Racing in Kilkenny on Friday was like a throw back to old times. The betting was so strong in a number of races that punters were lining up to place bets.
Naturally, the bookies were happy to take them on, and it all made for a great atmosphere, especially in the night’s final, the Kilkenny Track Bookmakers Open 725 final.
Firstly there was money for De Star Lord and then Karlow Master as if it were going out of fashion. Before the off Rosmult Martha picked up support as the action in the ring threatened to outdo that on the track.
Once the traps were up all eyes were on Rosmult Martha, who took a flyer from trap 1. After pinging the lids Rosmult Martha went on two lengths clear of Karlow Master.
The leader was two lengths clear at the third, but Karlow Master moved to within a length by the fourth. Rosmult Martha was not for passing though. She extended her lead to two lengths rounding the fifth.
Karlow Master kept trying but couldn’t get to Patrick Clancy and Martha Ryan’s Rosmult Martha. The daughter of Westmead Hawk and Borna Luck took the €1000 first prize by two and a half lengths in 40.99.
Kilcarrig Cillie and Condor Allie made the most of a drop in grade to get back to winning ways, while Ring Ben looked sensational as he got his maiden victory.
The opening 725 was level early doors before Kingsmeadow Rock took charge. The leader was five lengths clear of Tomahurra Sue and Happy Blossom going down the back stretch for the second time.
Into the fifth Kingsmeadow Blossom was all out and Happy Blossom easily got by. Happy Blossom won in 42.40, with Tomahurra Sue second.
The novice stake 525 was level into the first bend. Mollys Hi Ace got the bend on the rails and led Ballydaniel Lisa by half a length at the second bend. There was no change into the third.
On the run to the line Mollys Hi Ace continued to hold Ballydaniel Lisa. The winning distance was a half a length in 30.09.
Foulkscourt Shaw was fast away in the next race and led to the opening corner. After running a good bend, Foulkscourt Shaw was four lengths clear of Milford Eddie. The lead was down to three lengths by the third and though Milford Eddie kept challenging, Foulkscourt Shaw saw it out in 29.81.
The fourth race saw heavy punting before the off, but it turned out to be a winner for the books. Runwiththetide made pretty much all the running.
The winner led up on the outer and missed the trouble on the inside. Runwiththetide found plenty for pressure and stayed on to see off Garryglass Saint in 29.57.
The drop back in class did the trick for Condor Allie in the fifth race. The winner led up on the rails and quickly took control. Condor Allie was four lengths clear of Pops Sandie at the second before increasing that lead.
Craw Jumper ran second but there was no catching Condor Allie, who got home in 29.27.
The Rob Green trained Ring Ben got his first career win at the seventh attempt, and boy, was he impressive. The winner was up with the pace early on as he vied for supremacy with Mysterious Ways and Blackstone Nero.
There was trouble between Mysterious Ways and Blackstone Nero, but Ring Ben missed it. He darted around the bend in front and powered onwards.
There was no stopping the leader. He won in tremendous style in a brilliant 28.89.
Kilcarrig Cillie was backed off the boards in the eighth race. He gave supporters little to worry about. The winner flew the lid from trap 2 and was clear around the first two bends.
Kilcarrig was four lengths to the good at the third. Karlow James ran well in behind but couldn’t get the winner who was home in 29.15.
Garryglass Messi and Cill Dubh Sky started well in the last race. Garryglass Messi got the bend on the inside and moved a length clear into the second.
The Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Messi raced three lengths clear into the third as he took charge. Kilara Flash came through for second but it was all about Garryglass Messi, who won by six lengths in 29.23.