There was a bumper crowd for Friday’s racing at Kilkenny Greyhound Track with two finals and four second round heats of the Langton House Derby on the card.
Dannys Zebo led up from trap four in the opening race, getting the bend ahead of Cloncunny Bound. The Exorcists Syndicate’s Dannys Zebo was two lengths clear at the second and maintained that lead into the third. Cloncunny Bound challenged in the latter stages but it was not enough as Dannys Zebo held on by a half a length in 29.16.
Micks Bid led up in the A4 525 but got clipped at the first bend. This allowed Chubbys Coogee up the inner and into a length lead at the second turn.
Micks Bid closed to within a half a length into the third before outstaying her rival Chubbys Coogee on the run home. Micks Bid got her maiden win at the tenth time of asking, coming home a length clear in 29.57.
In the second race Kilbally Bob used his rails berth to lead up and around the first bend. Dysert Oisin drew level at the second bend and there was nothing between the pair into the third. With a long run to the line, the favourite Kilbally Bob continued to save ground on the rails. He eventually pulled away to win by two and a half lengths in 30.65.
The A3/A4 race saw Condor Amy led up on the rails. When she went around the first bend in front, the race was over as a contest. Bernies Rocket came through for second spot but there was no catching Condor Amy who obliged by four lengths in 29.24.
Northern raider Whaoo Wheoo showed first in the D1 final and led into the first bend where there was trouble. Redwood Jodie and Step In Henry chased the leader up the home straight for the first time but were five lengths in arrears at the third bend. Whaoo Wheoo continued to lead down the back stretch but Step In Henry closed to within striking distance at the fifth bend. Redwood Jodie was not too far away either but neither managed to close the gap fully and the brave Whaoo Wheeoo held on to claim victory by a head in 40.88.
The fifth race on the card looked a match between Rattling Along and Kilara Merc, with the latter being favoured due to trap draw. However, no one told the James Robinson-trained Uncle Rooney who led the fast starting Condor Star into the first bend.
Showing plenty of early dash, Uncle Rooney slipped three lengths clear of Kilara Merc at the second bend and held that lead down to the third, seeing it out by a length and a half in 30.45.
Karlow Master bounced back to top form with a massive victory in the sixth race. From a level start, Karlow Master got the bend from trap two and then ran his rivals ragged. Karlow Master streaked clear as Garryglass Sammy managed to secure second spot, albeit a long way back from the impressive winner who romped home to win by 11 lengths in 29.12.
Skyview Blue and Master Gorryisle started fast and went to the first together in the A1 525. The latter got the bend and skipped three lengths clear of the wide running Ballybough Oz at the second bend.
Down the far side Norristown Bud took off and joined the front running Master Gorryisle into the third bend. Norristown Bud went on hold the renewed challenge of Master Gorryisle and the fast finishing Loughteen Eoin by a length in 29.36.
Mister Bates and Painstown Chief battled it out early in the second heat in race eight and went to the first just ahead of the field.
There was trouble at the turn allowing Mister Bates to skip four lengths clear of Olympic Money. The challenger was within a length of Mister Bates at the third bend. On the race to the line, the Paul Hennessy-trained Olympic Money outstayed Mister Bates by a length in 29.61.
From traps Millies Tavern and Lughill Edward were quickest to hit top gear in the evening’s ninth race. The pair went to the first together where Millies Tavern ran off the bend. Whiteys Eagle went up the inner to take over from his kennel companion.
Millies Tavern was soon back on terms and there was very little between the pair into the third turn, before Millies Tavern streaked away to win by seven lengths in 29.41.