Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night attracted a good crowd for the Ballinkillen GAA club. The night saw the start of the Kilford Arms Hotel a2 stake and the eagerly awaited kilkennydogs.blogsport n2 final.
There was great interest in the final with Eileens Choice and Trade Maddie both looking to extend their unbeaten career start and claim the 620 Euro first prize in the process. From traps it was Eileens Choice who showed the best early to lead around the first bend.
There was trouble at the bend and this allowed Trade Maddie up into third, behind Eileens Choice and Kilgowan Lee. Kilgowan Lee challenged Eileens Choice into the third but in the end, Eileens Choice showed her class and eased away to win for owner Noel Nolan.
The daughter of Timor Blue and Graigues Haze took the win by two lengths in an estimated 29.55, with the track being rated .20. Eileens Choice is now three from three as she continues her impressive start to her career.
Kilford Arms Hotel a2 Stake
Smiley Chops and Carrigcanon Duke showed good early in the first heat and went to the turn together. The latter cut the bend and kicked clear down the back stretch.
The reserve Leigh Royal gave chase to the leader but found himself three lengths adrift at the third bend. Carrigcanon Duke faded late on as Leigh Royal stayed on. The pair crossed the line together and the judge was need to decide the result. The verdict went to Leigh Royal (Royal Impact-Frosty Mist) by a short head in 29.37.
The second heat was won by the Paul Hennessy trained Mt Leinster Hill(Honcho Classic-Mt Leinster Lil). The 4/6 favourite was in dominant form as he powered clear around the first. Mt Leinster Hill poured it on and raced six lengths clear down the far side.
The hotpot tired late on but had enough in hand to see off Marinas Blue by Two lengths in 29.37.
The fastest time of the stake was posted by the Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Pete (Head Bound-Smooth Sky) in the third heat. Slaneyside Pete went well to the corner and led around the first two turns.
The 5/4 favourite Princess Gael got a lovely run around the turns to join Ballyhoo Shore in second, heading down the back straight. The pair were two lengths behind Slaneyside pete and that is how it stayed heading to the third.
Princess Gael went a clear second but could not get to the impressive three and a half length winner in a smart 29.28.
Paul Hennessy completed a double on the card with Cashmans Cat (Comeonthecats-Staroftheshow) in the final heat. Cashmans Cat flashed out of trap 3 and went to the bend followed by Rathdaniel King.
Out of the second, Cahsmans Cat held a length lead over Rathdaniel King, with Soldier Laddie back in third. It was Soldier Laddie who came to challenge at the turn but Cashmans Cat found plenty for pressure to pulll away to win by two and a half lengths in 29.29.
The opening race was an a4/a5 race and it saw also an open looking contest. Wurtulla took a flyer and made every yard of the running for trainer Shem O’ Donnell. What a Discipline and Jaguar Lorcan gave chase but found themselves three lengths off the pace heading to the third.
Jaguar Lorcan closed the gap somewhat on the run home but gave away any real chance when he ran off the last turn. Wurtulla stayed on task to take the win by a length in 29.55.
Slaneyside Diego (Head Bound-Smooth Sky) completed a double for Derek Kehoe in the a4 race. Dublinhill Boy and Ballygur Dream battled it out early on and went to the first together. The former barged into the lead around the turn and was soon followed by Slaneyside Diego.
The front two were locked together into the third and stamina was about to play its part. It was Slaneyside Diego who narrowly saw it out better to win by head in 29.65.
The fourth race on the card was an Open 725 and saw the track rated .30 slow. Miss Faustina was the first to show and led around the first two bends. Killough Harry was the first to challenge, but failed to get by.
The favourite Welesbourne Dan (Razldazl Billy-Kilcloney Wine) did manage to get by at the fourth bend and took control from there, Damien O’ Connell’s Welesbouren Dan eased away for a three and a half length victory over Miss Faustina in 40.86.
The victory was the twenty-fifth of his career for the Thomas Leahy trained Welesbourne Dan.
The Mary Buggy trained Kilgraney Dessie took the drop back in class in his stride as he took the a4 race. The winner popped out and led everywhere. KishlawnBullet and Milford Rumble tried to make a race of it but never looked like getting involved with the leader until it was too late.
Milford Rumble finished well but had to settle for second, a length and a half behind in 29.57.