There was an excellent night’s racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday as the circuit began to heat up. There were some big performances and some of the fastest times of the year were recorded.
The main race on the card was the final of the Ruscar Dana Open 725, kindly sponsored by Jim and Mary Russell. The Pat Buckley trained Incitatus was a very warm favourite prior to the off, but Graigue Sapphire had other ideas.
The key moment of the race was at the first bend when all dogs were impeded bar one. That dog was Graigue Sapphire. Racing from trap 6, Graigue Sapphire was clear into the bend and missed all the bother.
The trouble saw her skip eight lengths clear and from that position she was going to take a lot of catching. Incitatus came through for second spot but it was a distant second spot as Graigue Sapphire won easily by six and a half lengths in 40.92. Graigue Sapphire took the 1,200 euro prize for owner Darragh Morrissey and trainer Jim Morrissey.
The 29 second barrier was broken in the opening contest as the Paul Hennessy trained Priceless Sky obliged in 28.97. Locnamon Angel and Timbolina showed best early on but the pair were usurped by Priceless Sky into the first bend.
Priceless Sky poured it on out of the first bend and skipped six lengths clear of Locnamon Angel. Angel kept trying in behind but there was nothing going to stop the flying Priceless Sky.
The daughter of Royal Impact and Priceless Pearl put in a career best performance as she won by six lengths from Locnamon Angel.
The a4/a5 race was won by the Shem O’ Donnell trained Downtowntonight (Kinloch Brae-Lemon Divine). Scholes Boy was the first to show and he led Howsyerdaymurt around the first two bends. Downtowntonight was in third place at the second bend but stormed down the back stretch to move to the head of affairs.
Moving with purpose Downtowntonight eased away to score by two and a half lengths in 29.67.
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Paul Hennessy doubled up in the first round of the KK Track Supporters a4 525 Stake as Kilara Pippa defeated Uppergrange Tipy by two lengths in 29.57. The winner was well away in company with Paddys Kimberley before cutting across his rival at the first. Paddys Kimberley ran off the bend, allowing Uppergrange Tipy up into second spot.
Heading down the back straight Kilara Pippa was six lengths clear and in full cry. Kilara Pippa tired a little late on as Uppergrange Tipy finished with a flourish. It was two little too late as Kilara Pippa held on for the win.
The second heat saw Latest Arrival sent off the odds on favourite. The race was level early and trouble ensued at the first bend. Flomur Phoenix skipped clear of the trouble and was three lengths to the good at the second.
Fennis Owen chased the leader hard and Latest Arrival finished well but neither could get to Flomur Phoenix. Patrick Murphy’s son of Droopys Scolari and Flomur Pebbles stayed away to win by two and half lengths in 29.72.
Caesars Rocket looks a dog on the up as he once again over came trouble to win. The evens favourite was impeded on the run up but managed to get himself up to third place as the first bend as Station Boy and Ask The Time battled it out up front.
Ask The Time kicked on and moved two lengths clear into the third. Unfortunately for Ask The Time, he was now being chased by Caesars Rocket. Caesars Rocket was level at the last and then blasted his way to the line, winning by three and a half lengths in the process. The son of Crash and Howleys Pride stopped the clocked in 29.31.
The fourth heat was an opening betting heat with plenty of money floating around for a number of dogs. The field went to the first bend together and mayhem ensued. Boherna Inn and Flomur Pedro came out of it best and had the race between them.
Boherna Inn raced two lengths clear down the far side and despite the best efforts Flomur Pedro, Liam Dwan’s Boherna Inn was always in control. Boherna Inn took the spoils by two and a half lengths in 29.44.
The Track Bar a3 final
The a3 final was dominated by Neon Charlie(Big Daddy Cool-Boraderra Babe). The September 08 dog sizzled from trap 5 and was two lengths ahead of Lemon Major around the first bend. The lead remained at two lengths all the way to the third bend as Neon Charlie continued to move sweetly. Charlie never missed a beat as he stayed away to defeat Lemon Major by three lengths in 29.12.
After a level start Jack De man took up the running heading to the first bend in the a1/a2 race. Once in front, Jack De man was going to be hard to beat. Emmas Assurances tried to get the leader but she never looked like succeeding. Itellyagirl ran on to snatch second but she was never going to catch Jack De Man. Jack De Man(Top Honcho-Graigues Ditto) completed a double for Jim Morrissey as he obliged easily, by three lengths in 29.36.