Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track marked the start of the Red Mills Champion Unraced stake, which is a huge attraction far and wide.
The general consensus was that it was as good a field as has ever lined up but only time will tell as the dogs have a lot
to live up to in this hugely competitive stake.
The fastest time of the night was posted by Mary Kennedy’s Artic Bolt in the fifth heat.
The winner was fast away and led the field around the first bend. Two lengths clear of Martinstown Bolt, Artic Bolt saw his lead halved into the third before finding plenty to pull away again.
The son of Farley Blitz and Bling Bling Bolt stormed away to win by five and a half lengths in 29.05.
Elsewhere in the stake, Lord Hazel completed a double for the Kennedy family while there was also a double for trainer Owen McKenna.
The only bitch in the stake Luminous Pearl was also a winner. In the Droopys Stud a2, Ballinattin Ash was a super trap to line winner.
Race one was a Red Mills Champion Open Unraced event. The heat featured a level break before the Martin Lanney trained Droopys Navas led into the first bend.
The leader looked to be clipped from behind and nearly fell. Somehow Droopys Navas stayed upright and moved two lengths clear of Nidgie and Barefoot Apollo.
There was no change into the third and on the run home Droopys Navas stayed clear to defeat Nidgie by two lengths in
In the second heat the favourite Valentia Slate was the early leader and despite plotting a wide course, the jolly turned
down the back stretch three lengths clear of My Best Friend. The challenger was within a length by the third and was soon in front.
Despite giving away more ground off the last, Valentia Slate rattled home on the outer and closed up on My New Best Friend. Crossing the line, My New Best Friend was up by a head in 29.36.
The third heat saw Farloe Blitz lead up from trap 1 followed by Slanestown Rebel. There was trouble behind at the turn and Farloe Blitz was able to skip eight lengths clear into the second.
The lead was up to 12 lengths by the third and there was no danger to the Owen McKenna’s Farloe Blitz. The odds on favourite by won by nine lengths in 29.15, with Lemon Donal back in second.
The well backed LuminousTunnel showed first in heat four and led around the first two bends. Paradise Maverik
tracked the leader but was two lengths adrift out of the second. Paradise Maverik was forced to switch sides as Luminous Tunnel hugged the rails into the third.
As Luminous Tunnel faded up the home straight, Paradise Maverik, trained by Pat Buckley took it up and held off the running on Cill Dubh Bruce by two lengths in 29.19.