FRIDAY night’s meeting at Kilkenny greyhound track was well attended. It was a benefit meeting for Timahoe GAA and featured the final of the Paddy Butler A5 with €1,600 for the winner. The track was running well and produced some fast times.
The seventh race was the final of the Paddy Butler memorial A5 and it was considered a two dog race between Airmount Pearl (4/6) and the early paced Carrigcanon Duke (2/1) with fancy prices for the rest. At trap rise Carrigcanon showed very good early with a sectonial of 4.46 and got the bend four lengths clear of the field.
At the first there was trouble behind the leader with the 4/6 jolly being put on the floor. Down the back Carrigcanon Duke was eight lengths clear of Movealong Karen who ran on strongly and got within 31/2 lengths of the impressive winner, Carrigcanon Duke in a time of 29.27.
Race 1 was an open betting one but once trap 6, Hello Deejay was on the premises going to the bend he was going to take a lot of beating. He came out of the first in front and led by three lengths down the back straight. Chasing was Barnacrow Hero.
This order stayed the same to the line with Deejay winning by four lengths from Barnacrow Hero in 29.32. All the other dogs were impeded at the first.
Race 2 was a sprint and had an open betting market. From a level break Bricken Oscar made his way best into the corner with Hawk Eye Paddy joining him between the bends. Oscar finished strongest to win by two lengths from Hawk Eye Paddy in 16.74.
Race 3 had trap three, Royal Oak Oscar as favourite. Here we had Towtane Lady fast away with Flame of Kildare also going well up on the outside to get the bend where the rest of the field became entangled. Station Boy came out best of the rest at the first and down the back straight. Flame of Kildare led Station Boy by two lengths and it stayed that way to the line with Flame of Kildare winning in a time of 29.69.
Race 4 was a wide open betting race. Here Mad Moll led to the bend from the reserve in trap 2 Baleen Tiger. Down the back straight it was Mad Moll who was two lengths clear of the reserve Baleen. Mad Moll continued to make every post a winning one and came home two lengths clear from Baleen Tiger in a fast 29.16.
In race 5 Mt Leinster Link was the 6/4 favourite but it was trap 2 Chesters Mate who was fast away with the Mt. Leinster joining him on the run to the first. Off the second bend Chesters Mate went a length and a half clear.
Mt Leinster came to challenge into the last but Chesters Mate still was a short head clear at the line in a time of 29.36.
In race 6 trap five was a non-runner and reserve High St Miley came in and made good use of the substitutes role. He was an easy to back favourite at 2/1.
He popped away and he went clear to the first. Coming off the first bend a further gap appeared and he was over four lenghts clear of Nikitas Jack in the back straight. The bottom dog, Shanghai Kuai ran on but Miley was still too good in a time of 29.18.
In race 8 Bit View Pal was 6/4 favourite. At the break Doc Herman pushed inwards and got up to the bend in front of Lemon Major. Down the back straight it stayed this way with over three lengths dividing the pair.
Coming home trap 4 Knockdrinna Deco flashed through the field but came too late. Doc Herman was still a half a length clear from Knockdrinna Deco at the line in a time of 29.57.
In race 9 Boldthadyquill was the 7/4 favourite but there was plenty of support for Thorn Brae Brett. However, at trap rise trap 2 Jack The Man and Thorn Brae Brett bumped. There was a wall of dogs on the way to the bend and trap 5 Burgess Star came out best off the first, ahead of the favourite.
Things stayed that way all the way to the line. In the back straight Burgess was three lengths clear of Thady. At the line Burgess Star won by three lengths from Boldthadyquill in 29.34.
The final race of the night had a lot of eary pace on paper and the punters put Cool Rocket as the 6/4 favourite. It was the Kilkenny specialist Ballygur Ted who led everywhere.
He was two lengths clear of Stage Impact into the third. Although not the strongest stayer he held on for a neck win in the best time of the night, 29.13, from Stage Impact.