The Connolly’s RED MILLS Easter Unraced Stake, with a winner’s prize of €3,500, got underway at the Ross Road circuit on Monday night.
Clares Tavern, a September whelp, by Droopys Cain, owned by Clare Owens, Baltinglass, showed her staying qualities when taking the opening heat in 29.32.
Ninja Burgess won the inaugural running of this competition; Martin Fortune and Terry Coveney are represented this year by Ninja Nagato, the son of Kinloch Brae showed lots of pace to post an identical time of 29.32.
The Paul Hennessy trained, Hello Pierre, got up late to collect his heat in 29.54, only 18 months of age, by Pat C Sabbath, his dam is a litter sister to Jaytee Hellcat.
Come On Whitit, owned by Tom Dempsey and Alan Dagg, from Enniscorthy, came out best in a photo finish to take heat 3, in 29.55.
Alex Cooney’s, Duffry Gate Sky, came late and wide to collect his heat In 29.78, by Superior Product, out of the six times winning dam, Parsons Spice, he traces his pedigree back to Brown Dot.
The well bred, Kiltra Dawn, owned by John Doyle, Caim, justified favouritism to claim an all the way victory in 29.45, by Droopys Roddick, out of a half sister to Tyrur Big Mike and Tyrur McGuigan, she traces back to the legendary Pinhead.
Henry Kelly, Bagnalstown, took heat 6, with his home-bred October whelp, Karlow Heath, in 29.57.
Sanctuary Maid had the final contest in safe keeping from an early stage, owned by Peter Davis, she stopped the clock in 29.80, the winner is trained in Ballymurn by Shay Hodnett.
The four quarter finals take place next Thursday night.
Join Aoife Corrigan to take a look at all of the heats, plus interviews from RED MILLS TV.