A bumper crowd witnessed a great night’s racing at Enniscorthy on Thursday night; the four second rounds of the RED MILLS Easter Unraced Stake, rescheduled from Monday night, shared the billing with the two semi-finals of the April Stakes.
The opening heat of the RED MILLS went across the border, Paul Hennessy’s, Hello Pierre, made every use of his inside berth to stop the clock in a fast 29.20.
The second of the heats went to John Doyle, Caim, his homebred bitch, Kiltrea Dawn, came from behind to justify favouritism in 29.57, although the eye cathcher here was the fast finishing, Brownshill Shep.
Sarah Super Ted battled on strongly up the hill to claim heat three, the strapping 77lb son of Confident Rankin, impressed in his 29.56 victory, the winner is owned in partnership by Brendan Doyle, and Thomas Ryan, Rathvilly.
Favourite backers were rewarded with Ninja Nagato’s victory in the final heat, installed the 1/3 favourite, he gave his supporters no concerns, as he ran out a very convincing winner in 29.15, he is trained in Kilkenny by Margaret Fortune and owned in the UK by Terry Coveney.
Gowran trainer, Paul Hennessy, took the opening semi-final of the April Stakes, Blitzem Bill, made every post a winning one as he stopped the clock in 28.90- the fastest time of the night. The winner is a well bred sort, by Royal Impact, out of Lochnamon Bridie, she won the Oaks and the Leger for Hennessy back in 2013.
The Lennon family, Kilkenny, have always been strong supporters of Enniscorthy track, and it was fitting to see Denis Lennon’s, Last Minute Lady, hold out to win the second semi-final in 29.11.
Enniscorthy track should feature on everyone’s agenda for next Thursday night, as the final of the April Stakes, with a first prize of 4,000 euro, and the semi-finals of the RED MILLS Easter Unraced, 3,500 euro first prize, are all down for decision.