Racing at St James Park, Kilkenny on Friday night featured the second round of the Pat Dunne Track Vet Open unraced stake.
Goldmine Lily caught plenty of eyes in defeat in the first round. Second time around she made no mistake.
The odds-on favourite led up on the rails and then skipped six lengths clear into the back stretch. The daughter of Pat C Sabbath and Lemon Bolt showed her class down into the third as she scorched nine lengths clear.
Fond Friend chased the Richard Purcell-trained Goldmine Lily home, but had to settle for second place, five lengths adrift in 29.24.
The other novice winners were Willows Move, Tuxedo Affair and Slaneyside Izzy.
The first race of the night went the way of Larkins General.
The race was level early and into the first. There was plenty of bumping at the turn before Larkins General went on along the rails.
Three lengths clear of Gooches Choice at the second bend, Larkins General’s lead was reduced to two lengths turning for home as Kilara Annie improved in behind.
Kilara Annie finished well but Larkins General held on by three quarters of a length in 30.29.
Woolies Cheyenne started smartly and led into the first bend in the next contest.
The leader was usurped between the turns as Ballinacrow Bolt charged by.
After leading out of the second, Ballinacrow Bolt raced five lengths clear of Woolies Cheyenne into the third bend.
On the run home, Ballinacrow Bolt began to tire. Woolies Cheyenne finished strongly to get up for a three quarters of a length victory in 29.80.
Race three was a Pat Dunne Track Vet Open unraced one.
Leaveherhaveit started well in company with Tomahurra Cody and the pair went to the bend together.
Leaveherhaveit got the bend and went on to lead Paulstown Oscar by two lengths at the second bend. There was no change into the third, but the race was far from over.
The Damien Fogarty-trained Tuxedo Affair finished with a flourish to come through and take the win ahead of Leaveherhaveit. The winning distance was two lengths in 29.96.
The second heat in the Dunne event was level early on. Willows Move got the bend before racing three lengths clear of Tommys Dream and Danesrath Pearl into the back stretch.
The lead was up to six lengths by the third and Willows Move was in complete control.
Willows Move beat Tommys Dream by four and a half lengths in 29.85 to complete a 1-2 for trainer Murt Leahy.
The third heat was bumpy on the run up as the hot favourite Slaneyside Izzy missed the kick.
Bull Run Flair ran wide at the first bend but still held a length over Slaneyside Izzy at the start of the back stretch.
Slaneyside Izzy took over at the head of affairs and raced three lengths clear into the third. Slaneyside Izzy, trained by Sean Dooley, galloped on to see off Power Style by a length in 29.58.
Trainer Hugh Deery was on the money with his charge Random Jet in the a3 contest, the seventh race.
Well supported before the off, Random Jet got the better of Trumera Bandit into the first bend and from there he was untroubled.
Random Jet blasted clear down the far side and was seven lengths clear of Trumera Bandit and Nameless Raheen turning for home. Random Jet was home for all money by nine lengths in 29.25.
The eighth race was level early on. Bull Run Ballad got the bend before moving a length ahead of Fennis Brae into the second turn.
Bull Run Ballad doubled her lead into the third. Then on the run to the line she pulled away to win impressively by six and a half lengths in 29.19.
Race nine was the Community Radio Kilkenny City 88.7Fm a2 semi-final.
The first semi was won by Dutch Dream, trained by Murt Leahy. After leading up from trap six, Dutch Dream opened up a two length lead over Come On Irene into the second bend.
There was no change into the third, but in the latter stages Dutch Dream pulled away.
Dutch Dream got the better of the running on Clearly by four lengths in 29.34.
In the second semi-final, Dolce Vita and Foulkscourt Rush started best with Rush going on to get the bend.
A length up at the second bend, Foulkscourt Rush got swamped all sides into the third.
Dolce Vita got through quickest, followed by Dog Gone Dreams. Dog Gone Dreams looked to close the gap late on but first run saw Dolce Vita home by a length in 29.38.
For more on Kilkenny People sport read here.
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