Friday night’s card at Kilkenny greyhound track featured a number of semi-finals in various grades over 525 yards. The hottest looking stake was the Season’s Greetings a1/a2 stake.
In the second semi-final, Pippy put in a massive performance to claim victory. The daughter of Shaneboy Lee and Fahrenheit Belle had a solo when she won last week. This week she had to show something different.
Drunken Thought lit out from trap 1 and led up around the opening two bends. Tearaway La breezed past the early
leader out of the second and went on to lead an improving Pippy by a length at the third. On the run home, Mary Kennedy’s Pippy outstayed Tearaway La to win in 29.17.
The first semi was won by Dysert McCoy. The fastest time of the night was posted by Kilara Hey Mac in the Springhill Hotel a4 stake as he won in 29.14. Rathbeg Rover was the other winner in the a4 stake. In the a3 semi-finals Bellmore Shelly and La Rue Blue were successful.
The opener, an a4 525, was level early before Old Road Cody looked set to lead into the first. However, Old Road Cody ran off the bend as Blue Ballydaniel and Mr Pay Day slipped up the inner. The pair were level at the second before Blue Ballydaniel went on.
Arabian Arch joined the leader into the third before staying on best to win by a length in 29.64.
In the second race in this grade Belgrave Millie showed early but Uppergrange Bob and Sweetest Victory showed pace on either side to lead into the first. Uppergrange Bob took over into the second but then went lame.
This left Sweetest Victory clear. He held a two length lead over the improving Seathwaite Ifor at the third bend. The challenger joined Sweetest Victory between the last two bends and railed tightly to go away and win by three and a half lengths in 29.74.
Race 3 was the Springhill Court a4 525 first semi-final. It was won by the Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Hey Mac. The winner started better than usual and went to the first bend with Feed Me Cherrys. Kilara Hey Mac took it up and quickly built up a four length lead.
Feed Me Cherrys had no answer to the pace setter and the Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Hey Mac galloped away to win impressively in 29.14.
In race 4 d0 725, Raggletaggle Rio was the hot favourite. Boozed Bubble led Raggletaggle Rio and Karlow Lucy into the first bend. The chasers were impeded and this left Boozed Bubble five lengths clear.
With space behind and an open track in front, Boozed Bubble had no further trouble. The winner finished eight lengths clear of Karlow Lucy in a useful 40.77.
In the second Springhill Court semi-final Rathbeg Rover, the evens favourite, made every yard of the running. Well clear into the first Rathbeg Rover maintained a healthy advantage all the way home. Rathbeg Rover took the win by four lengths from Condor Amy in 29.32.
In the John Mitchell Track Bookmaker a3 525, from an even break Triangle Archie led up to the first bend. There was trouble at the turn which saw three of the field taken out. Triangle Archie went on and was a length up on Bellmore Shelly at the second bend.
Archie doubled his lead into the third but Shelly would not go away. Bellmore Shelly kept on coming at the long time leader and the pair crossed the line together. The verdict went to Bellmore Shelly by a short head in 29.46.
In the John Mitchell Track Bookmaker a3 525, La Rue Blue started fast in the second semi and led the field into the first. After some bumping at the bend La Rue Blue shot six lengths clear of Rackethall Bond into the second. There was no stopping the prolific bitch, and though she came back to the staying on Glideaway Kate in
the latter stages, the Darragh Morrissey trained La Rue Blue won cosily in 29.55.
In the Season Greetings a1/a2 525 first semi-final (12 dog stake) it was level early and towards the first. Approaching the bend, Dysert McCoy asserted and got the turn. Excellent between the bends, Dysert McCoy eased two lengths clear of Terminal Two into the second. Terminal Two could get no closer. Dysert McCoy won in 29.20.