Friday night’s racing at Kilkenny greyhound track featured two semi-finals of the Gain Feeds Open 725. It also saw the start of the Springhill Court a4/a5 stake. This 48 dog stake carries a prize fund of 5,300 Euro. It will be run over the next few weeks, with the final on December 9. On the night of the final, Kilkenny track will hold their Christmas Party in the Springhill Court Hotel after racing.
In a most enjoyable 725 stake Killough Harry proved to be a big player in what should be a tough final. Pachacuti was sent off as favourite but it was local dog Killough Harry who started best. Housed to perfection in trap 1, Harry led out of the first bend and then asserted.
Pachacuti had every chance back in second but never managed to close the gap. Killough Harry (Just The Best-Killough Ivy) was not for catching and triumphed by three lengths in 40.61.
The second semi was won by the Paul Hennessy trained Air Force Ellie (Droopys Maldini-Forest Ghost). The winner took it up off the second bend, followed by Welesbourne Dan. Air Force Ellie built up a three length lead but turning for home Welesbourne Dan began to dig deep.
The favourite kept coming at Air Force Ellie, but the long time leader held on by a head in 40.72
In the first heat of the 5,300 Euro a4/a5 stake, Starlight Ash was best away and led around the first bend. The pace setter was two lengths clear of Farranrory Fay at the second as the pair pulled away.
The gap between the pair was reduced to nothing into the third bend before Starlight Ash kicked on again. The race had one more twist though. Starlight Ash ran extremely wide off the final bend.
Farranrory Fay (Kinloch Brae-Farranrory Dream) took full advantage to get up to win by a half a length in 29.87.
Dysert O Gara, trained by Maria Byrne, put in a big performance as he made every yard of the running in the second heat. The winner stormed to the first bend and was three lengths ahead. The son of Droopys Vieri and Davdor Dashing continued to blaze a trail.
Nomadic Jester tried in vain to stay with Dysert O Gara but was 10 lengths in arrears at the third bend. Nomadic Jester clawed back some of the deficit but had to settle for second behind the impressive Dysert O Gara in a fine 29.28
The third heat started with Robeen Doll leading around the first bend, followed by Rosmult hawk and Chicago Matt. The latter went second turning down the back stretch, but was five lengths behind Robeen Doll.
Between the last two turns Robeen Doll began to come back. The long time leader was swallowed up on the home straight. Chicago Matt stayed on to get the win in 29.58.
Walkabout Gary took his first steps out of novice company and did so in style. The 6/4 favourite showed early pace to follow the fast starting Beaming Owl around the first bend. Walkabout Gary took up the running out of the second and from there there was nothing for supporters of the favourite to worry about.
The January 10 fawn son of Nobooth For Gary and Mt Leinster Star moved clear into the third and stayed clear of the hard chasing Stoney Rebel by a half a length in 29.72.
Locnamon Brian maintained his unbeaten start to his career when he won for the third time in three starts. The winner was well away with Bobs Land and Aero Prince. Bobs Land railed well and moved to the fore at the second bend.
At it again
Locnamon Brian was on his tail. The pair were level passing the half-way point. From there it was nip and tuck to near the line. Locnamon Brian (Swords Prince-Ballydaniel Hare) got up to win by a length in 29.84.
The prolific Cant Touch This (Killahan Phanter-Laoi Na Mara) was at it again as he won the fifth in a comfortable fashion. The 5/2 chance was quickly away and got a solo.
Dublinhill Boy stayed within two lengths of the leader for the first part of the race, but faded. Cant Touch This, trained by Sean Leahy, galloped to a win in 29.41. Stepitoutmary ran on for second.
Thirsty Mooney and Ridgemount Frank showed well in the seventh heat but the pair were outdone by Dixies Special on the outer. Dixies Special cleared the pair on the outer as trouble ensued on the inner.
As Dixies Special skipped clear, Jimmy Biscuit got through into second. Dixies Special cleared eight lengths in advance of all rivals and despite tiring late on, he was never in danger. Dixies Special crossed the line three lengths clear of Jimmys Biscuit in 29.72.
The eighth heat of the intriguing stake went the way of Easy Rider (Head Bound-Brave Pony). Easy Rider went up the inner of Local Violet around the first bend and moved two lengths clear into the second.
Easy Rider maintained that lead down to the third bend. Try as Local Violet might, she was unable to bridge the gap. Easy Rider won in 29.57.