Russmur Flyer makes it a perfect six at Tralee

The final of the Lee Strand 550 was the feature in Tralee on Saturday night, and the Mossy O’Connor-trained Russmur Flyer justified odds-on favouritism with an all-the-way victory.

Russmur Flyer makes it a perfect six at Tralee

Bringing his perfect record to six, the 4-5 chance, owned by Jerry Murphy, Rathmore, led by a couple of lengths rounding the opening bends, and held that lead down the back.

Sticking tight to the rails around the third turn, the July 2014 son of Vans Escalade and Perles Bay held off the challenge of Movealong Cupid, and stayed on well to beat that rival by a couple of lengths in 29.59.

At Shelbourne, the Sporting Press Irish Oaks got underway, and clear best on the clock was the Graham Holland-trained Ballinakil Clare, who made all in heat seven to beat Cork Oaks winner Leezie Lindsay by four-and-a-half lengths, in a flying 28.13. On a track which seemed to be running somewhat slower than normal, this was a huge effort.

Next best on the clock was Holycross Leah, who justified odds of 4-6 when leading between the opening bends en route to a smooth victory over Follys View in 28.27.

At Wimbledon, the English Derby has been whittled down to a manageable size for next weekend and, on Saturday night, there was a superb performance from Irish Derby champ Ballymac Matt in heat 13. Currently with Kelly Macari, he popped out of the traps, led all, and stayed on nicely to beat Droopys Latina by a length-and-a-half in 28.05.

Pat Buckley took the 16th heat with Lenson Sanchez, in 28.27. Drama came in the photo-finish for third place. Long-odds fancy Jaytee Jet, which found early trouble, got up to dead-heat with Badmoonrising, and a run-off will take place on Wednesday morning at 10.30am, after which the draw for the next round will take place.

At Curraheen Park, the final of the Restaurant Bookings S3/S4 was the feature, and Black Coyote landed the spoils for Ned Kerrisk. Just in front racing to the first bend, he held his ground, running on to beat Curryhills Flash by three lengths, in 17.80.

The semi-finals of the South County Bar A3 525 also took place, and Miss Mags took the first for trainer Paul Hennessy.

Drawn a little wider than ideal, she had the pace to turn close behind some sharp starters, and forged ahead late to beat Cardiff Bay by two-and-a-half lengths in 28.41.

The second heat went to the Kieran Lynch-trained Ventry Zebo, who showed fine backstraight pace to take over from Belindas Bart, and then stayed on well to hold the late run of the improving Jalingo by two lengths in 28.96.

Another notable performance on the card came from Carriglad Star, trained by Niall Dunne for Susan Murray.

The lightly raced April 2014 whelp, making his Curraheen debut, stormed clear of his rivals to win the night’s first sprint by a wide margin, in 17.46.

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