Friday night racing at Kilkenny greyhound track brought a nice crowd, good weather and with the track running well the fastest of the year to date was produced. The bookies, however, were not smiling so much as the favourites rolled in on an on-going basis most of the night.
The card featured the second round of the famed McCalmont Cup and it threw up two races with the fastest time of the night in 28.90.
In race six Mickys Trickster went off at evens favourite. From a level break he quickly went clear and cut in to his favourite rails position. He did an excellent sectional of 4.29 and therefore gave himself a solo.
He led around the corner and with trap 2 Fast Fit Dan moving off slightly he quickly went four clear into the second. Down the back straight he led by five lengths from Stage Gold Gary and Fast Fit Dan.
At the line he had a four and half lengths clear lead over trap 6 runner, Stage Gold Gary in a time of 28.90.
Race five had two reserves coming in. Shes only Saying came into trap 2 and Fast Transfer came into trap 4. Trap 6 Sawdust Terry was sent off the 4/6 favourite and this wide seed had cleared the field into the first and was three lengths clear of Shes Only Saying out of the second.
Down the back straight he had gone eight lengths clear of Shes Only Saying and at the line he was 6.5 lengths clear of Shes Only Saying with trap 1, Lough Moskovo running on from the rear of the field to get third qualifying place in a time of 28.90.
In heat three there a non-runner in trap 1, which was filled Olympic Rock Star. Pull The Plug was sent off the 7/4 favourite, but lost its chance when stumbling coming out of traps. It was Princess Gael who led into the corner and with murder behind only Princess Gael and Droopys Comedian got a clear run.
Down the back straight it was Princess Gael who was three lengths clear of Droopys Comedian, with an eight length gap back to Pull The Plug. They stayed the same up front with Princess Gael winning by two lengths from Droopys Comedian, with Olympic Rock Star running on well to grab third spot a further four lengths back.
In heat four Durrow Lark and Shaneboy Spencer were best away with the favourite Priceless Sky slowly away. Shaneboy Spencer led aroung the first with Priceless Sky also getting a clear run by hugging the rails, whilst the remainder of the runners got tangled up at the first.
Down the back straight it was Shaneboy Spencer by two lengths from Priceless Sky, with Durrow Lark a further three lengths back. Priceless Sky kept coming and at the line the judge could not separate them and called a dead heat behind Shaneboy Spencer and Priceless Sky in 29.32 with a further length back to Durrow Lark in third.
Went well clear
In race nine the reserve runner was Monrue Exchange. Mt Leinster Link was the slight favourite at 2/1. From a level break Mt Leinster Link led after 50 yards and made every post a winning one.
Out of the second he was a length clear of trap 6 runner, Dublinhill Boy with a further lenght and a half back to Slaneyside Diego. Between the last two bends Mt Leinster Link went further clear and despite running wide off the last he won by three lengths from a staying Slaneyside Diego in a time of 29.27.
In race three Emmas Assurance returned to the winners enclosure with a bang, recording her seventh success. Sent off as 6/4 favourite, she quickly led and had a four and a half length lead into the second bend.
Down the back straight she had extended this to eight lengths over Queen Of Diamonds and Kishlawn Bullet. She stayed in front to the line, winning by five lengths from Queen of Diamonds in a time of 28.97.
In race 4 over 550 yards, Barefoot Missile went off 5/4 favourite. Quickly into his stride, he went clear into the first from Graigue Sapphire and Welesbourne Dan.
He scorched down the back and went 10 lengths clear over the back straight from Welesbourne Dan and Shaneboy Dream. When he looked home and dry coming into the last bend the distress signal suddenly started to show. Eventually he held on by half a length from Welesbourne Dan and a further head back to Shaneboy Dream in a time of 30.68.
Race two was an open betting one with some nice bets for the winner Locnamon Angel. The winner was fast away and good early pace saw her lead Flomur Phoenix into the first. There was trouble behind the two leaders.
Down the back straight Locnamon was four lenghts clear of Flomur Phoenix and it was eight lenghts back to the rest of the field. There was no change in the order to the line with Locnamon winning by four lengths from Flomur in 29.22.
In the opener trap 3 was a non-runner and reserve Ask The Time came in and made the best of the chance. He was sent off the 7/4 favourite. A wall of dogs went into the first. Just at the bend the favourite cleared the bunch and a number of them lost their chance with crowding around the first.
In the back straight Ask The Time was a length and a half clear of Dixie’s Special, a further three lengths back to Station Boy. At this stage the favourite stretched his lead and came home five lengths clear of Station Boy, who ran on to get second in a time of 29.32.