The Friday night crowd at Kilkenny greyhound track got to see some good racing. The best return came in the seventh race where Cahsmans Cat was all the rage. The race was over at trap rise with Old Road Ben (Razldazl Billy-Oldroad Penny) bombing out of traps and into the bend was three lengths clear of the pack in a smart 4.42 sectional.
Down the back Rising Ruby made headway and got to within a length and a half of him between the last two. However, once they turned for home Ben increased his lead to tjree lengths over the staying Graigues Classic in the best time of the night 29.23.
The Track Bar A4 final with €1,000 to the winner was an open betting affair and the prize went to the early paced Bangor Mason (Awesome Impact- Tornaroy), who showed serious early gears. This dog runs wide at every bend and running wide off the second he allowed Dublinhill Boy to take it up down the back straight.
This pair were well clear and although again running wide off the last Bangor had too much in the tank and won in 29.69.
In the KGOBA A5 final Ascot Jake and Wurtulla led to the corner and were still clear down the back straight where the eventual winner was still fourth. Can’t Touch This (Killahan Phanter- Laoi Na Mara), owned by Sean Leahy, had now got into contention and got up on the run to the line to win from long time leader Ascot Jake in 29.22.
The final of the A6 with €1,000 to the winner had Larch Road in as the 6/4 favourite. The favourite took a bump with the evenutal winner Chicago Matt at traps. The favourite also got himself bauked at the first bend with Coalbrook Star from using his early pace to forge a lead from Heathview Bay down the back with Chicago Matt now up close in third.
Chicago Matt showed the pace of the race down the back straight and hit the front just after the third bend. He won going away in 29.73, giving owner Damien O’Connell and Thomas Leahy (trainer) a well deserved win.
The fifth race had Princess Gael installed as favourite. After a level break the favourite looked to be in trouble as Graigues Champ stormed into an early lead and was six lengths clear down the back. The leader tied up badly in the second half of the race and Princess Gael (Head Bound -Lemon Sophie) won going away by 21/2 lengths in a time of 29.63.
The first semi-final of the Big Fella Sound and Lighting A3 had the punters looking to Cool Rocket at 6/4. However, at trap rise it was the fast starting Kilmacar Gift who showed first and gave himself a solo for the entire race. With trap 1 tucking into second off the first bend they stayed this way the whole way to the line with Kilmacar Gift (Late Late Show-Jet Princess) winning two lengths in 29.48.
The second semi-final was an open betting race. Mt Leinster Link again showed the value of early pace. Fast away, he avoided the trouble that ensued on the first bend, as did the second dog home, Lemon Pa, who slipped through into second.
Down the back straight it was Link two lengths clear into the third. Although he ran wide off the last he was still two and a half lengths too good for Lemon Pa in 29.61. The final will be run on Friday and it promises to be a top class event.
The first two races were semi-finals of a D3 725. In the first money came for Fitz Josie at evens while a lot of locals supported Woe Girl at 2/1.
There was trouble at the first bend and Tuckers Delight and Woe Girl shot clear with the favourite now coming into third place. Off the fourth bend Woe Girl went past Tuckers and headed for home. Hard as Fitz Josie tried she could never get nearer than two and a half lengths from the winner Woe Girl (41.48).
In the second semi Roadstown Emma (Killahan Phanter-Big Woman) was the 6/4 favourite. She took it up going into the first from Rathmoyle Dak and Up In Time.
The favourite piled on the pressure and was six lengths clear going into the fifth bend. Up In Time got motoring and cut into the lead strongly, but Roadstown Emma was still a half a length to the good in 41.23 and they had gone 10 lengths clear of the third dog.