Barney and Betty Rubble were much loved characters in the hit children’s cartoon The Flintstones but it was another ‘Barney’ and ‘Betty’ who are making the headlines today!
Roquefort Barney went some way to repaying the faith placed in him last season by the Windfarm Syndicate as he claimed the All Age Cup at the Galway and Oranmore meeting held in Glin. Barney, a Trial Stake winner at the Ballymote and Kilcreevin meeting in Tubbercurry was bought subsequently. His victory, beating Sir Harvey, on his first appearance this season sets him up well for a crack at the Champion Stakes.
In the Corn Gaillimhe All Age Bitch Stake Careful Betty took home the silverware going one better than her effort on the same field at the Glin meeting. Betty’s victory puts her into first place in the Champion Bitch standings and well on the way to a return to Powerstown Park. Betty got the better of veteran Killacolla Spice in the final.
Fingal Billy ran out an impressive winner of the Derby Trial Stake having been favourite to take the stake after his opening two runs. Owned by Pat Savage, Billy is a half brother of Savage’s 2014 Derby semi-final Fingal Master and is a son of Kyle Ranger and Fingal Swagger. He got the better of Seamus Alainn in the final.
There was yet another Trial Stake winner for Cumbawn Ellen, her third of the season as Linden Village proved too strong for Uptown Rose in the final of the Oaks Trial Stake. Ellen, owned by Ian Lovelock, is a sister of Macroney Rebel and Galbally Echo both of whom have already qualified for Clonmel.
All Age Cup
Roquefort Barney (Murtys Gang x Foxhill Rio) beat Sir Harvey
Corn na Gaillimhe (All Age Bitch)
Careful Betty (Bexhill Eoin x Inspiring) beat Killacolla Spice
Derby Trial Stake
Fingal Billy (Kyle Ranger x Fingal Swagger) beat Seamus Alainn (Kyle James x Alainn)
Oaks Trial Stake
Linden Village (Kyle James x Cumbawn Ellen) beat Uptown Rose (Razor Ashmore x Three Fools)