Garryglass Marco took the final of the Langton House Hotel Derby on Friday night in front of a large crowd. Trained by Karol Ramsbottom, Garryglass Marco was easy to back as he drifted out to 7/4 joint favourite despite being housed to perfection in trap 1.
From trap rise, Marco was out quickly. He led up to the first bend, followed by Dannys Zebo. There was a length in it at the second and Marco was still a length to the good at the third. Now he had the improving Ringtown Ned on his tail.
Garryglass Marco kicked on again and the son of Hades Rocket and Garryglass Jess found plenty. Millies Tavern finished strongly to get second but it was Garryglass Marco who took the 4,000 euro first prize in 29.23.
Garryglass Messi, a half brother to Marco, was also on the mark, albeit a shade luckily. The two 725s’ were won from the front by Kilkenny Pippa and Rockmount Twirl, while High St Kingo bounced back to form when winning in the fastest time of the night.
Ascot Donal started fast in the opener and was a length up on Feed Me Cherrys around the first two bends. The pace setter edged a further length clear into the third, but Feed Me Cherrys was not finished.
Kim Knell’s Feed Me Cherrys finished well and got up on the line to deny Ascot Donal by short head in 29.38. Kilkenny Pippa made every yard of the running in the opening 725. The winner got the first bend and quickly asserted to lead by four lengths passing the line for the first bend. The lead was up to six lengths by the fourth bend as the favourite Garryglass Jerry gave chase.
Both Garryglass Jerry and Shaneboy Syl closed to within three lengths out of the fifth before Syl was impeded. Garryglass Jerry kept on coming but the Paul Hennessy trained Kilkenny Pippa held on by a head in 40.71.
Ballycaum Lass started fast in the a4 final but was impeded in a matter of strides. This helped Mister Bateslead up and around the first bend. Three lengths clear of Random Idea at the second, Mister Bates saw his lead reduced to two lengths at the third. Random Idea kept on trying but the Darragh Morrissey trained Mister Bates saw it out by a length and a half in 29.25.
Garryglass Messi was sent off hot favourite for the puppy contest after landing the prime rails berth. Messi led up from trap 1 and missed the trouble behind him at the first. Condor Star looked set to take it up out of the second but took a tumble. This left Garryglass Messi four lengths clear of Kilbally Bob into the third and favourite backers looked happy. Kilbally Bob stuck to his task though and began to reel in Garryglass Messi. In the end, Garryglass Messi just held on by a short head in 29.49.
The class dropper High St Kingo made light work of the a3 field as he justified favouritism with a five and a half length win in 29.04. High St Kingo was in front early doors and was never headed from there. Wise Fantasy tried to make a race of it but the Murt Leahy trained High St Kingo was much too good as he secured an 11th career win.
Rockmount Twirl started fast in the 725 final and got the bend ahead of the pack which included the favourite Itellyagirl. Rockmount Twirl moved two lengths clear out of the second before doubling that lead over Itellyagirl into the third. The Brendan Murphy trained Rockmount Twirl eased five lengths clear into the fifth and eventually ran out a comfortable four length victor in 40.69.
Trapper Dempsey and Raggletaggle Mia had a real battle in the seventh race. The former was fast away but soon had Mia on his tail. It was nip and tuck down to the third bend where Raggletaggle Mia looked like she may take control. However, Trapper Dempsey stayed on better to win by half a length in 29.31.
Pure Phantom went up well on the inner in the finale to lead around the bend. There was trouble behind. This allowed Pure Phantom slip four lengths clear. Staplestown Road closed the gap but never got on terms. Pure Phantom won in 29.18.