There was an excellent card down for decision on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound trck and a good crowd were in attendance. Among the nine races was the final of the Kilkenny Track a5 Novice 725.
The two key moments in the race came at the same bend. The race was level early doors and into the first bend. There was crowding at the turn and all were involved bar Lady Long Heir.
Lady Long Heir skipped six lengths clear as Miss Gold Bars came out of the traffic. The race looked over as a contest at the third bend but Miss Gold Bars had other ideas. Miss Gold Bars went through the gears and closed the gap dramatically. The challenger went to make her move into the fifth bend, the same bend that had seen the bother on the first circuit.
Lady Long Heir closed the door and Miss Gold Bars was shunted backwards. Miss Gold Bars could give no more and Lady Long Heir (Hondo Black-Me Margaret) came home on her own, eight lengths ahead of Miss Gold Bars in 41.03, much to the delight of the Long Hair syndicate.
Ruscar Dana Open 725
Staying was the order of the night as there were also three first round heats of the Ruscar Dana Open 725 on the card. The first heat was won from the front by Hylda Glyder (Royal Impact-Lemon Rita). The 3/1 one chance popped out of trap 2 and never looked back.
Hylda Glyder established a three length lead early on and looked comfortable for most of the contest. There was one brief moment into the fifth bend where she looked like she might be coming back to the field, but Hylda dug deep and stayed away to defeat St Mullins Pride by four and a half lengths in 41.03.
Graigue Sapphire and Incitatus battled it out early and there was little in it heading to the third bend. Graigue Sapphire made her move into the third and she quickly shot four lengths clear. It looked a good move but Sapphire ran out of steam nearing the fifth.
A tiring leader was unable to stop Incitatus and Brunswick Jenny getting by at the second last and a dash for the line was on. Incitatus (Rumble Impact-Coolavanny Minor) trained by Pat Buckley stayed on better to secure the win by six lengths in 40.90.
The third heat went the way of Five Alley Pub (Droopys Vieri-Corrig Rebel) as local favourite and 4/7 hotpot Welesbourne Dan bowed out. The race was over early as Five Alley Pub blitzed his rivals.
Showing big early dash Five Alley Pub was 16 lengths ahead of his nearest rival at the fourth bend. Vickis Dream came through the pack to get second spot but she never remotely looked like troubling the leader. The easiest winner of the night, Five Alley Pub was 12 lengths to the good as he triumphed in 41.06.
Kilkenny Track a4/a5 semi-final
The first semi-final was won by John Purcell’s Easy Rider, who continues to run to his top form. The race was level early on before Slaneyside Dodo took it up into the first bend. Easy Rider got a lovely tow around the bend and sat second with Prowlers Man heading down the far side.
Slaneyside Dodo continued to lead down the back stretch but began to struggle into the last. Prowlers Man joined on the inner at the last, while Easy Rider joined on the outer. Kilcloney Jess began to come into the picture and a blanket finish was on the cards.
So it was with Slaneyside Dodo being narrowly run out as Easy Rider (Head Bound-Brave Pony) got the better of Prowlers Man by a head in 29.75, with Kilcloney Jess a half a length further back.
The second semi-final saw Dublinhill Boy lead around the first bend. In doing so he avoided the trouble that hindered his rivals. Taking advantage of his clear run, Dublinhill Boy skipped four lengths clear of Tullowmac Java into the second.
Showing plenty of dash Dublinhill Boy doubled his lead into the third. There was no stopping Tim Dunne’s son of Goldmine Ramble and Glengall Beauty as he came home an easy six length winner over the running on Kilara Pippa. The winning time was 29.46.
The night began with an a3/a4 contest. The race was a battle between Tinahue Summer and Baltylum Georgia for the majority of the time. The duo were well away and it was nip and tuck. Baltylum Georgia was just shading it down the back stretch but that was about to change. Tinahue Summer upped the ante and asserted around the second last. John Fox’s son of Rumble Impact and Westgate Rosie had no problem in seeing out the trip and she eased away to win by three lengths from Oldroad Bluebell in 29.52.
The Open 525 saw the withdrawal of Barefoot Bullet but it still remained a hot looking heat. Mickys Trickster set a strong early pace and led Lewcas Thunder around the first two bends. Lewcas Thunder moved up onto the shoulder of the leader out of the second before running well to the third to move to the front.
Lewcas Thunderwent for home as he got the better of Mickys Trickster but Sawdust Terry was not finished. Terry came home with a flourish but it was not enough to catch Lewcas Thunder(Brett Lee-Ms Pepinstep) who won by a length in 29.17.
The last race on the card was a hot looking a1/a2 contest. The punters went for Princess Gael and she was out in front early on. A length ahead of Mad Moll Mc at the second bend, princess Gael doubled her lead into the third. Mad Moll Mc dug deep and gradually came back at the favourite. It proved to be just not enough as the Martin Leahy trained Princess Gael(Head Bound_Lemon Sophie) held on by a half a length in 29.22.