For the second week in-a-row John J. Dunne’s Emers Boy caught the eye when he won in the Golden Oldies a3/a4 stake. And for the second week in-a-row, the son of Duke Special and Glengall Beauty stopped the clock in 29.10.
The odds on favourite went up well and got the bend. Emers Boy went on followed by Foulscourt Max and Galley Droopy out of the second. Passing the halfway point, the hotpot was three lengths to the good, a lead he maintained to the third bend.
Emers Boy did come back to Galley Droopy up the home stretch but he had enough done to secure the victory by a length. Emers Boy is not quite getting the full 255 in Kilkenny but while he continues to go as well early, he will take plenty of beating.
The first heat of the hot looking a3/a4 stake looked open on paper. Saratoga Jack was fast away and led up to the first. Inmojohands followed the leader to the turn but ran off the bend. Saratoga Jack turned out of the second bend two lengths in front of a recovering Inmojohands.
The lead was down to a length by the third and in a matter of strides, Inmojohands had joined the leader on the outer. In behind them Uppergrange Tipy was making her move but she ran into the rear of the tiring Saratoga Jack. All this left Inmojohands clear and Austin Purcell’s son of Head Bound and In Good Hands saw the race out to defeat the running on Ballycaum Lass by two lengths in 29.49.
Stepped up on previous efforts
Dublinhill Hawk (Westmead Hawk-Dublinhill Pride) stepped up on his previous efforts to land the second heat. Ballarue Blackie, Brow Mountain and Dublinhill Hawk all went well to the bend. Dublinhill Hawk got the turn on the inner and never looked back.
The Hawk moved two lengths clear into the second and was three lengths in advance of Brow Mountain at the third. Brow Mountain chased hard but had no answer to the impressive Dublinhill Hawk. Dublin Hawk crossed the line, three and a half lengths clear in 29.18.
The third heat was level early before Ullid Doodle went on to lead around the turn. Ullid Doodle was two lengths clear of Heavens Comet at the second and ran smartly to the third bend to take an extra length out of his main rival. Turning for home, Farran Vidic came into it and Pookies Maria began to finish strongly.
Ullid Doodle (Black Shaw-Ullid Ella) held them all off by a length and a half in 29.32. Farran Vidic got up for second, a head in front of Heavens Comet with Pookies Maria the odd one out as she failed to qualify, a further short head back in fourth.
The opening race on the card was an a4 one and it saw Two Miler come out of traps fastest. However, the real early dash came from the reserve in trap 6, Tarsna Rossi. Rossi led up and around the first two bends and heading down the far side he was three lengths to the good.
The lead was up to four lengths by the third but the leader was still a long way from home. It proved that the finish line was too far away as Two Miler reeled in the tiring Tarnsa Rossi in the latter stages. Two Miler(Kinloch Brae-Dundooan Diva) stayed on well to win by a length in 29.50.
A good week
Arabian Gary made it a good week for the Webster kennels as he took the a1/a2 race. There were four dogs in-a-row heading into the first and Arabian Gary took advantage of his rails position to go around on the paintwork and lead Locnamon Ruby at the second bend.
The pair went on together and there was still not too much in it by the third. Arabian Gary (Nobooth For Gary-Joanne Princess) continued to hug the rails and saved valuable ground. Arabian Gary stayed on well to oblige by two lengths in 29.42.
Locnamon Angel and Bawnfune Bound went to the first bend together in the a2 525. Locnamon Angel held her position on the rails around the bend and edged a length clear into the second. There was no change in the running order approaching the second last but Locnamon’s greater stamina came to the fore over the last 150 yards.
Ger Langton’s daughter of Royal Impact and Locnamon Belle eased away to win by three and a half lengths in 29.30.
In race eight, Ballygur Ted (Tyrur Ted-Lemon Shakira) posted the fastest time of the night at a sizzling 28.99. The 4-year-old belied his age as he scorched three lengths clear into the first turn.
Those in behind struggled to get into gear as Ballygur Ted stormed seven lengths clear out of the second. There would be no catching Ballygur Ted from here and William Hanlon’s fawn dog galloped on to victory.
Mickys Trickster did come out of the pack to chase Ballygur Ted home but Ted was home by four lengths in stunning fashion.
The final race of the night was an a2/a3 race. Dublinhill Boy had the freedom of the track to lead up from trap one as Mt Leinster Link edged very wide from trap two. Dublinhill Boy had the speed to get clear into the turn and he powered four lengths clear into the second.
The lead was up to five lengths at the third bend and Dublinhill Boy was well on his way to a thirteenth career win. Emmas Assurance ran on stongly to get second but she could not quite get to Dublinhill Boy (Goldmine Ramble-Glengall Beauty) who held on by a length in 29.31.