Razldazl Banjo wins his first trophy at Mullingar and las week finished strongly in Shelbourne Park.
Son of Razldazl Billy and Razldazl Pru.
TWO impressive trials had indicated Derby champion Razldazl Billy was as good as ever, but he sent out an even more emphatic warning on Saturday night when starring in the opening round of the Donal Reilly Easter Cup at a packed Shelbourne Park.
The sensational son of Brett Lee overcame early crowding to produce one of the finest displays of pure pace seen at headquarters in recent years.
Billy went off the 6-4 favourite to win Heat 6, with Si Senor at 5-2, but after being hampered at trap-rise by the fast starting Goldstar Lee you could have backed him at 10-1 as he rounded the opening bends.
Goldstar Lee continued to lead around the turn from Lightning Bozz and Stringers Tap while the favourites sat next. Then the time came for Razldazl Billy to strut his stuff. Shifting through the gears, the Dolores Ruth trained powerhouse flew up the outside while Si Senor went down the inner route. Razldazl Billy then displayed an astonishing surge of pace before switching to the inside to race into the lead on the third turn.
Razldazl Billy’s move was greeted with a huge roar as he powered clear. Si Senor went past Goldstar Lee on the run-in but the Liam Marks owned Razldazl Billy crossed the line with three lengths to spare over Si Senor in 28.55.
Fastest return of the night was Sean Cleary’s Astronomic, who returned to his very best to produce a stunning 28.50 in winning Heat 7. Now under the care of Owen McKenna, the son of Brett Lee made one of his better starts and was always in control as he raced to a six length victory over the staying on Mardocs Saha.
After being initially withdrawn during the week, Jaxerback actually took his place in Heat 4 after being passed fit on Friday and he duly continued his impressive run of form to deny Express Ego by the narrowest of margins in 28.58.
It was the second leg of a double for trainer Seamus Graham as Loyal Honcho had earlier clocked an identical 28.58 when leading all the way to beat Farloe Black by 3 lengths in Heat 2. Tote Gold Cup hero Ballyhoe Marble was the shortest priced favourite of the night and he duly won Heat 3 but he did give his supporters reason to worry as he had to pull out all the stops to reel in Dark Davy in 28.77.
Frances O’Donnell’s Skywalker Prince also got up late to beat Unique Option in 28.82 while the latter’s owner/trainer team of Pat Daly and Michael O’Donovan exacted sweet revenge when Holyromanemperor came through to beat the Ray Patterson owned Skywalker Magic by half a length in 28.93. Early speed proved decisive for Ian Reilly’s potential English Derby challenger Droopys Rodger as he led all the way before holding off Catunda Deano by half a length in 28.80.