THERE was only one night of racing in Kilkenny this week as Kilkenny track decided not to follow other tracks and race on Good Friday.
It was, however, a Good Wednesday for John O’Flynn jnr as he sent out two winners, including the impressive debut maker Goldmine Bolt (Royal Impact-Goldmine Jackson).
Running in the first semi-final of Johnstown/Urlingford CC N2 525, Goldmine Bolt took a flyer from trap one and never saw a rival. Three lengths to the good around the first bend, Goldmine Bolt continued to storm clear and it was obvious that he was going to record a very decent time.
Raheen Rondo chased Goldmine Bolt, but was never getting to the sizzling all the winner. The October 10 whelp stopped the clock in a very fine 29.17 and will take a lot of beating in the final.
The second semi-final went the way of Adrian Byrne’s Joe Rock (Westmead Joe-Freshfield Queen). Blackstone Evie was very well away and led the field to the bend. Joe Rocks ran the bends well to move onto the shoulder of the leader out of the second turn.
Nip and tuck
It was nip and tuck into the third but between the last two Joe Rocks kicked on and sealed the win. Joe Rocks scored by two and a half lengths in 29.80, with Blackstone Evie back in second.
Southwell Novak’s improved trapping proved vital when winning the opening semi-final of the Coursing Bred Open Unraced 325 stake.
Novak flew to the bend and was three lengths clear of Carlsbush Bella coming out of the turn. Droopys Approach tried to make a race of it but was very wide between the bends and gave away any chance he had. Southwell Novak (Kyle James-Southwell Heidi) came home an easy winner in a time of 18.00, five and a half lengths clear of Droopys Approach.
The second semi-final was an open betting heat. After a level break, Joyful Lady soon went clear. Racing impressively to the bend, Joyful Lady was two and a half lengths clear at the bend. Barrow Best and Southwell Goran gave chase but both struggled on the bend.
Joyful Lady (Central City-Lakyle Vacume) went on to take the victory by four lengths over Barrow Best in 17.96.
Natureofthetrade (Head Bound-Swift Maggie)completed the double for John O’Flynn jnr as he took the first semi-final of the Freshford Coursing Club A4 525 stake.
Slaneyside Beryl started well from trap one but Natureofthetrade was also smartly into stride. The odds-on favourite Natureofthetrade had that bit more pace and got the bend before clearing two ahead of her rivals out of the second.
Slaneyside Beryl did not give up and closed the gap into the last bend. However, the challenger gave her chance away by changing sides, allowing Natureofthetrade to see it out by a length in 29.55.
The second semi-final saw the Paul Hennessy-trained Yeah Giovanni (Rayvin Giovanni-Beanos Ash) nab victory.
Middle of pack
The winner was not well away and was back in the middle of the pack as Bellmore Shelly and Altesse Maverick cut out the running. Altesse Maverick went on at the business end but Yeah Giovanni kept on coming at the leader, getting up to win by a short head in 29.71.
The first race of the night, the N2/N3 contest, was decided at traps. Pops Return came out from trap one and allowed Danesrath Lu Lu to push in. There was a whole lot of trouble before Pops Return managed to get free and race clear into the first bend.
Four lengths up at the first, Pops Return continued to lead down the far side. Despite Dealey Plaza’s best efforts there was only ever going to be one winner. Gerard Dunne’s Pops Return (Charity Jack-Cailin Tapa) stayed clear to win by three and a half lengths in 30.15.
The fourth race was an A6/A7 race with Sir Hiss sent off the odds-on favourite.
Black Foot took a flyer from trap five and led easily into the opening turn. Black Foot continued to pour it on and was six lengths clear of Sir Hiss down the back stretch.
There was no catching Thomas Hughes’ Black Foot (Barefoot Bolt-Dubh Magic) on the run home as Cill Dubh Street got up for second place. The winning distance was five lengths in 29.61.
The A6 525 was won by the Mary Buggy-trained Kilgraney Apollo (Aries Son-Lady Kilgraney). Foxboro Boy and Morro Boy were well away and went to the first together. Foxboro Boy got the bend on the inner and there was plenty of bumping behind. Morro Boy recovered and was on terms again by the halfway point.
By the third bend, Foxboro began to struggle and Morro Boy kicked on. It looked a winning move but Morro Boy did not see out the trip. Kilgraney Apollo arrived late in the day to get up and win by two lengths in 30.23.