Track records tend to last a long time in Kilkenny. Spiral Nikita’s track record lasted eight years before being bettered by Kilcarrig Zak.
Boherduff Light’s record of 28.49 looked untouchable since it was set nearly 12 years ago.
However, that was until last Friday night. There was no doubt that Priceless Brandy, formerly Master Moyne, would take a lot of beating in the final of the www.oceanfeed.ie a4/a5 525 stake.
Not many could have truly expected what the son of Mall Brandy and Tullowmac Java was capable of.
Despite not being the quickest into stride, he was soon in high gear as he went up the inner of Kingsmeadow Jet into the first bend.
Trained by Paul Hennessy for Bryan and Kathleen Murphy, Priceless Brandy simply ran his rivals ragged. The further they went, the further he went clear.
It was very obvious that Priceless Brandy was doing something special. As Priceless Brandy crossed the line 12 lengths ahead of Me Phat Daddy, all eyes turned to the clock.
The brilliant August 14 youngster crossed the line in a stunning 28.46, writing in his place in the record books in the process.
There were good wins on the card for Miniconjou, Kilgraney Brae and Condor Merlin.
The opening race was over as a contest by the first bend. Dance Muller was expected to set the early fractions but when the Thomas Buggy trained Kilgraney Brae went around the bend in front there was only going to be one winner.
Lemon Lana gave chase but it was all in vain as Kilgraney Brae powered into a ten length lead into the third.
Kilgraney Brae won very impressively by eight and a half lengths from Lemon Lana in 29.10.
The second a 5 race of the night saw Hes A Tornado fast away and he led to the bend but he struggled to go around the turn.
Baileys Scolari took advantage to go up the inner and into a length lead over Butchersdaughter and Hes A tornado at the second bend.
Butchersdaughter was on terms into the third but Baileys Scolari dug deep and came again to get up and see off Butchersdaughter by a length in 29.66.
Millford Eddie bounced back to winning ways in the third race, obliging for the first time since October.
As expected Milford Eddie was smartly into stride and led up and around the first two turns.
Milford Eddie was a length up at the second bend and held that lead into the third as Kells Rebel piled on the pressure. The field closed up around the last bend but as they crossed the line, Milford Eddie was still in front.
Milford Eddie got the better of Scotchrath Ben by a length and a half in 29.46.
The first staying contest saw Anychewinggumsdad pop out of trap 5 and she led the pack around the first two bends.
Anychewinggumsda was three lengths clear at the third turn and looked in control going down the back straight when unfortunately she went wrong.
Brownshill Ace was left clear, followed by Stripe Richie. Stripe Richie made a race of it late on but Brownshill Ace scored by three quarters of a length in 41.27.
The early pace in the a4 contest came from Condor Max and Pine Ace.
There was bunching around the first bend and this allowed the slow starting Kilara Pharoah to close up. Pine Ace was a length up at the second bend but was powerless to stop Kilara Pharoah racing by intothe third turn.
Kilara Pharoah was in full flight now and he stormed away to win by seven lengths in 29.30, as Flomur Jamie filled the runner up spot.
In the open 725 Lisnakill Cobra quickly took control. The pace setter powered up the home stretch for the first time and was five lengths clear of Slippersforwooly at the third turn.
The lead was up to six lengths by the fourth bend but by the fifth Lisnakill Cobra was all out.
Miniconjou on the other hand was absolutely flying. Miniconjou took it up around the fifth and galloped on relentlessly to score by 12 lengths in a very fine 40.63, as Craw Jumper filled the runner up spot.
In the a3 contest Cassies Girl took a flyer from trap 5 to lead both Cill Dubh Misty and Pronto Brae to the first bend.
Cassies Girl poured it on and was three lengths clear going the back stretch. The leader increased that lead to four lengths turning for home.
However, the long time leader faded off the last bend and the gutsy Pronto Brae was there to take advantage.
Pronto Brae got the better of Cill Dubh Misty by a length and a half in 29.39.
In the second a3 race, the dogs were in a ball approaching the first bend.
Condor Merlin asserted into the bend and the race was over within a blink of an eye. Condor Merlin slipped six lengths clear into the second and extended that lead to 11 lengths into the third.
Condor Merlin romped home, 14 and a half lengths clear of Ballygur Henry in a career best 29.04.
The last race on the card was a hot looking a1 contest. Garryglass Lee led up and around the first bend where everything bar the leader and Mt Leinster Boyo were impeded.
Garryglass Lee was two lengths clear of Mt Leinster Boyo at the second bend and he held that lead down to the third.
However, the line would prove too far away for the early leader as he was worn down by the in-form Mt Leinster Boyo in the last few strides. MT Leinster Boyo won by a length in 29.18.
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