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Day 1 at National Meeting

In the 98 years of the National Meeting it is highly unlikely that we ever had 6/4 favourites for both the Derby and Oaks after just one round. If truth were told they are probably crazy prices considering this is coursing and Powerstown Park we are talking about. However it was hard not be impressed by the performances of the litter comrades Ballymac Sports (in photo) and Ballymaccallaway today. Both got off light too behind racing hares.

Adding to their restricted price is probably the fact that there is no obvious second favourite or challenger except perhaps the other two Ballymac dogs in the Boylesports Derby, Ballymac Kyleson & Ballymac Ciunas, both sons of Liam Dowling’s first coursing Oaks winner back in 2019, Ballymac Enya.        

This is not to say that there weren’t other eye-catching runs today. In the first quarter of the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks there was plenty of money for Still Derramore before coursing and that confidence was justified with the way she ran her opening course. However she has two tough courses coming up against Corn Na Feile runner-up Marvelous Mover and then possibly Edmonton Kilty (got a little bit of extra work).

Whilst the second quarter is still all about Ballymaccallaway, the meeting of the litter sisters Good Penny & Atlantic Sunset could be the course of tomorrow morning. There are plenty of good bitches in the third quarter but one that stood out today was Rushview Pebbles. The same can be said for the fourth quarter where Knockgraffon qualifier Tory Surge is now the shortest priced runner. An intriguing buckle in this quarter in RD 2 will be the meeting of Linden Panache and Up Tempo (a daughter of the aforementioned Ballymac Enya).

Moving on to the Boylesports Derby and it is difficult to look beyond the Ballymac runners. If one were made to choose another runner in each of the four quarters it would probably be Moscow Station, Music Blaring, Alekhine and Capitol Trend. The fourth quarter is ultra-competitive though and Lineroad Santos up in the third quarter is not without a say in this Classic event.

So overall a very enjoyable first day at the National Meeting and we eagerly await the Day 2 action which gets underway at 11am tomorrow morning with the first round of the Stockproof Fencing Products T.A Morris Stakes.