Racing at St James Park on Friday night featured the St Martin’s GAA club benefit meeting. It was a good night for racing, with nice weather and a track that was running well. There was a large crowd in attendance and those who followed favourite probably went home the happiest.
The Golden Oldies a3/a4 semi-finals were down for decision with the opening of the two semis looking hot. In that semi final there was early dash from Emers Boy and Heavens Comet. Dublinhill Hawk was up there too and there was crowding at the bend.
Dublinhill Hawk went on and was three lengths clear of Emers Boy at the second bend. There was bother between Emers Boy and Galley Droopy at the third bend as they gave chase to Dublinhill Hawk. Michael Dunne’s Dublinhill Hawk (Westmead Hawk-Dublinhill Pride) was clear to come home two and a half lengths clear of Galley Droopy in 29.34
The second semi was an open looking heat. After a level start, Inmojohands moved on to the front from the first bend. Ullid Doodle and Locnamon Millie were up with the pace also and by the third bend less than a length separated the three of them. The race turned into a dash for home off the last and Locnamon Millie proved to be the strongest to the finish.
Ger Langton’s daughter of Royal Impact and Locnamon Nell defeated Inmojohands by a half a length in 29.41.
The 12 dog Beaming Dilemma a3 stake got underway with a win for Ray Harney’s Terminal Two (Black Shaw-Lukies Cailin). Fennis Owen led up from trap six, followed by Terminal Two. Terminal Two railed well and took up the running out of the first bend.
The evens favourite poured it on and was four lengths clear down the back stretch. Terminal Two stayed clear of trouble at the last bend which allowed Mild And Dry up for second. The winning distance was three lengths in 29.38
The second semi-final was won by the front running Ballybough Pa (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Bambi). The odds on jolly was fast away from trap two and showed plenty of early dash to lead around the first bend. Turning out of the second bend, Ballybough Pa was just over a length in front of Millbrook John.
At the business end of the race Millbrook John faded out of it to leave the Martin Leahy trained Ballybough Pa clear. Ballybough Pa raced on to score by five lengths from the running on Cill Dubh Walsh in 29.28.
The opening contest was an a4 race and it went the way of the Thomas Leahy trained Chicago Matt (Hades Rocket-Kilcloney Wine). First to show was the reserve Rathmoyle Dak. He led to the first bend. Chicago Matt and Gotoon Madge were in behind and within striking distance.
Chicago Matt edged closer and closer down the far side and got on terms with Rathmoyle Dak between the last two bends. Chicago Matt galloped on to the line, and eased away to defeat Rathmoyle Dak by three lengths in 29.34.
The fastest time of the night was post by Hectors Choice, who bounced back to form. The evens favourite gave his supporters no worries as he had a solo. Leading Jimmys Biscuit into the first, Hectors Choice (Head Bound-Westmead Joy) powered five lengths clear down the back stretch.
Hectors Choice was a different league to his rivals. He stormed onwards to romp home seven lengths clear of Jimmys Biscuit in a very smart 29.09.
Trainer Martin Leahy completed a double thanks to High St Kingo in the a2 race. Bawnfune Bound was the first to show from trap 5 and he led to the bend. High St Kingo moved into a good position at the second bend, a length behind the pace setter.
Made his move
High St Kingo made his move passing the 700 yard box, a move that Bawnfune Bound could not match. High St Kingo finished well to oblige by three lengths in 29.12, with the slow starting Chaotic Duke back in second.
The sixth race was an Open 725 and it saw White Sox Roks assert into the first bend. The leader was three lengths to the good at the third bend but he had St Mullins Pride not too far behind. The pair of them had it between them heading down the back straight, with St Mullins Pride now within a length.
Around the fifth bend, the track specialist St Mullins Pride (True Honcho-In Between) took over the running and he raced home to beat White Sox Roks by four and a half lengths in a very fine time of 40.49.
Dublinhill Boy was sent off the favourite for the a2/a3 race, but thankfully for the bookies, he never looked a winner. From a level break, Rock Crest got the bend but there was trouble between the turns and it saw Shes Only Saying shoot two lengths clear of Frontier Sound passing the halfway point.
Frontier Sound upped the ante into the third and blasted by Shes Only Saying. There was no stopping the son of Droopys Kewell and Frontier Music as he raced home five and a half lengths clear of Shes Only Saying in 29.57.