Friday’s racing featured the final of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a2 stake and a number of warm up races for next week’s McCalmont Cup.
In the a2 final, Ballybough Oz went off a short priced favourite. It was level into the first bend before Ballybough Oz went on, followed by Pookies Plan.
Ballybough Oz was a length clear at the second, but Tailteann Glory was now second. The challenger was on terms by the third before kicking for home. Condor Allie stayed on strongly to put the pressure on Tailteann Glory, but victory went to the Paul Hennessy trained Tailteann Glory (Droopys Scolari-Tailteann Queen) by a head. John Brennan’s charge stopped the clock in 29.55.
In the a4 semi finals, there were wins for Random Ace and Locnamon Jon. Once again, Deenside Boy showed that he is in fine fettle as he won the Open 525.
In the opening race Mt Leinster Ash started fast and turned it into a procession. The strong running sort led around the opening two bends and went down the back stretch four lengths clear of Slaneyside Falls.
The latter chased hard but never threatened Mt Leinster Ash, who won in 29.41.
In the next race Robbies Aviva and Bricken Bound started best. The latter took a tumble coming out of the second bend and impeded Pookies Marylou. Robbies Aviva went on but was passed between the third and fourth bends by Polinia. Polinia continued to lead nearing the line. As the leader tied up, Robbies Aviva edged by, only for Ferdia Amhic to storm up the rails to snatch victory.
The winning distance was short head in 41.47.
In the Track Supporters Club a4 525 semi-final, Random Ace made it back to back wins. Showing plenty of early dash, Random Ace was three lengths clear around the first.
The lead was up to five lengths by the second. Random Ace increased his advantage over Kishlawn Bolero to six lengths into the third. The long time leader tied up on the run to the line as Kishlawn Bolero ran on.
The line came just in time for favourite backers. Random Ace held on in 29.26.
In the second semi, Garryglass Messi failed to get the drop on his rivals early doors. This enabled Locnamon Jon get around the first bend in front.
Locnamon Jon eased two lengths clear of Garryglass Messi into the second, a lead he held to the third. Garryglass Messi kept on battling but Locnamon Jon won in 29.25.
The Murt Leahy trained Hanoi made every yard of the running in the fifth race. The winner led up early and built up a three length lead over Scotts Manky.
There was no change into the third bend but in the latter stages, Scotts Manky began to close. Hanoi still triumphed by two lengths in 29.42.
The open 725 saw the return of top quality stayer Skilful Paddy, but it was De Star Lord who the punters wanted. Skilful Paddy, who went off at a great price of 3/1, popped out of trap 2 and set about making all the running.
Magical Charles chased around the opening three bends but Skilful Paddy kept him at bay. De Star Lord made progress down the back stretch but his run petered out.
It was left to Skilful Paddy to make a winning return by a length and a half in 40.97 with Magical Charles back in second.
Tubrid Beauty and Kilcarrig Cillie started well in race eight and went to the first together. Rosmult Jet shot up the inner at the first and pulled three lengths clear of Kilcarrig Cillie going down the far side.
The lead was three lengths into the third but Kilcloney Sue was now in contention. Kilcloney Sue finished with a flourish to close within a neck but Rosmult Jet held on in 29.60.
Deenside Boy confirmed himself as one of the top performers at Kilkenny this year as he took the night’s finale. The winner was up with the pace early and trailed only Davy Of Ozz out of the first bend.
The strong running Deenside Hero drew level into the second and remained there to the third as Skyview Blue attempted to get on terms. On the run home, Deenside Hero stormed clear to defeat Skyview Blue in 29.21.