THERE was a very deserving winner of the Kilkenny greyhound track a2 final at St James Park as He Told Ted continued his dominance of the stake. The Paul Hennessy trained son of Tyrur Ted and Who Told Marge was unbeaten throughout the stake and continuous clocked very fast times.
In the final there was a real buckle between Who Told Ted and Castlehill Billy in the early stages. The pair went to the first together, with He Told Ted then hugging the rails to move a length clear down the far side.
The 5/4 favourite kicked clear by two and a half lengths but he still had plenty of work to do. Triangle Lucca came through for second but this stake has been all about the 2010 Munster Derby winner.
Back on form, He Told Ted stayed clear to win by two and a half lengths in 29.12.
The night’s opener was an a5 race. The 5/1 chance Old Road Girl cut in from trap 6 but cleared all those on her inner running to the first bend. Norevale Dawn gave chase but never threatened to get to Old Road Girl.
Laurence Power’s daughter of Razldazl Billy and Oldroad Penny was three lengths clear passing the halfway point and while Norevale Dawn halved the deficit on the run home, Old Road Girl always had this one in the bag in 29.76.
The second race was an s2/s3 contest. The race was controlled from the front by Mary Metcalfe’s Curryhills Kenny (Top Honcho-Curryhills Fairy).
The 2/1 favourite was fast away and led Ascot Evan early on. Even Number Out tried to make a race of it but Curryhills Kenny was two lengths too good in 16.50.
Races 3 and 4 were semi-finals of the A4 stake. In the first semi, trainer Paul Hennessy was at it again. Touch Screen was very fast away from trap 4 and led around the first bend.
Shes Only Saying moved into contention into the second bend but she still had a length and a half to find on Touch Screen. Shes Only saying kept coming at the leader and the pair flashed across the line together.
The verdict went to Shes Only Saying (Maryville Rumble-Tyrur Tara) by a short head in 29.34.=
The second semi was won Hello Deejay (Late Late Show-Rosa Mystic). The winner missed the kick but managed to get up with the pace at the first bend.
There was bumping at the turn and this saw Hello Deejay shoot two and a half lengths clear. Riockmount Tip went after the leader, making inroads late on. However, the line came in time for Hello Deejay and he held on by a half a length in 29.94.
The winner of the fifth race was Shanghai Kuai (Westmead Joe-Lisloose Laura). The race was decided at the first bend. There was plenty of trouble but Shanghai Kuai was unaffected.
With a clear run, Shanghai Kuai pulled four lengths clear. Moonroe Exchange chased hard but was able to bridge the gap. Shanghai Kuai held on for a fourth career win by two and a half lengths in 29.37.
The early pace in the sixth race came from Slaneyside Banjo. The Derek Kehoe trained son of Royal Impact and Happy Holly got the bend on the inside of the pack before moving two lengths clear of Dysert Mistymorn at the second.
Slaneyside Banjo maintained a strong gallop up front and none of his rivals were able to get on terms. Square Bar came through for second but Slaneyside Banjo was professional upfront and triumphed by two lengths in 29.74.
For the third week in-a-row, Paul Hennessy sent out a treble. Once again Mama Odie was central to that success. Running in the a2/a3 contest, Mama Odie was in front on the run to the first and never looked back after that.
Career best effort
The 6/4 favourite stormed six lengths clear of Tribal Fantasy into the second bend, a lead she increased to nine lengths racing to the third. Tribal Fantasy clawed back two and a half lengths on the run home but Mama Odie was a very easy winner in 29.16.
It was a career best effort for the daughter of Crash and Mama Tina.
The Derby Trial Stake went the way of Mary Sweetman’s Kanasef (Crash-Oasis Now). The April 08 whelp likes Kilkenny and it showed as he made every yard of the running over the 550 yard trip.
Thorn Brae Brett gave chase to the leader but was always three lengths adrift. Kanasef kept on strongly and was never troubled. Welesbourne Dan came home strongly from off the pace but had to settle for second, three lengths adrift of Kanasef in 30.38.
The last race was the a1/a2 race and it was won by the in-form Suir Lucas (Big Daddy Cool-JanuarRobin). Cashmans Cat started best but Suir Lucas went up the inner around the first two bends.
Soldier Laddie followed Suir Lucas down the back stretch. The pair were locked together as they turned for home. Painting the rails, Suir Lucas got up to win a short head in 29.41.
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