Lassa Ex­quis­ite’s A1 sub-29.00 runs stands out

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

NO rest for the wicked, or so they say any­way. Wicked, though, is hardly an ex­pres­sion you would ap­ply to Liam Dowl­ing (ex­cept in terms of all he has won, maybe), but when it comes to the rest part, well, you’d won­der how the man finds time for any rest at all be­tween all the run­ners he has on the track and up the coursing fields?

There he was at Tralee Track on Fri­day night dom­i­nat­ing the first-round heats of the Tile­mas­ter King­dom Derby . . . and 24 hours later he had seven run­ners on the card at Shel­bourne Park!

Un­for­tu­nately, it turned out to be a jour­ney in vain for the grey­hounds be­ing brought to Shel­bourne Park be­cause the pro­gramme there had to be aborted af­ter just two races be­cause of a rain/trac­tor prob­lem.

Things can go wrong like that and we had our own trac­tor prob­lem in Tralee a while ago, but busi­ness nearly al­ways runs very smoothly at the Oakview venue and, in do­ing so on Satur­day night, one win­ner stood out above the oth­ers, namely the lo­cally-owned Lassa Ex­quis­ite.

This fel­low is in the joint own­er­ship of Michael Costello and Frank O’Donnell and, on go­ing rated .10 slow, he clocked a fastest of the night 28.72 in beat­ing Swiss Storm by three lengths in the tenth race (A1 525), jus­ti­fy­ing even-money favouritism in the process.

One other win­ner got in­side 29.00 sec­onds and that was Clonkil Blackie, which John Kel­li­her trains lo­cally for Pa­trick O’Cal­laghan, of Mac­room. One of three 6/4 joint favourites, this lady won the sixth race by four and a half lengths from Hawthorn Won­der in 28.98.

The odds for all the races were made pos­si­ble by the only book­maker in at­ten­dance, Patsy Browne. What would Tralee Track, and in­ter­ested pun­ters, do with­out Patsy (or Berkie Browne) on a Satur­day night?

Other win­ners were Yorkville Blaze, 18.20; Up­ward Apollo, 29.61; Cassies Las, 18.02; Mill­ridge Cody, 29.36; Ir­re­more Phebe, 29.23; Rathro­nan Blitz, 17.99; Ball­yard Paris, 29.19; Steeple Rd Ethan, 18.05; Water­gate Mike, 29.68.

The go­ing was .10 slow for all 525yds races and .o5 slow for the 325yds races.

Photo by www.deniswal­sh­pho­tog­ra­

Over­all spon­sor John O’Shea (Til­mas­ter Select) with Patsy O’Rourke, Dave O’Car­roll, Gerry O’Con­nell, An­thony Slattery and at the back John and Adam Bent­ley en­joy­ing the open­ing rounds of the 2018 Tile­mas­ter King­dom Derby at the King­dom Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

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