Tir Prince was once again blessed with another sunny night for a wonderful nights racing.
It was a good night for Andrew Cairns who won the first race for maidens in an electrifying 2.032 in a canter on Teddy Get Ready 7 lenghths ahead of Tallana and Cool Velvet, this horse is bound to move through the grades quickly.
Andrew Stenhouse drove Victory Storm to a close victory in the low grade Trot from Ebony Jane and Spike.
Race three saw some fireworks in a cracking low grade pace of 11 horses with Rocker Laidlaw on Mahogany Jasper just holding off Kelly Peacock on Next Generation, both given a time of 2.028 off the 10 yard mark with Mahogany Fame and Western Dreamer just a couple of lenghts behind in third and fourth.
The next race was the Jane Patterson 1.25 mile preferred free for all trot, a well established top class trot set up by John Blisset many years ago, this year Tir Prince and Trot Britain sponsored the race with a cup and rug supplied by John. The race proved to be a real cracker with Gary Clark giving a great drive on Uffra Girl just holding off Ian Pimlott who came very late on Staas Hazelhaar. The UK record was broken in 2.346 by Uffra Girl with Staas getting the same time 1/2 length behind with Peter Mather third on Iris De Linde in a fast time of 2.36. Lets hope Jane would have been proud of the trotters.
The next race saw one of the big favorites of the night Dun Loaghaire give Rocker his second winner of the night and finished in 2.009 from the 10 yard mark, 2 lenghts ahead of the fast finishing Mark Elvin on Ayr Glory, the crowd cheered both horses all the way to the line and it was sure to impress the live TV audience. Ayr Mission was given 2.013 from the 20 yard mark a sub 2 minute comparative time. Jonathan Dunne was finishing fast on Portersdown Kirk but could not quite catch them.
At 10 pm with the night getting cooler and the floodlights and a western sunset lighting the night sky the crowd were anticipating the Crock of Gold heat over a mile. A late pull out was Doonbeg and the draw for position favoured Stoneriggs Chris in 1 with Pan Lubber in 2 and Hes For Real in 3 with Lanesdide Lexus in 4, the Fell team were disaapointed with the outside draw for Scoot Around. The tactics in the race were quite simple Andrew Cairns stayed in the lead from start to finish. Down the home straight the crowd were cheering wildly for their favourite but it was clear Cutchall Hannover had a great chance if it could get out but alas for Billy Armer he was boxed in and although Pam Haythornthwaite came with the usual late run on Scoot Around the draw proved vital. Stoneriigs Chris given 1.59 1 lenghth ahead of Cutchall Hanover in 1.592 and Scoot Around in 1.593 with opan Lubber in 4th.
The last race saw the closest finish of the night and the biggest smile also as Alan Haythornthwaite giving a masterly drive on White Star Hanover just a neck ahead of Kelly Peacock on Dalton both given 2.013 from the 10 yard mark with jonathan Dunne just a lenghth behind on Sorbrook Swallow in third. The big crowd went away happy and we now look forward to the 26th July when another heat of the Crock of Gold takes place.