Racing at St James Park on Friday night was in very cold conditions. However, there was nothing cold about the Paul Hennessy trained Barefoot Victor, who clocked the fastest time in the a5 contest.
It was a strong performance as the March 13 son of Ace Hi Rumble and Barefoot Belle led from start to finish. There was trouble at the first which saw Barefoot Victor left clear.
It would have taken a fair dog to peg him back once he went around the first bend in front. Breagaghs Beauty won the battle for second spot but it was a distant battle as Barefoot Victor powered to victory.
Crossing the line, the impressive youngster was a massive 16 lengths clear in 29.46.
Paul Hennessy completed a double with Olympic Money, while Karol Ramsbottom also scored twice with Garryglass Zara and Sammy.
In the opening race (a6 525) Staplestown Road led up from trap 2. Random Megan took it up at the first bend and skipped clear.
Random Megan was six lengths ahead of Slaneyside Hero into the third bend and though the challenger ran on, Slaneyside Megan was home in 29.78.
A quick start in the sprint saw Kells Rebel take an early lead. He was a length clear of Deenside Wood and Emers Skylark into the first bend.
Deenside Wood sustained his challenge but could never get on terms. Kells Rebel, trained by Thomas Leahy, eased away to win in 16.59.
In the Betting on the Tote a4 725 final, things were level early and into the first bend. Garryglass Zara managed to get around the bend in front and from there she was never headed.
Trained by Karol Ramsbottom, Garryglass Zara was clear around the third turn and was never in any real danger. Group Rebel chased her home but Garryglass Zara was in control.
She scored by five and a half lengths in 41.47 to claim the €575 first prize.
The a2/a3 contest saw Mount Donal lead up on the rails. The leader got the bend and eased a length in front of Five Alley Pop into the second turn.
The pair were level into the third bend but Mount Donal continued to hold the rails berth. Mount Donal stayed on that little better to win by a length in 30 seconds.
In race six (a3/a4 525) Slaneyside Fox showed best early and led the field narrowly into the first. San Miguel swept by the leader around the turn and the strong running sort was primed to win as she went down the back three lengths to the good.
The lead was up to four lengths over Slaneyside Fox at the third and on the run home. The Sean Leahy trained San Miguel easily held off the strong finish of Triangle Jamie to win in 29.74.
In race 7, the Mister Bates a3 525 semi-final, Garryglass Sammy led a tight field around the first bend. The pace setter was sweet on the bends as he took two lengths off of his rivals.
The lead was still at two lengths at the third bend as Pookies Plan gave chase. Neither Pookies Plan nor the fast finishing Mt Leinster Jack could get to the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Sammy, who held on for victory in 29.83.
The winning distance was a length and a half.
The second semi-final was a messy affair with lots of trouble early doors. Manners Legend and Fiancee Alsation started well but tangled at the bend.
This caused a pile up which saw Manners Legend left a length lead over Rosmult Jet at the second bend. As the challenger struggled, Manners Legend streaked seven lengths clear of Olympic Money into the third.
The long time leader was soon tiring and this enabled Olympic Money to get on terms. It was nip and tuck up the home straight and the pair went across the line together.
The Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Money got up by a short head in 30.29.
In race 9 (a2 525) Tubrid Beauty used her wide draw to fly out and make every yard of the running in the finale.
Two lengths clear around the first, Tubrid Beauty plotted a course with no dangers as her rivals got in each others way. Garryglass Messi tried to make a race of it but Tubrid Beauty was gone.
The consistent lady galloped all the way to the line for a four length victory in 29.51.
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