On Friday night the postponed greyhound card from the previous week was run in Kilkenny. Highlight was the final of the Mister Bates a3 final.
It may have been an a3 stake, but it was far greater in quality. Garryglass Sammy showed best and led up to the first bend. He ran off the turn and impeded Manners Legend, who in turn bumped Pookies Plan.
That bother allowed the slow starting Karlow James up into second place, a length adrift of Garryglass Sammy at the second. Henry Kelly’s Karlow James powered down the far side to take control.
The strong running son of Kiltrea Kev and Kiltrea Ally galloped to the line to defeat Olympic Money by in 29.50.
In the novice 12 dog stake there was victories for Witness in Court and Berkey.
The opener was an early paced contest where being in front out of the first bend proved key. It was Daddy Said who led around the first and he led the way home.
Roleby Jenny gave chase but never looked like troubling the runaway Daddy Said, who scored in 30.02.
Despite not flying the traps, Urard Chaton led up on the rails and was clear around the first in the second. The leader was sweet on the bends and kicked six lengths clear.
Staplestown Road chased down the far side but made no impression. On the run home, Urard Chaton struggled and Staplestown Road got within two lengths.
However, Urard Chaton held on by two lengths in 30.20.
In the Track Supporters Club n1 525 semi-final, Witness In Court showed a blast of pace to lead Pookies Storm around the first bend. The latter ran off the turn as Witness in Court shot six lengths clear.
The Liam Hayes trained Witness In Court was still in charge turning for home but checked off the last turn. This saw Pookies Storm close up but Witness In Court had enough done to win in 29.96.
The second semi-final saw Kilara Rusty get a dream run up the inside. Kilara Rusty took full advantage and led Berkley by a length at the second bend.
Berkley closed the gap into the third and tried to make his move on the rails. Kilara Rusty closed the door and went on again.
Incredibly, Kilara Rusty then checked allowing Berkley through. Berkley, trained by Murt Leahy, went on to defeat the running on Pookies Sue by three lengths in 30.25.
Hedge Your Bet and Chubbys Coogee started best in the a5 contest. The latter went on along the rails and was a length ahead of Random Robbie at the second bend.
Chubbys Coogee, trained by Brendan Everard, took control into the third bend and pulled away to defeat Slaneyside Falls in 30.17.
The sixth race was messy. Slippersforwooly started well and led Ballydaniel Ash at the first bend. The pair tangled at the second, putting an end to their chances.
Good Angel went by and was a length ahead of Random Megan at the third bend. Good Angel kept motoring to win in 30.39 as Slippersforwooly rallied for second.
After getting the bend in race eight ahead of Fiancee Alsation, the reserve Pops Sandie powered on and was two lengths clear of Target Trev at the second turn. Pops Sandie held off Target Trev into the third and kicked for home.
Mt Leinster Ash ran on to claim second but there was no catching Pops Sandie, who won in 29.72.
The last race saw Ballybough Oz sent off the hot favourite. Ballybough Oz led up but Deenside Hero was a bit closer than expected.
The wide running leader was a length clear at the second, with Tubrid Beauty second. Ballybough Oz moved three lengths clear as Deenside moved into second.
The run to the line saw Ballybough Oz reeled in as Deenside Hero got up to win in 29.55.
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