RACING at Kilkenny greyhound track on Sunday night attracted a good crowd for the final of the Red Mills Champion Unraced stake. With a winner’s purse of 5,000 Euro the final was eagerly anticipated with punters opting for trap 6 Boherna Hawk.
It turned out to be a final that brought mixed emotions as the joy of victory for the connections of Bulgaden Gypsy was tempered by the sadness felt for Boherna Hawk, who badly injured after a first bend fall. The race was level early on and into the first.
There were five dogs in a ball with only Gowran Paddy out the back. Chaos ensued and Bulgaden Gypsy was left in front. Gowran Paddy managed to miss the bother and was three lengths off the leader at the second bend. Bulgaden Gypsy powered on and Gowran Paddy was unable to make any inroads.
In the end, Bulgaden Gypsy (Kilahan Panther-Soviet Peaches), owned and trained by Conal and Donna Kelly, triumphed by three and a half lengths in 29.26, with Gowran paddy back in second.
The second race on the card was the first heat of the Stone Development tri Distance Stake. The first round heats were run over 550 yards, with second round being run over 725 and the final over 750 yards.
In the first heat, Bears lulu led from trap rise and into the first bend. Milestone Sonata gave chase to the leader and took it up into the third bend. By this time Aughaderney Fawn had begun to make her move and arrived on the scene.
Despite running wide at the last bend, the Seamus O’ Brien trained daughter of Whitefort Bomber and Aughaderney Mona finished strongly enough to get up by a length in 30.65.
The second heat saw two reserves come into the contest. Group Skater was quick into stride but all the early pace came from Mays gold on his outer. The latter went on and was two lengths clear of Group Skater down the far side. Group Skater and Doonalley Mary came home well but Mays Gold (Droopys Vieri-Mays Gray) held on by a half a length in 30.49.
The third heat saw De Ex Factor installed as favourite and he came away well enough. Airforce Peejay led Clonrooske Jewel into the first bend but the pair were passed on the inner at the bend by Fleeting Image.
De Ex Factor followed Fleeting Image through and there was a length in it at the second. Down the back straight, it was the impressive youngster, Fleeting image who opened up and stormed clear.
De Ex Factor tried to come back for more but John Kelleher’s Fleeting Image (Head Bound-Dear Prudence) was two and a half lengths too good in 30.25.
The fourth and final heat of the stake was dominated by the Paul Hennessy trained What A Tornado (Crash-Natural Energy). The winner was in front around the first bend after a good start followed by He Went Whoosh.
The lead was up two lengths by the halfway point but What A Tornado was about to go into overdrive. Staying on eye catchingly, especially up the home straight, What A Tornado defeated He Went Whoosh by seven lengths in a sizzling 29.97.
The three heats of the Frightful Flash a1 stake saw a high quality entry. In the first heat ,there was money about for trap 5 Ardera Shaw but he cut in at traps and his chance was gone. Killaloe Rose started best and led to the first.
Lost her place
Killaloe Rose lost her place at the turn and this allowed Typical Toast to move on, two lengths clear of Mt Leinster Hill. Ardera Shaw ran on strongly late on to finish second but the damage was done. Michael Malone’s Typical Toast saw it out to score by four and a half lengths in 29.07.
There was more mayhem in the second heat as the whole field shipped a bump at the first bend. Glenske Bond came out of the bother the best and led at the second bend. Welesbourne Dan gave chase down the back stretch but was three lengths adrift.
Dan still looked set for a big say in the final outcome but Glenske Bond was not for catching. Glenske Bond (Bond-Glenske Angel) claimed the victory by a length and a half in 29.37.
The third heat was a hot looking contest with recent McCalmont Cup hero Jumeriah Joe in trap 1. There was money around though for Beaming Dilemma and Kanasef. Jumeriah Joe showed his early pace to lead early with Beaming Dilemma in behind. Beaming Dilemma took it up off the first bend and kicked clear.
Trio Theo went after Beaming Dilemma but was three and a half lengths in arrears. The challenger edged closer but never looked like getting there as the Pat Buckley trained Beaming Dilemma (Brett Lee-Beaming Heart) won by two lengths in 29.24.
The opening race on the card was an a3/a4 contest. Not A bob went well to the opening turn but ran off the bend and was knocked over. Garryglass Hana took up and moved seven lengths clear of Rachels Teddy down the far side.
The challenger dropped off and Nualas jig came through for second. It mattered little as the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Hana (Hades Rocket-Boozed) was home and hosed by eight and a half lengths in 29.31.