Staplestown Road is getting better with age. He celebrated his third birthday by posting his best time ever when leading everywhere in heat 2 of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial A2 stake at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday.
He got the bend two lengths clear of La Rue Blue and proceeded to demolish the opposition when coming home eight lengths clear of the always second La Rue Blue in a time of 29.02.
The card featured four heats of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial A2. At this stage there are a number of dogs who fancy their chances lifting the first prize.
Foulkscourt Echo went off 5/4 favourite but never got in a blow as Kishlawn Bullet was fast away and gave himself a solo. The winner was clear of Master Daniel and Lemon Prince down the back straight.
Although Prince ran on late Kishlawn held on for a half length win in 29.79.
Kishlawn Ali and Swift Pippa led Zippy Sixpence to the bend next. Here Kishlawn railed tightly and led Zippy Sixpence out of the first bend.
Zippy challenged on the inner of Kishlawn into the third and the field bunched up where Kishlawn took a severe fall. Trap 5 runner, Swift Escalade ran on late to snatch a length and a half win from Zippy Sixpence in 29.84.
Together at bend
There were two non runners in the next race and the reserves Clonlusk Lass and Dry Roasted came in. At the off Blue Ballydaniel in trap 1 was slight favourite at 7/4. In the race Blue Ballydaniel and Morro Boy went together to the first where BallyDaniel took the bend on the inside and led a length down the back straight.
Old Road Ego was a further four lengths back in third. As Morro faded Old Road Ego went second but Ballydaniel wasn’t for catching up front and won by two and a half lengths from Old Road Ego in 29.56.
Race four was an open betting one with Piccadilly Tiny quickly into her stride with Shaws Blaze and Wise Fantasy also showing early pace. Out of the second bend Shaws Blaze led Wise Fantasy two and a half lengths with the eventual winner at the rear.
Turning for home Shaws Blaze was still well clear but trap 6 Feed Me Oysters stormed home and got up in the last stride to win a short head in 29.62.
In race five, trap 4 was a non runner and Springmount Carl came in as a reserve. This was an open betting race. Royal Oak Betsie and Drumgower Major went to the bend where Drumgower took command.
He was joined early in the back straight by Ballygur Dubh, but he again asserted himself into the third and got to the line a half length clear of the fast finishing Mr Pay Day in 29.91
In heat 1 of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial A2 Stake punters sent off Olympic Queen 5/4/ favourite. From a level break Mesedo Black got the bend from Ascot Eoin and quickly opened the gap that was eight lengths down the back straight.
The leader started to fade coming into the last bend and Raheen Rondo flew home to collar the long time leader and win by a length and a half in 29.15.
In race eight Terminal Two was installed the evens favourite. From a level break it was tight bunching into the first where Beauty’s Whisper in trap 4 took the initiative.
Down the back straight Whisper opened up and went four lengths clear of the chasing pack. He increased this all the way to the line.
He was a seven lengths winner over the favourite Terminal Two in a time of 29.15.
In heat four of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial A2 stake punters only wanted Helens Magic in trap 4 as their get out card. He quickly had them happy.
At trap rise he came away smartly and trap 3 cut to the rails so that Magic clearly got the bend and gave himself a solo. Ringtown Ned from trap 5 arrived on his tail at the third bend, but Magic was not to be denied and won a neck in 29.23.