Paul Hennessy showed off a strong hand as the crowd turned out for the semi-finals of the Red Mills Juvenile Stake at Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday.
The opening semi-final saw a level break, but the heavily-favoured Jaytee Valencia managed to get the bend ahead of the pack and moved two lengths clear of Karlow Master at the second bend. Jaytee Valencia added another length to his lead racing to the third but Karlow Master was not deterred.
Karlow Master challenged late but the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Valencia (Farley Blitz-Bling Bling Bolt) won by a length and a half in 29.01.
The opening a4 525 provided hot betting as four dogs were backed. However, it was one of the lesser supported dogs, Ascot Woodie, who was a length up at the second and maintained that advantage over Ballybough Oz into the third. Blackstone Chief, who moved well in behind, came through to challenge late on but Ascot Woodie took victory by a length and a half in 29.44.
The favourite Bishops Wood missed the kick again but showed early pace to barge into contention around the first bend in the a4 525. Six lengths clear of Random Maeve and Sallybog Bolt at the second, Bishops Wood extended that lead to seven lengths around the third. On the run home, however, Bishops Wood stopped to a walk and was collared by Sallybog Bolt who got by to win by a length in 29.59.
Old Road Henry and Catching Bolt battled it out early on in the first heat of the Morrissey Stakes and James Tynan Memorial, with Catching Bolt getting the bend on the inner. Catching Bolt was two lengths up at the second but Old Road Henry took over near the third.
The field looked to be closing up in behind, but Old Road Henry found plenty. Pulling away, Old Road Henry beat Cill Dubh Parkjoe by three lengths in 29.82.
In the second heat the odds-on jolly Tearaway La built up a three-length lead over Yasnoozeyalose into the second bend. The pace-setter maintained that lead into the third and looked to be in a strong position. However, the Perry Aylward trained Yasnoozeyalose gradually wore him down and got up by a short head in 29.52.
The third heat saw the Old Road Kennels complete a double as Old Road Cody opened a two-length lead over Tubrid Beauty early on and held that lead down to the third. Tubrid Beauty had every chance but she couldn’t get to Old Road Cody who obliged by a length and a half in 29.53.
The O’Keeffe and Harney a5 final saw Condor Bobby start well around the first two bends. The strong running Send It Caspian managed to make his way into second place around the bends, but still trailed the pace setter by two lengths.
Send It Caspian kicked things up moving into the third bend, but failed to shake off Condor Bobby. Condor Bobby dug deep and tried to come back at Send It Caspian. Crossing the line, Send It Caspian had done enough to claim the €1,800 first prize by a length and a half in 29.36.
The second semi-final of the Red Mills and TSC Champion Juvenile Stake saw Paul Hennessy complete the double as Kilara Hey Mac battled to victory.
The winner was up with the pace early on, along with Garryglass Lulu. Kilara Hey Mac was bumped sideways as Garryglass Lulu went on lead Razldazl Yeats by a length at the second.
The front duo were level at the third where they were joined by Kilara Hey Mac. Deanridge Bruce also moved into contention, but ran into the trio in front of him. Kilara Hey Mac and Razldazl Yeats went on with Hey Mac staying on the better to win by two lengths from the running on Lotarespect in 29.25.
Hoi Ann and Global Liberty were away well in the 725 finale, with Hoi Ann showed the better early pace to move three lengths clear into the third. The lead was up to five lengths around the fourth but nearing the second last Hoi Ann started to come back to Global Liberty.
Global Liberty just managed to get by at the line but Miss Gold Bars also flew into the frame from a long way off the pace. A dead heat was called in a time of 40.92.