Cahill's Blanco cracks out for a Classic success
Seamus Cahill: Won the £25,000 williamhill.com Classic with Loughteen BlancoPICTURE: STEVE NASH
THE £25,000 Williamhill.com Classic final, the centrepiece of a Festival that came to it's climax at Sunderland on Thursday night, went to Seamus Cahill's Loughteen Blanco (5-1).
The October 09 Droopys Scolari whelp broke better from the middle draw and was able to beat Droopys Loner to the punch and, once on the bunny, was never going to be caught.
The blue, who was having only his fourth race for his new trainer, beat Wells Honour by 4 1/4L in 26.95sec.
The £15,000 Williamhill.com Grand Prix final, run over the 640-metre course, went to Paul Young's Swabys Princess (6-1) who produced a dramatic late run to mug Dixies Air right on the line.
The August 09 daughter of Westmead Hawk was looking sure to win when charging into the fifth bend but she was badly hampered at this stage and all seemed lost. However, she gathered herself for another crack at the tiring leader and produced an amazing run to snatch the pot in 40.49sec.
Earlier, the final of the £3,000 Festival Flyer produced a very impressive performance from Kelly Macari's Mill Bullseye (5-2).
In a race dominated in recent years by the great Jimmy Lollie, the strapping white and black produced a comparable bullet-like start to put the race to bed in a few strides and record 15.74sec in beating Fernhill Jess by 1L
The Puppy Plate decider at 9.05 saw a surprise result when Elaine Parker's Droopys Pride (8-1) produced a strong run to pick up early leader Welton South (10-1) at the third bend and stay on gamely to beat the latter by 3 1/4L in 27.46sec.
MONMORE staged heats of the Ladbrokes.com 630 Trophy and fastest going forward to next Thursday's final (also live on RPGTV) is Peggys Style.
It was heat one that saw Chris Allsopp's bitch, the 5-4 jolly, grind down Liscahane Razl close home to score by a head in a useful 37.79sec.
The second eliminator went to Heather Dimmock's Bangcrashwallop (5-4F) who was able to turn in front and was never troubled thereafter - beating Glenbane Mile by 3 1/2L in 37.89sec.
COVENTRY'S card included a pair of heats of a veterans competition - The Brandon Seniors Trophy and topping the bill here was Madeley.
In the opener Alec Stone's Madeley (7-2) took advantage of a dream run around the outer at the first bend to cut loose and beat the staying on Holy Ground by 1 1/4L in 29.83sec.
The second heat went to the 4-5 jolly Slick Robert. Keith Allsop's October 07 greybeard catch the fast starting Up For Sam on the run in to score by three parts of a length in 29.87sec.