Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night featured the start of a new stake with the beginning of the Red Mills Juvenile Open 525. The stake was advertised for 48 dogs but only 24 lined up which meant the winner’s prize was reduced to 5,200 euro.
There was plenty of quality about, however, including a massive run from the Paul Hennessy trained Liveanddangerous in the third heat. In the race, the early pace came from the favourite Keelogs Diamond although Liveanddangerous was not far behind.
Liveanddangerous bumped the leader at the first and this enabled him to race clear down the far side. There were four lengths in it at the third, and though Keelogs Diamond reduced the gap late on, there was not catching the brilliant leader.
Tony Howard’s son of Top Honcho and Olympic Show stopped the clock in 28.80, the fastest time of the year so far.
The opening heat went the way of Lachteens Shaw (Black Shaw-Marbeck Star). The winner went to the bend with Daring Panther and Mahogany Boy. Lachteens Shaw went on along the rails and was three lengths to the good heading down the far side.
Lachteens Shaw, trained by Tom O’Neill, galloped on up front to win by five lengths from Mahogany Boy in29.39. Ringtown Snowy came through to claim third spot.
The second contest ended in a dead heat. Bawnfune Bound was fast away and showed early pace. Bawnfune Bound was in front around the first two bends with Allen Master and Ketch Up Pet chasing hard in behind. There were three lengths in it at the halfway point but Bawnfune Bound was soon going to be coming under pressure.
Allen Master was the one to bridge the gap and he looked a ready winner when hitting the front up the home stretch. However, Allen Master (Forest Master-Forest Daisy) trained by Marie Gilbert tired in the shadow of the post allowing Ketch up Pet (Hondo Black-Piercetown Pet) to get on terms the pair crossed the line together and could not be divided.
The pair stopped the clock in 29.15.
Marie Gilbert completed a double with Dusseldorf (Head Bound-Bluetoon Megan) in the fourth and final heat. Some Touch flew out of trap four and led the field to the first.
Some Touch was usurped by Dusseldorf out of the second bend, and new leader then raced three lengths to the good into the third. Priceless Sky finished strongly as Dussledorf tired but the second favourite had enough done to win by a length in 29.31.
New race between two
The a5 final saw two reserves come in and another non-runner as the complexion of the race changed dramatically. Yonko and Rathorpe Boss were well away and showed first. Rathorpe Boss led around the first were Yonko failed to take the turn.
Bricken Ollie was knocked over and the race was in truth, now a two dog race. The new race was between Rathorpe Boss and Locnamon Millie. Rathorpe Boss was a little over a length in front at the second, a lead he doubled into the third.
Locnamon Millie was not finished though and she finished strongly to get up crossing the line. Ger Langton’s daughter of Royal Impact and Locnamon Nell took the final by a head in 29.41.
The night began with four second round heats of the James Tynan Memorial a3 stake. In the first heat, Gortkelly Rooney quickly asserted after a level break. Gortkelly Rooney went around the bend in front and avoided the trouble behind.
Destiny Calling went after the leader out of the bend and moved into a challenging position, before tragedy befell him and he broke down. Gortkelly Rooney (Killahan Phanter-Gortkelly Mouse) was left seven lengths clear and he sailed home, those seven lengths clear of Horse in 29.41.
The impressive Priceless Pilot was at it again in the second heat. After a level start, the dogs were close up going to the first. Mayhem ensued with all dogs baulked bar Knockdrinna Duke. By the time the sand had settled Knockdrinna Duke was five lengths clear.
Priceless Pilot was back in fifth, a good twelve lengths off the leader. Priceless Pilot moved up on the outer and kept getting closer. Finishing with a flourish on the outside, Priceless Pilot stormed up the home straight to complete an unlikely victory by a length and a half in 29.46.
With a clear run, it would be no surprise to see the Paul Hennessy trained son of Late Late Show and Kilara Gypsy hammer the 29 seconds mark.
Ballybough Pa (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Bambi) remained unbeaten in the stake as he took the third heat for owner Pat Carroll and trainer Martin Leahy. The evens favourite showed the best pace to the first before railing well to extend his lead to five lengths out of the second.
Kilbally Star gave chase but made no impression on the pace setter. Ballybough Pa did come back a little late on but he was not for catching as he won by three lengths in 29.41.
Paul Hennessy notched his third winner of the night as Locnamon Bridie(Royal Impact-Locnamon Nell) won the fourth heat. Significant Bet showed best early doors and was followed to the first by Inkerman. Inkerman went on and led by a length at the second.
Inkerman poured it on and was four lengths clear heading to the third. Locnamon Bridie went second and then set about reeling in the long time leader. Locnamon Bridie timed her run to perfection as she got up to deny Inkerman by a short head in a fine 29.18.
The last race on the card was an a1/a2 race. Mt Leinster Link moved to the right from trap 2 and this gave Big Bam a clear run up on the rails. Big Bam took full advantage to get the bend and his cause was aided further as Mt Leinster Link continued to push wide at the first impeding a number of dogs including the favourite Sawdust Terry.
Big Bam was six lengths clear out of the second and that proved to be key. Sawdust Terry ran the second half of the race strongly to close the gap dramatically but the professional Big Bam (Top Honcho-Tyrur Footsteps) held on by a length in 29.16.