The crowds were out in force again in Kilkenny on Sunday night for the annual BEAM benefit night.
The finish of the night came in the night’s big race, the Red Mills Cup Open 525. Black Eyed Peppa and Budgie Marbh started best and went to the turn together, but when Black Eyed Peppa was clipped from behind both Droopys Neymar and Ballybough Dad shot by.
Droopys Neymar and Ballybough Dad battled on and the pair flashed across the line together. The verdict went to Pat Carroll’s Ballybough Dad by a short head. The son of Ballymac Vic and High St Miley, trained by Murt Leahy, stopped the clock in 29.24.
The traditional opener on BEAM night, The Kilcarrig Quarries Open 300, threw up a thrilling start. After a level beginning, Droopys Steel showed serious gears to race three lengths clear of the field into the first bend.
Droopys Steel looked to have it in the bag but ran very wide between the bends and lost a huge amount of ground. Cashen Kuba, trained by Chris Houlihan was on hand to take advantage, winning by a length in 16.40.
The first final of the night, McDonnell Clan/Ann McDonnell Memorial a7 final, went to the favourite Double Busy. The wide running Busy got the bend on the outer as a tightly packed field went to the bend together.
Double Busy moved three lengths clear of Odhrans Girl into the second, before increasing his lead to sixth lengths turning for home. Double Busy romped home seven lengths clear in 29.51.
The Peter Meaney Memorial a5 525 final was a brilliant contest. Thunder Rolls simply burst from traps and flew to the bend but Bull Run Byte tracked well to sit within a length by the third.
On the run to the line, Bull Run Byte hugged the rails to get the better of Thunder Rolls. Bull Run Byte scored by a length and a half in 29.51, with the gallant Thunder Rolls back in second.
The Kilkenny Limestone Quarry a3 Final saw money before the off for Fennis Brae. However, it was Cashen Nankundo who showed the early pace again to lead up from trap five.
After getting the bend, Cashen Nankundo moved three length clear of Fennis Brae into the back straight. On what was a great night for trainer Chris Houlihan, Cashen Nankundo led kennel mate Cashen Maputo across the line by a length and a half in 29.43.
Karol Ramsbottom held a strong hand in the Dobbs Oil n1 525 final - one of his charges, Shrewd Honcho, who led towards the first bend but Ridgemount Paul shot up the inner to lead out of the opening turn.
Ridgemount Paul moved four lengths clear of the favourite Deadly Viking going down the back stretch and held that lead turning for home. Deadly Viking closed late on but Ridgemount Paul saw it out by two lengths in 29.30.
As expected, the Pat Buckley trained Javielenko landed the Hedgehunter Novice 725 final. Javielenko got the bend in the inner and soon took control. Racing on Javielenko moved three lengths clear into the third before extending his lead to five lengths into the fifth. Bowline Raider was second, five and a half lengths adrift of Javielenko in a time of 40.97.
The field was level early on in the Black and Amber Kennels a4 525 final, but Tarsna Nureyev went on from the first bend and was a length in front of Lemon Ollie at the second turn. Lemon Ollie drew level into the third but Tarsna Nureyev found plenty for pressure. Tarsna Nureyev outstayed his rival by a half a length in 29.48.
Blitzem Bill continued on his upward curve to land the Karlow Kennels a2 525 final.
The 5/4 favourite got a dream run up to the bend and skipped two lengths clear down the far side. Wichita came home strongly but the Paul Hennessy-trained Blitzem Bill won by three quarters of a length in 29.33.
The shock of the night came in the Hi-Spec Engineering Open 725. Its Rockin Jim started best and was already three lengths to the good rounding the first bend. Sound Chap tracked the leader up and into the third before taking over at the head of affairs going down the back stretch for the second time.
Sound Chap moved two lengths clear into the fifth as the big finishers Jaytee Patriot and Clares Kyletaun began to edge closer. The pair flew home as Sound Chap began to tire. Crossing the line, the 10/1 chance Sound Chap, trained by Willie Finn held on by three quarters of a length in 41.23.
The last event on a great night’s racing, The Dublin Coach a1 525 final, saw Dutch Dream begin best from trap five. Bull Run Kite flew down the back stretch to join the leader rounding the third.
On the run home, Bull Run Kite stormed clear, eventually crossing the line two and a half lengths clear of her kennel companion Bull Run Babe in 29.33.
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