Racing at Kilkenny greyhound for 2013 began on Friday night and there was a good crowd in attendance. It was the first night of the new rating also, with the track now rated .10 slow. All times reported will include .10 slow.
The fastest time was recorded by Patrick Murphy’s Flomur Antics in the a2/3 race. It was a professional performance from the son of Premier Fantasy and Flomur Pebbles who led up from trap six. Flomur Antics was two lengths clear at the second bend with the favourite Pure Parazar in behind.
The jolly closed the gap into the third bend but when he went to challenge on the inner around the turn, Flomur Antics firmly closed the door. This was the last danger to Flomur Antics. The 5/2 chance pulled away again to win by a length and a half in 29.46. This was Flomur Antics fifth career success.
The first winner of the new year was Thomas Buggy’s Kilgraney Rosco. Running from last year’s most successful box, trap 1, Kilgraney Rosco was led early by Rathduff Rambler but managed to get by on the inner at the first bend. Kilgraney Rosco moved two lengths clear into the second, a lead
he increased by a further length into the third bend.
Rathduff Rambler closed up on the leader on the run home and looked to have every chance up the home straight. He never got by as Kilgraney
Rosco (Aries Son-Lady Kilgraney) held on by a length in 29.94.
Maggieismymammy was the winner of the a5 525 for Jimmy Scott. The evens favourite was well away and led around the first two bends. The lead was up to five lengths at the second bend as Bubba Sue gave chase. There was no change into the second last, but on the run home Maggieismymammy began to struggle.
The field closed up behind and approaching the line it looked like Ballygur Bolt would snatch the win. However, he did not see it out and
Maggiemymammy (Scolari Me Daddy-Foxboro Maggie) got the win by a neck in 29.71.
The a7 race was made up of five debutants and one dog with experience. The punters wanted the dog with previous form and sent Kilgraney Bolt off a very warm favourite. The contest was bumpy from traps, allowing the Paul Hennessy trained De Dixie Chick to lead up on the outer.
De Dixie Chick raced on and led by six lengths at the second turn. Kilgraney Bolt came out of the pack but was still five lengths adrift approaching the third. Kilgraney Bolt finished with a flourish but De Dixie Chick (Vans Escalade-Natural Energy) had enough done to win by two lengths in 29.82.
The a5 525 was level early and into the first bend. Shes Only Saying went on at the first bend, followed by Slaneyside Whirl. Shes Only Saying was a length up at the second bend but by the third, the front two were locked together.
In the latter stages, Slaneyside Whirl (Hondo Black-Go To Mammy) found plenty and outstayed Shes Only Saying. The Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Whirl won by two and a half lengths in 29.73.
Lemon Edward (Scolari Me Daddy-Lemon Soul) took the a4 525, much to the delight of favourite backers. There was not much in it early on and once again, inside berths had the advantage around the first bend.
Lemon Edward went on along the rails and was two lengths clear of trap 2 Garryglass Sheba at the second bend. There was no change into the third but on the run home Garryglass Sheba began to eat into the lead. Sheba kept on coming but Lemon Edward held on by a half a length in 29.53.
A power packed display of early pace carried the Maria Byrne trained Dysert Ace to victory in the a3/ a4 race. Running from trap 5, Dysert Ace was three lengths clear of his nearest rival around the first bend.
Four lengths to the good at the second bend, Dysert Ace poured it on and was seven lengths up by the third. Raggletaggle Mia came home at speed and rapidly began to reel in the struggling leader up the home straight. The line came just in time as the early paced Dysert Ace (Ace Hi Rumble-
Dysert Dainty) held on by a length in 29.65.
The a2/a3 race saw Slaneyside Diego lead up from trap 6. Diego tried to get across from the outside at the bend but bumped Ascot Eoin. Ascot Eoin led briefly into the second, but Slaneyside Diego was soon back on terms.
Dublinhill Boy was close up behind the front two but got level as Slaneyside Diego took control. Slaneyside Diego (Head Bound-Smooth Sky) galloped on as Ascot Eoin could find no more. Diego took the spoils by three lengths in 29.55, completing a double for Derek Kehoe in the
In the last race Maria Byrne complete a double also as Clover Cruiser won the a3/a4 finale. The winner was fast away but never got clear to the bend. There was plenty of scrimmaging before Clover Cruiser went on to lead by a length at the second.
Flomur Perla and Stage Impact both chased the leader to the third bend, but made no impression. Clover Crusier (Royal Impact-Clover
Cruiser) galloped on to seal the victory by two lengths in 29.61.