The hotly contested and enjoyable TP Weadick Life and Pensions Open 725 stake at the Kilkenny track moved to the semi-final stages on Friday night.
Droopys Smasher and Airmount Tess were sent off odds on favourites for their respective semis. Both found the competition to be of the highest quality.
In the second semi-final, Jaytee Charlie started fast on the inside and got the bend in front of Airmount Tess.
Showing strong early pace, Jaytee Charlie edged three lengths clear into the third bend.
Down the far side Airmount Tess looked to make her move and began to close up on Jaytee Charlie.
However, Jaytee Charlie (Droopys Scolari-Groupie Doll), trained by Paul Hennessy for John Turner, was not for passing.
Charlie dug deep and held the fast finishing Airmount Tess and Yaya More Pints by two lengths in 40.62.
After coming in as a reserve, Glenquain Ivy made the most of her second chance to win the opening semi-final.
Race 1 a4 525
The opening a5 race was level early on.
The runners were in a ball going to the first bend before Bull Run Blitz somehow burst through to go on and lead Eager Lady by a length at the second bend.
The lead was up to three lengths by the third turn and in the latter stages Bull Run Blitz galloped away to win by seven and a half lengths in 29.31.
Race 2 Novice 725
The novice 725 saw Princess Dancer sent off as an odds on favourite.
Old Road Teddy and Devon Spark started best and went on together. Devon Spark held a two length lead at the third bend as Priceless Dancer moved in pursuit.
The pair were level by the fourth turn. Down into the fifth the Paul Hennessy trained Priceless Dancer edged into a length lead.
Devon Spark kept on battling but Priceless Dancer held sway by a length in 41.23.
Race 3 a3/a4 525
The third race was level early on and there was plenty of bother at the first bend.
Mt Leinster Jayo came out of the melee and was two lengths clear of Raythewindowman heading down the far side.
The strong running Mt Leinster Jayo streaked six lengths clear of Raythewindowman into the third. Crossing the line, Mt Leinster Jayo was nine and a half lengths clear of Locnamon Mia in a time of 29.46.
Race 4 a4 Bitch 525
Rathkyle Katie made every post a winning one as she ran out a very impressive winner of the a4 bitch race.
After leading around the opening two bends, Rathmoyle Katie was three lengths clear of Pine Ace going down the far side.
The lead was up to six lengths by the third and there was no stopping Rathmoyle Katie.
Katie ran out a very ready winner, nine and a half lengths in front of Pine Ace in 29.38.
Race 5 Connolly’s Red Mills a3 525 final
The a3 final saw Badminton Ciaran sent off an odds on favourite, but he was in bother early on.
Boomalong went best to the bend, getting there just in front of Ballacolla. Boomalong ran the bends sweeter and eased three lengths clear out of the second.
After early traffic issues, Pronto Tank improved into second turning for home but Boomalong held a six length lead.
Pronto Tank came home with a rattle but it was not enough as the Karol Ramsbottom trained Boomalong held on by a length in 29.32.
Race 6 TP Weadick Life and Pensions Open 725 semi-final
The hot favourite Droopys Smasher dwelt in boxes and gave away her chance in the opening semi-final.
Black Tom took a flyer from trap 1 and set a strong early pace. The lead was at seven length by the third bend.
The reserve Glenquian Ivy shaved two lengths off into fourth and down the far side. She hit top gear and was within two lengths of Black Tom turning for home.
On the run to the line, Black Tom had no more to give and Glenquain Ivy powered away to win by five and a half lengths in 40.69.
Race 8 a3/a4 525
Shanelarue started well and was up front as the field approached the first bend.
Shanelarue went on to hold a two length lead over Daniels Dream going down the far side.
Shanelarue doubled his lead over Daniel Dream into the third and was in complete control. Shanelarue kept on motoring and scored by seven lengths in 29.19.
Race 9 a2 525
There was some serious early pace on show in the finale as Downtomattys and Tucker Foley scorched to the bend.
The pair were level at the start of the back stretch and they were still locked together as they turned for home.
As stamina came to the fore, the Brian Ellard trained Downtomattys found that bit more for pressure and pulled away to win by three and a half lengths in 29.26.
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