Racing in Kilkenny on Friday night featured four finals when the Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club held their benefit meeting. The main event was the Supporters Club a3 final which carried a winners cheque of €1,750.
As the traps went up Ballybough Oz blasted out to lead around the first bend and missed the trouble which stopped a number of dogs. Ballybough Oz was three lengths clear of Sallybog Bolt at the second and added another length into the third.
In the latter stages Pre Tax Profits, who was impeded at the first, powered into contention. The line came too soon for Pre Tax Profit as the Murt Leahy trained Ballybough Oz triumphed in 29.24.
The night began with a d3 staying contest (725). Here Rosmult Panther started fast and led around the opening two bends. The pace setter built up a good lead and was four lengths clear of Feed Me Donuts at the third.
The lead was up to five lengths by the fourth bend, but Kellistown Swift was in pursuit. The challenger easily closed up into the second last. On the run home Kellistown Swift raced away to win in 41.27.
From a level start, Awaywitdepixies got the bend in a 525 contest. The leader skipped two lengths clear of Deenside Wood into the second and maintained that advantage. Deenside Wood dropped off the pace late on and it was left to the Paul Hennessy trained Awaywitdepixies to come home, five lengths in advance of Salubrious Kate in a career best 29.34.
The novice final saw Lemon Fabia sent to traps as a highly touted favourite. She would have to come from behind as Suzannes Pooch and Feed Me Mangos showed early in front.
Suzannes Pooch got the bend, sending her rival tumbling. Suzannes Pooch went on and was seven lengths clear of Pleasant Choice at the second bend. There was no change into the third and Suzannes Pooch remained clear to win the first final of the night. Suzannes Pooch completed a quick fire double for trainer Paul Hennessy when she won in 29.48, with Pleasant Choice second.
In the O’Dwyer Dog Food a4 525 final, Blacksmith Ace, Try Again Ben and Deejays Lass got to the bend together. Blacksmith Ace was squeezed out as Try Again Ben and Deejays Lass continued to vie for the lead.
The duo were level out of the second but Try Again Ben took control into the third, edging a length clear. Deejays Lass tried to come again but Try Again Ben held on to win in 29.57.
In race 5 (a2/a3 525) the early money was for Garryglass Messi, who was retuning from a lay off. Messi showed smartly from traps but was joined by Locnamon Ned into the first.
Garryglass Messi held his ground at the turn and this enabled him to take a length out of Locnamon Ned. There was no change into the third but on the run home, Locnamon Ned and Kilkenny Teofilo challenged. The Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Messi held on to win in 29.29.
Kilcloney Sue started fast in the open 725 and led Garryglass Pixie early. The leader was three lengths clear around the third bend and maintained that lead turning down the far side.
The pair looked to have it between them, but both struggled dramatically in the latter stages. The field closed up. Ann Guilfoyle’s Kilfane King swooped on the outer to snatch an unlikely win from Slaneyside Magoo in 41.10.
Race 8 was an a2 525 and it was level early and into the first bend. The in-form Urard Pine powered into the bend to move two lengths clear of Cherokee Bride by the second. The favourite ran the back stretch strongly to close the gap.
Cherokee Bride closed in on the run home but there was no catching Urard Pine, who won for the fifth time in six starts. The winning time was 29.33.
In race 9 Garryglass Sheba and Karlow Master started fast in the a2 final. It was over as a contest early. The brilliant Karlow Master ran his rivals ragged and romped home in a dazzling 28.83.
The last race was an Open 525. Mister Bates showed early but looked vulnerable up the far side with Raheen Boy flying. The prolific Raheen Boy galloped away to win by four lengths in 28.99, with Mister Bates chasing hard back in second place.