There was a good crowd at for racing at St James Park on a Friday night as the Langton House Hotel a1 stake got underway. The performance of the night came from the dog who probably travelled the furthest. Racing in the opening heat, Burst Of Magic, a Drumbo Park regular, gave the locals plenty to think about as he made light of his long journey.
Burst Of Magic led early and got the bend ahead of Helens Treasure. The latter ran of the bend and this allowed Burst of Magic shoot five lengths clear of the bother in behind. The son of Ballymac Maeve and Kincraig Lauren, trained by Sharon Hurley galloped away to win impressively.
Crossing the line Burst of Magic served notice as he triumphed by six and a half lengths in 28.90.
The second heat was bumpy early as High St Kingo pushed wide on the run up only then to sweep the bend from the outer. That caused more bumping behind but High St Kingo did not care as he moved eight lengths clear of the pack.
Drunken Thought ran on well in the latter stages but could not catch the Martin Leahy trained High St Kingo (Royal Impact-High St Miley) who obliged by three lengths in 29.37.
The in-form Frontier Sound won for the fifth time on the bounce as he took the third heat. The odds on favourite took up the running on the way to the first bend and got a solo after that.
Make race of it
Bua Joey and Run Samson Run tried to make a race of it but neither ever looked like outdoing Frontier Sound. Owned by Nicky Cleere and Tony O’ Leary’s, the son of Droopys Kewell and Frontier Music won by three lengths in 29.19.
The Paul Hennessy trained Priceless Sky held on for favourite backers in the fourth heat but only just. Go Mandy started fast and led early. Priceless Sky went strong to the first and ran the turn very well to take it up. Priceless Sky powered on to move four lengths clear and looked to have it won.
Mickys Trickster made a race of it though and he charged home. The line loomed as Mickys Trickster closed but Priceless Sky (Royal Impact-Priceless Pearl) held on by a head in 29.20.
Crack Away made every yard of it in the fifth heat but needed the line at the end to complete a double for Sharon Hurley. After leading around the first bend, Crack Away held a two length lead over Locnamon Angel.
Crack Away was superb down the back stretch and shot six lengths clear into the third. However, Crack Away faded quickly and came back to his rivals. Locnamon Angel charged but Crack Away saw it out by a neck in 29.34.
Terminal Two was another dog who won his fifth race in-a-row on the night. Stunning Buddy went up well from the start followed by Terminal Two. Stunning Buddy led around the second bend but by the third Terminal Two was on terms.
On the run home, Ray Harney’s Terminal Two (Black Shaw-Lukies Cailin) stormed clear to win by five lengths in 29.26.
The first race was an a3/a4 race. After a level start Tarsna Rossi asserted to lead into the first bend. Rossi poured it on between the bends to lead by three lengths at the second. Whetstone Rocky closed the gap down to the third bend but struggled between the turns and this saw Tarsna Rossi home by three lengths over the running on Ullid Oscar in 29.38.
De Exception (Hometown Boy Nga-Tyrur Maryann) won for the third time in five starts for the Corner House Syndicate and trainer Paul Hennessy. The winner was fast away but got swallowed into the first bend. Skylark Snowy went on to lead De Exception and Staplestown Road by a length at the second bend.
De Exception ran the back straight best to lead by a length at the third. De Exception eased away to win by two and a half lengths in 29.54.
In a race with plenty of early dash, Dublinhill Boy showed most to lead Ballybough Pa around the first bend. Dublinhill Boy increased his lead to three lengths before Ballybough Pa and Dynamo Murph set about reeling in the leader.
Both got close but Dublinhill Boy (Goldmine Ramble-Glengall Beauty) held on by a half a length from Ballybough Pa in 29.26.