Racing survived in Kilkenny on Friday despite a day of rain. The track was rated .50 slow for the three finals decided. The hottest looking final was the A1 Rearing and Schooling a2 stake.
This race produced plenty of early dash on the outer. Mister Bates started best from trap 5 but pushed inwards. This gave Ballybough Oz plenty of room on the outer and he took full advantage.
Continuing to run a wide course, Ballybough Oz was two lengths ahead of Mister Bates at the second bend. The leader streaked clear into the third, powering six lengths ahead. The Murt Leahy trained son of Makeshift and High St Miley seems to keep his best for the finals.
He remained in control to the line. Pat Carroll’s Ballybough Oz won comfortably in 29.35 to claim his second final in recent weeks.
The other finals were won by Raheen Rondo and Kilara Diva.
In the opening race Pops Sandie went trap to line. The winner came a little wide from trap 1 but still managed to lead Droopys Cody around the first bend. The leader was much sweeter between the turns afterwards.
The lead went up to five lengths and though Droopys Cody challenged late on, there was no catching Pops Sandie who won in 29.77.
Walkabout Jess started well in race two and led to the bend. There was plenty of trouble which continued into the second. Random Lady swept by on the outer and took over.
Random Lady was two lengths clear of Walkabout Jess around the third and on the run to the line, she stayed away to win by two and a half lengths in 30.16.
In the St Mullins GAA n1 525 novice final, Kilara Diva and Archie Lad missed the kick as Vic MacBally led up from trap 5. Drawn closer to the rails, Kilara Diva was able to go up the inner. She was back in contention by the second, albeit four lengths adrift of Vic MacBally.
Kilara Diva closed the gap into the third and was on terms while Archie Lad also moved into contention. The Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Diva stormed clear to defeat Vic MacBally in 30.20.
Pendle Kate took a flyer from trap 1 in race four and led around the opening two turns. Stage Gold Gary tracked the leader before drawing level at halfway.
Stage Gold Gary moved a length clear into the third with Pendle Kate and Ballydaniel King behind. The sprightly veteran Stage Gold Gary stormed away to defeat the running on Mt Leinster Jack in 29.92.
In the Niall Comerford memorial a4 final Raheen Rondo was sent off the 5/4 favourite. The contest was level early and into the first. After plenty of bumping Laptop Lady went on and was a length up on Raheen Rondo and De Star Lord at the second bend.
Raheen Rondo joined the leader into the third but Laptop Lady was in no mood to be passed. The duo battled it out all the way to the line with Raheen Rondo getting the verdict by a neck in 29.81.
The sixth race saw Curramore Doll lead up on the outer. The pace setter was kept wide around the first as Ballydaniel Lime slipped through on the inner.
Ballydaniel Lime was a half a length up at the second bend. He doubled that advantage into the third bend. Curramore Doll would not go away. She came with a late surge to outdo Ballydaniel Lime by a head in 30.25.
In the A1 Rearing and Schooling a2 525 final, Dysert Maestro showed best early to lead Bold And Free. There was a length between the pair at the second but into the third Dysert Maestro doubled his lead.
Bold And Free and Urard Katie challenged late on but the line came in time for the Maria Byrne trained Dysert Maestro to win by a half a length from Bold and Free in 29.63.
The last race saw Garryglass Messi lead up from trap 5 despite pushing inwards. The leader showed the way around the opening two bends and heading down the back stretch Garryglass Messi was three lengths clear of Kells Rebel. The front running Garryglass Messi was five lengths clear by the third as Mays Spirit gave chase.
Mays Spirit closed but the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Messi held on by two lengths in 29.52.