Friday night’s card at St James Park greyhound track featured the final of the prestigious Gain Dog Nutrition A3 stake which is worth €5,000 to the winner.
Having won his last six races, Karlow Rocket was sent off the 4/6 favourite with Barefoot Banker next best at 3/1.
At the traprise, the Banker in trap six was quickly away while the favourite missed the lid.
Barefoot Banker led round the first bend from Gowlane Scolari with the favourite getting bumped and his race was over.
Down the back straight Barefoot Banker was four lengths to the good and although previously he was noted for not getting the trip, this time he made no mistake.
He was a length clear of Gowlane at the line in a fast time of 28.84
Race one (525 A4) produced an open betting market with Triangle Dasher going off slight favourite at 2/1.
From the break Dasher and Feed Me Mayo disputed the lead to the bend, where there was plenty of crowding.
Following the squeeze Usain Colt led out of the second, one length clear of Dasher.
As Dasher asserted between the closing two bends Woolie Got Boots made late and significant progress but Dasher held on by a short head from Woolie in a time of 30.20.
Clomantagh Comet went off the 5/4 favourite in the second race, a 525 A4 event, and he duly obliged.
From traprise there was crowding at the run up as Ashwood Fuzz from trap one moved wide. Fuzz and Autumn Desire went best to the first, but the favourite ran a tight first bend to get into contention.
At halfway Fuzz was one length clear of Comet with Autumn Desire a further length back in third.
Into the third bend Comet asserted and was never troubled afterwards, running out a four and a half length winner in 29.67.
The third race provided the fastest time of the night.
At traprise Emers Chance in trap three moved inwards and Bull Run Ballad showed a nice dash of pace to get the bend.
Made every yard
Thereafter he made every yard of the running to skip clear and win by an impressive eight lengths in a very impressive 28.82 from Condor Judy.
In race four Angel Holly was sent off the 6/4 favourite, but the fast away Arabian Fire led the favourite up and around the first.
Arabian Fire was four lengths clear down the back straight and wasn’t for catching.
Bull Run Petal ran on to take second place, three and a half lengths behind Arabian Fire in a time of 29.34
Triangle Serena went off the 6/4 favourite in race five. She took a flier, leading well to the bend.
She never looked in danger, giving herself a solo. The field came to the leader at the third but she powered home to win by four lengths from TenToTheDozen in a time of 29.13
Race six was an Open 725. From a level break Crackling Pearl led round the first bend, but with crowding between the bends Jaytee Denver and Razldazl Valerie shot clear.
Down the backstraight Denver was two lengths clear. Valerie kept coming but Denver held on by a shorthead in a time of 41.10.
The eight race was an open betting race.
Showed early dash
From the break Skeogh Man showed his usual early dash to lead the field round the bend.
Out of the second Skeogh Man was four lengths clear of the hard chasing Bull Marker in second place.
Bull Marker collared the leader round the last turn to win by three lengths in 29.16.
The final race of the night saw the punters push Lemon Reggie in as the evens favourite. They were spot on.
From traprise Lemon Reggie looked good and went to the bend on the inside of Karlow Leader.
Running his line he took the lead out of the first and down the back straight he had opened up a three and a half length lead.
He won by a length from the strong finishing Sober Escape in a time of 29.15
Star of the Week
Barefoot Banker picked the right time to put it all together and claim the €5,000 first prize in the competative Gain A3 Stake.
One to Watch
It has to be Sober Escape.
Running well at present, he got into trouble on the first bend on Friday night and that hurt his chances. Given a clear run he will be winning soon again.
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