On Friday at St James Park fans saw the start of the two more stakes with a 24 dog a4 stake and an 18 dog a1 stake getting underway.
In the a1 stake, Urard Pine put his burgeoning reputation on the line as he looked to make it six wins from seven starts. Ballybough Oz started fastest but strayed wide, giving Urard Pine room on his inner.
Urard Pine followed Ballybough Oz up to the first bend and when the latter was much wider on the turns, Urard Pine moved to within half a length. Tom Gleeson’s charge drew level down the back stretch and was edged to the front into the third bend.
The son of Archaton Pine and Lifes Beautiful eased away to complete another fine victory. Deenside Hero chased him home but never looked like catching the winner (29.23), who clocked the fastest time of the night.
Race 1 was an s3 300. Rathmoyle Defoe started well and led Killdallon Rapid. Rathmoyle Defoe was in front around the first with Petshop Bren not far away.
The pair were joined by Rathsilla Messi into the last and it was a three way go up the home straight. The Karol Ramsbottom trained Petshop Bren finished best to see off Rathmoyle Defoe by a neck in 16.83.
In race 2, a3 525, Condor Star took a flyer but went wrong on the run to the first. This allowed Kilara Falsh to lead and he quickly established a three length lead over Stage Gold Gary at the second bend.
The lead was up to six lengths by the third. Kilara Flash raced to the line and scored for trainer Paul Hennessey in 29.14, with Stage Gold Gary second.
In the Niall Comerford memorial a4 525, the early pace came from Barefoot Victor. He led to the first bend before running wide. This allowed Pops Sandie up the inner. The pair were level at the second.
Into the third Bricken Bound made her move and joined the duo. Bricken Bound galloped to the line and defeated Pops Sandie in 29.55. The victory for Bricken Bound ended a long barren spell.
In the second heat, Condor Lily led early. The pace setter was smart between the bends and kicked two lengths clear of White Star into the second. There was no change into the third but on the run to the line White Star began to edge closer as De Star Lord flew home from well off the pace.
Condor Lily held all comers by a length and a half in 29.39.
In heat three, the favourite Knockroe Bound missed the kick as Condor Allie came out running. The leader was clear around the first two bends, turning down the back stretch two lengths ahead of Laptop Lady.
The challenger closed the gap and was only a length adrift. However, Condor Allie was not for passing and completed a double for the Condor Kennels in 29.24.
The fourth heat was level early and into the first bend. Old Road Ken pushed by on the rails and caused trouble with a number of dogs sent flying.
Old Road Ken led into the second bend but had the strong running Raheen Rondo on his outer. Raheen Rondo took over on the outer into the third bend and powered on to seal victory in 29.34. Old Road Ken was second.
Race seven was an Rearing and Schooling 525. Here Montore Lady started well. Ascot Lydia joined on the inner into the corner and the pair went on together. There was little in it going down the far side and it was still nip and tuck into the third bend.
Ascot Lydia continued to hug the rails and stayed on better as Montore Lady began to tire. Roo Ace ran on late in the day but Ascot Lydia was across the line by a length in 29.50.
Race eight was a Rearing and Schooling heat also. The fastest start came from Mister Bates and he led Garryglass Sammy by two lengths into the first bend.
Mister Bates maintained that lead between the bends but into the third turn, Garryglass Sammy closed up on the inner.
Mister Bates refused to be passed and was still in front up the home straight. Pookies Plan charged into the frame late on also and the three dogs crossed the line together.
The Darragh Morrissey trained Mister Bates held on by a neck from Garryglass Sammy in 29.26.
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