On Friday at Kilkenny greyhound track the Red Mills Juvenile Stake got underway. This 24 dog event carries a winners cheque of €5,000.
Whether there is a dog to rival the inaugural winner, Skywalker Puma, remains to be seen. One who appears to be in fine form is the Paul Hennessy trained Jaytee Valencia.
The winner of the Red Mills Champion Unraced Stake, Jaytee Valenica was sent off as evens favourite in the second heat. The jolly wasted little time getting started and led the field to the first bend. There was trouble behind Jaytee Valencia and he pulled 10 lengths clear.
The lead was up to 12 lengths by the third as Razldazl Yeats gave chase. There was no stopping the son of Farley Blitz and Bling Bling Bolt as he romped home in 29.02, the fastest time of the night.
Other winners in the stake were Deanridge Bruce, Lotarespect and Tynwald Viper. In the a4 stake Condor Bobby and Olympic Queen booked their spots in the final.
The well backed Bishops Wood missed the break in the 1a3 525 and looked in all sorts of bother as Slaneyside Trudy led. The jolly got a dream run around the first bend. This left him trailing Slaneyside Trudy.
Bishops Wood took up the running into the third but Slaneyside Trudy wouldn’t go away. The Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Trudy outstayed the tiring Bishops Wood by two lengths in 29.69.
In race 2, a3/a4 525, Random Idea looked dropped in class but he made his job more difficult as he missed the kick. However, the hotpot was able to recover and got the bend along the rails.
Random Idea went on to lead Tearway La by a length around the second bend before asserting to lead by three into the third. Tearaway La tried to come back at him but Random Idea was four and a half lengths too good in 29.30.
In race 3, the O’ Keeffe and Harney a4 525 semi-final, Olympic Queen was fast away from trap 1. The well backed Send It Caspian followed the leader but was three lengths adrift. Send It Caspian shaved a length off into the third and though he edged closer, the Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Queen held for a 29.34 win.
In the second semi, Condor Bobby showed first and led Jumbo Steps, who drew level into the second bend. The pair were locked together. Condor Bobby kicked and went for home.
The field closed up, but Condor Bobby held on in 29.54. Kilbally Tom and Kilkenny Teofilo dead heated for second.
In the Red Mills and TSC champion juvenile 525, Garryglass Lulu started best but it was Vale Shaw who got the bend. Showing a blast of early pace,Vale Shaw powered four lengths clear of Garryglass Lulu and Aughduff Murt.
The lead was up to six lengths by the third as Deanridge Bruce moved in pursuit. Turning for home Vale Shaw began to struggle. The Rosemary Price Deanridge Bruce stormed home to win in 29.40.
The third heat of the Red Mills saw Runaway Rover, Rattoo Legend, Kilara Snowdrop and Lotarespect hit the bend together. The odds on favourite, Runaway Rover, took a tumble. Lotarespect went on the outer and led Rattoo Legend at the second bend.
There was no change into the third but on the run home, Lotarespect powered away to oblige by five lengths in 29.53.
In the next Red Mills race, the fourth heat, things were level early as the hot favourite Kilara Hey Mac struggled to dominate from trap 5.
Karlow Master ran wide off the bend, allowing Cill Dubh Sky up the inner and into a length lead over Karlow Master at the second. The leader was a length clear into the third but had a trio on dogs in behind.
After some bumping, Tynwald Viper slipped by on the inner at the third bend. Tynwald Viper raced on to defeat Karlow Master by three and a half lengths in 29.49.
In race nine there was bumping on the inner early on and this gave Flomur Antics a dream run up the outer. The early leader went three lengths clear of Ballinattin Ash around the second turn.
The challenger clawed back a length into the third, and kept on coming at Flomur Antics as they turned for home. Flomur Antics, put in a gutsy performance to hold sway by a half a length in 29.14.