Racing on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track attracted a small crowd for what was a nine race graded card. The fastest time of the night was recorded by High St Kingo, a dog that was recently offered for sale.
Trained by Murt Leahy, the son of Royal Impact and High St Miley took the a2/a3 finale by a half a length in an estimated 29.26 after Kilkenny .10 slow rating was talking into consideration. The race was level early apart from the in-form Flomur Antics who missed the kick from trap 6.
Flomur Antics recovered and showed early dash to challenge High St Kingo out of the first bend. High St Kingo showed a nice turn of speed to move two lengths clear down the far side, but Flomur Antics was not about to go down quietly. Unbeaten in 2013 before Friday night, Flomur Antics closed the gap but could not get to the game High St who held on by a half a length.
The win was High St Kingo’s sixth win in 18 starts.
The first race was won by Royal Oak Betsie (Make My Day-Nos Na Coinin). Goldies Pendle led up to the first bend, with Royal Oak Betsie not too far behind. Goldies Pendle continued to lead down the far side, but into the third Brian Ellard’s Royal Oak Betsie made her move.
Betsie kicked for home and saw off the running on Local Swift by three lengths in 29.66.
The s3/s4 race went the way of the Karol Ramsbottom Garryglass Angus (Kinloch Brae-Pennys Neptune). Ballydaniel Sham was out well but it was Garryglass Angus who showed best to the opening turn.
Three quarters of a length in front at the first bend, Garryglass Angus avoided the trouble in behind. Soldier Lassie got a run at the winner but Garryglass Angus won by a length in 16.89.
Hawki Gold Bars (Westmead Hawk-Five gold Bars) continues to improve and he landed the a4/a5 race for Jay Ryan. Pure Phantom showed first and led to the opening bend. Three lengths ahead of Hawki Gold Bars at the second bend, Pure Phantom saw his lead reduced into the third bend with Hawki Gold Bars hitting the front at the last.
The strong Hawki pulled away up the home straight to win by two and a half lengths in 29.46.
The a6 525 was an open betting heat. From traps De Real McCoy pushed in from trap 5 but he was strong enough to force himself clear into the first bend. From there, the Paul Hennessy trained son of Vans Escalade and All Dolled Up dominated. De Real McCoy, owned by Michael Dunne powered onwards to win by seven lengths in a smart 29.53. tanners Cross finished a well beaten second.
All the money came for Royal Oak Sammy in the a4/a5 race with the jolly holding the trap 1 draw. The hotpot and Flomur Perla battled it out early doors with Royal Oak Sammy moving off the bend, allowing Perla into the lead. Slaneyside Jody showed all the pace down the back stretch and took up the running between the last two bends.
Kept on going
The Derek Kehoe trained son of Scolari Me Daddy and Slaneyside Kelly kept on going but the race was far from over. Ballycaum Lass flew home but Slaneyside Jody held on by a short head in 29.83.
The a4 525 saw Ruscar Princess, Garryglass Sheba and Everything Rosy battle it out to the bend. Ruscar Princess went on from the first bend and led by four lengths out of the second. The eventual winner Kellymount Gem was well back in fifth and not looking a threat.
Gem cut through the field and was in second nearing the third turn. Ruscar Princess was still six lengths to the good but it would not be enough as the long-time leader faded dramatically.
Kellymount Gem(Scolari Me Daddy-Lemon Soul) finished with a flourish to win by two and a half lengths in 29.46.
The a2/a3 race was a five runner field after Staplestown Road was withdrawn during racing. The race was level early on and into the first. There was bumping at the turn as Ask The Time pushed through on the rails.
Ask The Time went on and was a length and a half clear of the slow starting Carrigcanon Duke at the second bend. Carrigcanon Duke had every chance but could never get on terms as Ask The Time (Head Bound-In Good Hands) won by a length in 29.61.
Henry Kelly’s completed a good night with Karlow Ming (Droopys Maldini-Quam Celerrime) claiming the a3 525. The winner was fast away and was headed throughout the race.
Karlow Ming was three lengths in front of Lemon Prince and Gurtlug Fantasy at the second, a lead that he maintained to the third bend. Karlow Ming maintained his gallop all the way home to defeat Gurtlug Fantasy by two and a half lengths in 29.44.