Skilful Paddy looks like a staying star

It was a good night for favourite backers as the crowd came out for racing at the Kilkenny track on Friday.

It was a good night for favourite backers as the crowd came out for racing at the Kilkenny track on Friday.

One of the favourites to deliver was the Perry Aylward-trained Skilful Paddy, the evens favourite in the Open 725, the eighth race on the card.

In front by the first bend, Skilful Paddy was never troubled. Three lengths clear at the third bend, Paddy held off a charge from Hoi Ann. Crossing the line, the impressive Skilful Paddy was five and a half lengths clear of Hoi Ann in a time of 40.83.

The fastest time over the standard trip was clocked by Kilgraney Ping while Faithful Times also caught the eye.

The opening race, the A4 550, saw Deejays Lass start fast and lead up and around the opening two turns. Deejays Lass was two lengths up on Laptop Lady at the second bend but into the third the pair were level with two lengths back to Craw Jumper in third.

On the run to the line, Laptop Lady went on as Craw Jumper moved into second. Craw Jumper tried and tried, but Laptop Lady held on by a head in 30.91.

The Maria Byrne trained Faithful Times was the winner of the A3 525 contest. Out well, the winner led around the opening turn. Faithful Times was two lengths clear of Old Road Cody at the second, extending that advantage to five lengths into the third.

The long-time leader came back a little on the run home, but had enough done to oblige by two lengths in 29.23.

Diddley Yah started best in the A7 525 and led Colmyard Star to the first bend. Showing plenty of early dash, Diddley Yah moved three lengths clear into the second and maintained that lead down to the third.

Colmyard Star kept trying to close, but Diddley Yah extended his advantage on the run to the line to win by five and a half lengths in 29.39.

Feed Me Oysters was the first to show in the D3 725 but was outdone by Knockdrinna Miss on the run to the first. Knockdrinna Miss was followed by the hot favourite Pre Tax Profit around the third and fourth bends, but the leader was always holding the advantage.

Into the last, Knockdrinna Miss was still in charge when she went wrong and left Pre Tax Profit in front. The evens favourite took advantage, winning by two and a half lengths from Asea Deesea in 41.25.

Made every yard

Slaneyside Fox made every yard of the running to score for trainer Derek Kehoe in the fifth race, an A3/A4 525. The winner got the better of Blue Ballydaniel into the first bend and moved a length clear at the second bend.

There was no change into the third but it mattered little as, on the run to the line, Slaneyside Fox raced away to win by five lengths in 29.34.

Bieber Fever showed the early pace to lead the sixth race, an A3/A4 525 on the rails. The leader was a length clear of Kilgraney Ping at the second bend but the roles were reversed into the third as Kilgraney Ping took over.

The Mary Buggy-trained favourite galloped all the way to the line as he pulled away to defeat Bieber Fever by six and a half lengths in 29.13.

In the seventh race, an A2 525, Knockroe Lad got the bend ahead of the field after a level start. Knockroe Lad led down the back stretch and was a length clear of Luminous Rock and Ballybough Oz into the third bend.

Luminous Rock hugged the rails on the run to the line and eventually wore down the long-time leader. Luminous Rock won by a length in 29.17.

Aided with trap one, Fiancee Alsation was sent off the favourite for the last race, an A1/A2 525.

There was little in it early doors before Fiancee Alsation used his plum draw to lead around the first. The jolly was two lengths clear of Condor Bobby at the second and maintained that lead into the third.

Kilara Merc stayed on into second spot and began to reel in Fiancee Alsation. However, Fiancee Alsation saw it out by a half a length in 29.32.

Star of the week: Skilful Paddy. The Perry Aylward-trained Skilful Paddy keeps on impressing over staying trips.

One to follow: Danesrath Rodge. Finishing his races very strongly, Rodge just needs a quicker start to win again.