The Blarney Rose had young Brendan Crowley smiling again at Killaloe
DOUBLE FOR O'SULLIVAN
Eugene O Sullivan uses Stonebridge Racing Mix
Bookmakers began trade on the concluding C.S.G.L. Electrical Stephen Kerkin & Clare Refrigeration Mares Open Lightweight Race with quotes of 1/2 and 4/7 about The Blarney Rose at the East Clare Harriers Hunt Point-to-Point Races at Garranboy, Killaloe, Co. Clare. At the off punters were able to take even money about the Oscar seven-year-old and really there weren't too many anxious moments for favourite backers.
Waited with by her rider Brendan Crowley, this now four time point-to-point winner, made her ground from four out. In a good heat, The Blarney Rose showed that she can score when returned to the track (has had seven starts to date under rules) by cantering all over her rivals up the straight. She had Clonbeale Vacation well covered when that one departed two out and in the end crossed the line six lengths to the good from Vickys Lass. To put the form in a bit of context, Dizzy Rascal, oft placed on the track, was two lengths further back in third.
Brendan Crowley has now won four on his father Stuart's charge and her trainer Eugene O'Sullivan said: "The Gain Final (Ballynoe April 1st) and a race at Cork on the point-to-point day are what we have in mind for her. After that we'll try to get a notch for her on the track. She was fourth to Catcherinscratcher at Listowel so she's always had the ability. I'd imagine the owner (from Blarney) would eventually like to breed from her (has the likes of Wylde Hyde in her pedigree)."
DOUBLE FOR O'SULLIVAN
Eugene O'Sullivan had initiated a brace in the opening Derg Kitchens Mid West Landscape & The Cobblers Rest Winner Of Two Race with Pocket Reader under Fergus O'Connor. His wife Irene Walsh owns the successful Sonus gelding, an own-brother to Pat Hughes' recent handicap hurdle winner, Prince Of Forwards.
Croom-based civil engineer O'Connor, partnering his fifth winner, always had the ex-J P McManus and Enda Bolger (won a point for them before disappointing on the track) six-year-old prominent and he found the necessary from the back of the last to see off the persistent Oppera by a length and a half.
Pocket Reader is now two from two since joining present connections, having scored at Carrigtwohill at the end of January