There was a most enjoyable card down for decision on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track when the second round of the Brittas Veterinary a3 525 stake was run. Glengall Girl was the star of the show in the first round, but this time that honour went to Going Our Way in the second heat.
The Paul Hennessy trained son of Top Honcho and Olympic Show was slow away from trap 1, but got a good run around the bend to lie third out of the first bend. Newyork Minuet led down the far side, and was three lengths ahead of Slaneyside Diego at the third, with Going Our Way still a further length back.
Going Our Way came home with a rattle and despite running wide off the last, he powered up the home straight to deny Newyork Minuet by a head in 29.23. It really was storming finish from the July 10 dog.
The opening heat was won by Pauline Lennon’s Lemon Mel (Premier Fantasy-Lemon Abby) in 29.25.
Ascot Eoin pushed in from four and caused plenty of bother. It did not stop Ascot leading Lemon Mel at the first.
There was a length in it at the second. By the third they were level. Lemon Mel eased on to win by a length from the staying on Kellymount Gem in second.
Early pace vital
Early pace was the key in the third heat. Dublinhill Boy started best but was usurped by Dysert Ace into the first bend. Dysert Ace never got clear though and Dublinhill Boy was back in front passing the halfway point.
Dysert Ace dropped back as Frontier Sound began to run on. Frontier Sound came with a late surge but Tim Dunne’s Dublinhill Boy (Goldmine Ramble-Glengall Beauty) held on by a half a length in 29.48.
The fourth heat was meant to be all about Glengall Girl, but no one told Ask The Time (Head Bound-In Good Hands). Ask The Time started well and led up from trap 1.
Ask The Tim led by two lengths at the second, with Tinahue Summer back in second. Tinahue Summer closed the gap and looked primed for a challenge off the last, only to take a crashing fall.
Ask The time was left clear again and saw off the charging Glengall Girl by a head in 29.56.
Woolie No Shoes was fast away in the opening a4/a5 race and got the bend ahead of Maggieismymammy. The leader poured it on between the bends and was six lengths clear at the second. Still six lengths clear at the third, Wollie No Shoes saw her lead halved late on as Kellymount Dale flew home.
However, Darren Ellard’s Woolie No Shoes (Barefoot Bolt-Dubh Magic) held on by three lengths in 29.59.
The Novice 725 began with a level start and there was little in it approaching the first bend. Courtwood Ben and Danielles Elisa went on together before the former took up the running.
Courtwood Ben moved three lengths clear out of the fourth and by the second last he was five lengths in advance of the improving favourite Slaneyside Magoo. The challenger halved the deficit but Courtwood Ben (Ace Hi Rumble-Graigues Unity) held on to secure a first career success in 14 starts.
The winning time for Aislinn Lawlor and Thomas Kinsella was 41.28.
The a4 525 saw am impressive spin from the Paul Hennessy trained Airforce Liberty (Black Shaw-Graigues Girl). After a level start, Heavens Comet led into the first bend. It was a short lived lead as Airfocre Liberty breezed by on the inner at the second bend.
The former open class runner stormed from lengths clear into the third and kept on motoring to win by six lengths in 29.16. Ballygur Joy ran on to claim second spot.
The a2/a3 race was bumpy early on and there was a lot of jostling for position at the first bend. All of a sudden Ballarue Zip shot out of the pack and took control of the race. Two lengths clear of Dongib Judy passing the halfway point, Ballarue Zip maintained that lead to the third. Dongib Judy tried to close the gap on the run in but had to settle for second spot, a length behind Ballarue Zip (Head Bound-Zip Fastener) in 29.76.
High St Kingo maintained his rich vein of form when he landed the a2/a3 525. There was not much in it early doors but approaching the bend, High St Kingo asserted to lead Flomur Antics into the first.
High St Kingo was much sweeter between the bends than his rival and this saw him move three lengths clear. High St Kingo upped the ante down the far side and raced five lengths clear.
Flomur Antics shaved two lengths off the lead but never trouble the very professional High St Kingo. This time around High St Kingo stopped the clock in 29.18.