Marco scores good win in hot 29.18 run

The card at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday featured 10 races before a good crowd and betting was strong.

The card at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday featured 10 races before a good crowd and betting was strong.

One of the supported dogs was Garryglass Marco, who was favourite for the Open 525. The jolly started fast and led Staplestown Road to the first bend. Painting the rails, Garryglass Marco was three lengths clear at the second.

There was no change into the third and Garryglass Marco was in complete control. There were a few nervous moments for favourite backers on the run home as Ringtown Ned stayed on strongly. Ringtown Ned stormed up the home stretch but the line came in time for the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Marco to win in 29.18.

It was a good night for Kim Knell, who completed a double thanks to Canvas Torres and Feed Me Oysters while the Paul Hennessy trained Barefoot Agent caught the eye with a strong performance.

The night’s sprint saw Hammer Head start fast. Cill Dubh Mint tried to challenge on the inner at the first but found the door shut. Cill Dubh Mint was joined by Blastoff Jackson in pursuit of Hammer Head off the last.

The front running trio drifted wide up the home straight, allowing the rail running Black Limo to slip up the inner for the win. Black Limo denied Hammer Head by a short head in 17.26, with another short head back to Blastoff Jackson.

Ascot Lydia started quickest in the s7 525 and led up on the outer. There was bumping behind the leader at the first, which allowed Lydia skip four lengths clear of Condor Kate. The lead was up to seven lengths by the third and though Irey Marie ran on, there was no catching Ascot Lydia who claimed victory in 29.69.

Random Reward, Foyle Soul and Drakelands Gift were up with the pace early doors. Random Reward got the bend on the inner and eased a length clear of Foyle Soul into the second.

All change

It was all change by the third as Foyle Soul shot up the inner. The new leader never missed a beat as she galloped away for an impressive win over Drakelands Gift in 29.37.

All the money came for Lemon Diva in the a5 525 and she followed the pace setter Canvas Torres up and around the first two bends. Canvas Torres was four lengths to the good at the second but looked vulnerable when Lemon Diva closed.

Canvas Torres is not known for finishing strongly but he found plenty for pressure and held off Lemon Diva by a half a length in 29.57.

Karlow Master came away best in the next and got the turn ahead of Sandyhill Man. Two lengths behind at the second, Sandyhill Man moved up to Karlow Master at the third.

There was little to choose between the pair as they turned for home. In the end, it was Karlow Master who stayed on that bit better to win by a length in 29.64.

From traps Royal Oak Betsie was the first to show and she led to the opening turn. There was plenty of bumping and crowding at the bend before Droopys Kenzi shot out of the pack on the outer. Once clear Droopys Kenzi powered down the far side and was five lengths in advance of Royal Oak Betsie around the third bend.

Barefoot Arthur came through for second spot but Droopys Kenzi, trained by Murt Leahy, was back in the winner’s circle by five lengths in 29.28.

As expected Courageous Boy led up from trap 6 and built up a three length advantage over Random Notion out of the second bend. The challenger closed up on Courageous Boy into the third as the long time leader began to struggle. In behind the front two, Wicstun Will began to make progress.

On the run home, Wicstun Will trained by David Flanagan stayed on to win from Random Notion in 29.73.

Barefoot Agent put in a huge performance to win the a3 contest in 29.33.

In the outstanding race, Feed Me Aylsters got the win by three lengths from Miss Golf Bars in 29.63.