Skywalker Logan trained in Cloughjordan by Pat Guilfoyle produced a scintillating 33.16 run when impressively landing the opening semi-final of the Larry Clancy Memorial Cesarewitch at a packed Mullingar Stadium at the weekend.
Fast away from trap two, he led up on the inside, opening up a three-length lead at the first bend from Dromrich Altair.
Stretching down the back straight he continued to set a strong gallop increasing the lead to four lengths from Dromrich Altair with Bective Zita coming out of the pack in third. Rounding the home turn Skywalker Logan continued the strong pace and at the line he had six and half lengths to spare over Dromrich Altair who ran a super race to finish second with local hope Bective Zita taking the third qualifying spot a length further back in third.
In the second semi-final, Totos Park got a solo on the outside as his kennel companions Macaroon Cruz and Beaming Paradise were involved in some bumping on the run to the first bend.
Rounding the opening bends Totos Park quickly asserted as Vaguely Noble set off in pursuit with Macaroon Cruz in third.
Favourite Beaming Paradise got baulked at the first bend and was out of the race. Down the back straight Vaguely Noble tried valiantly to close the gap on the leader but just couldn’t get on terms.
As they headed for home Totos Park held all the aces and at the line had two lengths to spare over Vaguely Noble with Mean Beauty staying on best of the rest to qualify for next weeks final in a winning time of 33.31.
Next week's final promises to be a really open affair and following the trap draw Totos Park may go to traps as favourite to land the €7,000 first prize.
Trap Draw for Cesarewitch Final:
1. Mean Beauty
2. Skywalker Logan
3 Vaguely Noble
4 Bective Zita
5. Dromrich Altair
6 Totos Park