Racing on Friday featured the start of the Kingsmill Messi and Moveit Jamie @ Stud a4 stake.
The fastest time of the night came in one of the graded races as Aoife’s Prinskie took the a3/a4 contest. Ontherun Mitzy looked set to lead up on the rails but Aoifes Prinskie swept by at the corner and into a three length lead at the second bend.
The pace setter increased that lead into the third as the challengers seemed to get in each others way. It mattered not to Aoifes Prinskie who motored onwards.
Trained by Joe Anglim for Cecil Willoughby, Aoifes Prinskie (Thurlesbeg Joker-Sues Sparkle) romped home in a smart 29.18.
The winners in the stake were Droopys Cody, Crinkill Boy and Raggletaggle Rex. Elsewhere, Karol Ramsbottom recorded a double with Daylens Bullet and Garryglass Messi.
The opener saw Oakfront Miller try and make every yard over the staying trip. It started well as he got the bend from and led Aunty Valerie by five lengths at the third bend.
The lead was still at five lengths passing their starting point, but within a matter of strides it was clear that the long time leader was in bother. The James Robinson Aunty Valerie picked off Oakfront Miller on the way home to score in 41.61.
In the opening heat of the a4 stake there was a level start before Flomur Liberty led Crinkill Boy around the first bend. The pair were level at the second and it was nip and tuck down to the third.
Flomur Liberty ran out of room on the rails and was forced to check. This allowed Crinkill Boy to ease away to win in 29.49.
In race three, the Kingsmill Messi and Moveit Jamie @ stud a4 stake, Altese Manziel and Droopys Cody went to the bend best with the former getting the turn ahead. The leader doubled the advantage between the turns and maintained that advantage down to the second last.
Droopys Cody edged closer on the run home but Altese Manziel looked to be holding. However, one final surge saw the Murt Leahy trained Droopys Cody get up by a length in 29.43.
In the next Kingsmill Messi heat, a fast start saw Hi Trend Hector go to the bend in front of Cilldubh Picture. The pair were back together by the second, with Raggletaggle Rex tucked in behind.
Raggletaggle Rex made it three in a line at the third bend before bravely pushing by on the rails. The Sean Leahy trained Raggletaggle Rex raced onwards to defeat Hi Trend Hector in 29.60.
In the next Kingsmill Messi heat, it was level early doors and into the first turn. Forest Lizzie asserted into the turn and kicked three lengths clear of Random Lady.
There was no change into the third bend. Lizzie continued to set the pace. Random Lady was not finished. She and came home strongly to get up and defeat Forest Lizzie in 29.76.
The Thomas Leahy trained Craw Jumper got back to winning ways in the second staying contest. Feed Me Donuts started well, and led the eventual winner by two lengths.
Craw Jumper took over up front into the third turn and raced clear. Ballybrien Paudi stayed the trip strongly to get up to second spot but never looked like catching the cosy winner Craw Jumper, who scored in 41.06.
The eighth race was messy early doors and into the first bend. It took to the second bend for the contest to settle down where Ballydaniel Lime led High St Nicky by a length.
The lead remained intact to the third where the field began to close up. The race to the line saw the Karol Ramsbottom trained Daylens Bullet see off Rising Song in 30.08.
Trainer Karol Ramsbottom completed a quick fire double when Garryglass Messi took the honours in the final race.
The winner pushed in from trap five and caused plenty of traffic problems. Messi got to the first in company with Strong Warrior before squeezing out his rival.
With that trouble Garryglass Messi was able to slip four lengths clear, a lead that he held to the third bend.
Deenside Hero made rapid progress off the third turn and began reeling in the long time leader. The line came too soon as Garryglass Messi held on by a length in 29.22.
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