The Friday night card that was postponed because of bad weather the previous week was run at St James Park on Friday.
The two semi-finals of the Track Supporters Club a3 stake threw up two excellent winners, so the wait was good for punters.
In the opening heat there was little in it at trap rise before Pookies Pronto showed her early dash to lead into the bend.
The leader kicked two lengths clear of Triangle Rinty into the second, but it was Triangle Rinty who powered down the back straight and he took up the running rounding the third.
Nicky Nolan’s son of Ballymac Vic and Triangle Beyonce drove on and on and cleared away to win by four and a half lengths in a fine time of 29.25.
The second semi-final was won by Artistic Guy, while there were excellent runs turned in on the night by Sober Escape, Oldburrin Queen and Karlow Rocket.
The first race of the night saw Oldburrin Queen draw good support before the off.
The favourite did not trap out well, but she still managed to get into contention into the first bend.
There was bumping between Oldburrin Queen and Ridgemount Gerry between the bends before the former went on to lead out of the second.
Oldburrin Queen powered onwards and took control of the race. Reidgemount Gerry never gave up the chase but had to settle for second spot, four and a half lengths adrift of Oldburrin Queen in 29.29.
Hillview Harry started fast on the rails in race two and led easily into the first bend.
The pace setter was three lengths to the good at the second but Pops Miracle was within two lengths rounding the third.
Hillview Harry was soon running on empty and Pops Miracle hit the front.
It looked a winning move but Triangle Dasher finished with a flourish to get up and win by a half a length in 29.85.
The third race saw money for Ratchies Aratzi and she was soon to the fore.
The leader led Westlake Puma up, going on to hold a length lead at the second bend.
Westlake Puma ran the back stretch strongly and hit the front rounding the third. The new leader cleared away up the home straight, with Westlake Puma going on score by three and a half lengths as Side By Side came through for second spot.
First to show
In the D2 725 staying contest, Town Mystery was the first to show and she continued to set the early fractions up the home stretch for the first time, followed closely by Gortkelly Julia.
The pace setter held a three length lead at the fourth bend but by the fifth, Gortkelly Julia was on terms.
Bull Run Petal looked a danger in behind but Gortkelly had other ideas. Julia ran to the line and held all challengers by a length and a half in 41.40.
Parkers Express came through to fill the runner up spot.
Despite taking a bump at traps in race five, Kildrenagh Bully led up from trap 2.
Battled it out
The leader was joined into the second by Tentothdozen and the front duo continued to battled it out to the third bend, going stride for stride all the way.
They were joined in a titanic struggle by Optimistic Misty, and it was a hectic three way race as the line approached.
In a thrilling finish, the verdict went to the Stuart Kavanagh trained Tentothedozen by three quarters of a length who out-sone Kildrenagh Bully in 29.53.
In the second Track Supporters Club (525) semi-final both Ballygur Santa and Artistic Guy started well and they raced strongly virtually the whole way.
The former got the bend before easing two lengths clear out of the second turn.
Artistic Guy was back on terms by the third turn and all was to play for.
Ballygur Santa had no more to give up the home straight and Artistic Guy powered away to win by four lengths in 29.45.
The penultimate contest looked a match on paper between Sawdust Club and Karlow Rocket and so it turned out to be.
Sawdust Club showed the better early and led up on the rails. Sawdust Club continued to show the way from the second bend down into the third turn, keeping Karlow Rocket three lengths in arrears.
The long-time leader tired up the home stretch as Karlow Rocket edged closer and closer.
The pair flashed across the line together with Karlow Rocket getting the nod by a short head in 29.29.
The last race of the night saw Trumera Wood begin best and he led the tightly bunched field around the opening two bends.
Dutch Dream hit the front out of the second and raced two lengths clear into the third as Sober Escape improved to hold a strong position.
The Karol Ramsbottom trained Sober Escape had too much finishing power for his rival and got up to win impressively by two lengths in 29.18, the fastest time of the night.
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