The Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Seville warmed up for his tilt at the Irish Derby with a power-packed performance at Friday’s racing in Kilkenny.
Triangle Archie was very fast away from trap-rise and led the pack around the first two bends. Crowding saw Triangle Archie move four lengths clear, a lead extended to seven lengths into the third.
At that stage Triangle Archie looked home and hosed, but Jaytee Seville took off. Showing a real burst of pace, he reeled in the long time winner. The son of Ace Hi Rumble and Droopys Twirl stayed on strongly to win by two lengths in 29.11, the fastest time of the night.
The opening race, an A3 525, was level into the first before Faithful Times slipped into the leads on the rails. A length clear of Old Road Cody at the second bend, Faithful Times eased another half a length clear into the third. On the run home, Faithful Times tired a little as the strong running Mays Spirit, trained by Perry Aylward, came through to deny Old Road Cody by two and half lengths in 29.36.
The first heat of the Golden Oldies A4 525 Stake saw My Boss and Great Gale go to the first together, My Boss kicking on to move two lengths clear into the second bend. The leader extended his advantage to four lengths into the third and looked in control. However, Great Gale came home a with a rattle and got up to deny the fading My Boss by a short head in 29.68.
The second heat saw Tubrid Beauty get the bend on the rails before moving two lengths clear of Foulkscourt Shaw turning down the far side. The challenger closed up into the third bend and quickly went by as Foulkscourt Lad kicked for home. That move saw Foulkscourt Shaw home by a length and a half in 29.55, Condor Star coming through for second.
The favourite Priceless Expert dived for the rails in the third heat, impeding those on his inner. Speed Gina went on to lead Sallybog Bolt around the first bend. The leader was a length up into the second, but Sallybog Bolt was on terms by the third. When the pair were joined by Priceless Expert into the third bend and the trio were in a line. Speed Gina went on again, but Sallybog Bolt timed her run to get up on the line, winning by a neck in 29.60.
The fourth heat was a hot looking contest as La Rue Blue, Kilcloney Bond and the reserve Garryglass Sammy went to the bend together. La Rue Blue and Kilcloney Bond went on together, staying level at the second. Kilcloney Bond took over into the third bend, staying on best to score by two lengths in 29.45.
Deejays Lad led early in the sixth race, an A3/A4 525, but was swallowed up between the first two turns as Triangle Diamond and Kilgraney Ping went by. Triangle Diamond was in front racing down the far side but the pair were level by the third bend. It was nip and tuck up the home straight before Kilgraney Ping finally got on top. Danesrath Rodge flew home, but the Mary Buggy-trained Kilgraney Ping scored by half a length in 29.78.
Mister Bates came as a reserve into trap one in the seventh race and went off the 5/4 favourite. The jolly was up with the pace early along with Tearway La. Ballybough Oz showed pace to join the pair on the outer on the run to the first. Ballybough Oz and Mister Bates went around the bend together but out of the second, Ballybough Oz was in front.
There was no change into the third but on the run home Mister Bates took it up. However, the Fiancee Alsation finished with a flourish to get up and snatch the victory by a head in 29.37.
The evens favourite Yasnoozeyalose started best in the Open 725, leading the field by two lengths around the opening turn. Step In Henry tracked the leader, moving to challenge into the fifth bend. Step In Henry struggled to get by as Gulf Stream arrived on the scene full of running. As Step In Henry battled it with Yasnoozeyalose, Gulf Stream swept by to win by four and a half lengths in 40.99.
Star of the week: Jaytee Seville. Showed real pace from the halfway point to win in the fastest time of the night.
One to watch: Droopys Cody. Encountered lots of traffic problems on debut. Should be winning soon.