There was a fair crowd at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night and a good card helped create a lively atmosphere. The main race was an eagerly anticipated Kilkenny Track a4/a5 final. It was an open looking contest and the punters struggled to find a favourite.
From traps there was a level break but it did not take long for Easy Rider to take control. The in-from dog has been flying throughout the stake and once in front he was always going to take some catching. As it turned out, Easy Rider was not for catching.
Three lengths clear at the second, Easy Rider galloped on and was never troubled. John Purcell’s son of Head Bound and Brave Pony sees out the 525 trip no problem and stayed away to defeat Kilara Pippa three and a half lengths in a career best effort 29.42. Second in the opening round of the stake, Easy Rider went unbeaten from there and was a worthy winner of the 1200 euro first prize.
The opening contest was a good one for punters as Caesars Rocket justified some decent bets. The winner triumphed by a length and a half in the end but he was value for much more. Caesars Rocket was baulked at the first bend and found more bother at the last but he had enough pace to recover from this.
Dixies Special had led from early on but Caesars Rocket (Crash-Howleys Pride) got up to win for the third time in four starts in a time of 29.84.
In the Tote a5/a6 race Gypsy Biker and Scholes Boy went to the bend together. Gypsy Biker railed well and took a length out of Fairest Scholes into the second. The front two battled away down the far side as Scholes Boy drew level between the last two turns.
Scholes Boy (Westmead Hawk_Fairest Scholes) finished off the better of the two to get the victory by two lengths in 29.88.
The Kilkenny track a2 race was level early and into the first. There was at the first bend before Mama Odie and Itellyagirl went on. The pair had it between them from there and down to the third it was Mama Odie who was a length in front. Itellyagirl has plenty of stamina and she used it to good effect as she picked off Mama Odie on the way home.
Thomas Ruane’s Itellyagirl (Westmead Joe-Kennmc Rose) took the victory by two lengths in 29.66.
The pat Buckley trained Incitatus(Rumble Impact-Coolavanny Minor) justified favouritism in the first semi final of the Ruscar Dana Open 725 as he won by three and a half lengths in 40.93. Graigue Sapphire took up the running out of the first bend and went on to lead her rivals a merry dance. Incitatus chase but was still a long way back at the fourth bend.
Graigue Sapphire ran out of steam approaching the last turn as Incitatus galloped on relentlessly in behind. Incitatus stayed on past Graigue Sapphire up the home straight to win for the second time in the stake.
The second semi-final saw Five Alley cathy and Armagh Rebel stayed best and were ahead of Hylda Gylder into the third bend.
Brunswick Jenny shot into the picture at the second bend as she collided with Five Alley Cathy. This allowed Hylda Glyder take it up and she was never headed from there. Hylda Glyder (Royal Impact-Lemon Rita) was untroubled as remained ahead of the pack. Hylda Glyder took the race by three and a half lengths in 41.37, with Five Alley Pub back in second.
The Open 525 was a tough looking contest but it once again went to Lewcas Thunder (Brett lee-Ms Pepinstep) The six dogs were in a ball into the bend with no real leader. Lewcas Thunder was in prime position on the rail as he was able to skip clear on the inside. Lewcas Thunder slipped three lengths off Sawdust Terry down the far side with Mickys Trickster and Stage Gold Gary also in hot pursuit.
The challengers all closed on Lewcas Thunder as the line approached but Andrew Fisher’s September 08 dog held them all off. The winning distance was a half a length in 29.34.
The Track Bar a3 semi final was tight early on. Pedro On Air got the bend followed by Kilcloney Tiger. The pair were level at the second and it was nip and tuck all the way to the third as Lemon Major chased hard in behind them.
There were practically three in line at the last bend with Kilcloney Tiger running wide. In a dash to the line, it was Kilcloney Tiger (Hades Rocket-Kilcloney Wine) who got up to defeat Lemon Major by a half a length in 29.93, with Pedro On Air a head further back in third.
The second semi-final saw Neon Charlie and Bandicoot Henry battle it out early on and around the first. Neon Charlie went on out of the second and put the foot to the floor, streaking three lengths clear of Frontier Sound in the process. Neon Charlie (Big Daddy Cool-Boraderra Babe) motored home to win by three lengths in 29.39.