A big crowd attended Kilkenny track on Friday night as the stakes continued to come thick and fast.
The mainstay of the card was the second round heats of the 11000 Gain Dog Nutrition a3 stake.
The first heat of the second round saw Ballinacrow Lady fly out, but she was unable to get the bend as Sawdust Sammie took over. Sawdust Sammie raced four lengths clear into the back straight as his kennel companion Droopys Super gave chase.
There was no change into the third as Sawdust Sammie remained in charge. Fennis Brae finished well to claim second spot, but the Murt Leahy trained Sawdust Sammie was home and hosed by two lengths. Owned by the Chissel Syndicate, the son of Tullymurry Act and Lemon Lucy stopped the clock in 29.25.
The other heat winners were Barbergreen, Rough Hammer and Tentothedozen.
The first race was won by Foulkscourt Rush. The winner went strongly to the bend, getting the better of Trumera Wood. The pace setter moved four lengths clear into the second before storming seven ahead turning for home.
Trumera Wood had no answer to the excellent Foulkscourt Rush as he won by six lengths in 29.43.
Winner all the way
Barbergreen trained by Paraic Campion was the all the way winner of the second heat in the Gain Dog stake . After getting to the first bend in front, Barbergreen edged a length clear of Hello Mossie and Kearneys Champ into the second before doubling his lead down the far side.
Barbergreen never let up and galloped away to win in style. The winning distance was four lengths in 29.29. Gowlane Abu raced through to claim second spot.
The third heat saw Rough Hammer lead up from trap 3. There was trouble behind at the first turn and this helped Rough Hammer skip two lengths clear of Condor Judy racing out of the second bend.
Rough Hammer extended his lead and the Karol Ramsbottom trained favourite cleared away to win by four lengths in 29.30. Condor Judy filled the runners-up spot.
Alien Tears was fastest into stride in the next heat, but he could not get to the bend in front as Tentothedozen hit the lead into the turn.
Tentothedozen moved three lengths clear of Arcturus Legacy into the back stretch and added a further length to his lead as he turned for home. Alien Tears stormed up the home straight and rapidly closed the gap.
However, the line came in time for the Stuart Kavanagh trained Tentothedozen and he held sway by a half a length in 29.30.
Trainer Paraic Campion doubled up with Road Queen landing the d1 staying contest next. The winner was in front early doors and led Jaytee Jade around the opening two turns.
Road Queen set strong early fractions as she established a three length lead into the third turn. The lead was up to six lengths by the fourth bend as Jaytee Jade struggled.
Bull Run Petal improved down into the fifth bend and made plenty of inroads on the leader late on. It was not enough though as Road Queen got her first staying victory by two and a half lengths in 40.88.
No stopping Tucker
There was no stopping the veteran Tucker Foley in the Mary Ramsbottom memorial as he once again showed himself to be in fine fettle. Trained by Paul Hennessy, the five year old got the better of Karlow Crean into the first bend before moving three lengths clear.
Tucker Foley kept Karlow Crean at bay into the third and then pulled away to win. Tucker Foley saw off Karlow Crean by four and a half lengths in 29.16.
The second heat was an eventful affair. Charity Anna and Hello Sparky started best and went to the bend together.
Charity Anna went on from the first but was usurped at the head of affairs by Ninja Burgess out of the second bend. Just as it looked like Ninja Burgess would streak clear, he was clipped from behind.
This led to a three way go for the lead at the third between Ninja Burgess, Dutch Dream and Skywalker Heaven. Ninja Burgess kicked for home but Skywalker Heaven covered that move and finished stronger to deny the unlucky Ninja Burgess.
Skywalker Heaven, trained by Michael J O’Donovan got up to win by a half a length in 29.29.
The fastest time of the night came in the third heat of the a2 stake. Clearly and Don Aonghasa were well away from traps and went to the bend together.
The latter got the bend before moving two lengths clear. Monadreen Sky improved into second spot down the far side but Don Aonghasa was four lengths to the good. Monadreen Sky chased hard but to settle for second place, three lengths adrift of the improving Dun Aoghasa in very fine 28.96.
The in-form Oldburrin Diva ran a race and a half to land the last race. The winner stumbled at traps and was last heading to the first bend.
After tracking the front running pair into the third, Oldburrin Diva hit the front late on to take an unlikely three quarters of a length win in 29.42.
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