Karlow Master was the star at Kilkenny track on Friday. The Master, who put in one the performances of the year in Kilkenny when scoring over the standard trip two weeks ago, made his debut over 725 yards.
Racing on a very wet track, Karlow Master made light work of a decent field. The son of Hondo Black and China Doll led his much vaunted rivals a merry dance.
After a blistering early section, Karlow Master was six lengths clear of Rocken Pearl by the third bend. The lead was up to nine lengths by the fourth bend as Henry Kelly’s charge remained full of running.
Garryglass Pixie gave chase but made little impact. Karlow Master tired a little on the run home but not before giving a master-class in distance running. The June 12 dog looked to have a massive staying future as he defeated Garryglass Pixie by four lengths in a smart 40.78.
In the a4 stake there were wins for Raheen Rondo and De Star Lord, while victories came for Roo Ace and Mister Bates in the a2 contest.
The opener saw Tyrur Babycakes start best. Flomur Liberty joined the leader around the first but the pair then took each others ground. This allowed the Perry Aylward trained Bold And Free to slip clear down the far side.
Bold And Free romped home and scored by 11 lengths in 29.30 with Condor Maggie second.
Rosmult Hawk started fast in race two as he looked to make every yard of the running. Going a decent clip Rosmult Hawk shot clear around the opening two bends and by the third he had built up an eight length lead over Craw Jumper and Moorhamm Ace.
The challengers began to close the gap heading down the far side for the second time but Rosmult hawk was still well clear. Moorhamm Ace finished second but never threatened the winner who was home in 41.19.
In the Niall Comerford memorial a4 525 semi-final, Bricken Bound started fast. There was trouble at the first bend which catapulted White Star into a length lead ahead of Raheen Rondo.
Laptop Lady showed good back straight pace to join the front two. Raheen Rondo and Laptop Lady kicked for home and had a real battle. Raheen Rondo found most to win in 29.30.
The second semi saw Knockroe Bound lead around the first bend clear of Pink Lady. His advantage was reduced to two lengths into the third. Knockroe Bound held off Pink Lady on the run home but was powerless hold the charge of De Star Lord.
The Paul Hennessy trained De Star Lord stayed on strongly to win in 29.51.
Bernies Rocket may have celebrated her fourth birthday but that did not stop her putting in one of the performances of her life. Once the strong running lady got around the first bend in front she was going to take catching.
Curramore Doll and Rockmount Arthur gave chase but Bernies Rocket won in 29.32.
Flew around bend
The early pace in the sixth race (525) came from Sallybog Bolt. The leader flew around the first bend and built up a five lengths advantage over Kells Rebel. There was no stopping Sallybog Bolt. She streaked eight lengths ahead and showed the form of her life as she defeated Dysert Oisin in a career best 29.01.
Race 8 Rearing and Schooling a2 525 semi-final saw two withdrawals, with Fiancee Alsation coming into trap 2. Ballybough Oz and Garryglass Sammy started well with the former getting the bend. Ballybough Oz was still three lengths to the good at the third bend but the powerful running Roo Ace was in pursuit.
As Ballybough Oz tired late on, Roo Ace picked him off to win in 29.23.
In the second semi Mister Bates flew off from trap 5 but cut for the rails. After a little bumping Mister Bates got where he wanted to be and led around the first.
The leader was three lengths clear of Garryglass Messi at the second turn. The challenger closed up into the third bend but found the door firmly shut.
Deenside Hero was the next to challenge. The Darragh Morrissey trained Mister Bates held on by a short head in 29.57.