Friday’s racing at St James Park attracted a very good crowd for a card that included three finals. While the novice final carried plenty of intrigue, the Mary Ramsbottom Memorial a2 was the main event.
Punters eventually settling on Helens Champ as favourite. Mesedo Black and Helens Magic trapped out smartly with the former going to the bend in front. Beautys Whisper slipped into second but still trailed Mesedo Black by four lengths turning down the back stretch.
Beautys Whisper halved the deficit into the third and kept on coming at Mesedo Black. In the final 30 yards Beautys Whisper got the better of the game Mesedo Black to claim the 1,500 euro first prize for owner Margaret Barrett and trained David Flanagan.
The son of Ballymac Bull and Ballymac Sasha triumphed by a length and a half in 29.25.
The opener was level early and around the first two bends. There was plenty of bumping before Arrigle Hi took it up out of the second turn. Lemon Prince closed up into the third and soon hit the front.
The strong running Lemon Prince eased away to win by five lengths as Old Road Ego came through to take second. The winner stopped the clock in 29.58.
Shaws Blaze and Old Road Cody showed early in the second race and went to the bend together. Shaws Blaze ran off the bend, allowing La Rue Blue to slip into second behind Old Road Cody. La Rue Blue moved a length clear into the third and held on despite late pressure from Shaws Blaze and Crossleigh Basil in 29.65.
In the Springhill Court n1 525 final, Big Ballyhoe stormed clear early and moved three lengths clear of Melodys Hondo into the second bend. Melodys Hondo shaved a length off into the third and on the run home sought about wearing down Big Ballyhoe.
Melodys Hondo finished strongly on the outer to clinch a win by a neck for trainer, Declan Byrne in 29.33.
Royal Oak Betsie and Belgrave Millie started well but the pair seem to hold each other up allowing Seathwaite Ifor to lead on the outer. A length up over Belgrave Millie and Ballygur Dub at the second bend, Seathwaite Ifor doubled his lead into the third. The pace setter motored on and won by four and a half lengths in 29.61, with Gurtlug Fantasy coming through for second.
In the Betting on the Tote a3 525 final, the favourite Garryglass Sheba looked in all sorts of bother early on but with the aid of her favourite inside berth she was able to get the bend on the inner of Feed Me Cherrys. Once she hit the front Garryglass Sheba would be difficult to beat. Condor Star eventually came out of the pack to challenge but the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Sheba was home by three and a half lengths in 29.35.
In the d1/d2 725 Boozed Bubble and Triangle Shiraz started best but they were impeded by Arabian Arch at the first bend. This left Arabian Arch and the well supported Karlow Lucy in front.
There was little between them until Karlow Lucy took it up at the fourth bend. Three lengths clear at the fifth bend, Karlow Lucy stayed away to defeat the staying on Feed Me Oysters 40.98.
The a3 525 was level early on before Graigues Trade got the bend ahead of Olympic Queen. Running the bends well, Graigues Trade blasted five lengths clear of her main rival into the third. There was no stopping Graigues Trade. He shot six lengths clear into the third.
The Darragh Morrissey trained Graigues Trade put in one of the performances of the night as she defeated Olympic Queen by six and a half lengths in a sizzling 29.13.
In a race (a1/a2) with lots of early pace. Triangle Archie led around the first bend. Staplestown Road opened up down the far side and drew level with Triangle Archie. The in-form tracker pulled away tro win in 29.29.