set to go clear. However, his companion refused to give in and he rejoined the leader between the last two turns.

The two came close together on the run to the line, but Murralli Junior, owned by Alan Murray of Dunmanway, did just enough to get the nod from the judge, scoring by a short head in 28.57.

There were two semi-finals of the Tyrur McGuigan Open 525 down for decision and the Dolores Merriman-owned Highview Dasher impressed in taking the first heat. The bitch broke really smartly but moved for the rails early.

She was in control from that point and wasn’t unduly trouble in recording a 28.67 success.

The second semi-final resulted in a brilliant performance from the Peter Traynor-trained Lodgefield Start. Having run with real credit over 575 yards in recent outings, he successfully dropped back to 525 yards, making the most of his favoured inside line.

Winning for the fifth time in 10 outings from trap one, the son of Hades Rocket led all the way and displayed the stamina which had served him well over longer trips in recent outings as he pulled clear in real style, putting five lengths between himself and Priceless Pilot in 28.45.

Draw for the final of the Tyrur McGuigan at Stud:

1.Tibetan Skies, 2. Ringtown Snowy (m), 3. Kokoro (m), 4. Razldazl Will (m), 5. Slip The Genie (w), 6. Gizmo Classic (w)

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