There was only one night of racing at Kilkenny greyhound track last week as frost scuppered things on Wednesday night. The bulk of Friday’s card was made up of six first round heats of the Springhill Court Hotel a4 stake.
The track seemed to be running a little slow, but that did not stop the Paul Hennessy trained Barefoot Missile clocking the fastest time of the night in the a2/a3 finale. The race saw a ding dong battle between Barefoot Missile and Helens Magic.
Barefoot Missile got the bend on the inner and that proved key. Helens Magic tried to get on terms down the far side but Barefoot Missile held him at bay. The son of Barefoot Bolt and Who Told Marge stayed clear to claim a ninth career success in a very fine 29.21.
The winning distance was a length and a half.
The first heat in the Springhill Court Hotel a4 event saw Monagore Rabbit lead from start to finish. Monagore Rabbit got the bend on the rails and then eased a length clear of Jimmys Biscuit at the second bend.
Challenger kept coming
Reaggletaggle Mia showed pace down the far side to move into contention. The challenger kept coming at Monagore Rabbit, but Michael Ryan’s son of Barefoot Bryan and Tyrur Marcelina was not for passing. Monagore Rabbit saw it out by a half a length in 29.62. It was Ballyguider Bill who showed first in the second heat. Ballyguider Bill led around the first two bends and coming out of the second turn, he was a little over a length ahead of Courtneyendajoe.
Ballyguider Bill doubled his lead into the third but by now Follom Flair was up to second spot. The field closed up as the leader turned for home. Crossing the line, the Paul Hennessy trained Follom Flair (Ace Hi Rumble-Follom Cathy) got up to deny the long time leader by a half a length in 29.94. Butterfingers was another short head back in third.
Garryglass Sheba led early in the third heat and was followed to the first bend by Bookie Buster. Bookie Buster was forced to check at the first bend and this saw Garryglass Sheba move two lengths clear. Bookie Buster did not take long to recover and took up the running round the third bend.
The Pat Buckley trained Bookie Buster (Tullymurray Act-Westmead Zippy) galloped away to score by three lengths in 29.50. Kilara Royal ran on to claim second spot.
The fourth heat saw High St Kingo sent off the favourite at even money. Bernies Rocket flashed out of trap three but was passed on either side by High St Kingo and Stage Impact on the run to the first bend. The pair were level at the second turn but down to the third High St Kingo took control.
Held off second charge
Two lengths clear at the third, the Murt Leahy trained High St Kingo held off a second charge from Stage Impact by a length in 29.73.
Caulry Hero was punted into 5/4 favourite in the fifth heat. Although he was not best away, he shot up the inner and pushed his way to lead out of the first bend. By the second, the Caulry Hero was a length up on Flomur Antics. Flomur
Antics closed up on the jolly and favourite backers were in bother. Flomur Antics went past Caulry Hero between the last two bends and eased away to win by a length and a half in 29.62.
The sixth and final heat went the way of Going Our Way as Paul Hennessy completed a treble. Dublinhill Boy bombed out of trap three and led to the first bend. Two lengths clear at the second, Dublinhill Boy led to near the last bend.
Pack gave chase
On the run home, Dublinhill Boy faded and was picked off by the fast finishing Going Our Way. Going Our Way (Top Honcho-Olympic Show) defeated Ballygur Joy by four lengths in 29.37.
The night began with an impressive victory for the Kevin McLean trained Broc. The winner of the a3 contest led up from trap 6, getting around the turn in front of Dongib Judy. Broc kicked on to lead by six lengths at the second bend.
The pack gave chase down the far side but made no impression on the leader, in fact Broc increased his lead to nine lengths at the third. Pookies Rosie ran on to claim second spot but this race belonged to Broc (Droopys Vieri-Kerryroad Lucy). The winning distance was eight and a half lengths in 29.56.
Skeough Jim made it two wins from fourteen starts as he claimed the a2/a3 race. Although not best away, Skeough Jim showed a lovely touch of early pace to share the lead with Gurtlug Fantasy around the first bend. Thomas Coogan’s Skeough Jim raced two lengths clear into the third bend and though Gurtlug Fantasy rallied, Skeough Jim held on by a half a length in 29.51.