Porterstown Chris cruises to victory in the Anthony Russell FFA Pace.
Not much luck for the horses from Ceredigion at the season's opener but Doonbeg's progeny were well represented.
Race track commentator Darren Owen summarised the evenings racing:
Porterstown Chris destroyed a good field in 1.58.4 when landing the Anthony Russell Memorial FFA, the feature race at Tir Prince's opening meeting of the season. Partnered by Jonathan Dunne, the son of pocket rocket Doonbeg waltzed home by 7 lengths from the staying on Coalford Tetrick. After the race Dunne stated his partner is, "now concentrating on becoming a racehorse since being gelded".
The powerful stable are looking forward to the season ahead with a string of ten horses set to do battle. Their other star pacer Porterstown Road is said to have wintered well as he faces his FFA programme in 2017. The runner up is certainly one to bear in mind for this year's campaign after an eye catching effort.
There was another popular Dunne trained winner when skewbald White Flame pulled clear to win the maiden/novice race 3 by 17 lengths in 1.59.8.
Apparently this is a British record for this particular colour of horse! It was certainly an impressive round from a maiden.
After tonight's card we are 13 races into the UK season and 6 of those events have been won by Alexis trained and Rocker Laidler driven performers.
The latest two to add to the tally were Velseur De Cynge in the aged Le Trot race, winning by an impressive 7 lengths, and recent York scorer Merrington CheckM8, who displayed good toe from barrier 5 to reach the lead early before taking the honours in 2.03.3.
Marc Jones has a nice type on his hands Judged by the manner of Rockin Mambo's success in Race 4. Having won at the track last year, the son of Rocknroll Hanover clocked 2.01.8 and booked his ticked for the first ever Group 1 race to be staged in Great Britain, the Senior Welsh Dragon at Tregaron next weekend. Jones also reported star filly Jessies Conquest to be well before embarking on the 2017 racing road.
Soldier Stanley paced to a very comfortable success in race 6 for Patrick Kane and looks a type to do well this year, while runner up Itsmycheck should come on for his seasonal debut, with Appleby an early target.
Cardigan Flash Man probably benefitted from his outing at York at the beginning of the week as he accounted for Crown Victoria by 2 lengths in race 2. Driver Richard Haythornthwaite stated afterwards that he's obviously looking forward to teaming up again with Vincent Delaney winner Tyrion Hanover this year.
The first Le Trot race for the 3-Y-O's saw Ian Pimlott gradually close down the back with Enez Leman before cheekily nipping up the inside of Earn Mate in the straight to land the honours. Early leader Etoile Vive, who impressed in a qualifier at York earlier in the week, broke before halfway leaving Earn Mate with a nice advantage. Apparently, there are a few more French trotters of this generation set to add to the numbers in what promises to be an exciting series.
Tonight's meeting certainly attracted some nice horses and hopefully more of the same will be in order for the next meeting on May 20t
DOONBEG Stands at stud at Talgrwn Stud Services in Ceredigon and from 5 runners, produced 2 winners Porterstown Chris and Cardigan Flash Man. Cardigan Flash Man was bred by Heather Watkins from Penparc, Cereidigon.
Doonbeg also had 2 runners up, Bow River and Lakeside Paddy - the later also bred in Cereidigon by Mrs Mair John. Congratualtions to all the winners, put especially to those with a Ceredigion connection.