MICKY’S Trickster continued on his run of top form with a good win at Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday night.
With the McCalmont Cup coming up in the next few weeks, he could not have timed it better, but given the quality of the last two A1/A2 races on the night the Trickster will have to be in tip-top shape to claim the prize.
While Helens Magic advertised his claims with victory in the finale it was Mickys Trickster who took the headlines with the fastest time of the night. Trapping fast from trap four, Mickys Trickster got the bend from Garryglass Marco and was foot perfect between the bend, holding a length clear at the second.
There was no change down to the third bend but on the run home, the veteran Mickys Trickster found plenty for pressure. Trained by Martin Fortune for Michael Deegan, Mickys Trickster (Westmead Joe-Sporty Woman) galloped on to win by three and a half lengths in a very fine 29.19.
The opening heat of the 18-dog Freshford Coursing Club A4 525 Stake was won by Altesse Maverick (Westmead Hawk-Altesse Malkia). Ballydaniel Mane started well but the favourite Altesse Maverick railed well to move a close second turning down the back stretch, getting on terms between the last two bends before staying on to claim the win.
Ballygur Road ran on in the latter stages to dead heat for second place but could not quite catch Altesse Maverick,who won by a length in 29.83. Natureofthetrade got a dream run up on the outer in the second heat and easily led around the first bend. With a nice dash of pace, the John O’Flynn jnr-trained Natureofthetrade skipped seven lengths clear down the far side.
From there, the daughter of Head Bound and Swift Maggie was never troubled - it was only a matter of how much she would win by. The winning distance was seven lengths in 29.50, with Slaneyside Beryl back in second.
The third heat was a lively betting heat with money for Blastoff Patsy. Drumcove Escala led the pack to the first but bumping saw the race change, with Blastoff Patsy easing to the front followed by Yeah Giovanni.
It was nip and tuck to the third bend but on the run home it was all about the Paul Hennessy-trained Yeah Giovanni (Rayvin Giovanni-Beanos Ash). The July ’11 whelp stormed home and obliged by six lengths in 29.45.
Raggletaggle Mia got back to winning ways in the A4/A5 race. Slaneyside Dodo edged it early on but lost that lead when Ullid Doodle pushed by on the inner at the first bend. The evens favourite kicked on to lead by four lengths down the far side.
Raggletaggle Mia moved into second spot but looked to have all to do. Mia edged nearer but the pair both came wide off the last bend. Raggletaggle Mia was nearly on the hare rail as she made her challenge, but there was enough room for Declan Meaney’s daughter of Head Bound and Raggletagglrosie to get up by a short head in 29.55.
The A3/A4 race was level early on and into the first bend. Garryglass Sheba held the prime position as she went on along the inner despite not being sweet between the bends. Dublinhill Boy joined the leader on the inner and the pair were level down the far side. Dublinhill Boy is not a strong stayer and in the latter stages, the Karol Ramsbottom-trained Garryglass Sheba (Hometown Boy Nga-Felltop Flyer) eased away. Ascot Eoin ran on, but Garryglass Sheba scored by a length in 29.81.
Kellymount Dale led early in the A3/A4 race and got the bend by a length ahead of Caras Friend. Me Daddy Rocks showed pace between the bends to join the leader out of the second.
There was nothing in it down the far side as the front two pulled well clear of the field. When stamina came into play, Eileen Kelly’s Kellymount Dale pulled away to win by two and a half lengths in 29.49.
There was a very sad outcome to the A3 525 when local favourite Welesbourne Dan looked to suffer a serious injury on the run to the first bend. The veteran of 127 races was rapidly approaching his sixth birthday when tragedy struck.
Elsewhere in the race, Garryglass Ros led up from trap one and got the bend ahead of Karlow Ming. There was a length in it at the second but, by the third, the pair were level.
The Karol Ramsbottom-trained Garryglass Ros dug deepest and found that bit more. Garryglass Ros (Hades Rocket-Garryglass Jess) outstayed Karlow Ming by a length in 29.61.
The last race of the night was the second A1/2 contest saw Helens Magic (Ace Hi Rumble-Blossom Hill Jen) record back-to-back victories. The winner got the first bend on the inner of Sweetest Victory before pouring on between the bends, moving four lengths clear turning down the far side.
There was no stopping Helens Magic as he streaked seven lengths clear into the third. Going Our Way closed the gap to four lengths, but Helens Magic was home in 29.28.