The Francie Murray-trained bitch, by Brett Lee out of connections’ 2012 Cork Oaks winner Smoke Pixie, missed the kick, and trailed the field in the early stages as Newlawn Ned led odds-on favourite Witches Belle around the opening bends.
The eventual winner, owned by Howard Wallace, East Lothian, made significant progress down the back and, when the leaders bumped racing the final bend, slipped through along the inside. Staying powerfully, she beat Newlawn Ned by a length, in a very smart 30.89, with the favourite, Witches Belle, three parts of a length away in third place.
Francis Murray, son of trainer Francie, said: “We’re over the moon with her. She was crying out for this distance and is really game.
“She hadn’t been around Cork until the first round, so the couple of runs brought her on.
“She knew her way tonight, and the bit of trouble around the bottom bends helped, but you need that sort of luck in a final. She’s lightly raced as she had a bit of an injury but we got her back sound and she’s a cracking bitch, who can do it both ways. She did 31.17 on her first look at Shelbourne Park, and that’s the fastest 575 run by a bitch at that track for two years.
“Her mother won the Cork Oaks here, and then went to Shelbourne and did 28.20 in the second round of the Oaks there but, unfortunately, did a wrist at the escape. She was left out for breeding then, and this is her second litter – the Brett Lee cross has proved to be very good.
“Leezie Lindsay should be a great bitch for next year. She deserves a break now, as she’s done a lot of travelling. We have no specific plans, but she definitely wants this trip, and it’d be nice to run her with bitches.
“We’re also delighted for Howard (Wallace, owner), as he is a great supporter of the game, and has done a lot of things, not just for us, but for everyone in Longford and Mullingar. It’s very important someone like that gets a turn every now and then, so this is fantastic.”
Hey Cracker produced a terrific effort to land the Bartlemy Road Ltd. A3 Tri-Distance final for Tommy Flynn.
Last early, the 9-4 chance showed pace into the turn and then stood his ground well to slip around in front as trouble befell a number of his rivals. Once in front he looked in control, and stayed strongly to take the 575 yards decider in 31.73.
Canadian Kid made all the running to take the opening race in 29.25, for Paul Walsh. In race two Mort Cronin’s Faoides Ferry tracked well at the opening bend, took over down the back, and pulled away to complete a quick hat-trick, with this 28.85 victory.
Charlesfield Tom, trained by Johnny Linehan for Veronica and Tom McAuliffe, made all to take the open sprint by half a length from Gringos Ace, in a slick 17.59.
There was plenty of first-bend trouble in race four but Katies Choice, owned by Katie Crowley, managed to turn second before picking up late to beat favourite Droopys Brisbane by half a length, in 29.52.
May pup Black Coyote brought his tally to three wins from four outings when leading all the way to take race five for Ned Kerrisk, in 28.84.
In race six Shlow Down Ted, trained by John Quinn for Niall Healy, made it third time lucky when leading down the back and doing enough to deny the well-backed Macgyver by a length, in 28.94.
A quick exit helped Butterbridge Ace overcome a tough-looking draw in the Mick O’Keeffe A2 525. The 7-2 chance, trained by Kieran Lynch, pulled steadily clear to record a clear-cut victory in 28.42.
Lynch doubled up when Postman Don shared the spoils with the Michael O’Callaghan-owned Deran Hawk in the Sir Paddy @ Stud A3 575. The former led early but was joined on the line by fellow 3-1 chance, in 31.45.
Burges Import, owned by Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly, made all the running to take the closing race, an A1 525, in a smart 28.54.