Racing on Friday night at Kilkenny greyhound track saw the eagerly awaited final of Sean Flynn memorial a3 stake. In the final Uncle Willie ran out a deserving winner in a time of 29.25, on a track that was rated .20 slow for the 525.
A raging hot semi favourite Uncle Willie, owned by Richard Dempsey, never gave his supporters a moments doubt as he made every yard of the running. The son of Ningbo Jack and Carols Girl led Soldier Laddie and Kishlawn Bullet flashed around the first two bends before easing into a three length lead passing the halfway point.
Uncle Willie who has impressed throughout the stake, never missed a stride and keep Soldier Laddie at a comfortable distance. Uncle Willie took the first of 1500 euro by three and a half lengths.
The first race on the card was won by Gypsy Biker (Charity Jack-Zoes Pride). The winner was clear into the first and looked a likely winner even at that stage. There was bother behind the leader and that saw Gypsy Biker raced twelve lengths clear of a wall of dogs.
Cill Dubh Seanie came out of the pack to claim second spot but there was no catching the eight and a half length winner in a time of 29.71.
The s1/s2 race saw Kilkenny Vision and Even Number Out best into stride. Kilkenny Vision (Droopys Scolari-Tyrur Danielle) asserted to power three lengths clear into the first bend. The 6/4 favourite took the bends well and held off a late surge by Even Number Out to win by 16.50.
In the a4 race, Frontier Sound and Knockdrinna Duke were well away. Knockdrina Duke got the bend by a length and would not yield the lead from there on. Frontier Music had every chance back in second but never threatened to get on terms.
Crossing the line, Knockdrinna Duke (Duke Special-Affleck Boswell) was a two and a half lengths clear of Frontier Music in 29.73.
Chesters Mate was sent off for favourite the a4 race but looked like winning. Micky and Ricky (Ace Hi Rumble-Arch Enemy) however did count as he impressed for the second week in a row for a happy Richard Dempsey.
Micky And Ricky showed the best early and led the field by a length around the first. Micky and Ricky built on his lead and was soon two and a half lengths to the good over Chesters Mate never got close enough to challenge and Micky and Ricky stayed those two and a half lengths clear in 29.21.
The a3 race went the way of Adam Hogg’s Destiny Calling (Homcho Classic-In Good Hands). Kilmacar Gift was the early leader, followed by Slaneyside Diego. The pair were usurped by Destiny Calling between the first two bends, blasting to the front on the outer.
Destiny calling quickly established a two length lead and had the race by the scruff of the neck. Mt Leinster Link ran on to claim second spot but this race belonged to Destiny Classic by two and a half lengths in 29.53.
Killough Harry made it three wins in a row over 725 yards as he just got the better of Itellyagirl. The winner was fast away but was led to the first by Itellyagirl. Itellyagirl moved three lengths clear to the third but Killough Harry wouldn’t go away.
Plugging on he took it up at the last but the race was not over. Itellyagirl came back for more but Killough Harry (Just The Best-Killough Ivy) held on by a short head in 41.09.
Cashmans Cat continued his love affair with Kilkenny track as he sizzled to the first bend in the a2 race. Carrigcanon Duke was close up around the first two bends but could not close a length gap heading to the third bend.
The favourite Welesbourne Dan flew home but it was not good enough to catch the professional Cashmans Cat. Trained by Paul Hennessy for Breda McEvoy’s, Cashmans Cat (Comeonthecats-Staroftheshow) scored by a length in 29.32.
There was a lively betting heat to end the night with punters settling on Hello Deejay. Milford Rumble was the early leader and led Bit View Pal around the first turn. Thre was two and a lengths in it going down the far side, with another four lengths back to Hello Deejay.
Hello Deejay soon hit top gear and reeled in the duo in front of him on the run home. Hello Deejay (Late Late Show-Rosa Mystic) got up to win by a length and a half in 29.51 for Michael Doyle.
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