Limerick's Pat Buckley trio still in English Derby title hunt

Jerome O'Connell


Jerome O'Connell


Limerick's Pat Buckley trio still in English Derby title hunt

Pictured at the launch of the Golden Muzzle which starts in Limerick this weekend

CON and Annie Kirby Memorial winner Droopys Davy is out of the English Derby after round one.

The Pat Buckley trained runner only finished fourth in his heat and was later diagnosed to have a cracked metacarpal and is unlikely to race for the next two months.

Buckley, has three runners remaining in the Towcester classic, the litter brothers Borna Gin and Borna Account and Droopys Biker.

Back in Limerick, there was the usual Friday and Saturday racing.

Saturday’s card opened with an A7 525. Kilmallock’s Patrick and Ciaran Dillon won with Sporry Majestic. Trained by John O’Brien the winner was a length and a half clear in 29.30. Second was Two Words for Nicola Downes of Killaloe.

There was a sprint win for Garryowen Batman in a S8 350. The Paul O’Brien owned runner had a length and a half to spare on the line in 19.48. Second was Killea Dancer for Stephen Stack of Borrisokane.

Des Ryan had Lightfoot Cara as a winner of an A6 525. In 29.48 the winner just got the success on the line ahead of Inislosky Ebony for Mary Crotty of O’Briens Bridge.

Tom Fitzgerald had Ocean Indian as an A5 550 winner. In 30.56 the winner was a length clear on the line. Second was Swallow Secret for Doon’s Patrick and Aoife Coffey.

There was a win for the Doon owners in an A3 525 with Carrigmore Pogba winning in 29.31. A length back in second was Kittys Cain for Janet Downes of Killaloe.

Garryowen’s Sean Ryan won with Lass for Charlie in a sprint. The S6 350 was won in 19.30. Two and a half lengths back in second was Coolisteige Jet for the Conway Brothers syndicate.

Athea had a winner in an A3 525. Knockbawn Buddy is owned by Diane Shane and Philip Mahon and trained by Michael Shine. The winner’s time was 29.06. Second was Portdrine Power for Liam Carroll of Cratloe.

Bruree’s David Carroll had Tyrap Cayman as a sprint winner. The S1 350 was won in 18.87. Three quarters of a length back in second was Blastoff Sanchez for Philip Buckley.

The Denis O’Malley trained Rallying Jill won for the Rallying Racing syndicate in an A2 525. The winner was a length clear of Munster Baby Black for John Anderson of Doon.

On Friday, Clarina’s Donie Quinn won the opening novice 525 in 30.41 with Clarina Bud. Two and a half lengths back in second was Gower Lady for Anna Carey of west Clare.

Another Clarina winner was Richard Gleeson with Ruby On Fire. The sprint winner had a time of 19.55. Half a length back in second was Nuke Daisy for Timothy Redfern of Murroe.

Mungret’s Michael O’Grady won with Will Chance Him in another sprint. In 18.93 the winner had five and a half lengths to spare. Second was Lesson Learned for Michael and Noel Nash.

Ballylanders’ Budneken syndicate won for Bridie and Brendan Moore with Glorious Chubbs in an A6 525. The winner time of 29.01 beat Corgrigg Castle into second by 12 lengths.

Another local winner was Carmel Hennessy with Get In Time. The A5 525 was won in 29.19 for the Eugene Corkery trained runner. Second was Michael Shine with Knockbawn Pickle.