There was a nine race graded card at Kilkenny greyhound on Friday night and this produced plenty of betting and excitement. The fastest time of the night was posted by Kim Knell’s Feed Me Scampi (Thurlesbeg Joker-Avonside Rioja.
The winner put in a career best effort to win in 29.21. Feed Me Scampi came out running and was already three lengths clear of Karlow Master by the first bend.
The lead was up to six lengths by the second and then 10 lengths into the third. Feed Me Scampi faded a little on the run home but he had the win in the bag by two lengths in a very smart time. The improving Karlow Master was second, with Zippy Sixpence third.
Elsewhere there were impressive wins for Pookies Camden and Drakelands Gift. Bricken Maley justified favouritism to land the 725.
Pookies Camden landed a nice touch as she made every yard of the running to win the opener. Backed from 5/2 into evens, Camden wasn’t the quickest into stride but had too much early for her rivals as she stormed clear into the first.
The jolly built up a six length lead down the far side as the strong running Knockdrinna Miss gave chase. The challenger finished with a flourish, but Pookies Camden was home for all money by a length in 29.49.
Rossa Faithful led up in the a5 525 contest followed by Mr Mick and Drakelands Gift. The leader moved two lengths clear into the second as Drakelands Gift went a clear second.
The in-form Drakelands Gift was within a length at the third and when Rossa Faithful tired, Drakelands Gift galloped away to win by two and a half lengths from the running on Tipp Power in 29.55.
Canvas Torres led up in the third but was caught from behind at the first bend by Ballydaniel King. The pair tangled twice and chaos ensued. Kellymount Dale was left clear and galloped seven lengths clear of Pure Palomar into the third. The reserve made the most of his luck as he won by five lengths in 29.67.
Arabian Spirit got the bend on the rails after an even and bumpy start. The leader went on along the paint work and was two lengths clear of Ballygur Dubh and Blue Ballydaniel in second. Arabian Spirit was joined by Blue Ballydaniel at the third bend and pair were soon locked in battle.
There was little in it to the line as the field closed up. In a tight finish, Arabian Spirit got the nod by a short head in 29.82.
The stayers contest saw the favourite Bricken Maley dominate from start to finish. The winner trapped out well and led Deanross Andy around the first bend. Bricken Maley built up a three length lead around the third bend and remained in control down the far side.
Olivia Jane moved into contention in the latter stages and began to reel in the long time leader. However, Bricken Maley found plenty for pressure and held on by a length in 41 seconds.
The seventh race saw Arrigle Hi lead Howsyerdaymurt into the first bend. Howsyerdaymurt soon swept by and was two lengths up on the pack at the second bend.
Shaws Blaze made progress to challenge into the third but there was no passing Howsyerdaymurt. Howsyerdaymurt went on again up the home straight to win by two lengths in 29.65.
Plenty of pace
In race 8, a2 525, it was Old Road Ken who did best early to lead the field around the first bend. Pookies Plan showed plenty of pace to recover from a sluggish start and move second, four lengths adrift of Old Road Ken turning down the far side.
Pookies Plan closed the gap to a length into the third but that was as close as he got as the game Old Road Ken galloped to the line to win in 29.32.
From a level break in race nine (a1/a2 525) Beautys Whisper led the field by two lengths around the first bend. There was trouble behind the leader at the first and this allowed Beautys Whisper build up a six length lead.
Torpey Ace chased hard into the third and shaved off two lengths. Ballinattin Ash was the next to try but the David Flanagan trained Beautys Whisper held on by two lengths in 29.38.