Greyhound racing on Friday night saw the preparations for the upcoming BEAM programme in full swing with two more stakes getting underway.
The fastest time of the night came in the opening heat of the Frightful Flash Kennels a1 525 stake.
Holycross Super was sent off the evens favourite. Although he was led out of traps by Lordofthenine, Holycross Super showed plenty of dash to pass the early leader around the first bend.
Holycross Super charged three lengths ahead of Lordofthenine at the second bend before powering onwards to double his lead at the third bend.
There was no stopping Thomas Gould’s son of Shaneboy Lee and Good Sarah as he raced away to win impressively by seven and a half lengths in 28.93. Pookies Plan came through for second place.
The other heats went the way of Except Change and Starbucks Star.
Scarriff Power started fast in the opener and got the bend ahead of Flat Cap. The leader went on and was two lengths clear at the second bend.
Flat Cap closed up and challenged on the inner at the third bend. However, Scarriff Power kept the door shut and Flat Cap was forced to check.
This was enough to see the Shiela H. Devoy trained Scarriff Power home by three lengths in 29.62. Spotless Lady ran on into second spot.
The winner of the second race was Kits Dilemma, who made every yard of the running.
After starting best from trap 3, Kits Dilemma powered into a two length lead at the second bend as Madison Mercury gave chase. Madison Mercury tried to get up the inner at the third but there was no room.
Mikeys Picture challenged late but Kits Dilemma held on by a length and a half in 29.72.
As expected Kells Rebel led up and into the first bend. The pace setter kicked on and was four lengths in front at the start of the back stretch.
The lead was still at four lengths turning for home, but Hi Trend Minnie and Pine Ace were chasing hard.
In a driving finish, Hi Trend Minnie picked off Kells Rebel to win by three quarters of a length in 29.30.
In the opening heat of the the Black and Amber Kennels a3 525 stake, The Other Benson, Clonduff Jet and Awaywitdepixies showed up early doors.
Clonduff Jet and The Other Benson went on and were level at the second bend. Clonduff Jet ran the back stretch that little stronger to move a length clear.
The Other Benson kept challenging as Nushkas Top Gal also arrived on the scene. However, neither could get past Clonduff Jet who scored by length and a half in 29.41.
In the second heat, Pakies Swallow went up best on the outer and led into the first bend.
The leader ran the bends well to move two lengths clear and she held that lead over Milford Eddie down to the third bend.
The long-time leader came very wide off the last as Airmount Zeus came up the rails to challenge.
In the end Pakies Swallow held sway by three quarters of a length in 29.35.
The third and final heat was an eventful contest.
Kilgraney Dubh was sent off favourite while there was also support for Garryglass Lulu. The fancied duo were well into stride with the latter getting the bend on the inner.
Garryglass Lulu was a length clear at the second bend but was challenged by Kilgraney Dubh at the third. Kilgraney Dubh was unable to get through and her chances were in bother.
Garryglass Lulu made a brave attempt to make all but got swamped up the home stretch by Mt Leinster Jayo and Barntick Jet.
Victory went the way of Mt Leinster Jayo by a neck in 29.47.
The second heat of The Frightful Flash Kennels went the way of Starbucks Star, trained by David Flangan.
The winner went up well on the outer to get the bend in front of Garryglass Lee.
Starbucks Star moved two lengths clear of his main rival into the second and continued to keep Garryglass Lee at a distance of two lengths into the third.
Garryglass Lee kept on trying but Starbucks Star was not for passing as he took the win by two lengths in 29.11.
The third and final heat of The Frightful Flash stake saw Doctor Zhivago open a very warm order, but plenty of punters seemed happy to take the short odds.
The hotpot trapped out well but was unable to dominate early as Except Change and Mt Leinster Boyo went up the inner.
Except Change was a length up on Mt Leinster Boyo at the second bend when the latter clipped heels and went crashing to the sand.
Doctor Zhivago was left in second place with three lengths to find on Except Change as the leader turned for home.
Doctor Zhivago closed the gap late on as Except Change faded.
The duo crossed the line together, with Except Change just holding on by a neck in 29.10.
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