Despite a day of rain, Kilkenny track was in good condition on Friday night. After the storms of the previous days, which saw racing postponed on Wednesday night, a small crowd attended.
The bulk of the card was made up of stakes. The fastest time was posted by Garryglass Sammy in the opening heat of the Gain Feeds a3 stake. Garryglass Sammy flew up from trap 2, and led the field around the opening two bends.
Garryglass Sammy was three lengths clear of Arabian Arch into the second, a lead he maintained into the third. Trained by Karol Ramsbottom, Garryglass Sammy stayed away to win in 29.13, a career best effort.
The opening second round heat of the Kilgraney Kennels 525 was won by Tubrid Beauty. The strong running bitch was up with the pace early and led the field. Tubrid Beauty was two lengths clear of Dynamic Lad at the second but the challenger halved the deficit into the third.
It mattered little as Tubrid Beauty pulled away to win by three and a half lengths in 29.59.
Bricken Rose started well in heat two but got swallowed into the first. Amcas Pines ran off the bend and caused a lot of bumping. Arabian Spirit came out of the trouble and was a length up on Amcas Pines at the second bend.
Olympic Money took over up front down the far side and led the pack by a length at the third bend. The Paul Hennessy trained Olympic Money galloped away to defeat Lemon Miley by five lengths in 29.76.
The third heat saw Pookies Plan and Feed Me Caviar go best to the first bend. Pookies Plan took up the running on the inner and skipped five lengths clear into the second. Plan powered down the back stretch and increased his advantage. Slaneyside Jody ran on into second but the impressive Pookies Plan was home by five lengths in a sizzling 29.25.
In heat four, Bellmore Shelly and Arrigle Hi vied for early supremacy. Bellmore Shelly railed and was a length up on Arrigle Hi at the second. The pair were level into the third. Bellmore Shelly went on again.
Arrigle Hi came back up the home straight but Bellmore Shely held on by a half a length in 29.70.
The a2 contest was level early and into the first. Howsyerdaymurt went on along the rails and opened up a two length lead over Droopys Kenzi into the second bend.
The lead was down to a length by the third but Howsyerdaymurt kept on finding up front. Royal Blaze and Droopys Kenzi challenged the long-time leader. As the trio crossed the line, it was the Murt Leahy trained Droopys Kenzi who got up to deny the game Howsyerdaymurt by a short head in 29.72.
Race 7 a3 525 Gains Feeds a3 rd 1 ht 2
Triangle Archie, Shaws Blaze and Glengall Girl went to the bend together in the second of the Gains Feeds heats. Triangle Archie had the key draw on the rails. He took full advantage as he ran the paintwork to shoot four lengths clear of Shaws Blaze at the second bend.
There was no change into the third and Triangle Archie easily saw it out by two lengths in 29.35 despite the late efforts of Shaws Blaze.
Kilara Hey Mac was all the rage in the third heat but he had to give best to Feed Me Scallops early doors. Kilara Hey Mac tracked the leader around the first two bends and was a length off the leader.
Kilara Hey Mac switched sides into the third bend. This allowed Condor Star to sneak into the picture. Both Condor Star and Kilara Hey Mac tried to pass Feed Me Scallops around the third bend. Condor Star got by on the inner quicker and this helped her get home by two lengths in 29.36.
The finale (Open 525) saw money for Kellymount Gem and Garryglass Marco. It was a little bumpy at traps before Emers Boy and Garryglass Marco showed. Random Idea went up the inner and took the first bend ahead of the pair. Garryglass Marco ran the bends well and was a length up at the second. The favourite got complete control. Kellymount Gem cut through the pack and rattled home. Kellymount closed but the line came in time for the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Marco (29.34).
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