The Langton House Derby moved to the second round stage on Friday night when four heats were run. On paper, the first and third heats were the picks, with winners hard to find.
The fastest time of the night was in the opening heat. The Declan Byrne trained Millies Tavern continued her impressive start to her career. The daughter of Droopys Vieri and Whiteys Millie took her record to four wins from five starts with a 28.82 spin.
Millies Tavern led up from trap 3 and got the bend first. The January 2012 whelp shot three lengths clear of Terminal Two into the second but saw that lead reduced by a length into the third. Connections of Millies Tavern had nothing to worry about as Millies Tavern pulled clear to win.
The 29 second barrier was also broken by Odyssey in the fourth heat, while Garryglass Marco became the only dog still unbeaten in the stake. On the graded section of the card, Tearaway La took a big step forward on previous form as he justified favouritism in 29.21.
Itellyagirl started well in the opening 550 but was joined by Feed Me Cherrys on the run to the first. Itellyagirl went on, followed by Lemon Prince. The duo were level from the second down to the third but Itellyagirl stormed clear on the run home to win by four and a half lengths in 30.95.
The second race was declared void after a trap mechanical malfunction.
Money came for Tearaway La after a recent change of kennels. The favourite was well away and went to the bend with Random Idea. Random Idea looked set to get the bend but Tearaway La pushed his way by and into a three length lead at the second bend.
Random Idea shaved a length off into the third but then ran out of steam. Tearaway La went on to win for trainer Paul Hennessy by three and a half lengths in 29.14.
Maggieismymammy lit out of trap 2 and led her rivals a merry dance for much of the contest. The pace setter does not see out the trip and when she folded turning off the last Grannys Column and Foulkscourt Echo were best placed to pounce. Grannys Column finished strongest to win by a length in 29.44.
Garryglass Marco started fast in the second heat of tghe Langton House Hotel derby but Hughs Comet went up well on his outer. Garryglass Marco pushed by the inner at the opening turn and eased two lengths clear of Ringtown Ned and Hughs Comet into the second.
There was no change in proceedings into the third and try as Ringtown Ned might, he could not bridge the gap to Garryglass Marco. The Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Marco won by two lengths in 29.05.
Dannys Zebo showed early dash to take early control of the third heat. After getting the bend, Dannys Zebo edged three lengths clear of Garryglass Ros and Mr Hooch turning down the far side. The lead was down to two lengths by the third bend but Dannys Zebo continued to make the best of his way home.
As the line approached, Mr Hooch swooped to get up for the win by a half a length in 29.22.
The fourth and final heat was level early and into the first bend. Odyssey was brave into the turn and managed to get the bend ahead of the pack. Showing a nice touch of early, the Barney Mooney trained Odyssey moved six lengths clear into the second.
Royal Oak Sammy moved into second spot down into the third but still remained five lengths in arrears. The challenger closed up in the latter stages but Odyssey saw it out by two and a half lengths in 28.99.
Triangle Archie showed his early speed to get the bend in the finale, followed by Movealong Bob. Three lengths up at the second, Triangle Archie increased his lead to four lengths into the third turn.
Archie faded on the run home but Movealong Bob was not able quite get there as Triangle Archie held on by two lengths in 29.25.