Racing on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track featured an a4 final and a number of semi-finals. There was a good crowd about and a good atmosphere also.
The fastest time of the night came from Declan Meaney’s Queenofdiamonds (Crash-Raggletagglrosie) in the opening semi-final of the John Mitchell a2/a3 stake. The race was level early and into the first bend. There was bumping at the opening turn as the dogs jostled for position.
Barefoot Missile went on to lead at the second with Queenofdiamonds on his tail. Queenofdiamonds powered her way to the lead at the third bend and she kept on motoring from there to seal the second win of her career at the 35th attempt. The winning distance for the pacey lady was six lengths in a sizzling 29.00. Chaotic Duke finished a well beaten second.
The key moment in the second semi-final came at the opening bend. The eventual winner Garryglass Marco was back in the field, but held the all important rails position. A number of dogs up front ran off the turn and this allowed Garryglass Marco to hug the rails and take over up front.
A length up on Drunken Thought at the second bend, Garryglass Marco doubled his lead racing to the third. The Karol Ramsbottom-trained son of Hades Rocket and Garryglass Jess stayed away to win by two and a half lengths in 29.29.
Wise Fantasy a winner
The opening race on the card was an a4 race and it went the way of Johnny Manogue’s Wise Fantasy (Premier Fantasy-Flomur Pebbles). The race was level early on before Wise Fantasy went on to lead out of the first bend. Folkscourt Max joined Wise Fantasy at the second but by the third Wise Fantasy was a length in front again.
Wise Fantasy finished well to ease away and win by three lengths in 29.53. The result took Wise Fantasy’s record to four wins from seven starts.
Roisin Walsh’s Everything Rosy (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Clara) was the trap to line winner of the a3 525. The favourite led up from trap 2 and then kicked six lengths clear of Brave Celt into the second. There was no change into the third bend as Everything Rosy remained in complete control.
Brave Celt made no impression on the excellent Everything Rosy on the run home, with Rosy romping away by six and a half lengths in 29.51.
The first semi-final of the 12 dog a4/a5 stake was a tough-looking contest with a number of backgraders. There was not much in it early doors before Knockdrinna Duke got the bend ahead of Arabian Royal. There were two lengths in it at the second turn, a lead that Knockdrinna Duke maintained into the third bend.
However, Arabian Royal was not finished and he wore down Knockdrinna Duke up the home straight. Fennis Owen stayed on into the frame late on but Arabian Royal (Royal Impact-Arabian Dream) held on by a half a length in 29.62.
Christmas Parties final
The second semi-final saw Emmas Present, Jimmys Biscuit and Flomur Perla go to the bend together. Flomur Perla was best between the bends and shot four lengths in advance of Emmas Present down the back stretch. The challenger shaved a length off into the third bend and kept edging closer on the run home. In the end, it mattered little as Siobhan and Grace Murphy’s Flomur Perla (Droopys Scolari-Flomur Pebbles) triumphed by two lengths in 29.41.
Race 5 was the Christmas Parties at Kilkenny track a4 final. A hot-looking line up saw Sup Bel sent off the 6/4 favourite, but any number of dogs held chances. There was not much in it from traprise but on the run to the bend Pookies Rosie asserted and got the bend ahead of Caulry Hero.
Pookies Rosie ran the bend well and took a length out of her rival. Caulry Hero showed plenty of pace down the far side to turn the tables on Pookies Rosie, moving into a length lead. It proved to be a short-lived lead as Pookies Rosie rallied and took it up once again off the last bend.
Sup Bel finished well to challenge, but Thomas and David Weadick’s Pookies Rosie (Hondo Black-Tinahely Mary) saw her off by a length and a half in 29.45.
Following Cill Dubh Tommy cost punters last week, but on Friday he rewarded those who kept the faith when he scored impressively by five and a half lengths in 29.23. Tommy took control on the run to the first bend and never looked back.
Three lengths to the good at the second bend, Cill Dubh Tommy extended his advantage to five lengths at the third. Ullid Oscar chased Cill Dubh Tommy home but Michael Bergin Jnr’s son of Bruce Ali and Pinnyday Lucy was too good on this occasion.
The a0/a1 525 was the last race on the card. Punters sent off Locnamon Angel and Deanridge Viking as 6/4 joint favourites. Locnamon Angel got the drop on her rivals at traps and led the pack to the first bend.
Locnamon Angel was foot perfect between the bends and moved three lengths ahead of Buddy Minor out of the second bend. There was no change in proceedings to the third bend, but turning for home Buddy Minor could give no more.
Ger Langton’s Locnamon Angel (Royal Impact-Locnamon Belle) raced away to win impressively by five and a half lengths in 29.19.