Friday night’s racing at Kilkenny greyhound track featured the semi-finals of the Kilford Arms a2 stake and another fine performance from the Paul Hennessy trained Cashmans Cat (Comeonthecats-Staroftheshow). Running in the first semi, Cashmans Cat showed big early pace to lead into the first.
Cashmans Cat quickened to go three lengths clear into the second as his kennel companion Mt Leinster Hill gave chase. There was no change in running to the third. Try as Mt Leinster Hill might, the favourite could not get to the professional Cashmans Cat.
Cashmans Cat stayed clear to win by three and a half lengths in 29.24, with Mt Leinster Hill back in second and Princess Gael in third.
New Boss and Leigh Royal showed first in the second semi. The latter was impeded on the run up and lost his chance.
New Boss had no such worries and went on to lead Soldier Laddie by two lengths at the second bend. Soldier Laddie closed up on the leader and came to challenge on the outer between the last two turns. New Boss (Express Ego-Dark Sienna) dug deep and held on for the win by a half a
The first race on the card was an a3 contest. The race went the way of Derek Kehoe’s Doc Herman. Running from trap 4, the son of Droopys Vieri and Miss Regina was clear into the first and led the pack a merry dance from there. Daisy Topper came through late in the day to get second but no dog threatened Doc Herman.
Doc Herman finished the contest five lengths clear of Daisy Topper in 29.50.
In the Track Bar a4 stake, the opening heat went the way of the David Flanagan trained What A Disciple (Saint Luke-Loyal Beauty). The winner was well away and went to the first with Bangor Mason.
Bangor Mason ran wide at the first and gave away valuable ground. What A Disciple hugged the rails and came out of the second bend four lengths clear.
Zippy Mullane went in pursuit of the leader out of the third and as the close drew nearer, Zippy Mullane got closer and closer. However, What A Disciple held on to win by a neck in 29.65.
In the second heat Knockdrinna Duke flashed out and was three lengths clear around the first bend. Showing big speed, Knockdrinna Duke stormed six lengths clear out of the second bend as Recession Lady tried to kept up with the pace.
Knockdrinna Duke was still in control at the third but by the last he was beginning to tread water. Kerris Davy (Crash-Smooth Eves) ran the back stretch well and picked off the long timeleader in the last few strides. Kerris davy got up to deny Duke by a half a length in 29.34.
Distant Delight completed a double for David Flanagan when she claimed the third heat. The race was level early and to the turn. There was plenty of bumping and this allowed Distant Delight up the inner and into the lead.
A length in front at the second, Distant Delight was challenged by Coolside Dusty at the third. The challenger carried the long time leader off the bend andit was all change again as Slaneyside Diego slipped into the leader. Distant Delight (Kinloch Brae-Distant Darkie) was not finished. She stormed home to get the win on the outer. Slaneyside Diego was a length back in 29.77.
After an even start, Rock Crest burst from the pack to lead around the first bend. Dublinhill Boy gave chase to the pace setter but made no real impression racing to the third bend.
At this point Gotoon Madge was beginning to make eye catching progress and she flew home and got up to deny the game Rock Crest by a short head in 29.71.
Moonroe Exchange was out in a flash and took an early lead in the a3 race. It was a lead that did not last too long as Destiny Calling usurped the early leader out of the first bend. Destiny Calling poured it on down the back stretch and was three lengths clear out of the third bend.
The leader ran wide at the last and allowed Moonroe Exchange back into it. The pair flashed across the line together and the judge was needed once more. In the end, the verdict went to Destiny Calling (Honcho Classic-In Good Hands) by a short head in 29.48.
The Open 525 saw He Told Ted sent off as favourite but he found trouble at the first and his chance was gone. Lewcas Thunder on the other hand flew to the bend and avoided any chance of trouble. Five lengths clear at the second, Lewcas Thunder was still five in advance of Sawdust Terry as he hit for home.
Sawdust Terry shaved off two lengths but never looked like getting to the comfy winner, Lewcas Thunder (Brett Lee-Ms Pepinstep) in a very fine 29.03.