A large crowd attended Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night for the semi-finals of the Red Mills Champion Unraced Stake.
Both semi-finals were wide open. The fastest time of the two semi-finals saw Razldazl Zar blast from trap 3 and just hold Blenheim Cracker and Quietly into the first bend. Razldazl Zar bumped his rivals and shot eight lengths clear of the pack.
The lead was down to seven lengths into the third but it mattered little as Razldazl Zar had it in the bag. Blenheim Cracker chased Razldazl Zar home but the Dolores Ruth trained son of Kinloch Brae and Razldazl Alice was too good and won in a very fine 28.99.
Con Te Partiro was the winner of the first semi-final. Elsewhere on the card, the 12 dog a3 stake produced wins for Aughduff Murt and Dance Davy.
In the opening race Black Foot flew out but it was Old Road Cody who led around the first bend. Old Road Cody moved two lengths clear into the second but by the third, the lead was down to a length. When Old Road Cody ran off the last, Black Foot, trained by Brian Ellard, slipped up the inner to win in 29.46.
Next up Tanami Annie set the early fractions in the 725 and avoided the trouble at the first bend which took out some runners. Coming out of the third bend, Tanami Annie was two lengths clear of Skilful Spirit but turning down the back stretch Arabian Arch had come through.
Skilful Spirit joined Arabian Arch into the fifth bend and it was the Perry Aylward trained Skilful Spirit who got every yard to pull away and score in 41.33.
In the next Red Mills Tracker a3 semi-final, Allamane was fast away and led Dance Davy up and around the first bend. The pace setter pulled three lengths clear into the second and maintained that advantage down to the third.
Allamane faded dramatically on the run home and dropped out of the first three. Dance Davy picked it up and he held off the challenge of Tynwald Viper in 29.39.
In the next Red Mills Tracker semi-final, Aughduff Murt started best and led into the opening turn. The leader was two lengths up at the second but Romeo Ballistic clawed back Aughduff Murt into the third bend.
The hot favourite got within a half a length rounding the second last but Aughduff Murt found plenty for pressure and he pulled away to win in 29.27.
Most most of draw
In the Red Mills Champion Open Unraced first semi-final, Con Te Partiro made the most of his trap 3 berth as he flew out. Despite a fast start, Con Te Partiro was led by Valentia Slate around the first bend.
Valentia Slate was a half a length up at the second but by the third Con Te Partiro was a half a length in front. Con Te Partiro kicked for home and looked all over a winner.
However, Barefoot Apollo came home with a rattle to put the pressure on. In the end, the Owen McKenna Con Te Partiro held on by a length in 29.02.
In race 7 a3 525, there was plenty of early pace. The first run was always going to be important. It was Mister Bates who showed first and led Dysert Maestro around the opening two bends.
The challenger closed within two lengths at the third but had no more to give. Tearaway La came through to take second place but the Darragh Morrissey trained Mister Bates was home by two lengths in 29.40.
In race 8, an a2 525 contest, it was level early doors. Old Road Ken got the bend from trap 5 and pulled two lengths clear of Shaws Blaze into the second. There was no change into the third and on the run to the line, Old Road Ken doubled his advantage to win by four lengths in 29.30.
Race 9 was an a1 525 and the early pace came from Feed Me Scampi who led into the first bend. The leader went around the second a length up on Kilara Hey Mac and Mahogany Boy, but was swallowed by the pair into the third.
Kilara Hey Mac got by that little bit easier on the rails and was in front turning for home. Fiancee Alsation flew home and rapidly closed on Kilara Hey Mac.
Crossing the line, the Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Hey Mac had held on by a length and a half in 29.31.