A frozen track put paid to Friday’s racing, but there was no such problem on Wednesday as Mt Leinster Jack scorched his way to another win.
Going fastest, Mt Leinster Jack chalked up another win for the prolific Crash and Saunders Ditto litter at the Kilkenny track. Mt Leinster Jack was quickly into stride and led the pack by a smart two lengths as the field went into the first.
The 5/4 favourite doubled his lead between the bend and maintained that over an improving Paulstown China. The challenger got no closer, as Tom Cox’s Mt Leinster Ash obliged by five lengths in 29.52.
Elsewhere on the card, Baileys Star made a very good start to his racing career with victory in the novice contest, while the night’s only sprint was won by Ballydaniel King.
The opening contest, an A7/A8 525, saw money for Kildrenagh Blitz on the off. The race was level into the first bend, where bumping ensued, but Kildrenagh Blitz went on along the rails and was five lengths clear of Condor Kate out of the second.
The lead was down to two lengths by the third as Condor Kate moved into striking distance. Kildrenagh Blitz looked to hold on as the line approached, but Condor Kate swooped to get up by a short head in 30.24.
Kishlawn Bomber took a flyer from trap five in the second race and cut in across the track. Badminton Tyche had loads of room on the outer and followed Kishlawn Bomber up to the first.
The favourite Badminton Tyche was within a length at the second before taking it up down the far side.
Ballyhoe Beyonce ran on into second spot, but Badminton Tyche was home for the win by four lengths in 29.88.
There was plenty of money about in the third race. One of the fancied dogs, Baileys Star, started quickly and led the field up to the first bend before trouble behind allowed Baileys Star to shoot three lengths clear of Carlow Bolt at the second.
Carlow Bolt shaved a length off going into the third, but that was as close as he got. Baileys Star made a winning debut, earning the spoils by two lengths in 29.91.
The only sprint of the night was level early before Ballydaniel King and Montore Lady went on together into the first.
Ballydaniel King edged to the front into the final turn with aid of the rails. The Brian Mullan-trained Ballydaniel King saw it out by a length and a half in 16.73.
The in-form Pookies Trader made it two wins from his last three starts in the evening’s sixth race. The winner missed the kick from trap six, but showed a lovely touch of early pace to join the pack into the first.
Trader powered through the field at the opening bend and was two lengths up on the pack at the second. Ascot Rory and Black Winter looked to close on the leader into the third but the pair got tangled.
St Mullins In tried to bridge the gap late on, but Pookies Trader dug deep to see it out and get the win by a half a length in 30.20.
The seventh race, an A5 525, was level early doors. There was not much in it into the first, but that all changed once Tribal Pearl took things up on the rails.
Tribal Pearl moved two lengths clear into the second and was going to take a lot of beating. Kishlawn Flare tried to make a race of it, but Tribal Pearl galloped away to win by three lengths in 29.59.
The last race was a contest that highlighted both the joys and sadness that greyhound racing can bring.
The race was won by the veteran Frontier Sound, who made every yard of the running to see off Susie Valley four lengths in 29.70.
However, the cheers were cut short when the winner collapsed and died soon after crossing the line.
Frontier Sound (Droopys Kewell/Frontier Music) enjoyed a memorable career with his last win being his 11th success. Among those victories for owners Nicky Cleere and Tony O’Leary was the Bord Na Mona Leinster Cup in Harold’s Cross.