Neither age nor greyhounds seem to be able to stop Mickys Trickster at the moment. The son of Westmead Joe and Sporty woman turned four in December but that has no stopped him from winning four races on the bounce.
Trained by Martin Fortune for Michael Deegan, Mickys Trickster brought his record to 26 wins from 54 starts when scoring a runaway success in the a2 525 at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday. Backed at 6/4, the local favourite led up from trap 3 and got the bend ahead of Some Touch and Ballygur Ted.
Ballygur Ted was a clear second off the second bend but trailed the pace setting Mickys Trickster by a good two lengths. That is close as anyone got to Mickys Trickster because the veteran went through the gears down the back stretch and stormed clear. Ballygur Ted held off Some Touch for second place, but there was no catching the brilliant Mickys Trickster. The winning distance was seven and a half lengths in a sizzling 29.15 after the track was rated slow.
The punters could not split Blackstone Alan and Pure Phantom in the night’s opening a9 contest. Pure Phantom and Slaneyside Trudy started well before the former asserted and took control into the first bend. There was trouble behind Pure Phantom and this saw the joint favourite slip eight lengths clear down the back straight.
No cathing Hondo
There would be no catching John Duggan’s son of Hondo Black and Pure Brief from there and Pure Phantom stayed away to defeat Foxboro Boy eight and a half lengths in 29.58. The a6/a7 race was messy at traps as Rathmoyle Kenny moved out from trap 2 and Kilara Missy moved in from trap 5. Rathduff Rachel got a dream run up the rails and led to the bend. Kilkenny Franco railed tightly and took it up into the second bend.
Kilkenny Franco streaked clear and looked set to run out an easy winner. However, he ran out of steam behind the last two bends and this saw him come back to Rathduff Rachel. In the end, Imelda Phelan’s Kilenny Franco (Hondo Black-Betathan Pebbles) held on by a length in 29.78.
The Paul Henn Hennessy trained Shes Only Saying (Maryville Rumble-Tyrur Tara) was the winner of the a5 525 race. The winner got a dream run up the rails and led around the opening two turns.
Kishlawn Bullet gave chase down the far side and turning for home the challenger looked to get closing the gap. However, Shes Only Saying stayed in charge to win by a length and a half in 29.79.
Bellmore Shelly and Dance Melissa started well in the a6 525 and they were joined on the run up by Rosies Sambo. It was tight around the opening turn before Dance Melissa was squeezed out of it. Belmore Shelly and Rosies Sambo went on together, with Bellmore Shelly then taking it on approaching the third bend.
Rosies Sanbo stumbled at the third bend and this left Bellmore Shelly (Jan Mann-Shelbourne Cpari) clear to seal the win by five and a half lengths in 29.69. Dance Melissa filled the runner-up spot.
The Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Sheba was the trap to line winner of the a4 525. The daughter of Hometown Boy Nga and Felltop Flyer was a length up on the pack at the first and then doubled her advantage between the bends.
Moveit Jet and Lemon Prince gave chase down the far side but never managed to close the gap. The pair got closer on the run home but the odds on favourite just held on from Moveit Jet by a half a length in 29.56.
Very sweet on bend
After a level break in the a3/a4 race, Arrigle Hi led to the bend. Raggletaggle Mia was very sweet on the bend and took up the running. With bother behind the leader, Courtwood Ben moved up into second spot, five lengths adrift of Raggletaggle Mia.
The race looked over as at contest passing the halfway point, but Courtwood Ben had other ideas. Courtwood Ben came home at pace and nearly caught Raggletaggle Mia. In the end, Declan Meaney’s Raggletaggle Mia (Head Bound-Raggletagglrosie) held on by a neck in 29.55.
There was not much in it early on in the a3 525 bar the pair on the outer, who were slowly away. Ullid Oscar got the bend and eased a length and a half clear of Ask The Time into the second.
Ullid Oscar added a length to his lead at the third bend as he took control of the race. Ballycaum Lass ran on to claim second spot but there was no catching Ullid Oscar (Elite State-Ullid Judy) who saw it out by two lengths in 29.47. The ninth race on the card was an a2/a3 race. Clover Crusier went up best from an even break, avoiding plenty of bumping in behind. Ullid Doodle scooted up the inner at the first to lead Clover Crusier and Flomur Antcis out of the second.
Clover Crusier tried to challenge up the inner at the third bend but got baulked and saw his chance gone. Flomur Antcis was now left to challenge and he easily picked off Ullid Doodle on his was to victory. Patrick Murphy’s Flomur Antics (Premier Fantasy- Flomur Pebbles) triumphed by two and a half lengths in 29.61