The eagerly awaited Brittas Veterinary a3 final, which has a winner’s prize of 1,600 euro took centre stage on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track. There was an excellent supporting card also, but it was the a3 final that most neutrals wanted to see.
Lemon Mel was sent off the 5/4 favourite to maintain her unbeaten run through the stake, but any number of dogs held lively chances. The break was level before Lemon Mel edged slightly in front. Ask The Time and Dublinhill Boy joined on the run to the first before Lemon Mel and Dublinhill Boy went on together.
Dublinhill Boy was a neck up at the second but Lemon Mel soon asserted and took control of the contest. Ask The Time finished well to get back up for second but Pauline Lennon’s Lemon Mel (Premier Fantasy-Lemon Abby) took the spoils by a length in 29.37.
The a4 final was bumpy early doors and into the first. Bridgetown Noel went on and led Wise Fantasy by two lengths out of the second bend. The leader was still two lengths to the good at the third but Yeah Giovanni was now flying back in second.
Yeah Giovanni came wide off the bend and shipped a bump. That still did not stop him as he flew up the home stretch to win by two lengths in 29.82 for trainer Paul Hennessy and the Toby Syndicate.
The second a4 final saw Tanks For That well supported in the ring. The race was level early and into the first. Ullid Oscar used his prime rails position to take it up out of the first and lead Garryglass Sheba out of the second.
Tanks For That ran the back stretch very well to move in second but he still remained a good two lengths adrift of Ullid Oscar. Tanks For That threw down the gauntlet up the home straight but Ray Harney’s Ullid Oscar (Elite State-Ullid Judy) held on by a half a length in 29.43.
The opening a5 race began with Piccadilly Tiny showing good pace to the first bend. The leader ran off the bend and allowed Windgap Mint up the inner into the lead. A length separated the duo down to the third bend with Fennis Owen making eye catching progress into the frame also.
Fennis Owen took a crashing fall and baulked those behind. On the run home, Nat Pearson’s Piccadilly
Tiny (Droopys Maldini-Quam Celerrime) outstayed Windgap Mint to win by a length and a half in 29.86.
The s2 300 went the way of the Maria Byrne trained Run Away Girl (Ace Hi Rumble-Dysert Dainty). The winner was quickly away with Uppergrange Bob and they soon established a lead. Run Away Girl was a length faster to the bend and eased on to win by two lengths in a smart 16.44.
The fourth race was another a4 contest. Silver Queen was fast away and despite running wide, she led into the first bend. Silver Queen cut Working Deal off at the turn before moving two lengths clear into the second.
Down the far side Lakeshore Lane showed the pace of the race and shot from third place into the lead. Sean McDonald’s son of Eden Brett and Rachaels Tiger powered on to win by four and a half lengths in 29.47.
Garryglass Angus started fast in the a4 525 and led the field to the bend. There was trouble behind Angus at the first and this saw him extend his lead to six lengths over Heavens Comet and Ullid Doodle at the second bend.
Ullid Doodle ran very well from the halfway point to try and make a race of it but the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Angus (Kinloch Brae-Pennys Neptune) had too much of a cushion and saw it out by two lengths in 29.62.
The a1 race was a hot looking contest. Derunken Thought, who had been the subject of market support beforehand led up from trap 1, getting the bend ahead of Fiancee Alsation.
There was a length in it at the second, where Mickys Trickster also up with the pace. The trio were practically level at the third and space was at a premium. Fiancee Alsation was in the best position on the outer and the son of Crash and Disco Classic took full advantage. Kicking on, he pulled away to defeat Mickys Trickster by four lengths in 29.20.
The last race on the card was an a2/a3 race. Punters looked to Some Touch to send them home happy but it was not to be. Ballygur Ted was the first to show and led the early proceedings. A length up at the second, Ballygur Ted was under pressure down to the third.
The field closed up and three lengths covered all six dogs. The Paul Hennessy trained Going Our Way (Top Honcho-Olympic Show) finished best of all and despite coming very wide off the last, got up to defeat Flomur Antics by two a half lengths in 29.23.