The McCalmont Cup final and a benefit meeting for Conahy Shamrocks brought a good crowd to a Kilkenny track blessed with lovely weather.
With the track in fine order, punters had many opinions on where the €4,800 first prize would go in the big race, with Garryglass Marco and Droopys Der sent to traps as joint favourites.
From trap-rise Garryglass Marco, Droopys Der and Woolie No Shoes got out best. Woolie No Shoes quickly asserted and cleared his rivals into the first bend, as Droopys Der encountered a little trouble. The leader moved with purpose and opened a three length lead over Garryglass Marco , with Droopys Der now back in fifth.
Into the third, Woolie No Shoes started coming back to the field as Droopys Der made eye-catching progress in behind. As Garryglass Marco challenged on the outer at last, Droopys Der powered up the inner and into the lead.
Trained by John A. Linehan for Kieran Ryan, Droopys Der (Ace Hi Rumble-Droopys Twirl) saw off the game Woolie No Shoes by two and a half lengths in 29.13.
My Pebbles and Kishlawn Bolero started fast in the A5/A6 opener with the former going on to lead around the first. My Pebbles turned down the far side in front of Ballyhoe Code but the challenger was length in front into the third. Kishlawn Bolero tried to come again, but Ballyhoe Code saw it out by a length in 29.60.
Ontherun Mitzy trapped well in the A3 525 but was outdone by both Cill Dubh Sky and Great Gale by the first bend. Cill Dubh Sky opened up from the second turn and was soon five lengths to the good. Cill Dubh Sky faded on the run home but held off Ontherun Mitzy to win by a length in 29.30.
With bumping on his outer, the reserve Kilara Yan was able lead up in the novice final. The leader was sweet on the bends and skipped six lengths clear into the second, ahead of Zagamuffin and Belvedere Jamie.
By the time the fancied Belvedere Jamie got clear, Kilara Yan was eight lengths clear. Belvedere Jamie gave his all but the Paul Hennessy-trained Kilara Yan won by three lengths in 29.25.
The fastest time of the night was posted in the fourth race as Ringtown Ned ran his rivals ragged. Lemon Miley and then Kellymount Gem tried to bridge the gap, but Ringtown Ned won by five and a half lengths in 28.91.
Triangle Archie made every post a winning one as he claimed the Pat Gunner A3 525 final. After taking a flyer from trap four, the reserve was two lengths clear into the first bend.
Archie was foot perfect between the bends, doubling his lead over Blue Ballydaniel turning down the back stretch. Though Blue Ballydaniel edged closer on the run home, Triangle Archie stayed clear to win by two and a half lengths in 29.19.
Global Liberty set off in front in the Open 725, followed by Droopys Sprinter. The leader came wide off the second, but held on to a length lead around the third bend.
Droopys Sprinter joined the early leader racing down the back stretch before easing a length clear into the fifth. The heavily-supported Garryglass Jerry made his move late on but Droopys Sprinter, trained by John A. Linehan, galloped on to win by two lengths in 40.82.
From a level break, Mister Bates put his early pace to good use to get the bend ahead of Blackstone Hawk in the eighth race.
Three lengths clear of Singing Hen and Blackstone Hawk at the second bend, Mister Bates saw his lead reduced by a length into the third. However, it was not until the last few strides that Blackstone Hawk looked like catching Mister Bates.
As the front pair crossed the line, the Darragh Morrissey trained Mister Bates held on by a half a length in 29.63.
The night’s last race, the A1/A2 525 final, saw Luminous Rock, Garryglass Sammy and Flomur Antics go to the first bend together. The race looked wide open when the trio were joined by Graigues Kaino in the back straight, but Luminous Rock took a length out of his rivals.
Garryglass Sammy chased hard but the last prize of the night went to Luminous Rock by a length and a half in 29.51.
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