Racing on Friday night at St James’s Park was on a heavy track, and this was reflected in the times recorded.
The track was rated .40 slow for the standard distance.
Only once on the night was 29.50 broken. A time of 29.46 was recorded by Chanceme Jay in the second heat of the a2 stake.
There was a three way go for the early lead between Balllybough Lass, Chanceme Jay and Tentothedozen.
Chanceme Jay and Tentothedozen went on and were level to the second. Tentothedozen usually runs the back stretch strongly, but on this occasion Chanceme Jay got the better of Tentothedozen and was in front by a half a length turning for home.
John Dunne’s son of Droopys Jet and Ashwood Hayley raced on to secure a two length victory over Tentothedozen in 29.46.
The other heat winners were Dutch Dream and Optimistic Misty, while Local Dainty impressed in graded action.
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Despite being at the back of the field for much of the contest, St Mullins Baby was the runaway winner of the staying race.
Kits Flyer set the early fractions and held a four length lead over Moneyforbrandy at the third bend. Kits Flyer continued to lead down the far side, but the field began to bunch up behind the long time leader.
In a matter of seconds the race was over as a contest. St Mullins Baby stormed up the rails and took over up front turning for home. St Mullins Baby quickly powered clear and finished 10 lengths clear of Shenandoah in 42.50.
Killenane Lass was the first to show in the next race, but it was Goldmine Tess who led up from trap four.
Tess went on and held a two length lead over Boozed Bonus at the second bend. The pair were level into the third and the advantage was with the improving Boozed Bonus.
The Paraic Campion trained Boozed Bonus out-stayed Goldmine Tess to win by three and a half lengths in 30.10.
The novice race saw Flomur Farrah to the fore early doors. The pace setter railed well after getting the bend and moved two lengths clear of Chanceme One going down the far side.
Chanceme One closed the gap to a length into the third, but that is as close as she got.
Flomur Farrah found plenty for pressure and stormed clear to beat the running on Tailteann Delta by four lengths in 30.25.
Knocknadoguelady was sent off favourite for the fourth race, but she missed the kick and her chance was gone.
Instead it was Old Road Flyer who led up and he built up a three length lead into the second bend. Rained All Day chased hard down into the third and was within a length of the long-time leader.
Rained All Day, trained by Donal Moloney, was soon in front and she powered on to score by four and a half lengths in 30.08. Old Road Flyer filled the runner-up spot.
In race five (a5 525) Local Dainty was unlucky last time out but on this occasion she made no mistake. The winner popped out and led Pops Miracle up.
The pace setter was four length clear at the second but took complete control as she raced seven lengths clear into the third. The Stuart Kavanagh trained Local Dainty never missed a beat and was an easy eight lengths winner over Pops Miracle in a useful 29.57.
Fennis Brae made the most of dropping back in grade to land the sixth race.
Housed to perfection, the evens favourite led up on the rails. Brae moved four lengths clear of Vintage Charm into the second bend but saw that lead reduced by a length into the third.
Fennis Brae still looked in charge but his supporters were given a fright when Mona Jane rattled home. Fennis Brae had enough done to seal a win in 29.61.
The seventh race was level early on. Out of the first bend, Da White Horse and Flomur Pete went on.
The former hugged the rails and was a length in front coming out of the second turn.
There was no change into the third turn, but on the run home Da White Horse asserted and pulled clear.
An Cailin Alainn came though for second spot, but Da White Horse was home and hosed by five lengths in 29.56.
The first heat of the 18 dog a2 stake Fundraising Night event saw Optimistic Misty and Karlow Leader well away, but it was Kildrenagh Bully who pushed his way to the lead around the first bend.
Optimistic misty was back in front rounding the second but the lead was only half a length.
The front duo battled away into the third before Optimistic Misty got on top.
Slaneyside Dolly came home strongly but the Thomas Buggy trained Optimistic Misty held on by three quarters of a length in 29.60.
The last race of the night started with Jaytee Dakota out front, followed by Dutch Dream.
The leader was a little over a length to the good at the second bend but into the third Dutch Dream was on top.
Lemon Camila slipped through on the rails to challenge but on the run home the Murt Leahy trained Dutch Dream had too much, winning by a length and a half in 29.54.
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