There was a large crowd at Kilkenny greyhound track on Sunday for the annual Summer Party night. There were finals galore with a huge interest in the Pat Dunne Track Vet Novice final.
Here My Love Alsation carried the hopes of many. Bought out of the Kilkenny sales, My Love Alsation was sent off at 6/4 to maintain his unbeaten record.
The jolly battled it out early with Wicklow Mist. My Love Alsation got the bend and moved three lengths clear of Runaway Blaze. The lead was four lengths into the third. My Love Alsation was in charge. Jaytee Berlin stayed on and began to close but he had too much to do.
James Hayden and Michael Comerford’s popular son of Uncle Willie took the victory in 29.34.
Race 1 was the Track Supporters Club a6 final. The favourite Flomur Liberty was in front early. Condor Maggie went up the inner around the first bend but stumbled. Flomur Liberty was forced to check and this allowed Foulkscourt Ace to take over.
Foulkscourt Ace was two lengths clear turning for home but the field closed up. In a four way finish, it was Flomur Librety who won in 30.14 from the running on Bourbon Katie.
In the Yvonne Harrington Photography Novice 725 final, Drumgool started fast and led Mays Chilli early doors. The pace setter was three lengths clear at the third bend but gradually Mays Chilli edged closer.
Mays Chilli was on terms into the fifth bend and eased away. Drumgool had no more to give as the Perry Aylward trained Mays Chilli stayed clear of Serene Ruso to win in 41.72.
In the Gerry Meaney a5 525 final, Goldmine Kelly was the hot favourite but she struggled early. Colmyard Star had no such bother. He led Urard Arch around the opening two bends.
Urard Arch challenged into the third but found the door shut. Goldmine Kelly eventually found room and had a go. Goldmine Kelly looked to pull off an amazing recovery but checked again at the last bend. This was enough to allow Colmyard Star in for a win in 29.80.
In the Pat Carroll, Wine Lodge, Bar and Lounge a3 final, Ascot Buddy looked set to lead around the first bend. Buddy was clipped and this allowed Danesrath Rodge up the inner and into the lead. Ascot Buddy cut through the field down and was within two lengths of Danesrath Rodge when he was clipped from behind again.
Danesrath Rodge continued about his business as he went away to defeat the unlucky Ascot Buddy in 29.46.
In the Track Supporters Club a2 525 the money came for Garryglass Sheba. She failed to lead as Ballybough Oz went up best. Ballybough Oz was three lengths clear of Garryglass Sheba at the second turn.
Raheen Rondo joined in pursuit down the far side but Ballybough Oz had built up a seven length lead. Raheen Rondo stormed home as Ballybough Oz faded. In the end, Ballybough Oz had enough done and won in 29.29.
In the Golden Oldies a4 525 final, it was level early. This helped the reserve Foulkscourt Shaw and he led around the first. The well supported Priceless Expert tracked the leader and was within two lengths.
The leader was down to a length at the third. Priceless Expert looked primed to strike. However, Foulkscourt Shaw refused to be passed and won in 29.55.
In the Track Supporters Open 725, Mays Spirit was all the rage with the punters but she was led early by Hoi Ann. Hoi Ann sadly went wrong at the second. Mays Spirit was forced to check which allowed Kilara Lightning take over.
The new leader went three lengths clear of Mays Spirit but could never shake off his rival. Mays Spirit passed a tiring Kilara Lightning at the fifth bend. Kilara Lightning stumbled, leaving no dangers to Mays Spirit.
Triangle Shiraz stayed on but the favourite delivered a staying double for trainer Perry Aylward in 41.18.
In the Ted Browne Track Bookmakers a2 final, Kilara Merc chased Minglers Trio all the way but had no answer to his rival’s power packed performance. Minglers Trio obliged by three and half lengths in a blistering 28.98.