Ger Langton’s Locnamon Angel is quickly becoming the angel of the punters at Kilkenny track. She justified favouritism to remain unbeaten in the stake. Running in the first semi-final of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a3 525, Locnamon Angel was sent off the 5/4 favourite.
She did not disappoint. Locnamon Angel asserted soon after the traps opened and got the bend ahead of Heavens Comet. Locnamon Angel railed brilliantly to blast five lengths clear into the second. Punters were rubbing their hands with glee as she made her way down the far side.
Heavens Comet shaved off a length on the leader into the third but could get no closer and dropped off. Welesbourne Dan ran on to get second spot but never troubled the impressive Locnamon Angel (Royal Impact-Locnamon Belle) in a sizzling 29.04.
The second semi-final was a much tighter affair. Some Touch was away well but she was outdone on the run to the first bend by Secide. Sedice went on and led Some Touch and Ballylooby Bart into the second bend.
By the third Secide was two lengths clear and that was enough of a cushion as Some Touch is not the strongest of finishers. Some Touch clawed a length back but that was as close as she got as Secide (Hondo Black-Handy Princess) triumphed for Teresa Drohan in 29.51.
Clear on opening bends
The first race, an a4 525 went the way of Ballycaum Lass (Top Honcho-Shellys Crown) trained by Karol Ramsbottom. Tombreane Hawk led early from trap 1 and was clear around the first two bends. Ballycaum Lass was second turning down the back stretch, in company with Olearys Mikey.
Tombreane Hawk was two lengths clear at the third but those in behind still looked full of running. The strong running Ballycaum Lass closed the gap and took it up on the inner off the last. Uppergrange Tipy ran on to finish second but could not get to Ballycaum Lass who won by two lengths in 29.57.
Ascot Andrew (Crash-Ascot Leah) got back to winning ways in the a4 525. The race was level early and into the first. Ascot Andrew and Flomur Perla went on together out of the first and there was nothing in it at the second.
Flomur Perla edged ahead into the first but on the run in, Ascot Andrew had more in the tank and he pulled away for a sixth career win. Itellyagirl ran on to finish second, three and a half lengths in arrears in 29.66.
Lemon Ella made it back to back wins in the Phoenix Award Winners a4 525 1st semi-final. The winner was buffeted back on the run up but recovered well to trail just Millbrook John at the second bend. Millbrook John was three lengths clear at the third but by the last, he was out on his feet.
Lemon Ella, Picadilly Tiny and Foulkscourt Max all got past the long time leader up the home straight. In a close finish Tom Lennon’s Lemon Ella (Hometown Boy Nga-Lemon Divine) saw off Foulkscourt Max by a neck in 29.68.
Brian Ellard’s Royal Oak Sammy (Make My Day-Nos Na Coinin) made all the running to land the spoils in the second semi final. After powering to the first, Royal Oak Sammy was five length in advance of Ullid Key at the second bend. The lead was up to nine lengths by the third and it was clear that Royal Oak Sammy was about to post a career best effort.
Royal Oak Sammy faded late on as Bernies Rocket finished strongly but the race was already decided by then. Royal Oak Sammy triumphed by a much reduced two lengths in 29.27.
The a3 525 saw trainer Karol Ramsbottom complete a double. Garryglass Marco (Hades Rocket-Garryglass Jess) managed to get across the bend from trap 5 and this caused plenty of bumping in behind. Marco went on and was three lengths in advance of Everythings Rosy coming out of the second bend.
Garryglass Marco doubled his advantage into the third and ran out an easy winner despite coming wide off the last. The winning distance was four lengths in 29.41.
Races 8 and 9 were semi-finals of a 12 dog a2 stake sponsored by Kevin Moore Building Contractor. In the opening semi Dr Phil showed massive early dash to lead up.
There was trouble behind the leader at the first bend and this left Dr Phil a log way clear. Passing the halfway point, Dr Phil was eight lengths ahead of Monabrogue Mona. Dr Phil faded a little on the run in but he had enough done to win by five lengths in 29.37.
Princess Gael (Head Bound-Lemon Sophie), trained by Martin Leahy for the Loughlin Gaels syndicate is a lady in fine fettle at the moment. She won again on Friday night as she defeated Helens Magic by four lengths in 29.08. Once Princess Gael led around the first bend, this race was over as a contest.
Helens Magic bravely tried to make a race of it but very few dogs running in Kilkenny at the moment would come from behind Princess Gael. The August 09 bitch raced onwards to win by four lengths in 29.08.