There was large crowd in Kilkenny on Friday night when Tullaroan GAA club held their benefit meeting.
The best race on the card was the Open 725, and it was a hot looking contest.
However, the race was dominated from start to finish by the Paraic Campion trained Road Queen.
The recent recruit to six bend action started fast and clocked a sizzling first sectional to build up a substantial lead over Elusive Heights.
The daughter of Confident Rankin and Boozed Queen ran her rivals ragged and was 12 lengths clear heading down the far side for the second time.
Elusive Heights kept up the chase, but this one was over from a long way out. Paraic Campion’s Road Queen took the contest by four and a half lengths in 40.65.
In the a4 stake there were wins for Robbies Dettori, Artistic Sue and Condor Judy.
The fastest time of the night was recorded by the in-form Oldburrin Diva.
Kilmacar Hurah started smartly in the opener, but it was Agonyinthegarden who led up on her outer.
Agonyinthegarden skipped two lengths clear of Kilmacar Hurah into the back stretch and maintained that lead all the way down into the third.
Woolie Two Toes came through to challenge late on but it was not enough as Agonyinthegarden dug deep to hold sway by a half a length in 29.50.
Race 2 was a Kavanagh Travel a4 525 heat. The favourite Robbies Dettori looked in bother early doors in the first heat as he missed the kick.
Ratchies Milano began best and went on to hold a length lead over Moynevilla Annie at the second bend.
The race changed down the far side as Robbies Dettori simply took off.
Pace of race
The favourite went from third to first into the third as he showed the pace of the race. Ratchies Milano tried to battle back but the John O’ Flynn (junior) trained Robbies Dettori was in control as he ran out an excellent two length winner in 29.48.
In the second heat, Artistic Sue made all the running.
The leader took charge early and with a clear run she slipped six lengths clear of the field into the second bend.
The lead was up to seven lengths by the third as Kilgraney Brandy moved in chase. Lemon Camila came through to claim second spot, but the professional Artistic Sue was home and hosed by five and a half lengths in 29.62.
Condor Judy scored impressively in the third heat.
Got to bend
The winner scorched to the bend on the outer and got the bend ahead of Ratchies Aratzi.
The leader moved three lengths clear into the back stretch before extending her lead to four lengths rounding the third turn.
There was no stopping Condor Judy as she saw off Ratchies Aratzi by six lengths in a very fine 29.33.
The a3 bitch race saw Oldburrin Queen and Ambitious Sparky vie for the early lead.
The former took it up out of the first, but then appeared to lose her action and she dropped back.
Ambitious Sparky took over and raced two lengths clear of an improving Ballintine Belle down the far side.
The leader was three lengths to the good turning for home, but she soon ran out of steam. Bellmore Lucy came through and took the victory, a length and a half in front of Ballintine Belle in a time of 29.56.
The seventh race was level early and into the first bend.
Clearly used his rails berth and pushed his way to the lead out of the first.
Arcturus Legacy went after the leader and there was a length between the pair out of the second. There was no change into the third but on the run home, the Paraic Campion trained Clearly eased away to defeat Foulkscourt Rush by three lengths in 29.62.
In the a1/a2 contest, Avongate Class led Lily Lass early on and into the first bend.
The gap between the pair was three lengths at the second bend and Avongate Class was still three lengths to the good around the third.
However, Trumera Quarry was now the one in chase.
The long-time leader tired a little late on and Trumera Quarry swooped by to claim the win.
Trumera Quarry got the better of Avongate Class by a length in 29.39.
Race nine was an a1 525. Luminous Fantasy led from traps in the finale and was in front heading into the opening turn.
At the bend Oldburrin Queen pushed her way by and took over at the head of affairs.
Oldburrin Queen kicked two lengths clear into the back stretch as Foulkscourt Eye chased.
After maintaining her two length lead down into the third turn, Oldburrin Queen stayed clear on the run to the line win by those two lengths in an excellent 29.06.
For more on Kilkenny People sport read here.
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