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Castle rock-solid in Red Mills.

THE Fraser Black-trained Ashford Castle retained his unbeaten career record when winning his semi-final of the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel on Sunday, writes Michael Fortune.

The race developed into a terrific head to head with Glenanore Dancer. Tom O'Neill's dog showed the superior early pace and led Ashford Castle around the bend. Down the far side the eventual winner moved up strongly and edged ahead on the final corner, kicking on for an eye-catching two lengths victory in 28.70sec.

Graham Holland's Ballyhill Beryl displayed a fine dash of early pace when winning the opening semi. She was always in control, racing home four lengths clear of Christys Bolt in 28.63sec.

The Festival of Racing, run in conjunction with the National Meeting, will be over four days, Friday to Monday inclusive. Racing will commence at 7.30 each evening. Sunday's card promises to be the big one with a minimum of five finals. vvDraw for Sunday's Red Mills Unrace final: 1 Christys Bolt, 2 Ballyhill Beryl, 3 Glenanore Dancer, 4 Ashford Castle, 5 Plus Five (w), 6 Screen Critic (w).

vvNational Meeting draw Powerstown Park, Clonmel on Saturday (11.30am) Derby First Quarter: Yippee Kiyay v Cracking Jet, Mister Music v Newinn Wonder, K ing Rooney v Peace And Ease, Kingdom Call v Crushers Mania, Man Of War v Kyle Leigh, Dale Pinocchio v Fingal Digout, Two Hot Brandys v Catunda Alonso, Windfarm Hill v Droopys Bestie.

Second Quarter: Connells Cu v Tilford Tom, Lucan Twilight v Boy The Kid, Path Of Dreams v Wilton Magic, Longmeadow Raz v Corriga Rebel, Spills N Thrills v Fatcatinhat, Intacta Banba v Winter League, Jesslikethat v Aghaburren Green, Ballyverry John v Newry Awake.

Third Quarter: Needham Coin v Catch Hunter, Team Tyson v Phoenix Bruno, In Cahoots v Cracking Lord, Offshore Town v Kyle Dixie, Banna Bolt v Droopys Abbott, Shilling Alonso v Jacksons Lane, Kermadec v Go On Slogan, Wyken Power v Kilkeale Hero. Fourth Quarter: Barefoot Magnus v Screwdriver, Comino Joe v Glendower, Pocketrocketban v Good Time, Spruce Bolt v Thomas The Tank, Windsor Forest v Phoenix Frankel, Farewell Shay v Foxhall Johnny, Coolvackagh v Tivoli Lar, Chapelonthefeale v Mr Big. Greyhound And Petworld Oaks. First Quarter: Red Orchid v Volga Empress, Kinielty Jazz v Missy Katie, Sandyman Magic v Fingal Developer, Adios Belle v Galbally Ellen, Cooga Music v Killahys Babe, Bermuda Magic v Runaway Mitzy, Canzonetta v Smart Ali (Moat Ali), Peace And Quiet v Duchess. Second Quarter: Gold Emma v Loyal Lyric, Kyle Trixie v Call Posie, Garrys Secret v Blades Of Joy, Vacume Lizzie v Queen Of Newyork, Central Stardust v Crafty Diviso, Kilty Union v Stop The Ger, Kilty Millie v Miss Fury, Liscanny Rose v Skellig Tivoli.

Third Quarter: Uptown Bliss v Dependable, Knockbrack Lucky v Ardmore Charmer, Katelyns Bumble v Catunda Magic, Kiss And Tell v Double Trouble, Killacolla Spice v Get On Norsa, Bend Your Knee v Stay Straight, Bringmesunshine v Nina For Out. Fourth Quarter: Moat Missy v Gillogue Magic, Camarillo Blonde v Ballinveala Wren, Nickies Tip v Yukon Glory, Woodenstown Me v Collect Me Now, Come On Bella v Pretty Stranger, Atlantic Fairy v Blades Of Steel, Minorcas Flyer v Winsome Kate, Byerley Babe v Gowayoudat, Phoenix Tango v Central Heroine.

Classics Club Champion Stakes Catrionas Joy v Kyle Gaisce, Sound Pistol v Smart Touch, Skellig Wish v Kingsmill Larch, Latest Trick v Brideview Kieran, Offshore Eoin v Kyle King, Skellig Way v Hunters Glory, Ashmore Sambo v Fortfield River, Lochbo Bob v Cherrygrove Bolt. Grace Bruton Memorial Champion Bitch Magical Sophie v Bossa Nova Babe, Bombshelriapants v Something Quick, Master Delight v Tilt Your Skirt, Dunsilly v Noirs Norsa.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2013
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