Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night had a number of contenders for the upcoming McCalmont Cup on show.
With a number of a1/a2 contests, there were plenty of clues on show. One dog hoping to have a big say is Pookies Plan.
The improving son of Timor Blue and Lemon Blossom put in a power packed performance to claim the fifth race in a smart 29.02.
The winner took control early from a level start and led Arabian Arch around the first bend. Pookies Plan put four lengths between himself and his rivals before maintaining the lead. The well backed Salmon Lad moved into second. Salmon Lad halved the deficit on the run home but David and Tom Weadick’s Pookies Plan got home in the fastest time of the night.
Paul Hennessy’s pair Tri Borough and Barefoot Arthur advertised their chances, while Emers Boy also
caught the eye.
The opener was a five dog race. Garryglass Lulu led around the first. Town Clock and Ballyhoe Icon joined the leader at the second bend but Garryglass Lulu soon took control again and raced three lengths clear.
Ballyhoe Icon tried to come again but in the end the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Lulu saw it out in 29.24.
The a4 contest was level early and into the first. Singing Hen went on and was two lengths up at the
second. The favourite Wind Him Up challenged into the third but found the door shut. Wind Him
up dropped back but was able to come again to collar the fading Singing Hen in 29.48.
In the next race Lintown Ace and Ballygur Dubh went to the first together. The former was a length up at the second.
The race changed down the back stretch. Blue Ballydaniel made her move.
After joining Lintown Ace into the third, the Brian Mullan trained Blue Ballydaniel kicked on to win from the running on Royal Oak Betsie in 29.80.
The Paul Hennessy trained Tri Borough dominated the fourth race. Once the strong runner led around the start, there was only going to be one winner.
Five lengths clear at the second, the lead was up to seven into the third. Zippy Sixpence chased Tri Borough home but there was no catching the all the way winner. Tri Borough scored in a career best 29.25.
In race six Grangebeg Blaze started well in the long distance contest, followed by the favourite Bricken
Maley, a length behind. The jolly dropped back and this saw Karlow Lucy move two lengths off Grangebeg Blaze at the fourth.
As the front duo tired, Slaneyside Aine charged into contention and was soon in front. The Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Aine galloped to the line and saw off Garryglass Jerry by two lengths in 41.19.
Barefoot Arthur completed a double for trainer Paul Hennessy in the a4 525. He made every yard of the running.
The winner got the bend ahead of Tubrid Beauty and moved to hold a length lead at the second bend.
The lead was up to three lengths into the third as Shaws Blaze joined Tubrid Beauty in pursuit. It mattered little though as Barefoot Arthur galloped away to win in 29.22.
The eighth race was level early bar Barefoot Agent, who walked out of trap 1. There was plenty of
bumping at the first and more into the second before the wide running Flomur Antics came out of the turn two lengths clear of Faithful Times.
There were still two lengths in it by the third as Barefoot Agent improved. Barefoot Agent stayed strongly but Flomur Antics was always holding on by a length and a half in 29.29.
The Open 525 saw Emers Boy led up in the finale and missed the trouble behind at the first bend. Emers Boy was four lengths clear at the second as Graigues Kaino tried to go with the leader.
The challenger shaved a length off into the third bend and kept trying up the home straight but Emers Boy proved two lengths too good in 29.12.