Racing on Friday night took place in a lively atmosphere as Ossory Youth held their benefit meeting.
It looked like a good night for the bookies although the always fancied Kellymount Gem obliged in the fastest time of the night. The inform tracker has been prominent throughout the Niall Comerford Memorial a3 stake and will surely have a massive say in the final.
Kellymount Gem started well and once he got to the bend up near the front of the pack, there was only every going to be one winner. Rackethall Bond tried to make a race of it but Kellymount Gem streaked three lengths clear into the third.
Kellymount Gem powered on for a comfortable six length victory as all eyes turned to the clock. Once again, Eileen Kelly’s son of Scolari Me Daddy and Lemon Soul showed himself to be top of his game as he stopped the clock in 28.90.
The other semi final was won by Carole Shinkwin’s Condor Star as she finished best in 29.40. Garryglass Messi clocked a career best effort in the a4 semi final while La Rue Blue made it four wins from starts as she just held off the fast finishing Barefoot Blake.
The first race was an open betting heat. From a level break, Shaws Blaze, Susie Valley and Swift Pippa showed. Shaws Blaze asserted into the first bend and went on to lead Swift Pippa by three lengths at the second bend while the rest of the pack got held up with bumping.
There was little change into third bend and in the end, Shaws Blaze saw it out by two and a half lengths in 29.49.
The first semi of the twelve dog stake saw Heavens Comet lead up from trap 1 followed by Condor Bobby and Frontier Sound. Heavens Comet was a length to the god at the second bend, a lead that he maintained to the third although the pack closed up.
Fennis Owen came wide and fast turning for home and he stayed on best to finish a length clear of Frontier Sound in 29.91.
Garryglass Messi was sent off the 7/4 favourite for the second semi final and he was up with the pace early doors. Royal Tudor was up there too but Garryglass Messi took charge of the race on the inner into the first bend. The leader went on to built up a good two length lead down the far side and was in no danger as Royal Tudor faded in the latter stages.
Ballygur Joy came through for second but Garglass Messi was home for all money by four lengths in 29.30.
The 725 proved to be a profitable race for the bookies. Drumglower Blue started fast and set the early sections, shooting five lengths clear up the home straight for the first time. Drumglower Blue was three lengths clear turning down the back stretch but was soon in trouble. Brunswick Jenny hit the front but none of the field looked full of running.
Except for Triangle Shiraz that is, who was out with the washing early on. Triangle Shiraz swept through on the inner and went away to win by a length and a half in 41.31.
La Rue Blue returned from a break to maintain her unbeaten record with a fine front running performance. La Rue Blue led up from trap 3 and was three lengths clear of Springmount Carl at the third bend with a further nine lengths back to Barefoot Blake.
Springmount Carl could not get on terms before Barefoot Blake flashed home. However, La Rue Blue saw it out by a half a length in 29.43.
Four dogs went to the first bend in the sixth race and plenty of bumping ensued. Olympic Queen came out of it best and quickened two lengths clear of Burnbondholders into the second.
The leader doubled her advantage into the third. Burnbondholders rallied, but the Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Queen got the tenth win of her career by a length in 29.28.
In the second the favourite Flomur Antics was just unable to match Condor Star on the race to the line and Condor Star scored by a neck in 29.40.