The Langton House Hotel Derby moved to the semi-final stage at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night. The Sharon Hurley trained Burst Of Magic continued to sparkle. Her other charge, Crack Away, suffered his first defeat in the stake but still booked his spot in the final.
Burst of Magic was drawn in trap 6 in the opening semi but that mattered little as he led the evens favourite Priceless Sky into the first bend. There were two lengths in it at the second bend. That lead Burst Of Magic maintained to the third.
There was no stopping the son of Ballymac Maeve and Kincraig Lauren on the run home as he added to his advantage. Pricless Sky had to settled for second as Burst of Magic won well by three lengths in a sizzling 28.82, the third fastest time of the year. In this sort of form, Burst Of Magic will take stopping in next week’s final.
Crack Away was sent off as an odds on favourite to land the second semi, but he dwelt in trap 1. Run Samson Run lit out from trap 6 and led around the opening two turns. By the second, Run Samson Run was six lengths clear of Stunning Buddy.
Run Samson Run went further clear down the back straight and romped clear to book his place in the final. Crack Away came through to get second spot but Run Samson Run (Hondo Black-Emporio Star) was long gone. The winning distance was eight and a half lengths in 29.07.
The opening race was an a4/a5 contest. Knockdrinna Duke was sent off the favourite to land the contest but in truth it was an open looking affair. Dixies Special led from trap 6 but was outdone by Knockdrinna Duke down the far side. Knockdrinnna duke looked set to collect but Condor Star (Crash-O Learys Peggy) swooped late to win by a neck in 29.53.
The s2 sprint was won by Kilkenny Banjo as she got the better of the favourite Dr Phil by two and a half lengths in 16.85. Running the rails was the position to be in a race marred by carnage at the first bend. That is where Kilkenny Banjo (Droopys Scolari-Tyrur Danielle) was and she went away from the bother to win for the sixth time in nineteen starts.
The a3/a4 race saw Queen Of Diamonds start fast and lead around the first bend. The pace setter was three lengths clear of Cill Dubh Tommy at the second bend but by the third, the lead had been halved.
Queen of Diamonds went on again but Cill Dubh Tommy eventually got the better of her approaching the line. Slaneyside Whirl flew home and almost caught Cill Dubh Walsh, but the line came a stride too soon. Cill Dubh Tommy (Bruce Ali-Pinnyday Lucy) won by a short head in 29.50.
The a3 525 was won by Helens Magic (Ace Hi Rumble-Blossom Hill Jen). The winner went up with Millbrook John, although others were not too far behind. There was a lot bother at the bend as a number of dogs got trouble.
Helens Magic did brilliantly to stay on his feet and went on to lead Numero Uno by three lengths at the second bend. There was no change into the third but on the run home Helens Magic went away to win by five and a half lengths in 29.46.
Terminal Two made it six wins from his last seven races in the a2/a3 contest. The improving son of Black Shaw and Lukies Cailin was led early by Dublinhill Boy. Terminal Two ran a good opening bend to trail by just two lengths at the second.
Terminal Two drew level at the third bend before pulling clear on the run home. Terminal Two obliged by two and a half lengths in 29.05.
Monabrogue Mona and Dublinhill Hawk went to the first together in the eighth. The pair bumped but Mona managed to recover to lead at the second. A length up at the second turn, Monabrogue Mona doubled her lead into the third.
Kilara Champ won the battle for second but Monabrogue Mona (Black Shaw-Attanagh gel) was no coming back as she won by three lengths in 29.41.
The finale saw the favourite Neon Charlie set the early sectionals. By the second bend, he was two lengths clear of Mandys Blossom and moving well. Neon Charlie continued to lead to the last bend.
At the last Mandys Blossom and Tunes Song began to close and it became a dash to the line. The trio crossed the line together with the verdict going to Mandys Bloosom by a head over Neon Charlie, with another short head back to Tunes Song. The clocked was stopped at 29.34.