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MTS Cleansing Service Grand National

The first round the of the MTS Cleansing Services Grand National at Central Park provided a night of shocks and clocks as the defending champion was eliminated and the track record was broken.

Last year’s winner Mo’s Bullet wasn’t expected to win heat 2 as he didn’t have the best form in the run up to the competition and was up against the in form Ballymac Manix, but connections were justified in expecting him to qualify, especially as the first four went through. However, he was only fourth to the first bend where he was bumped and he could never keep up with the ferocious pace set by Ballymac Manix. That pace saw Seamus Cahill’s charge set a new track record (29.17) and the rest of field were left well behind. Last year’s Springbok winner Reculver Ozzie was second with Priceless Sun and Fridays Sean also qualifying.

The track record broken by Ballymac Manix was only a week old and set by Razaldazl Raidio, a comfortable winner of the third heat. Leading all the way, Ricky Holloway’s wonder dog won by six and three quarter lengths from Sidarian Blitz, with Julius George and Bua Frank also getting through to Sunday’s semi-final.

There was another shock in the first heat when Brinkleysdominic, the short priced favourite, hit the first hurdle, stepped on the hare rail and trailed in last. That left Barry O’Sullivan’s Rummy Spitfire out in front, where he stayed until the fourth bend where he was overhauled by Coolavanny Bono who stayed on to win. Last year’s Grand National third Soviet Jackson was a close up third, with Billy No Mates qualifying in fourth place.

 

MTS Cleansing Service Grand National Semi Final Draw – Sunday 24th September 2016

First Semi Final

1 Julius George

2 Reculver Ozzie

3 Ballymac Manix

4 Fridays Sean

5 Bua Frank

6 Soviet Jackson

Second Semi Final

1 Priceless Sun

2 Coolavanny Bono

3 Sidarian Blitz

4 Billy No Mates

5 Rummy Spitfire

6 Razdazl Raidio

The ante post market is dominated by Razaldazl Raidio and Ballymac Manix and backers of both will be pleased they have been drawn apart. Last year’s second and third Julius George and Soviet Jackson meet in the first semi. Interestingly, while there are two of this year’s Springbok finalists in the semis (the market leaders), there are four who contested last year’s Springbok final (Reculver Ozzie, Bua Frank, Priceless Sun and Julius George), which surely illustrates the longevity of top hurdlers' careers.