Kilkenny greyhounds: visitors size up the St James Park track

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Kilkenny greyhounds: visitors size up the St James Park track

A good crowd attended the greyhound racing in Kilkenny on Friday night.
A number of visiting dogs were having their first experience of the track before the McCalmont Cup gets underway.
The standout performance came from a dog who has been around Kilkenny a few times, and that was Ballybough Dad.
The winner of the Open 525 was sent off an odds on favourite and he duly rewarded those who took short odds.
Trained by Murt Leahy for Pat Carroll, Ballybough Dad led up on the outer and skipped four lengths clear of Compression Suit down the far side.
The lead was up to seven lengths rounding the third, and though Cats Belle clawed back two lengths late on, this one always belonged to the son of Ballymac Vic and High St Miley.
Ballybough Dad crossed the line in a time of 29.22.
There were good wins on the night for Twitter, Bull Run Kite and Sals Express.
The racing began with an a5 contest where Astons Magic was the first to show.
Plenty of pace
The early leader got the bend and moved two lengths clear of Vintage Charm out of the back stretch. The challenger showed plenty of pace to burst by approaching the third, opening a two length lead over his nearest rival in the process.
Vintage Charm pulled away to win, capping a good week for connections, scoring by three and a half length in 29.91. Rocky Legend came through for second.
In race two (300) there was money before the off for Skeogh Man, and he was up with the early pace in company with Scouser and Jaytee Dakota.
Skeogh Man went best to the last and held a one length lead over Scouser. The challenger railed well and powered by on the inner.
Scouser charged to the line to win by a length in a smart 16.53.
In race three (525) Goldmine Scarlet improved her race record to an impressive four wins from four starts with a front running display in the a4 race.
The prolific winner was well housed in trap 1 and made the most of her draw to lead up.
As the well fancied Foyle Lucy found traffic problems, Goldmine Scarlet skipped six lengths clear of Lemon Camila into the back straight.
Goldmine Scarlet was still seven lengths to the good turning for home, and was in complete control.
Trained by Richard Purcell, Goldmine Scarlet had five lengths to spare at the line over the running on Foyle Lucy in a time of 29.81.
Race four (a4 525) produced another to win from the front, the evens favourite Flomur Pete. Showing his trademark good early dash, Pete built up an early two length lead over Moynevilla Annie and was never in danger.
Nothing to worry about
Annie pressured the all the way winner, from beginning to end, but never looked like giving punters anything to worry about.
The in-form Flomur Pete obliged by three lengths in 29.77.
Next up was the a3 bitch 525. There was an impressive victory by the reserve, Bull Run Kite.
Once Bull Run Kite led up and around the first bend, the race was over as a contest.
Ratchies Aratzi tried to make a race of it but to no avail as Bull Run Kite strode five lengths clear rounding the third bend. Trumera Quarry ran on to fill the runners-up spot, but it was not enough as Bull Run Kite obliged by four lengths in 29.29.
Fennis Brae showed first in race six and led the field up and around the opening turn.
The leader seemed to take a false step out of the second and this allowed Devils Red Grey to shoot by.
Rapid progress
Devils Red Grey was two lengths clear coming off the third bend but Lemon Ollie was making rapid progress in behind.
Lemon Ollie kept on coming but the Brian Ellard trained Devils Red Grey saw off the persistent challenge by three quarters of a length in 29.55.
Twitter made the most of his trip to Kilkenny with an all the way victory.
Twitter led up from trap five and went on to hold a two length lead over Ambitious Sparky at the second turn.
Twitter added a further length to his lead into the third and kept on going all the way to the line to get the better of Ambitious Sparky by five lengths in 29.50.
The last race of the night produced a battle for early supremacy between Sawdust Club and Triangle Tady.
Joined in pursuit
The former got the better of the duel and moved two lengths in advance of his rival into the second bend.
Triangle Tady was joined in pursuit of the leader by Sals Express, and it was a three way go rounding the third turn.
Triangle Tady was squeezed out and as stamina came into play, the advantage swung to Sals Express.
The strong running lady, trained by Karol Ramsbottom, powered away to see off Sawdust Club by three and a half lengths in 29.29.