The Kilkenny track summer party night took place on Saturday night with a big crowd in attendance. There was plenty to keep people entertained, no more so than the high quality racing on the track. The main final on the night was the Golden Oldies a3/a4 final, sponsored by Joe Daly and Danny McEvoy.
The contest went the way of Ullid Doodle owned and trained by Ray Harney, on what turned on to be a great night for him. Ullid Doodle was in front from traps and led around the first two bends. The 4/1 chance was three lengths clear at the second bend, with Galley Droopy in behind. The challenger reduced the deficit to little over a length into the third and continued to edge closer all the way home.
Ullid Doodle (Black Shaw-Ullid Ella) did enough though to hold off that challenge by a half a length in 29.44, claiming the 1400 euro first prize in the process.
O’Dwyer Dog Food a8 final
The Kennedy family had a one two in the a8 final. Their pair of runners were in contention from the start with the outsider of the duo Royal Glory leading into the second bend by two lengths. The lead was still two lengths by the third and Battle Hero had plenty to do. Battle Hero, the 4/5 favourite loomed up on the outer off the last and outstayed his kennel companion up the home straight.
Battle Hero (Westmead Joe-Millbrook Girl) defeated Royal Glory by a length in 29.49, with the fast finishing Onthecaptain a head further back in third.
Pat Carroll Wine Lodge, Bar and Lounge s1/s2 300
The sprint on the card was an open looking s1/s2 contest. The race was level early and heading to the first. Kilcloney Tiger and Kilgraney Hondo edged to the front nearing the first bend but in truth all six dogs were closely matched. At the first there was lots of traffic problems and bunching. Kilcloney Tiger skipped clear on the rails and stormed onwards.
With no dangers about Kilcloney Tiger (Hades Rocket-Kilcloney Wine) raced to a seven length victory over Willhecomeback in a smart 16.38.
Happy Times Newsagents a4 525 final
Helens Treasure was a hot favourite for the Happy Days final after his victory on Wednesday night but with a short turnabout he could not repeat the feat. The jolly was first into stride but Uppergrange Bob got up his inner heading into the first bend. Bob was much sweeter between the bends and turned out of the second, four lengths clear. Six lengths ahead at the third bend, the 6/1 chance looked in charge.
Liam Crowdle’s Uppergrange Bob (Nobooth For Gary-Uppergrange Moll) faded a little late on but had enough done to claim the prize. Helens Treasure was two and a half lengths back in 29.48.
KK Track Supporters a5 final
The a5 final saw another good result for the bookies. Heath Fantasy took it up out of the first bend and quickly moved two lengths in advance of Everythings Rosy. There was trouble behind them and a number of dogs including the favourite were involved. Everything Rosy shaved a length off the lead into the third and was on terms with Heath Fantasy by the last.
Roisin Walsh’s Everythings Rosy (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Clara) stayed on best to defeat Heath fantasy by two lengths with Bernies Rocket finishing fast a short head further back in third.
Beaming Dilemma @Stud a3 final
Ray Harney took a second final of the night as Terminal Two took the Beaming Dilemma a3 final. Take The Ban started best and led Terminal Two around the first two bends. There were two lengths in it at the second bend but by the third the pair were level. Momentum was with Terminal Two(Black Shaw-Lukies Cailin) and he galloped to score going away. The winning distance was three and a half lengths in 29.19.
A.P. Systems n1/n2 final
The novice final was a hotly contested affair. Robbies Impact trapped fast from trap 4 and led early. The favourite Balintagart Star came wide out of trap 1 and bumped the early leader. Robbies Impact recovered and managed to lead around the first. Robbies Impact was a length up on Phanters Capri at the second bend, a lead that remained intact down to the third. Balintagart Star was another length back despite running off the first bend.
Martin Murray’s Phanters Capri (Killahan Phanter-Shelbourne Capri) joined the long time leader at the last before easing away to win by two lengths in 29.26. Robbies Impact was back in second with a short head back to Balintagart Star in third.
The Droopys Kennel a2 race
The Droopys Kennels a2 race was won from the front Locnamon Angel. The daughter of Royal Impact and Locnamon Belle got the bend ahead of High St Kingo and Glengall Girl and never looked back. Angel was two length clear of High St Kingo at the second turn and though High St Kingo edged closer down the back stretch, he could never get on terms. Locnamon Angel stayed on the better of the pair to win by two lengths in a career best 29.10.
Pat Dunne Veterinary a1/a2 525 race
The finale saw even better news for the bookies as Neon Charlie(Big Daddy Cool-Boraderra Babe) saw off the evens favourite Ballygur Ted. Neon Charlie went to the bend best and got there in front of the pack. Running the bend well, Neon Charlie moved a good two lengths clear of Rock Crest at the second bend. The lead was up to five lengths by the third as Ballygur Ted went second.
Ballygur Ted halved the deficit but he was never getting to John J. Butler’s Neon Charlie who obliged in 29.19.