A LARGE crowd enjoyed top class racing at Kilkenny greyhound track at St James Park on Friday. It was a benefit night meeting for the long established city GAA club, Dicksboro, and it was a huge success.
Some Touch, owned by the Don’t Know Syndicate, grabbed the 1,500 euro first prize in the Ramsbottom memorial final after flying from traps. She led early from Cill Dubh Tommy and the evens favourite Locnamon Angel.
The winner was always out front and crossed the line two lengths clear of Cill Dubh Tommy in the fastest time of the meeting, 29.13.
The A4 525 final saw Royal Oak Sammy go to traps as 6-4 favourite. The race was over at traps when the favourite blasted out and took control of the race.
It was a trip to line victory. He was a length and a half clear at the half way point from Lemon Ella. He duly drew clear and won by five lengths from a staying on Bernies Rocket in a time of 29.20.
The in-form Princess Gael won her fourth race on the trot when clocking 29.24. Led early by Dr Phil, but the Princess had worked into second place early in the back straight.
Cheers all the way
She took the lead going into the third bend and it was cheers all the way home for her backers. She won by over two lengths from reserve Crucial Diaby.
In the fifth race on the card Jaguar Lorcan led early to the first bend. The reserve Ballycaum Blackie was in close attendance.
Blackie took it up out of the second bend and went clear to win by four lengths from Jaguar Lorcan in a time of 29.47.
The punters who put Drunken Thought in as 1-2 favourite got badly burned when reserve, Slaneyside Diego showed good early pace to lead around the opening bend. The favourite was running second down the back straight.
Although Drunken Thought kept coming, Slaneyside Diego didn’t let up and held on to win by a length in 29.48.
Punters got off to a good start in the first race when they sent off Sup Bel as evens favourite. From a level break Aoife’s Hope led down the back straight.
However, the favourite was running strongly and came home over three lengths clear of the early leader in a time of 29.54.
In the fourth race on the card Garryglass Moscow went off as 5-4 favourite. However, his chances of winning were ended at the first bend when he was nudged off the running line.
Raggletoy Mia avoided the trouble and led Howsyerdaymurt and Ascot Eoin down the back straight.
As the leader faded Murt got up by a short head from Eoin to win in 29.59.
The third race an was open betting race. Foulkscourt Echo was best away, but Sandyhill Smuft got the run off the bend and led down the back straight.
Head Barman was now running second. He produced his usual strong finish to take it up off the last bend to win going away by over two lengths in 29.81.
The sprint on the card (300 yards) was a five runner event. There was a lot of trouble at the first bend. Uppergrange Bob avoided it and ran out the easiest of winners by seven lengths in 16.51