There was a lively atmosphere at racing in Kilkenny on Friday night as the racing action showed real signs of getting into full swing.
The star turn was local dog Random Idea. Owned by Bernadette Manogue and Justin Ring, the August 11 son of Duke Special and Lightfood Lady is still improving and he showed that as he clocked a career best when winning the Track Bar a2.
The race was level early before Random Idea led around the first. Painting the rails, Random Idea moved two lengths clear of Feed Me Scallops into the second and maintained that advantage.
Get trip better
Random Idea now gets the trip so much better. He galloped to a win in 29.09.
Pops Tapa and Tribal Diva started best and were the first to show in the s6 300. Tribal Diva drove on into the first, followed by Slaneyside Magee.
The challenger tried hard but Tribal Diva saw it out in 17.04, taking a first career win.
A lovely touch of early dash saw Cill Dubh Sky get the bend ahead of Kilgraney Urban in the a8 525. The leader eased four lengths clear into the second and added a further length to her lead down to the third.
Cill Dubh Sky faded a little but there was no catching the June 12 whelp who won in 29.49.
Garryglass Kitty was the best away in the a3 725. Deanross Andy was not too far away and took it up between the third and fourth bends. The new leader moved two lengths clear but it was Step In Henry who made the most eye catching of progress down the far side.
Step In Henry quickly went from fourth to a share of first before pulling away to win impressively in 40.88.
The fourth race (a6 525) was level early and into the first where there was bumping. Pendle Kate came out of the scrum two lengths clear of Knockdrinna Miss.
The lead two were level into the third with the pack closing up. Johnnys Glory was going well nearing the last but clipped Pendle Kate, sending Kate to the floor. This left Knockdrinna Miss clear to score from Kildranagh Mali in 30.09.
There was little to choose between the six runners in the a5 525. Condor Amy got the bend on the inner. Two lengths up at the second, Condor Amy doubled her advantage over Deckos Kitty.
The challenger ran on but Condor Amy had enough done to see it out by a length and a half in 29.53.
The Thomas Leahy trained Mas Hostage dominated the sixth race, an a5 525. Mas Hostage blasted out of traps and was three lengths clear around the first. Sandyhill Man and Dysert Song were in behind, six lengths adrift.
Not for catching
The lead was down to three lengths by the third. Try as Dysert Song might, he could not catch the strong running Mas Hostage who won in 29.56.
Wind Him Up showed plenty of early dash to lead from the recovering Jolly Roy in the a3/a4 525. Wind Him Up pulled away but tired badly on the run home and was quickly reeled in.
Jolly Roy was the one to benefit most as Condor Star stayed on strongly.
Trained by David Flanagan, Jolly Roger won by a short head in 29.36.
Tubrid Beauty started well in the d1 725 and led the well backed Triangle Shiraz early doors. This looked the makings of a really good contest.
The lead was up to four lengths passing the line for the first time but by the forth, Triiangle Shiraz was much closer.
There was a roar from the stands as Triangle Shiraz took it up into the fifth bend. Triangle Shiraz galloped away on the run home to defeat Feed Me Oysters comprehensively after what was a good race.
Began to fade
The winning distance was seven and a half lengths in 40.87.
The finale saw Triangle Archie lead Ballinattin Ash up and around the first bend. Archie was a length to the good at the second and there was no change down to the third.
Ballinattin Ash took it up between the bends as Triangle Archie began to fade. Barefoot Agent stayed on from well off the pace into second but the Maria Byrne trained Ballinattin Ash was home by three lengths in 29.11.