Ballabuidhe Harness Racing Report, Sunday 2nd of August 2015

The opening day of the 2015 Three day Ballabuidhe Festival saw heats of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap and Heats of the Murphys/Western Beverages Grand Prix and despite heavy rain throughout the day there was very competitive fare in testing conditions.
In the Connolly Memorial one horse qualified from each of the five heats with the fastest looser joining the winners in the Bank Holiday Monday showpiece.

Action from heat one of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap.

In the opening heat Pan Cam Drift tried to make all and was collared close home by Vyrnwy Terror who had finished second in the PJ Shanahan Memorial in Ballineen. This was the second leg of a driving double for Seamus Quill who drove IB Mohican for his father Finbarr to an all the win in the third heat.

Scorpion has proved a bit of an enigma in recent outings giving the odd false step but he got it right today reeling in long time leader Immortal Mojo and the fast finishing Meadowland Tom in a blanket finish.

Denis O' Reilly on Immortal Mojo leads the way in Ballabuidhe.

Just Cam who broke his maiden in Drimoleague won the next heat in only his second start in the handicap proper. Meadowbranch Rappos made the early running but with five furlongs to pace Paidi McInerney sent this son of Judge Cam to the front and held on for a deserved with from “Rappos” and Hell Boy who came late to challenge.

The concluding heat went the way of Llywns Allstar. Mike O' Brien wasn’t hanging around here and ran his rivals ragged in the testing conditions and had it in safe keeping in a five length winning margin.

Llywns Allstar on his way to winning heat 5 of the Paddy Connolly Handicap.

Up next were the heats of the Murphys/Western Beverages Grand Prix and the rain continued to pour down. Cruise Howard after two big handicap wins was all the rage in heat one and looked to have done enough to win again but Ringo Kid and David Brickley pounced with two furlongs remaining and went on to win by four lengths.

The second heat saw IB Maximus lead early and after shaking off the challenge of Mr Security went for home but Red Mischief and Derry Mc Carthy ambushed him on the run in to land the odds by two lengths.

Only four went to post in the final heat and punters latched on to Kestrels Dot Sammy. Miraculus Return a winner of the Golden Mile at the venue twelve months ago made the running and the race slowed to a snails pace. It was obvious that a sprint finish was in store and so it did with Kieran Sheehy hit the front in the final eighth winning by a length and a half.

Kestrels Dot Sammy (left) and Miraculus Return in the finish of Heat Three of the Murphys/Western Beverarges Grand Prix.

Racing continues tomorrow, Monday 3rd of August with a 2.30pm start time.

By Tim Kelleher.

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