With only one night’s racing in Kilkenny, there were 10 races on Friday’s card. The graded card saw the fastest time posted by Garryglass Sheba as trainer Karol Ramsbottom started 2014 as she finished 2013 with a winner.
Running in a hot looking a1/a2 contest, Garryglass Sheba showed best and led the field into the first bend. Sheba railed well and was two lengths up on Emers Boy at the second.
The challenger shaved a length off into the third but Garryglass Sheba kept the door shut. Staplestown Road was next to try but Sheba refused to crack and saw it out by two lengths in 29.23.
Elsewhere Maurice Leahy sent out a double, thanks to litter comrades Tipp Power and Cormac The Count (Crash-Tipp Jewels). Lemon Jacko was an impressive winner of the a5 contest, while Triangle Archie took the finale.
The debut making Tipp Power was the winner of the first race of 2014. The winner cut across the pack from trap 5 but still managed to lead up. Showing a nice touch of early pace, Tipp Power eased four lengths clear of My Cradle Days.
Tipp Power, trained by Maurice Leahy, increased his lead to five lengths into the third before galloping away to defeat My Cradle Days in 29.54.
The second race was a hot betting a7 heat with most money for Most Improved. Despite not trapping best, the reserve Pendle Kate led up from trap two and she was not for passing.
Black Winter looked to have every chance but never got by as Pendle Kate won in 30.13.
Cormac The Count, a litter comrade of Tipp Power, completed a double for Maurice Leahy with victory in the third. The winner missed the kick from trap 6 as Dean and Deejays Lass battled it out early.
Cormac The Count improved down the back straight and was level with Dean into the third turn. Cormac The Count stayed on best to complete the win in 29.82.
The fourth race was level early before Arabian Arch asserted into the first bend. The strong running leader was a length clear of Great Gale at the second before doubling that lead as Dysert Pete improved into second. On the run home, Arabian Arch stayed away to score in 29.44.
All the talk before the race was about trap 6 Lemon Jacko and he proved to be the “thriller” people were expecting. Baileys Star led after an even start but got swallowed at the first by Dysert Maestro and Lemon Jacko. The latter went on to lead by two lengths at the second before powering away.
Lemon Diva came through for second but Lemon Jacko was home in style in 29.35.
Picadilly Tiny showed first but Old Road Cody stormed by on the inner on the run to the first. The pace setter streaked five lengths clear into the second and maintained that lead into the third as Heavens Comet gave a vain chase.
Smart Hawk ran on into second but Old Road Cody was cheered home in 29.77.
The a3/a4 race was level early before Kellymount Dale took it up going to the first bend. Dale was a length up at the second with Feed Me Caviar back in second spot.
The pair were level third with six lengths back to Olympic Queen who was recovering after early trouble. The front two looked to have the race between them but the Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Queen finished with a flourish and swamped the pair to get up in 29.67.
The veteran Howsyerdaymurt was the winner of the a2/a3 contest. The July 09 whelp led up from trap 2 and got the bend from Feed Me Scampi. There was a length in it at the second before Howsyerdaymurt doubled his advantage into the third bend.
Triangle Shiraz came through for second but there was no catching Howsyerdaymurt who won in 29.47.
In the last race, Royal Oak Sammy showed quickest and led to the first but Triangle Archie scored a two length success in 29.53.