Once again there was a great night of racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday with the Kilford Arms Hotel McCalmont Cup taking centre stage. The two semi finals were of the highest quality with little between the winners on the clock.
The second semi final saw trainer Pat Buckley take two of the spots with Killinan Cash and Boherna Rumble, with Garryglass Marco sandwiched between them. The race saw a thoroughly professional performance from Killinan Cash (Boherna On Air-Lifes Beautiful). The winner went up best from trap 4 and was a length ahead of Garryglass Marco around the first bend.
The lead was up to two lengths at the second and then three lengths into the third as Killinan Cash took a stranglehold on proceedings. There was no stopping the September 10 whelp who stayed away to win by three lengths in 29.01. A similar performance from trap 3 next week, will see Killinan Cash hard to beat.
The opening semi-final was just one spot slower than the second. It saw the Maria Byrne trained Don’s Dart (Black Shaw-Dons Fantasy) book his place in the final with a win. Helens Magic led up from trap 5 and was in front around the opening two turns.
High St Kingo was a length back in second turning down the back stretch, with a further length back to Dons Dart. High St Kingo challenged the leader approaching the third and soon hit the front. It was a short lived lead as Dons Dart challenged High St Kingo and High St Kingo was forced backwards.
Off the pace
Dons Dart galloped on to defeat Helens Magic by two and a half lengths in 29.02, with a further neck back to the fast finishing Kellymount Gem in third.
The first semi-final of the high quality a3 Smooth Daddy at Stud stake saw Glendara Rory sent off the 5/4 favourite, but he was off the pace early on as Kenwood Impack led up from trap 4. Three lengths clear of Kellymount Dale at the second bend, Kenwood Impack saw his lead whittled down into the third as Glendara Rory arrived on the scene and he was flying.
Hit the front
The jolly hit the front into the last and pulled away to win by a length and a half in 29.28 for trainer Murty Leahy and owner William O’Keeffe.
In the second semi-final Garryglass Sheba found herself in her beloved trap 1 once more and she duly took full advantage. The Karol Ramsbottom trained daughter of Hometown Boy Nga and Felltop Flyer led to the first and moved two lengths clear of Me Daddy Rocks into the second bend.
Me Daddy Rocks showed big pace to close the gap into the third, but Garryglass Sheba firmly shut the door and his chance was gone. Garryglass Sheba was left clear to win by four lengths in a career best 29.20.
A level break
The first semi-final of the 12 dog O Faolain Bar a3 525 stake was level into the first bend. Flashy Scolari went on and was a length clear of Helens Champ and Broc at the second bend.
The lead was still a length at the third but Helens Champ was now challenging on his own. The pair were soon level and looked to have it between them. Joseph Graham’s Newyork Minuet had other ideas and swooped late to deny Helens Champ by a length in 29.47.
The second semi was very tight going to the bend and room was at a premium. After plenty of bumping, Staplestown Road was a length up on Flomur Antics at the second bend. There was still a length in it by the third bend, but Flomur Antcis was about to make his move.
Patrick Murphy’s Flomur Antics (Premier Fantasy-Flomur Pebbles) just managed to outstay Staplestown Road on the run in to win by a half a length in 29.62.
The night’s opener was an a5 contest and it was won by Wise Fantasy. The winner led up from trap 6 and was two lengths clear at the first bend. Running the bends well, Wise Fantasy kicked five lengths clear down the far stretch.
Fennis Gorm gave chase but made no impression. Old Road Ego ran on late in the day to secure second but the tiring Wise Fantasy (Premier Fantasy-Flomur Pebbles) held on by a length and a half in 29.56.
The a4 race saw Black Foot start fast from trap 1 and she led Flomur Dan to the first bend. Powering on between the bends, Black Foot shot five lengths clear into the back stretch. There was no change in proceedings to the third as Ballygur Dubh gave chase. On the run home, Slaneyside Beryl ran on strongly as Black Foot faded.
It mattered not as Thomas Hughes’ Black Foot(Barefoot Bolt-Dubh Magic) held on by a length in 29.51.
The a1/2 contest saw the reserve Howsyerdaymurt lead up from trap 5 and he then just got across the bend in front of Big Bam. There was trouble behind the leader and this left just Tinahue Summer and Howsyerdaymurt in contention.
The latter had a length lead at the second and maintained that lead all the way to the last bend. Tinahue Summer kept challenging but Brian Ellard’s
Howsyerdaymurt (Kinloch Brae-Kilara Fiona) kept finding and saw it out by a half a length in 29.13.