After a few hectic weeks the fare on show at Kilkenny Greyhound Track was of a quieter variety on Friday evening.
Despite that there was great interest in the feature event, the Boyle Sports Derby Trial Stake. This race was won by the favourite Raheen Boy who has rescued plenty of punters a number of times recently.
At traprise Triangle Archie led up with the 4/5 favourite Raheen Boy, as usual, at the rear of the field. Around the first Archie led Condor Bobby but out of the second the favourite was only three and a half lengths off the pace in third place.
Raheen Boy kicked on from here and proceeded to hunt down the leaders. Joining them into the last he went clear up the home straight to win two lengths in 29.40 from Triangle Archie.
The opening race, an A5 event, was a five-dog affair with trap five vacant. In an open betting race Deckos Kitty was fast away from trap two and got the bend three lengths clear of Totos Boss and Mays Chilli.
Down the back straight Mays Chilli showed best pace as she and Deckos Kitty surged away from the field. Moving into the last bend Mays Chilli had arrived to challenge the fading Deckos Kitty, going up the home straight to win by a length from Deckos Kitty in a time of 29.73.
The second race on the card, the S3 300, saw Old Road Cody send off as 5/4 favourite but his race was over at traprise when he stumbled on exit. Drakelands Gift was fast away from trap six and was followed into the bend by Raheen Allstar.
Coming into the final bend the leaders went somewhat wide. That allowed Condor Amy to take up the running on the inner and win two lengths from Drakelands Gift in a time of 16.76.
In the third race the money was for trap four resident Kishlawn Ali, who went off the 6/4 favourite. Instead it was Speed Gina who was well away but on the run to the bend Triangle Diamond put this race away and went around the first two lengths clear of Speed Gina.
Out of the second the lead was increased to four lengths. Nothing was going to catch Diamond, as she came home in front five lengths clear of staying on Cooladerry Rock in a time of 29.63.
With traps one and four as non-runners Deejays Lad ran as reserve from trap 4 in the A5 and made full use of getting a run. In this open betting race Deejays Lad came away running and did a good section of 4.37.
Got the bend
He got the bend from Kishlawn Marley by a length and a half and out of the second he had gone three lengths clear. Down the back straight Lad looked the winner. Even though the field closed up coming for home he still held on to win a length and a half from Kishlawn Marley in a time of 29.82.
Kishlawn Bolero quickly showed in front in the fifth race, leading to the first bend from Kildrenagh Mali and Bubba Ted. Bolero was still a length to the good coming out of the second bend but the complexion of the race changed moving into the third. Kildrenagh Mali went by on the inner, coming home in front of the staying on Bubba Ted by one and a half lengths in 29.93.
A popular addition to recent race cards has been the number of distance races. The seventh race, a D1 725, saw YaSnoozeYaLose - who was beaten by a head last week - make good use of this experience to come away in front with a very slick exit.
Going by the stand first time round she was two lengths clear, but surged eight lengths ahead of Pre Tax Profit down the back. Although she came back a small bit to the field she was still 4 1/2 lengths clear of Pre Tax Profit in 41.19.
The eighth race was a A1/A2 and saw Flomur Antics as the 6/4 favourite. In the run to the bend Black Foot led but was hit from behind going in to the bend and was knocked over. In the ensuing melee Graigues Kaino went around the first in front. At the second he was two lengths clear of Old Road Ken and once he was in front he was not expected to be caught. He duly obliged, stretching out to win four lengths clear of Old Road Ken in 29.38, the fastest time of the night.