There was one night’s greyhound racing in Kilkenny this week after the recent bonanza of racing. The mainstay of Friday’s card was the first four round heats of the Droopys Stud a2 525 stake.
The fastest time came in the second heat as Kellymount Gem (Scolari Me Daddy-Lemon Soul) came late to score in 29.13. Things were level early before Ashwood Henry took charge into the first bend. Henry burst two lengths clear of Terminal Two and held onto that lead into the third as Run Away Girl moved into the frame.
On the run home, Ashwood Henry began to tie up and just as Run Away Girl looked like she would get up for the win on the inner, Eileen Kelly’s Kellymount Gem came home to snatch the win in a career best time.
The opening heat was hot looking. Kenwood Impack, Ascot Eoin and Broc went to the first together. Kenwood Impack was on the inner and this helped him move a length clear of Ascot Eoin into the third. Kenwood Impack maintained that lead into the third as the field closed up in behind.
It looked like the leader would be picked off but the 6/4 favourite Kenwood Impack (Royal Impact-Marsin) showed plenty of guts to hold off Raheen Rondo by a length in 29.49.
Secide and Pure Phantom opened best in the next heat. Secide was a length up at the second bend, before doubling that into the third. Pure Phantom continued to give chase and was joined by High St Kingo.
High St Kingo ran into second place but it was far too little to late as Teresa Drohan’s Secide (Hondo Black-Handy Princess) won in 29.14. The fourth was won by the Karol Ramsbottom trained Figaruso (Ballymac Ruso-Droopys Caoimhe). The five dog heat saw Vale Ash lead up from trap 6 but he could not get across the bend and there was bumping.
Figaruso burst out of the pack and got five lengths clear. Sunset King went after the leader and clawed back two lengths. Sunset King kept coming but Figaruso held on to win in in 29.34.
The opening race was an a5 525 and it produced a thriller. Ascot Jake got the bend ahead of Random Idea. There was a length in it at the second but into the third Random Idea took control. Hazels Dog was a good seven lengths off the pace in third.
Random Idea looked to have it in the bag but Hazels Dog (Tullymurry Act-Slick Sakura) came home with a rattle to get up for an unlikely win in 29.61.
The a4 525 was an open betting heat. Arrigle Hi and Ballygur Dubh went to the bend together. Arrigle Hi ran the rails to ease clear. Arrigle Hi doubled his lead as Bernies Rocket joined Ballygur Dubh in pursuit. The long time leader dug deep but Bernies Rocket (Daves Mentor-Long Finger) stayed to get the win in 29.41.
Monagore Turf popped out in the a3/a4 race and set the early fractions. Clear around the first, Monagore Turf powered five lengths clear. The lead was up to seven by the third as Dysert Oisin gave chase.
Monagore Turf faded badly but held on from Dysert Oisin by a short head in 29.47.
The Sparta Maestro at Stud a3/a4 saw Royal Oak Sammy as 6/4 favourite. From a level start, it was Royal Oak Sammy who got the bend and despite running off the turn, Sammy moved three lengths clear of Kilbriens Kerry. The lead was down to two by the third before Kilbriens Kerry breezed into the lead.
Kilbriens Kerry then tried to throw the race away by running wide. Trained by Kevin McLean, Kilbriens Kerry (Droopys Vieri-Kerryroad Lucy) recovered to beat Royal Oak Sammy in 29.66.
Triangle Archie blasted his way to a career best effort in the Droopys Scolari a3 525. The winner flew to the bend, followed by Hughs Comet. Archie storming six lengths clear to the third.
Nicholas Nolan’s Triangle Archie (Ace Hi Rumble-Triangle Beyonce) saw out the 525 better than ever as he stayed clear to defeat Hughs Comet by four lengths in 29.14.