RUNNITA Seeya and Ballymac Anton ran out deserving winners of their respective Laurels semi-finals at Curraheen Park on Saturday night but whereas Runninta led from trap to line that great old warrior Ballymac had to come from well off the pace.
Runninta Seeya trained by John Linehan, after an indifferent quarter-final performance, made no mistake this time with a foot-perfect display in the opening semi. The son of Laughill Blake-Droopys Harbour after flashing to the front from trap rise stayed middle around the opening bends allowing Blastoff Fire move within a length as they passed the sprint trap.
The latter kept Seeya up to his work down the back straight but as they ran the bottom two bends the gap began to widen and he came home with two lengths to spare over Blastoff. In behind Witches Ethiopia, third throughout, held the challenge of Sweep the Yard by a length for the all-important final qualifying spot.
The time on a cold night a brilliant 28.16.
In the second semi, last year’s finalist Grangeview Ten looked set for victory after a smart exit from trap three saw him take two lengths out of the field as they rounded the opening two bends followed by Brodys Magic with Ballymac Anton, who got a grand run around on the rail, a further four lengths away back in third.
Brodys who closed the gap as they ran to the third bend and then went a length clear as they hit the home straight then looked set for victory but in behind that great old warrior Dowlings Ballymac Anton had other ideas.
Winding up for a big finish he flashed by the leaders close home to score in game fashion by a length and a half from Brodys in 28.32. There was further drama developing in behind as another big finisher Droopys Hamish came with his usual run along the rail.
Getting up the inside of Grangeview Ten close home the pair flashed across the line-locked together. The resulting photo failed to separate the pair who will now have to run a trial on Tuesday at 1pm to decide who goes forward to the final.
As a consequence, the all-important draw for the final could not be made.
The semi-finals of The Jerry Hennerty Memorial ON2 were also decided with the first going to the very impressive early paced Kieran Lynch trained Coolavanny Swift in 28.67.
The second went to the strong running Pat Norris trained Oh Hokey Pokey in 28.72 with the third going to the Pat Buckley trained Doolin Alfie in 29.29.