It was night to remember for patrons of Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday when they got the first viewing of the recently crowned Irish Derby champion, Skywalker Puma. Puma caught the eye of most at the track when he won the inaugural running of the Red Mills Champion juvenile Open 525 stake prior to running in the derby.
To have a Derby winner come from the stake in its first year is a great boost. Track goers are already looking forward to next year’s instalment.
On the track trainer Sharon Hurley continued her brilliant work as she completed a double in the Langton House Hotel Derby for the second week in a row. Like last week, the fastest winner of the stake was Burst Of Magic.
The 4/5 hotpot led up from trap 1 in the second heat and was in front around the opening turn. Bua Joey joined the leader at the second bend but Burst Of Magic ran the back stretch just that little bit stronger to lead by a length at the third. It stayed that way on the run home as the son of Ballymac Maeve and Kincraig Lauren confirmed himself as the one to beat in the stake. The winning time was 29.00.
The double was completed by Crack Away who is still also unbeaten in the stake. Crack Away battled it out with High St Kingo to the first but ran the bends much better than his rival to move a length clear at the second. Crack Away doubled that lead into the third and it stayed that way to the line. Crack Away (Head Bound-In Between) stopped the clock in 29.05.
Langton House Hotel Derby
The opening heat was marred by carnage at the last bend. Up until that point Drunken Thought had led the in-form duo of Terminal Two and Frontier Sound. Approaching the last turn Terminal Tow looked to getting the better of Drunken Thought and tried to cut across him.
The pair tangled and Terminal Two went tumbling. Frontier Sound was in behind and he was brought thought down. It all conspired to leave Drunken Thought (Ballintore Brave-Tai Lass) clear to defeat Fear Gorm by six and a half lengths in 29.11
Stunning Buddy (Flying Penske-Stunning Wilma) was the trap to line winner of the fourth heat. Fechin Mullen’s charge led up from trap one and then powered four lengths clear of Run Samson Run around the bends. The lead was down to three lengths at the third as Run Samson Run and Priceless Run Samson Run in 29.32.
In race one, Cookie Cashin put in a big run to claim the a3/a4 opener. Garryglass Sheba led Royal Oak Sammy into the first turn where the latter ran off the bend. Cookie Cashin railed well and joined Garryglass Sheba at the second.
The daughter of Tyrur Ted and top brood Hooch Babe sizzled as she stormed three lengths clear into the third. Mesedo Black ran on into second but Cookie Cashin was home and hosed by four and a half lengths in 29.10.
In race two, the s2/s3 race, went the way of what could be described as an in-form kennel. After a level start the Frances O’Donnell trained Daring Panther showed plenty of early dash to get the bend from trap 6. Some Touch and Ballydaniel Sham chased hard but neither could get to Daring Panther (Run On Boy-Molly Bloom) who won by three and a half lengths in 16.50.
The evens favourite Burnbondholders (Hondo Black-Me Margaret) claimed the a3/a4 race by two and a half lengths in a career best 29.22. The July 10 whelp got the bend in front but was joined by Staplestown Road at the second. The duo were level at the third with Condor Star close up in behind.
On the run home it was the Shem O’Donnell trained Burnbondholders who stayed on best to win by two and a half a lengths.
The a2/a3 race was even early on and bumpy at the first. Dublinhill Hawk went on and was two lengths clear of Ballycaum Blacky at the second bend. The gap remained intact to the third bend but Ballycaum Blacky had yet to play his cards.
Coming with a storming run Ballycaum Blacky (Ballymac Maeve-Strangford Katie) got up to defeat Dublinhill hawk by a lengths in 29.49.
The last race on the card saw Ullid Doodle (Black Shaw-Ullid Ella) bounce back to winning ways. Ullid Doodle got the better of Heavens Comet around the first bend and was a length to the good at the second.
Ullid Doodle doubled his lead to two lengths at the third and Ray Harney’s was never in trouble from there. Ullid Doodle won for the fifth time in his career by three lengths in 29.29.