A NUMBER of prominent Kerry footballers formed part of a good crowd at the Tralee Track on Friday night, for the very good reason that Shane Enright heads a syndicate which owns a well-regarded runner called Bolt You Sayin in the Kingdom Fast Hire Tri-Distance A3 Sweepstake (winner, €1,500) and as it turned out, Bolt You Sayin safely qualified for the second round of the competition behind the Ardfert-owned Earn Perks and he runs from trap 2 in the third of three second round heats this Friday .
It could well be that the Jack Kennelly-trained Bolt You Sayin will go on to outright victory in the event given the way he closed to a length behind Earn Perks in 27.50 over the shorter distance of 500yds. The second round heats are over 525yds and the final will be over 550yds, which will suit him eminently if he continues to qualify.
Fair play, though, to Earn Perks for overtaking him last Friday night. There was a lot to like about the way this lady drove into the opening turn from trap 4 to take the lead from it and it will be very interesting to see how she handles the challenge of another first round winner, Steeple Rd this Friday . Bell and some other good ones in the first of the second round heats.
Fastest of the five winners of the first round last Friday was Samba Bella, owned by Dan Cahill of Rathmore. Housed in trap 1 in heat 1, she did really well to lead the opening bend from 6/4 favorite Cashen Dynamo and kept the gallop going quite strongly to score by two lengths from Killeacle Isabel in 28.34, the latter making that. well to claim second place by a length and a half from Cashen Dynamo.
Just four places behind Samba Bella in the last of the five heats, in 27.38, was Donal G O’Mahony’s Millridge Tanic, who sailed home by six lengths, while there was also plenty to like about the way Dan Wren’s Steeple Rd Bell flew by. frontrunner Garrison Bejing returned home in heat 2, beating him by three lengths in 27.40.
The remaining heat winner in the first round was Peter Regan’s Oak Green who clocked 27.47 in very determined view of the challenge from those chasing her and it will be interesting to see how she fares against Millridge Tanic, especially in the second of the. second round heats.
The draw for these second round heats is (trap order): Heat 1: Nail It Johnny, Steeple Rd Bell, Kool Kemzo, Ballywilliam Boy, Earn Perks, Coolavanny Bliss (W).
Heat 2: Garrison Bejing, Killeacle Isabel, Oak Green, Ventry Queen, Send It Gems (M), Millridge Tanic (W).
Heat 3: Samba Bella, Bold You Sayin, Gleneffy Paddy, Stormy Mick, Send It Dancer (M), Cashen Dynamo (W).
The hottest race on Friday night was the eighth for the A1 grade over 525yds and this was brilliantly won in 28.67 by the Abbeyfeale-owned Monabricka, while the other winners were At John Mikes, 29.10; Whitehouse Major, 18.07; Whiskey River, 7 p.m.