The final of the Langton House Hotel Derby at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night produced a deserved winner in the Sharon Hurley trained Burst Of Magic (Ballymac Maeve-Kincraig Lauren).
The Northern Irish raider has hammered the 29 seconds mark as he remained unbeaten throughout the stake, and he saved his best for last as he won the final in 28.79. Burst of Magic went off odds against. He still had his backers though and they knew they were in with a real shout as he battled it out to the first with Priceless Sky and Crack Away. Burst of Magic railed well to move a length clear out of the second, but Priceless Sky was hot on his tail.
Priceless Sky challenged hard but could not get on terms into the third. On the run home Mark Lowther’s Burst Of Magic asserted and eased away to claim the 4200 euro first prize by three lengths, with Priceless Sky in second.
There was double celebration for the trainer and owner combination of Hurley and Lowther as they filled third spot also with Crack Away.
In race one Royal Oak Sammy moved inwards at the start of the a3/a4 race and this gave Foulkscourt Echo a dream run up to the first. Foulkscort Echo pushed on to lead Bandit Liam by three lengths at the second, but Bandit Liam would not go away and halved the deficit into the third. Bandit Liam could get no closer and Michael Nolan’s Foulkscourt Echo (Head Bound-Graigues Echo) triumphed by a length and a half in 29.55.
After traps in the second race Old Rath moved outwards from trap 2 and clouted trap 3 Blackstone Java, giving Staplestown Road a dream run up the inner. Staplestown Road went to the bend with trap 6 Foulkscourt Max.
The pair went on out of the first and pulled away from the field. Staplestown Road was little over a length clear at the second and that was a lead he would not surrender. Staplestown Road (Mineola Farloe-Shanless Carol) broke his duck at the eleventh attempt as he scored by four lengths in 29.29.
Ascot Jake flew from traps in the s3/s4 race and took an early lead. Tarsna Rossi came away well also but had to give best to Ascot Jake into the bend. A length up at the first bend, Ascot Jake added to his lead between the bends. Ascot Jake (Crash-Ascot Leah) stayed away to win by a length and a half from Tarsna Rossi in 16.82.
After a level start to the a3 525 Helen’s Magic showed the best pace going to the first bend. Figaruso went with the pace setter and there was two lengths in it at the second. Figaruso closed on the leader and there was only a length in it at the third.
Head Barman also came into it late on but Helens Magic (Ace Hi Rumble-Blossom Hill Jen) held all comers by two lengths in 29.25.
The Open 725 went the way of the Declan Byrne trained White Soks Roks (Royal Impact-Lemon Rita). The winner was fast away and led Welesbourne Dan around the first bend. Five lengths clear passing the line for the first time, White Soks Roks increased his lead to seven lengths at the fourth bend.
The veteran Welesbourne Dan closed on the run home but White Soks Roks held on for the Dogfathers Syndicate by two and a half lengths in a smart 40.57.
The seventh race was won by the Martin Leahy trained favourite Ballybough Pa (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Bambi). The winner pushed out from trap 1 and was slightly impeded. It did not stop Ballybough Pa leading up and then shooting four lengths clear at the second.Lonergans Pub and Ascot Andrew chased hard but were six behind at the third. Ballybough Pa came wide off the last but secured the win by three and a half lengths in 29.13
Terminal Two has now won seven of his last eight starts after victory in the Open 525. Go Ahead Prince started fast but was joined on the run up by Terminal Two. The pair were level at the second with Mandys Blossom just in behind. Terminal Two took it up out of the second and raced a good two lengths clear into the third. Mandys Blossom came home with purpose but Ray Harney’s Terminal Two (Black Shaw-Lukies Cailin) held on by a length in 29.05.
In the finale, Kilara Champ cut in from trap 5 and gave Shaneboy Alley all the room in the world to lead up on the outer. Shaneboy Alley took full advantage and raced over two lengths clear of Kilara Champ around the second bend. Kilara Champ halved the deficit into the third but Shaneboy Alley proved a tough nut to crack. Shaneboy Alley (Ballymac Maeve-Shaneboy Dorie) stayed on well enough to take the win by a length and a half in a fine 28.99.