There would have been a time when the prospect of three fastest-of-year times being recorded in the first week of December would have seemed fanciful.
But that was the situation at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night where the track staff met the challenge in some style.
In the Night Of Stars big sprint, Ballinakil Alf equalled the 18.48 run of Road Exile recorded on Derby Final Night. Over the 575 yards, Derby sixth Music Glideaway showed some of his dad’s early pace to eclipse Undulation’s FOY by three spots.
While Irish Derby third, Bens Teddy, bettered his own FOY for the 600 yard course with a rare sub 32.00 run. In fact, the 31.92 was just a spot outside Laughil Duke’s TR.
While the Robert Gleeson trained Whyaye Bonny Lad landed the €12,500 IGOBF National Puppy Stake decider.
Among the many memorable performances, there was a £308 forecast when Highjay Muzzy (40-1) beat Peters Sydney (33-1) in the 850 marathon.