There was a good crowd on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track. It was a night tinged with sadness as people remembered young track worker, Niall Comerford, who died during the week. There was a minute silence observed for Niall, and also for Seamus Ryan, who also passed away recently.
The star turn was Locnamon Angel who put in an excellent run in the fourth heat of The Mary Ramsbottom Memorial a3/a4 stake. Ger Langton’s daughter of Royal Impact and Locnamon Belle took a flyer from trap three and was two lengths clear of the pack at the first.
There was trouble behind the pace setter at the first and that saw the race end as a contest. Eight lengths clear at the second bend bend, Locnamon Angel maintained that lead to the third. High St Kingo came through to claim second spot but the 6/4 joint favourite was home and hosed by seven lengths in 29.13.
The opening heat of the Ramsbottom memorial was won by the fast starting Flashy Scolari (Droopys Scolari-Kelmar Miss). Flashy Scolari flew to the bend and was three lengths to the good at the first. There was trouble behind Flashy Scolari and a number of dogs were knocked over.
Flashy Scolari continued to show massive early dash, and passing the sprint box out of the second bend he was 14 lengths clear. The leader faded dramatically late on as Kilara Impact ran on strong, but Flashy Scolari had enough for done for a five length success in 29.53.
She’s only Saying started best in the second heat but it was Dr Phil who showed the big early speed to get the bend on the inner. Dr Phil poured it on to move four lengths clear out of the second. The lead was up to five lengths by the third bend as Cill Dubh Tommy moved in pursuit. Cill Dubh Tommy edged closer and closer while Welesbourne Dan flew home on the rails. In the end, Helen Cashin’s Dr Phil (Droopys Kewell-Hooch Babe) held on for the win by a neck in 29.27.
The third heat saw Ballylooby Bart and Flomur Perla battle it out to the first bend. The former railed well and pulled two lengths clear into the second bend. Ballylooby Bart ran the back stretch the better to add another length to his lead. The Martin Leahy trained Ballylooby Bart (Royal Impact-High St Miley) stayed away to defeat Secide by three and a half lengths in 29.41.
Ascot Eoin was the first to show in the fifth heat and he led to the first bend. Ullid Oscar joined the leader on the inner at the turn before edging in front out of the second. It was a short lived as Ascot Eoin was quickly back on terms. The pair were level into the third with Dublinhill Hawk in their slipstream. Coming home, Ascot Eoin (Hometown Boy Nga-Ascot Leah) pulled away to win by a length and a half from the running on De Exception. Winning time was 29.52.
Some Touch won from trap to line in the final heat. After leading up from trap 1 Some Touch was a length clear of Lonergans Pub and Heavens Comet at the second. The duo in behind failed to bridge that gap into the third but the race was far from over. On the run home Some Touch (Bruce Ali-Tyrur Betty) came under serious pressure from Lonergans Pub but she managed to hold on by a neck in 29.24.
Helen Cashin’s good run continued as she sent out the first winner of the night. Helen’s Magic, Staplestown Road and Monabrogue Mona went to the bend together. There was bumping at the bend before Helen’s Magic went on to lead by a length at the second. Helen’s Magic was still a length up at the third but Skeough Jim and Staplestown Road were on his heels. The pair in behind clipped and both were sent sprawling between the last two bends. Helens Magic(Ace Hi Rumble-Blossom Hill Jen) was left clear to win by six lengths in 29.41.
The s3/s4 sprint saw a ding dong battle between Ascot Jake and Ballydaniel Sham. The race was level before the pair went on together out of the first. Ballydaniel Sham looked to be getting the better of it but it was nip and tuck once more when the pair straightened for the judge. The short head verdict went to Ascot Jake(Crash-Ascot Leah) in 16.65.
Dublinhill Boy led around the first two bends in the a2 525 and coming out of the second, he was two lengths clear of Princess Gael. Princess Gael closed the gap into the third and tried to go up the inner. Dublinhill Boy closed the door and forced Princess Gael to check. Drunken Thought came into the picture late on also as Princess Gael rallied for a final surge. Dublinhill Boy dug deep up front as the trio crossed the line together.
The win went to the Martin Leahy trained Princess Gael(Head Bound-Lemon Sophie) by a short head over Drunken Thought in 29.49.