Red Mills juvenile champion De Real McCoy came back to Kilkenny on Friday night and showed he still enjoys the track. He clocked the fastest time of the night.
The odds on favourite was led early by Woolie No Shoes but he used his prime rails berth to move up and sit about two lengths off the leader at the second bend. De Real McCoy, trained by Paul Hennessy, hit the front and kicked for home.
Pippy ran on up the home straight but the hotpot proved himself two lengths too good. De Real McCoy (Vans Escalade-All Dolled Up) stopped the clock in a smart 28.92.
The semi-finals of the Mary Ramsbottom memorial stake saw wins for Helens Magic and Terminal Two. It really will be a final worth watching next week. In the 12 dog a3 stake, Garryglass Sheba and Atopgear took the plaudits. The open 725 was a one dog race only Boozed Bubble getting a run.
Blue Ballydaniel led up in the opener before railing well to ease two lengths clear of the favourite Howsyerdaymurt at the second. The lead was three lengths by the third but Howsyerday was not finished.
The challenger began to close off the last and got up to nab the fading Blue Ballydaniel on the line. The winning distance was a short head in 29.50.
The second race was a hot looking puppy contest. Blackstone Roy asserted into the bend and avoided the bumping in behind. The leader shot four lengths clear before powering seven lengths clear into the third over the favourite Lemon Miley.
Barefoot Blake ran on to claim second. The impressive Blackstone Roy was home and hosed by seven and a half lengths in 29.09.
In the Betting on the Tote a3 525 semi-final, Bellmore Shelly started best and led Atopgear and Garryglass Sammy into the first bend. Garryglass Sammy joined the leader at the second. The pair were locked together down to the third.
Atopgear arrived on the scene at the third bend but ended up clipping Bellmore Shelly. Both lost momentum. Garryglass Sammy kicked for home but Atopgear came again and picked him off. Feed Me Cherrys finished strongly but Atopgear held on by a neck in 29.77.
Ascot Eoin and Garryglass Sheba went well to the turn in the next semi. The latter cut off her rival at the bend and went two lengths clear. There was no change down the far side. Try as Ascot Eoin did, he never looked like bridging the gap to the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Sheba.
The winning distance was a length and a half in 29.27.
Newyork Minuet trapped smartly and took an early lead in his race before being joined going to the first by Sweetest Victory. The pair were together at the second but Newyork Minuet edged three lengths clear into the third as Slaneyside Beryl went second.
Woe Katie came home with a rattle and quickly began to reel in Newyork Minuet. However, the line came just in time for Newyork Minuet who held on by a head in 29.36.
The open 725 was decided at the first bend. Boozed Bubble got around the bend in front and with trouble in behind, Boozed Bubble was left clear. Boozed Bubble built up a 12 length lead over Itellyagirl and eventually ran out a nine length winner in 40.81, in a race where only one dog got into it.
In the Mary Ramsbottom memorial a2 525 first semi-final Black Foot started fast. She led around the first two bends. Black Foot was two lengths up at the second with Terminal Two and Beautys Whisper tucked in behind.
Terminal Two drew level with Black Foot but Black Foot dug deep. In the end, Terminal Two got up to win as Black Foot tired. The winning distance was a length and a half in 29.34.
The second semi-final was a race full of early dash. Helens Magic showed the most to lead Mesedo Black into the first. Helens Magic led by a length at the second. In a most enjoyable contest, Helens Magic defeated the fading Mesedo Black in 29.28.