Caesars Rocket continues to conquer all in Kilkenny at the moment and he booked his place in the KK Track Supporters a4 final in fine style. It all came together for the son Crash and Howleys Pride on Friday night and he put in a run he had a lways threatened to do.
The evens favourite looked like he might get boxed in on the run to the first but burst clear of his rivals. Once in front this March 10 dog was not for catching. Station Boy tried in vain to stay with Caesars Rocket but on this occasion he was out of his depth.
Owned by The Caesars Place Syndicate, Caesars Rocket was foot perfect on the run home to win by eight lengths in 29.08. The improving Rocket now has a record of five wins from six starts and will take a lot of beating in the final.
KK Track Supporters a4 First semi-final
In the first semi-final, Flomur Perla led around the opening bend followed by Boherna Inn. The pair were level at the second and it was nip and tuck all the way to the last bend.
A number of dogs looked to be closing on the front pair coming home but none of them ever managed to get on terms. So it was left to Flomur Perla and Boherna Inn to battle it out. Boherna Inn (Head Bound-Hondo On Air) found that little bit more to take the win by a length and a half in 29.48.
The opening race was a messy contest. Paddys Kimberly was the first to show but there was any amount of bumping between the first and second bends. Eventually Jimmys Biscuit came out in front at the second bend followed by Howsyerdaymurt. There were two lengths in it at the second bend but coming out of the third Howsyerdaymurt was in front. Howsyerdaymurt never got clear and Jimmys Biscuit came back for more along with Paddys Kimberly. In the end, Brian Ellards Howsyerdaymurt (Kinloch Brae-Kilara Evelyn) held on by a half a length in 29.83.
The next two races on the card were two highly competitive looking semi finals of the Broadways Pet Foods D2 725. The first semi of the twelve dog stake saw Clemmas start fastest and she led Fast Fit Sasha to the third bend. In a matter of strides however, the pair of them with picked off by Lough Moskova.
Lough Moskova kicked on, only to be followed by Fast Fit Sasha. Sasha gamely tried to get back on terms with Lough Moskova and she came very close. A tiring Lough Moskova (Westmead Hawk-Lough Sheedagh) just held off the rallying Fast Fit Sasha by a head in 41.26.
There was a staying performance of note by St Mullins Pride in the second semi. The favourite Ascot Megan popped out and took up the early running. St Mullins Pride got a lovely run around the first two bends and was able to move up into second spot by the third turn.
Going through the gears, St Mullins Pride (True Honcho-In Between) breezed past the long time leader before galloping away for a most impressive victory. Crossing the line, Patrick Mullet’s St Mullins Pride was eight lengths to the good in a superb 40.33.
Dixies Special showed good early pace to lead up on the outside in the a4 525. Three lengths clear of Downtowntonight, Dixies Special could not maintain the gallop and was passed into the third bend. Fleetwood Topper was soon in second and chasing Downtowntonight. Downtowntonight (Kinloch Brae_Lemon Divine) got first run however and this was enough for him to get the win by three and a half lengths in 29.56.
Lewcas Thunder made it three wins on the bounce in Kilkenny as he continues to farm the Open races at the track. Housed in trap 1, Lewcas Thunder popped out and raced clear around the first two bends. The 6/4 favourite was five lengths to the good over Sawdust Terry and Stage Gold Gary going down the far side.
There appeared no danger to lewcas Thunder as he came out of the third bend with a healthy cushion. However in the shadow of the post, the long time leader began to fade. In dramatic fashion Stage Gold Gary came on the scene. The pair flashed across the line together and the judge was needed. The verdict went to Andrew Fisher’s Lewcas Thunder (Brett Lee-Ms Pepinstep) by a short head in 29.32.
In the eighth race, an a2/a3 race Some Touch led up to the first bend. Dublinhill Boy was also up with the pace and he made his way to the front out of the second. In a race of changing fortunes Some Touch tried to challenge on the inner again at the third bend but found the door shut.
Some Touch was forced to check and that looked like it would see Dublinhill Boy home. That was not the case though as Dublinhill Boy tired up the home straight. Some Touch came once more and got up to deny Dublinhill Boy by a short head in 29.62.
The last race on the card was an a1/a2 race. Lemon Major started best and led the pack by a length around the first bend. Graigues Classic was close up in behind out of the second but was powerless to stop Lemon Major doubling his lead into the third bend.
The Martin Leahy trained Lemon Major (Premier Fantasy-Lemon Blossom) stayed clear of trouble on the run home to win by two lengths in 29.39.