One could be forgiven for thinking that Christmas arrived in Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night.
The frost and cold brought a wintry feel to the night, while Santa delivered for punters on the track.
Running in the opening heat of the a3 stake, Ballygur Santa started fast and led up from trap 4.
Getting the bend in front of Ballydaniel Sky, the son of Money Talks and Ullid Posh led by two lengths into the back straight but looked vulnerable as Ballydaniel Sky closed to within a length at the third.
Owned by Shane and Conor Hanlon, Ballygur Santa battled all the way to the line to hold the fast finishing Crossleigh Olaf by three quarters of a length in 29.40.
The other heats were won by Pookies Pronto, Artistic Guy and Triangle Rinty.
In the opener, Kildrenagh Bully dominated from start to finish.
The winner led up from trap two and was four lengths to the good going down the back stretch.
Peaky Lad gave chase but found himself seven lengths adrift into the third. The impressive Kildrenagh Bully romped home eight and half lengths clear in 29.52.
The a4 second race saw early pace from Tentothedozen and Garryglass Lee.
The pair quickly went clear of the field and had the race between them.
Tentothedozen began to get the better of it between the opening two bends and he raced two lengths clear of Garryglass Lee into the third turn.
The Stuart Kavanagh trained Tentothedozen kept about his work to win by two and a half lengths in 29.42.
There was a three way go for the lead in the next race before Mona Jane went on into the first.
The leader was joined by Trumera Quarry into the second and they battled down the back stretch together.
Trumera Quarry took it over into the third and that proved a key move. Mona Jane came back for more late on, but Trumera Quarry took the victory by a length in 29.52.
The staying contest (Open 725) was one of the races of the night.
The first to show was Crackling Pearl and she went on from the first. Karlow Joe soon took over and went on to lead Crackling Pearl by three lengths around the top two bends.
The lead was up to four lengths as Karlow Joe rounded the fifth.
In behind Jaytee Patriot was hitting top gear and he made eye catching progress into the second last.
The Paul Hennessy trained Jaytee Patriot powered by Karlow Joe to win by two lengths in a fine 40.78.
The second heat in The Track Supporters Club a3 525 was level early and into the first bend.
Pookies Pronto went up the inner of Dixie Joe and Condor Judy at the first bend and she held a two length lead into the back stretch.
Artistic Joe moved into second place down the back stretch and had the two length leader in his sights turning for home. Pookies Pronto was not for passing, however, and easily held off Artistic Joe by a length and a half in 29.52.
In The Track Supporters Club a3 525 third heat, Fennis Brae was sent off a long odds on favourite, but with a tightly packed field going to the bend, he never got a run.
Instead it was Gortkelly Eve who led around the first bend followed by Triangle Rinty.
Rinty was a length adrift at the start of the back stretch but by the third he was a length in front.
In the latter stages the strong running Triangle Rinty pulled away to score by five lengths in 29.48.
In heat four Artistic Guy led up well on the rails, getting the bend ahead of Lemon Ollie.
There was a length between the pair at the second bend, with Artistic Guy continuing to lead the way.
Lemon Ollie moved within a half a length rounding the third but he just couldn’t quite get on terms. Artistic Guy saw it out to win by a half a length in 29.51.
The Murt Leahy trained Sawdust Club was the trap to line winner of the finale.
The winner went up well on the rails and cleared six lengths in advance of Triangle Tady going down the back stretch.
The lead was still at six lengths as Sawdust Club turned for home.
The long-time leader began to tire racing up the home straight but had enough done to hold Clonduff Jet and Triangle Tady by two lengths in 29.49.
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