Friday night’s card at Kilkenny greyhound track featured a mixture of graded races and semi-finals.
In the opening semi of the Gain Feeds a3 stake, Garryglass Sammy was in super form as he slammed all in a blistering 29.03 run.
The winner was a big price despite going best in the first round. The 2/1 shot was drawn in trap six but that proved no obstacle as he went up straight and strong.
Garryglass Sammy was five lengths clear of Glengall Girl by the second and added a further length to that approaching the third. Triangle Shiraz came through for second spot but the Karol Ramsbottom-trained Garryglass Sammy was home and hosed by four and a half lengths.
Drawn in trap five in the final this Friday, Sammy looks like he will take a lot of stopping.
The opener (a4 525) was level early before Pure Palomar asserted. The pace setter edged a length clear of Feed Me Scampi, a lead he maintained to the third. On the run home Pure Palomar eased away as Kilbally Tom ran on. Kilbally Tom could get no closer than three and a half lengths in 29.72.
From a level start Blackstone Maxx led the pack into the first bend. There was trouble behind and this allowed Maxx skip three lengths clear into the second. Tribal Pearl gave chase down the far side but made no impression on the leader.
Blackstone Maxx never missed a beat as he held off the strong finishing Dysert Song by two lengths in 29.69, securing a third career start in the process.
Race three, a4 525, saw Mas Hostage sent off favourite. Despite a fast start she was soon in trouble. Random Maeve led up from trap four but was quickly joined by Zippy Sixpence. Zippy Sixpence edged a length clear into the third bend as Karlow Master moved into the picture.
Karlow Master tried to reel in Zippy Sixpence late on but it was Zippy Sixpence who took the win by a half a length in 29.62.
In race four, the Kilgraney Kennels a4 525, Bellmore Shelly dominated with a blistering start. The winner shot out of trap four and was well clear around the first bend. The lead was five lengths over Dynamic Lad at the second bend, a lead that was up to six lengths by the third. Dynamic Lad stayed on as Bellmore
Shelly faded but in the end, Shelly had enough done to hold on in 29.47.
In the second semi-final Tubrid Beauty showed first and led to the bend followed by Pookies Plan. Pookies Plan ranged up on the outer at the second bend and was clear in a matter of strides. Lemon Miley challenged Pookies Plan into the third bend but the April 12 youngster was not for passing.
Pookies Plan dug deep and raced away to defeat Lemon Miley by three lengths in a smart 29.30.
In the a4 525 semi-final the sprightly veteran Mt Leinster Link led up from trap two despite coming wide. Rackethall Bond went up the inner at the first bend and the pair were level turning down the back stretch. Mt Leinster Link went on again and was a length clear of Rackethall Bond and Kells Joy into the third.
Mt Leinster Link led to the home straight but in the shadow of the post Kells Joy got up to win by a head in 29.52.
In the Gain Feeds a3 525 second semi Kilara Hey Mac, Triangle Archie and Shaws Blaze all vied for early supremacy.
Kilara Hey Mac got the bend on the inner and moved a length clear of Shaws Blaze into the second.
Hey Mac took control into the third. The Paul Hennessy-trained Kilara Hey Mac won by four lengths in 29.34, with Shaws Blaze second.
In race nine (a2/a3 525) things were level early and heading to the opening bend it looked like Staplestown Road was going to go around the first in front.
However, Raheen Boy swept by on the outer and powered into a six length lead at the second bend. Barefoot Agent soon moved into second place but with Raheen Boy seven lengths to the good at the third, this race was over as a contest.
Barefoot Agent finished well but Raheen Boy was doing a run up front and easily scored by four lengths in a brilliant 28.96.