Friday night’s card at St James Park was a good competitive affair featuring two finals, the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a4 decider and the Droopys Nidge @ Stud a1/a2 showdown.
In the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a4 final, Trumera Wood went off the 4/5 favourite, but there was also support for Sober Java at 6/4.
After a level break Trumera Wood led up from trap 1. Out of the second bend, Sober Java moved into contention, just two lengths adrift of Trumera Wood.
Sober Java powered down the back stretch and was in complete control turning for home.
Thomas Kerrigan’s daughter of Zero Ten and Tullowmac Java raced clear to see off Trumera Wood by five lengths in 29.09, the fastest time of the night.
The a1/a2 final went the way of Bull Marker.
The first race saw Chaotic Oak go off as favourite although it was tight in the betting market.
From trap rise About It Is led a tightly bunched field to the opening turn.
The favourite tracked well on the rails and made his move into the third bend.
After hitting the front Chaotic Oak was made to work for the victory by Kilmacar Hurah.
Chaotic Oak held on to win by a neck in 29.81.
The second race saw punters steam into Blackstone Fabia and he was backed from 4/5 into 4/7.
The favourite was not the sharpest at traps while Artistic Pete went up well to lead Autumn Desire around the opening two bends.
Artistic Pete continued to lead down to the third bend while Blackstone Fabia was beginning to make an eye-catching move in behind.
The jolly was once again caught in traffic, but the professional Artistic Pete had no such trouble as he continued on. Once clear, Blackstone Fabia flew home but the line came too soon and Artistic Pete held on by a short head in 29.48.
Ballydaniel Sky was well backed before the off of the next race and his caused was aided dramatically as the fast starting Howsyerdaymissus moved inwards.
Ballydaniel Sky made the most of his dream run up and after getting the bend from Archaton Becca, Ballydaniel Sky opened up and skipped clear.
Howsyerdaymissus came through to take second place but punters had little to worry about as Ballydaniel Sky scored by five lengths in 29.41.
The staying contest (725) began with Thanks Anne and Feed Me Kebabs to the fore.
The pair were quickly usurped as Old Road Teddy took over up front.
Going down the back stretch it was all change again as the strong running Foleys Gift hit the front. Bull Run Petal improved from her sluggish start to chase the new leader home but Foleys Gift, trained by Michael English, was home by two lengths in 41.18.
The sixth race was the most open of the betting heats but it was very quickly decided as Kilvil Kittywake came out running and never saw a rival.
Down the far side the leader held a four length lead and never looked in the remotest danger of being caught.
Tentothedozen filled the runners-up spot, two and a half lengths clear of the smart trap to line winner, Kilvil Kittywake in 29.31.
The second final of the night, the Droopys Nidge @Stud a1/a2 final, saw Fennis Brae and Dutch Dream go best to the bend.
The former went on and was in front going down the back straight as Sober Escape improved into second spot after railing well.
The field bunched up into the third and soon it was all change. Bull Marker came out of the pack and stormed clear to defeat Dutch Dream by three lengths in a time of 29.33.
In the novice a2 725 punters latched on to Obama Country and he was sent off the 6/4 favourite.
However, he really only made an impression late in the day when his chance was gone.
Triangle Rinty and Bull Run Kite started best with Bull Run Kite showing that little bit more early doors to take the leader.
The pace setter held a four length advantage going down the back stretch for the second time. Triangle Rinty was not gone away, however, and in the latter stages he began to get closer and closer.
The pair crossed the line together with Triangle Rinty getting the nod by a short head in 41.40.
In race nine Triangle Tady and Mt Heaton Daisy dominated in the betting ring and they had the race between them also.
The pair were best to the bend, with Triangle Tady going on to lead his rival by two lengths down the back.
The remainder of the field were four lengths further adrift.
On the run home Mt Heaton Daisy began to reel in Triangle Tady but she switched sides and her chance was gone. Triangle Tady completed a nice double for owner/trainer Nicky Nolan by a head in 29.25.
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