Friday was a pleasant, balmy night in Kilkenny and there was a nice crowd at the track for a card which included two finals.
The main final was in the Gain Dog Nutrition a3 stake which carried a winners cheque for €5,000.
Lemon Ronald was the fancy of many, but he would have to come from behind. He was sent off joint favourite with Sawdust Sammie.
Condor Judy and Fennis Brae showed first as Sawdust Sammie missed the kick. Sawdust Sammie showed blistering dash to the bend to lead out of the first, with his market rival back at the rear.
Sammie went six lengths clear down the far side but it was not enough. Lemon Ronald got daylight out of the second and simply took off.
Lemon Ronald charged down into the third and then easily picked off Sawdust Sammie. Showing tremendous pace and power Denis Lennon’s son of Droopys Jet and Lemon Belle raced clear to land the spoils by five lengths in 29.20.
The Mary Ramsbottom Memorial a2 final was won from trap 1 by Ninja Burgess.
Trumera Wood was put in the evens favourite for the opener and he got his usual fast start. After leading around the first turn, Trumera Wood was joined out of the second by Moynevilla Annie.
The pair had a battle royal down the back straight. Moynevilla Annie took over into the third, but then ran wide at the last.
This gave Trumera Wood a second chance. Once they straightened up Moynevilla Annie asserted to win by a half a length in 29.74.
Hello Fred and Robbies Dettori were the market rivals in the second race. At trap rise Kilgraney Brandy cut in from trap 5 and caused plenty of bother for those on his inner.
This gave Hello Fred a dream run up on the outer and he used it to follow the fast starting Ballintine Belle around the opening two bends. Hello Fred drew level with Ballintine Belle into the third as Robbies Dettori tracked the pair in behind.
Just as Hello Fred looked like he would hit the front, he tangled with Ballintine and both lost their chance. The strong running Robbies Dettori was on hand to take full advantage, storming through to win by three lengths in 29.69.
The third race was an open betting heat. Moi Little Hero led early from Ratchies Milano.
Fill The Bank started slowly but made good progress into the bend and was on term with the leaders into the second. Fill The Bank quickly asserted and went on to defeat Ratchies Milano by two and a half lengths in a time of 29.74.
Bull Run Banter went off the slight favourite for the fourth race at odds of 2/1.
The eventual winner began well and despite edging right on the run up, she got the bend in front of the slow starting Mongys Hero. Mongys Hero battled it out with Bull Run Banter all the way to the third without ever quite getting on terms.
Bull Run Banter put her stamina to play in the latter stages as she eased away to oblige by two and half lengths in 29.35.
The first of the night’s finals (Mary Ramsbottom 525) saw Ninja Burgess ideally drawn in trap 1 and he was sent off the evens favourite.
Once the traps went up it was the jolly who went to the corner best in company with Karlow Crean.
Ninja Burgess ran the opening bend sweetly and took two lengths out of his rivals. Clearly chased hard down the back straight and then all the way home, but it was not enough.
The Margaret Fortune trained Ninja Burgess ran out an excellent two length victor in 29.34.
Oldburrin Queen ran out the winner in what was somewhat of a rough sixth race. The eventual winner was bumped and harried early on as she tried to get a good pitch.
After giving best to Ambitious Sparky for the first half of the contest, Oldburrin Queen showed her class at the business end. Mounting a strong challenge, Oldburrin Queen overcame her early traffic issues to win by an impressive five and a half lengths in 29.58.
The eighth race saw Optimistic Misty and Birchfield Act vie for the early lead.
The former got the bend and went on to lead by three lengths out of the second as Lemon Rodney gave chase.
Lemon Rodney showed the pace of the race to close the gap into the third, but as he tried to pass he tangled with Optimistic Misty and both their chances were gone.
Birchfield Act was on hand to take over and raced clear to defeat Express Shine by two lengths in 29.58.
The early pace in the finale came from trap 5 in the shape of Luminous Fantasy.
The leader moved two lengths clear out of the first, but never opened a big lead as Going Places and Oldburrin Diva tracked his run.
Off the third luminous Fantasy had no more to give and passed by his rivals. Going Places finished best to claim the win by two lengths from Oldburrin Diva in 29.38.
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