Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night attracted a good crowd and there was plenty of good racing. The card featured graded races and stakes in preparation for the Summer Party night.
One of the stakes was the 12 dog A1 Rearing and Schooling 525. The first semi-final saw Flomur Antcis get back to winning ways. The winner led from trap 6 but looked to be clipped as he tried to get across the bend.
This allowed Old Road Ken to join Flomur Antics at the second bend. Flomur Antics hit the front approaching the third as Old Road Ken was joined in pursuit by Emers Boy.
Emers Boy tried to get after Flomur Antics but Flomur Antics (Premier Fantasy-Flomur Pebbles) ran on to win by three lengths in 29.14.
The second semi saw Helens Champ and Piercestown Sean lead up after a level start. Helens Champ railed well and was a length up on Piercestown Sean at the second. Piercestown Town took over up front into the third, and looked a likely winner.
However, the front duo tired late on and this allowed Staplestown Road (Mineola Farloe-Shanless Carol) to sweep home and win by a neck in 29.26.
In the Golden Oldies A4 525 opening semi Dapper Dog justified favouritism as he booked his place in the final with a five length success in 29.14. From a level start, Dapper Dog led up with Wise Fantasy.
Dapper Dog soon asserted and eased four lengths clear down the back stretch. Wise Fantasy dropped back as Comforts Jet came through into second, but it mattered little to Dapper Dog (Scolari Me Daddy-Mrs De) who ran out an easy winner.
The second semi was a much more open betting heat. Frontier Sound and Garryglass Ros were well away but the pair were soon outdone by Goblekli Tepe. Showing lovely early dash Gobekli Tepe swept five lengths clear out of the second.
Gobekli Tepe continued to lead to the home straight but tired. Hughs Comet finished well but Gobekli Tepe (Crash-Micks Angel) saw it out by a length in 29.33.
The first race was an A4 525. Foulkscort Echo and Ascot Jake showed the best early with the latter getting the bend. Kishlawn Bullet shot into second place off the first and was just behind Ascot Jake.
The leader opened up down the far side and moved three lengths clear. Ascot Jake tired near the line as Kishlawn Bullet stayed on. In the end, Billy Murphy’s Ascot Jake (Crash-Ascot Leah) held on in 29.68.
Royal Oak Sammy was evens favourite for the second race. His supporters had no worries. From a level break, Royal Oak Sammy quickly got the rails and led Ascot Donal. The son of Make My Day and Nos Na Coinin was soon four lengths clear and made every post a winning one.
Ascot Donal tried in vain to make a race of it but never got any closer than three lengths to Royal Oak Sammy in 29.13.
The fifth race was a D1 725. Tubrid Beauty and Grangebeg Blaze went to the bend together with the former getting the bend. Tubrid Beauty moved three lengths clear passing the line for the first time. She maintained that advantage around the third and fourth bends and won in 40.86 from Grangebeg Blaze.
In the Happy Times newsagents A3 12 dog stake, Ascot Eoin was sent off 5/4 favourite in the first semi. Tinahue Summer ran the second half of the race very well and though he ran wide off the last, he was able to power by the fading Airforce Liberty.
John Fox’s Tinahue Summer won by a length and a half in 29.47.
The second semi was also tight early and into the first. Kilbriens Kerry blasted away on the outer and was a length up at the second bend. Kilbriens Kerry led to the third but from there he started to dominate. Trained by Kevin McLean, Kilbriens Kerry (Droopys Vieri-Kerryroad Lucy) powered on to win by seven and a half lengths in 29.11.