Wow! What a start to quarter-final night with the Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Jet (6/1), owned by Bryan and Kathleen Murphy, regaining the 500m track record he held for a spell last year. Blasting out of T6, he was always in complete control and came home six and a half lengths clear of fellow Irish raider Kildare in 28.78sec (+10), an improvement of six spots on the mark set by Lautaro in round one. Coppice Fox was the third qualifier.Follow @tv_sporty
The night just got better and better for the Paul Hennessy kennel as Hello Hammond (14/1) powered through late to take a dramatic quarter-final which saw heartbreaking elimination for ante-post favourite Ballinabola Ed. Aussie Captain set the pace with Ballinabola Ed almost left at the start but showing huge pace to turn in pursuit then coming to challenge between the last two bends. The huge effort had taken a toll, however, with the leaders setting up the race for strong-finishers and Hello Hammond, Faughan Rebel and Deelish Frankie all powering past. The winning time was 29.22sec (+10), the winner owned by Gerry and Miriam Meaney.
Yet more Irish success with the Graham Holland-trained Romeo Magico (10/3) producing an authoritative front-running performance. Owned by Dave Firmager, he was always in complete command and came home almost five lengths clear of outsider Make Noise in 29.01sec (+10) with the now former track record holder Lautaro riding a first bend bump to make it through in third.
Signet Goofy (3/1) proudly and brilliantly maintained the only unbeaten record in the competition with another stunning display of early pace. Trained by John Mullins for Lee Calcutt and Chris Waters, the electric trapper flew out to his best-yet 4.03sec sectional but still had a real battle on with favourite Singalong Sally turning in his wake. The key moment came at the final bend where Singalong Sally was forced to check as she challenged, doing the improving Mickys Barrett no favours either, which allowed Signet Goofy to go away again. He scored by just over three lengths from Savana Beau, who had been last at the final bend, in 29.21sec (+10) with Mickys Barrett third and the luckless Singalong Sally out in fourth.
Semi-final draw and form