There was an excellent night’s racing at St James Park, Kilkenny on Friday night.
The card was made up mainly of stakes and for the second week in-a-row, it was Garry Hannon’s Deadly Dennis who left people talking.
The son of Makeshift and Lady Long Heir was sent off a long odds on favourite for the opening semi-final of the Track Bookmakers a3 stake. Trained by Karol Ramsbottom, Deadly Dennis was soon in front and led into the bend.
The jolly moved two lengths clear of Come On Irene into the second bend before adding another length to his lead. There was no stopping the December 16 youngster who stormed clear in the latter stages, eventually seeing off Come On Irene by eight lengths in a blistering in 28.93.
Trainer Karol Ramsbottom was responsible for the other semi-final winner in the shape of Obama Country.
It was a good night for trainer Murt Leahy also as his charge Ballybough Dad claimed the a2 final and Its Rockin Jim was successful also.
Kearneys Champ began best in the opener and led Sawdust Sammie into the first bend.
There was trouble between the pair at the first bend and there was more bumping between the field approaching the second.
Bull Run Boots, plotting a wide course, shot clear out of the second bend and was four lengths ahead of Sawdust Sammie into the third. Bull Run Boots stayed clear and won by three and a half lengths in 29.65, as Blue Moon claimed second spot.
Race two was a Daltons’s Chancellor Mills a4 bitch 525 heat.
Flomur Amy was the impressive winner of the opening heat. Amy was well away and led Local Dainty into the first bend.
The pace setter was a length to the good into the second before skipping three lengths clear into the third turn as Rathduff Liz improved in behind.
Rathduff Liz tried hard but Flomur Amy was not for catching. The winning distance was three and a half lengths in 29.28.
In the second heat the early pace came from Manvers Melody.
The fast starter never got clear and was passed by Laganore Mol between the opening two bends. There was no stopping Laganore Mol as she stormed five lengths clear into the third.
Mol kept up the gallop all the way to the line and romped home 11 lengths in front of Leon Hailey in a flying 29.13.
The third heat was level early on and into the first.
Trumera Quarry went on into the first, followed by Cuttin Loose. Trumera Quarry moved a length clear into the second and then doubled her advantage into the third.
Cuttin Loose had no more to give and Trumera Quarry pulled away to win in style. Trumera Quarry won by eight and a half lengths in 29.35 as Moynevilla Annie got second spot.
Race five was the Track Supporters Club a2 final. The veteran Tucker Foley led up from trap 3.
The leader opened up a four length lead into the back stretch as Droopys Giroud improved behind.
The lead was down to a length rounding the third as Ballybough Murt joined in the chase.
In a driving finish it was the Murt Leahy trained Ballybough Murt who came through to claim the victory. Ballybough Murt got the better of Droopys Giroud by a length and a half in 29.21.
In the sixth contest the complexity of the a3 race changed dramatically as Trumera Wood and Starlight Silver came in as reserves.
There was a hefty punt on Starlight Silver before the off and he was well positioned, within a length of Trumera Wood at the head of affairs rounding the first turn.
The favourite took it up between the bends and was two lengths clear into the far side. Starlight Silver raced seven lengths clear into the third and was in complete control.
Crossing the line Starlight Silver landed the gamble by five lengths in 29.22.
Race eight was a Kilkenny Track Bookmakers a3 525 semi-final.
In this second semi, Cill Dubh Rocky was the first to show and led early doors.
Rocky went on to hold a length lead over Tongariro at the start of the back stretch, but into the third Tongariro was shading it.
Unfortunately for the front duo, sitting hot on their heels was Obama Country.
Obama Country, trained by Karol Ramsbottom, had too much finishing power for his rivals and blasted by on his way to a three and a half length victory over Cill Dubh Rocky in 29.31.
The last race proved to be a thriller.
Fennis Buzz began best and led up to the first bend. The leader moved three lengths clear into the back straight as Bull Run Bullet improved into second spot.
The challenger shaved a length off into the third and had Fennis Buzz in his sights. Bull Run Bullet eventually got the better of Fennis Buzz but was unable to hold Its Rocking Jim storming up the inside.
Trained by Murt Leahy, Its Rockin Jim finished with a flourish to win by a length and a half in 29.33.
For more on Kilkenny People sport read here.
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