Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday featured a benefit night for Prague House, Freshford. A good crowd enjoyed second round heats of the Red Mills Champion Unraced Open.
The fastest time was posted by Barefoot Apollo in the second heat as he landed the second leg of a treble for trainer Paul Hennessy. Barefoot Apollo went up straight from trap 1 as all five dogs on his outer were impeded when Bangor Roy moved out from trap 2 and Ghost Town moved in from trap 6.
Barefoot Apollo, a well bred son of Droopys Scolari and Kilara Alice, moved two lengths clear of Farloe Blitz around the second bend. That lead remained intact down to the third.
On the run to the line, Barefoot Apollo galloped home to win in 29.06.
The other heat winners were Jaytee Madrid, Valentia Slate and Quietly. Woe Katie was impressive in victory over the 725 also.
In race 1 a3/a4 525, Singing Hen took a flyer from trap 4 and led the field up and around the first bend. The pace setter edged two lengths clear into the second and held that advantage into the third.
The heavily backed Graigues Trade was in pursuit. The Derek Kehoe trained Singing Hen faded up the home straight but she had enough done to hold off Graigues Trade by a length in 29.34.
In race 2, from a level break Bellmore Shelly got across to the rails and went around the opening two bends in front. Olympic Queen made her move down the back straight and breezed by Bellmore Shelly.
Just as it looked like Olympic Queen would shoot clear, Black Foot and Slaneyside Trudy went after the new leader. However, the Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Queen saw it out by a length in 29.62.
In race 3, a Red Mills Champion Open event, Locnamon Ned and Valentia Slate started well and went to the first together. After shading it out of the second, Valentia Slate edged a length clear into the third.
Locnamon Ned dropped back on the run home but Cill Dubh Bruce flew on to pressurise Valentia Slate. In the end, Valentia Slate, trained by Frances O’Donnell, held on by a half a length in 29.25.
Race 4 Red Mills Champion Open Unraced rd 2 ht 2
In the Open 725, the Darragh Murphy trained Woe Katie put in a massive performance as she blitzed her rivals in a high quality race. The winner blasted from traps and quickly established a six length lead.
The lead was up to seven lengths into the back straight for the second time as Triangle Shiraz tried to stay with the pace. Woe Katie saw out the trip much better than last time and easily saw off Triangle Shiraz by five lengths in a superb 40.65.
In the next Red Mills Champion Open Unraced heat, Jaytee Madrid, formerly Lord Hazel, showed the change of kennel had little effect on him as he scored by a length and a half for trainer Paul Hennessy. The winner was in front early and set the fractions around the first two bends.
Blenheim Cracker closed on the leader into the third and was joined by Paradise Maverik in chasing Jaytee Madrid off the last. They didn’t get there. Jaytee Madrid held on in 29.15.
In the fourth and final Red Mills heat, Quietly and Con Te Partiro were best to the first. Quietly led on the rails. Con Te Partiro was wiped out as Lemon Donal ran off the bend.
This collision conspired to leave Quietly nine lengths clear and with the race in safe keeping. Quietly, trained by Owen McKenna, won in 29.13 from Con Te Partiro, who ran an absolute blinder to finish second.
From a level start in race eight Dysert Maestro asserted to get the bend. Condor Amy was also on the premises and little separated the pair at the second. Dysert Maestro drove on into the third to take control and though Karlow Master ran on late, Dysert Maestro was first home in 29.39.
In the last race trainer Darragh Morrissey completed a double. Graigues Kaino made every yard of the running in the a2 finale. From a flying start, Graigues Kaino built up a five length lead over Random Idea. There were seven lengths in it at the third. Graigues Kaino won in 29.20, with Random Idea second.