There was a card of high quality at Kilkenny track on Friday night.
Four second round heats of the Frightful Flash McCalmont Cup took centre stage, and they produced good races and winners.
For the second week in-a-row Joe Horan’s Maireads Spring went fastest.
Running in the second heat, Maireads Spring was led early by Old Ford Mill.
After being headed out of the first bend, Maireads Spring wasted no time in sweeping into the lead going down the back stretch.
A length up at the third turn, Maireads Spring (Hondo Black-Winning Impact) powered home to see off Old Fort Mill by three and a half lengths in 28.98.
The other heat winners were Fennis Buzz, Crohane Ronnie and Except Change.
Kilgraney Max, trained by Thomas Buggy, continued on his upward curve as he ran out the clear cut winner of the opener.
The winner started well in company with Triangle Tady. Kilgraney Max went on between the bends and was two lengths to the good at the start of the back stretch.
The lead was up to three lengths by the third bend and from there he was not for catching.
Seven lengths down
Foleys Gift ran on for second spot but finished seven lengths adrift of the smart performing Kilgraney Max in 29.38.
Clonduff Jet showed first and led to the opening bend. Baileys Scolari shot by between the bends, cutting off Clonduff Jet in the process.
Baileys Scolari held a two length lead over Downtomattys at the second bend but saw that lead halved into the third.
Downtomattys stayed on strongly to get the better of Ballinacrow Rock by four lengths in 29.65.
Knockroe Devil began well in the Superior Product @ Stud a3 525 stake and went on to lead around the opening two bends.
It was all change up front as Hes A Tornado blasted to lead rounding the third. The field closed up behind the leader approaching the last.
The Jennifer O’Donnell trained The Other Rocco swooped late to get up by Hes A Tornado. The winning distance was a half a length in 29.86.
The first to show in the second heat was Dutch Dream on the outer as the favourite Hillview Honey missed the kick from trap two.
At the first bend Hillview Honey got a dream run and this allowed her to sit within a length of Dutch Dream at the second bend.
The pair were level at the third and all was to play for. Silverback Jack came home with his usual rattle, but the Brian Ellard trained Hillview Honey had enough done for a three quarter length victory in 29.46.
Painstown Pride started well in heat three and went to the bend strongly, leading Trumera Wood around the turn.
Clawed Back Length
Painstown Pride went on to lead by three lengths at the start of the back stretch, but the challenger clawed back a length nearing the third.
Trumera Wood kept on hugging the rails and after saving valuable ground he got up to deny Painstown Pride by two and a half lengths in 29.42.
Race six was a Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup heat.
The opening heat of the second round was level early doors and going to the first bend.
Except Change went on along the rails and was a length up on Droopys Payet at the second turn.
There was no change into the third but on the run home the John Codd trained Except Change found plenty for pressure to win by three and a half lengths in 29.22.
The third heat saw Karlow Crean to the fore early on and he got the bend in front of Fennis Buzz.
There was a length between the pair at the second bend but down the far side Fennis Buzz powered by to lead turning for home.
Karlow Crean tried to battle back but it was all in vain as Fennis Buzz continued his winning run.
Fennis Buzz scored by two and a half lengths in 29.15.
The fourth and final heat was level early on and going to the first bend.
Knockard James went ahead on the outer and held a two length lead over Crohane Ronnie at the second turn. The lead was down to a length at the third and in the latter stages Crohane Ronnie found plenty for pressure and he galloped away to win comprehensively.
The winning distance was four and a half length in 29.13.
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