Monleek Dawn was a class apart in the semi-finals of the Barber Kennels 400 for bitches at Dundalk Stadium last Saturday night. The Tullyallen-based youngster recorded a cracking 21.13 in a rout of the opposition, and that makes her a long odds-on shot for this weekend’s decider.
This kind of run, which wouldn’t out of place in the Irish Sprint Cup, didn’t come as a surprise. In the opening round, Monleek Dawn skipped around in 21.44, making it the perfect introduction to racing.
A trap one draw was in her favour on her second visit to the track, but given they way she flashed from traps, the colour of her jacket wasn’t really a factor.
Six lengths in front at the bend, the Cork-bred extended her lead even further, crossing the line seven and a half in advance of another first round winner, Primeley Sceptre. Drumsna Pearl took third.
In a further boost to Monleek Dawn, Quarterland Abby, who the Tullyallen runner had beaten into second the previous week, won the other semi-final, breaking clear of the bunch at the first bend to score in 21.57.
Yet another winner for Jim Hynes’ Co Antrim kennel – Quarterland Tune brought up the double later in the evening – the home-bred Abby won by just over three lengths from Courtlough Katie, with Davran Clio taking the other place in the final.
Local owner, Denis McArdle, made a welcome return to the winners’ enclosure, his Moll scoring on second career start. A daughter of Kinloch Brae, Moll weon by two and a half lengths from another local runner, the coursing-bred Know The Code.
Pat Duffy and Harry Lawrence, who are having a fine run with their Haggardstown-based team, were on the mark with Toryview Craft on Saturday night. The subject of a few tasty wagers, Toryview opened up a huge gap in his race over the 525, but was being caught in the closing stages. A length divided the winner and Revilo Clio.
On the same card, Badicott Remi won for another local combination, the one formed by Dowdallshill’s Arthur Boyle and Seamus Casey, who trains the dog at his Channonrock base. The Thurles Sales purchase tracked beautifully at the bend to gain the initiative, and at the line was almost five lengths clear of his nearest rival.