There was bumper crowd in Kilkenny on Friday night for the start of the Red Mills Champion Unraced Stake and the final of the Weadick Life and Pensions Open 725 final.
In the prestigious novice stake, the fastest time was clocked by the John Linehan trained Droopys Noah.
The race was level early on before Droopys Noah got the bend from trap 2. After leading around the turn, Droopys Noah quickly skipped four lengths clear of Offshore Point going down the back stretch.
The lead was up to six lengths by the third as the son of Ballymac Eske and Droopys Hilda took control.
Owned by the Ryan-Drake-Donovan syndicate, Droopys Noah was brilliant as he won by 11 lengths in a sizzling 28.98.
Happy Ministrel filled the runner-up spot.
There were good wins in the stake for Tullovin Kim, Farloe Starsky and Luminous Warrior, while Droopys Smasher took the staying final.
Red Mills Champion Unraced
The early pace in the opener came from Droopys De Rossi on the rails and Tullovin Kim on the outer.
The duo bumped on the run up with the latter going on to lead around the first bend. Tullovin Kim held a two length lead at the second bend.
She increased that to four lengths over Karlow Joe into the third turn. Droopys De Rossi ran on strongly to get back up for second, but victory belonged to the Patrick Guilfoyle trained Tullovin Kim by two and a half lengths in 29.23.
The second heat saw one of the big fancies take his racing bow.
Karlow Scolari started slowly and never got into it before being knocked over at the first bend. It was tight into the turn before Central Boss went on to hold a length lead over Cinderella at the second bend.
Javielenko stormed down the back stretch and took it up into the third. Trained by Pat Buckley, Javielenko galloped away to defeat Cinderella by five and a half lengths in 29.36.
Live Edition went well to the bend in the fourth heat but ran off the turn and allowed Farloe Starsky up the inner and on into a three length lead at the second bend as Sunday News gave chase.
There was no change into the third, but in the latter stages Sunday News began to edge closer. However, it was not enough as the Owen McKenna trained Farloe Starsky held on by a length in 29.19.
T.P. Weadick Open 725 final
In the staying final Droopys Smasher once again forgot her trapping boots as Black Tom lit out.
The pace setter went on to lead by six lengths at the third bend as scrimmaging behind halted the run of some of his challengers.
Between the third and fourth bends, both Jaytee Charlie and Droopys Smasher got a dream run into contention, although Black Tom was still five lengths clear of Jaytee Charlie, with another five lengths back to Droopys Smasher.
Down the far side Droopys Smasher simply took off and out of the fifth bend she was within three lengths of Black Tom.
Trained by Pat Buckley for Austin Whelan, Droopys Smasher stormed by her rivals and galloped all the way to the line to win by three and a half lengths in 40.75 as Yaya More Pints stayed on for second.
The fifth heat was won from the front by the Michael J. Donovan trained Buckos Dream.
The winner started smartly from trap 6 and went on to lead Hey Bound around the opening two bends. Buckos Dream held a two length lead at the second bend and maintained that advantage down to the third.
Hey Bound kept up the chase but just could not get on terms. Buckos Dream obliged by a length in 29.23.
Soul and Jazz Magic edged to the fore on the run to the opening bend.
Soul ran the bends well and moved into a length lead over an improving Razldazl Rokstar at the second. There was only half a length in it rounding the third.
Soul battled away up front but in the last stride, the Dolores Ruth trained Razldazl Rokstar got up to win by a short head in 29.38.
Despite pushing in from trap 5, Fleeting Captain was able to lead up and get the bend in front of Crinkill Patch.
There was a length between the pair at the start of the far side, but Fleeting Captain asserted to storm four lengths clear.
There was no stopping the Peter Cronin trained Fleeting Captain and he ran out a comfortable four and a half length winner over Crinkill Patch in 29.32.
The key battle in the last heat was on the run to the bend between Luminous Warrior and Boherna Ranger.
Luminous Warrior got the bend on the inner and led by a length going down the back straight. Luminous Warrior stretched out into the third and raced four lengths clear.
There was no stopping Luminous Warrior and he won comprehensively by five lengths in 29.23. Razldazl Elvis came through for second.
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