WITH THE track closed for Good Friday there was only one night’s racing for greyhound fans in Kilkenny this week. Despite this there was plenty of interest in the graded card on what was a cold night for racing.
The fastest time of the night was posted by Flomur Perla in the Kilkenny Track A3/A4 race. The well-backed 6/4 favourite flashed out from trap four and blasted clear of the field. Pennys Sheena and Saratoga Jack gave chase to the pace-setter but Flomur Perla was clear around the first two bends. Flomur Perla was two and a half lengths clear passing the half way point.
Pennys Sheena never gave up, but never threatened to upset favourite backers as Flomur Perla (Droopys Scolari-Flomur Pebbles) won by two lengths in 29.57.
The first race on the card saw Killybegs Boy make every post a winning one. The winner was fastest to the first bend and never looked back from there.
Four lengths clear at the second, Finbarr O’Regan’s Killybegs Boy was well on his way to a third career win at the 20th attempt. Vin Master was never able to close the gap on Killybegs Boy and the June ’09 son of Hondo Black and Coolemount Flair won very comfortably by six and a half lengths in 29.77.
There was better news for the bookies in the A8 race as the evens favourite Kilgraney Honey made no show until it was too late.
Kildrenagh Holly was the first from traps and she led into the first bend, with Coolside Pin and Royal Oak Betsie also on the premises. There was a bit of a tangle at the bend before Kildrenagh Holly came out in front, moving two lengths clear at the second. Kildrenagh Holly was three lengths clear at the third but there were a number of dogs queuing up in behind to challenge.
The long time leader was still in front at the last bend but Slaneyside Jack was now in full cry. Slaneyside Jack (Hondo Black-Slaneyside Sue), trained by Derek Kehoe got up to win by a length in 30.20.
There was plenty of early scrimmaging in the first N2 semi-final but that did not worry Dairy Champ who went up well from trap six. After getting around the first bend in front Dairy Champ opened up on his rivals and streaked five lengths clear.
Never gave up
Probably Pat never gave up and closed dramatically late on as Dairy Champ faded, but in the end Patrick and Anthony Sutton’s Dairy Champ (Premier Fantasy-Awesome Belle) held on by a length in 29.80.
Five dogs went to traps for the second semi-final of the two-round Novice Stake. In what was not the cleanest of races, Manchester Flyer was best away from trap one.
The evens favourite Councillor Fitz pushed in traps but still managed to squeeze Manchester Flyer out of the way at the first bend. Councillor Fitz eased two lengths clear off Zoos Caprice out of the second and held that lead until the home straight. Zoos Caprice edged closer up the home stretch but the Declan Byrne-trained Councillor Fitz (Droopys Scolari-Valais Ruby) held on by a half a length in 29.91.
The Broadway Pet Foods A5 race was won by Micks Royal (Killahan Phanter-Royal Girl). Fennis Shaw lit out from trap four and soon in charge. Showing plenty of early dash Fennis Shaw was four lengths clear at the second bend.
Coming off the third Fennis Shaw began to shorten his stride. The field closed up in behind and despite a brave effort from Fennis Shaw to hold on, the pace-setter was swallowed in the shadow of the post.
In a blanket finish, Micks Royal got up to beat Head Barman by a neck in 29.89. Fennis Shaw was a further short head back in third.
The sixth race on the card was an A3/A4 race. From traps Chicago Matt moved in slightly from traps and that gave the reserve Dublinhill Boy room to go clear on the outer to the first.
Railing well, Dublinhill Boy pulled three lengths clear into the second bend, with Go Ahead Prince in behind. The 6/4 favourite maintained a strong gallop to the third bend and gave Go Ahead Prince no chance to close. Dublinhill Boy galloped on to secure the spoils by four lengths in 29.76.
The bookies’ Easter Eggs will have tasted a small bit sweeter at the end of the night as they got the better of the last race. Punters plumped for Cashmans Cat, but once more the class dropper failed to sparkle. Instead it was Paddys Kimberly and Ascot Jake who went to the bend together.
Ascot Jake went on and opened a two length lead over his rival. Paddys Kimberly closed the gap into the third and kept on going then to pull away for the win. Jimmy Scott’s Paddys Kimberly (Head Bound-Droopys Kimberly) obliged by three lengths from Royal Oak Oscar in 29.68.