The weather in Kilkenny was a little on the cold side, but that did not stop things heating up on the greyhound track.
The hottest property was Martin Boran’s Deenside Hero, who ran in the third heat of the a2 stake. The son of Hometown Boy Nga and Deenside Traz vied for favourite with Kilcarrig Cillie, but when traps went up it was all about the ’Hero.
The strong finisher found himself up with the pace early and in front around the opening two bends. Kilcarrig Cillie tried to make a race of it down the far side, but to no avail.
The relentless gallop of Deenside Hero saw him come home five lengths clear of Kilcarrig Cillie in a brilliant 29.14.
The other heat winners were Kilbally Bob and Ballybough Oz. The a8 final was won by Millbrook Joy.
In race 1 (a6 525) it was level early. Approaching the first bend the well backed Slaneyside Dash began to assert. However, he was clipped from behind by Oberstar and got shuffled backwards.
Acres Star went on along the outer and was clear of My Montana turning down the far side. There were two lengths between the pair at the third and Acres Star saw it out in 30.13.
The first sprint saw Brazilian Ditch trap out best to lead. Chubbys Rose and Rathsilla Messi looked to be closing into the first but ran out of room.
This left the Brian Ellard trained Brazilian Ditch clear to come home for a three and a half length victory over Deejays Lad in 16.75.
In the Fundraising Nights @ KK Track a8 final, Millbrook Joy was hot favourite and did not disappoint. For a few seconds she looked in bother as Barro Bess threatened.
The Hugh Derry trained Millbrook Joy got up the inner at the turn and quickly put the race to bed. Barro Bess gave chase but never looked like troubling the hotpot. Millbrook Joy scored in 29.60.
The a5 race was messy. Awaywitdedixies and Urard Chaton bumped at traps as the rest of the field went to the bend together. There was more bumping as Random Robbie went on along the rails.
A length clear at the second, Random Robbie was joined by Awaywitdedixies and Drakelands Gift at the third. Awaywitdedixies stayed on to win for trainer Paul Hennessy in 30.28. Drakelands Gift was second.
The fifth race was level early and into the first. Ballydaniel Ash just got across the bend and led Target Trev by a length at the second. The pair were level again at the third and with stamina coming into play that favoured Target Trev.
The Karol Ramsbottom trained Target Trev galloped home to win in 29.84.
The second sprint saw Mount Donal fastest into stride, followed by Deenside Wood. Deenside was on terms into the first and looked to go clear between the bends.
Deenside Wood ran wide between the turns and forfeit his chance. The rail hugging Mount Donal saved valuable ground as he won by three and a half lengths in 16.64.
Baile Na Lochain made the a3 contest a procession with a brilliant front running display. Despite edging right from traps, Baile Na Lochain was still two lengths clear at the first bend.
From there Baile Na Lochain ran the field ragged. Raggletaggle Rex won the battle for second, but Baile Na Lochain triumphed cosily in 29.31.
There was plenty of early on show in the first heat of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a2 stake. Pookies Plan showed best on the outer, ahead of Condor Allie and Garryglass Messi.
The leader was two lengths clear at the second but had the strong running Kilbally Bob in his slipstream. The challenger closed the gap but Pookies Plan found more.
Just as it looked like Pookies Plan would take the spoils he ran wide off the last bend. Kilbally Bob slipped up the inner to win by a neck in 29.47. The fast finishing Expert Jess was third behind Pookies Plan.
The second heat saw Ballybough Oz get back to winning ways with a trap to line victory. The winner was smartly away, ahead of Rosmult Jet.
Ballybough Oz turned down the far side three lengths clear before extending that advantage to five at the third. Rosmult Jet was unable to muster a finishing kick as the Murt Leahy trained Ballybough Oz won by four lengths in 29.30.