Racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday was on a cold wet night and the track was heavy after a lot of rain during the day. The track was rated .50 slow but was probably even slower than that. The kennel to flow was that of Patrick Murphy as the Flomur connections sent out a number of winners.
Amongst them was Flomur Antics, who won for the third week in-a-row. The a3/a4 race was level early on and into the first bend. There was plenty of bumping at the turn before Skylark Snowy and Flomur Antics went on. The pair were locked together out of the second bend and it stayed that way all the way to the third.
Off the third Skylark Snowy kicked on and tried to burn off Flomur Antics. Flomur Antics was not finished though and swooped late to snatch the victory by a length in an estimated 29.78. The son of Premier Fantasy and Flomur Pebbles has now won seven races from his 20 starts.
The opening race saw the first of Patrick Murphy’s winners. Flomur Dan dominated from trap 3 as he made every yard of the running. Three lengths in front of Sage Tiger at the opening turn, Flomur Dan doubled his lead out of the second bend.
There was no stopping the son of Flomur Pebbles as he cleared eight lengths clear into the third. Flomur Dan broke his duck at the twelfth time of asking, winning by eight and half lengths in 29.52.
Passed the leader
Goldies Pendle started best in the a5 525 and led Blackstone Java around the first bend. Blackstone Java passed the leader out of the second and soon moved two lengths clear. Local Swift ran on in the latter stages to get second, but Patrick Sinnott’s Blackstone Java (Head Bound-Blackstone Sky) saw it out by a length in 29.76.
In race three, Pure Palomar won like a 4/6 favourite should as he obliged by three lengths in 30.13. The winner was fast away from trap 2 and led Aughabeg Tiger around the first bend. Kickhams Town went second between the bends but trailed by two lengths.
Into the third Kickhams Town ran out of steam and dropped off, allowing Pure Palomar (Hondo Black-Pure Brief) to gallop away to an easy
win. Aughabeg Tiger got back up for second place without ever threatening the winner.
After an even start in race four Kellymount Dale asserted to lead into the bend in the a6 525. Running the bends well, Eileen Kelly’s charge moved three lengths clear of Drakelands Star at the second. Kellymount Dale (Hondo Black-Tyrur Eilis) poured it on down the far side and opened up a seven length lead.
Tate Gallery ran on for second spot, but there was no catching the impressive five length winner, Kellymount Dale in 29.63.
There was very little in it in the a5/a6 race five on the run to the bend. The turn saw plenty of bumping before Neon Bolt (Ace Hi Rumble-Shanavulin Sally) shot on into the lead. Two lengths clear at the second, Neon Bolt raced further clear, the further he went. The reserve Sapphire Spring chased him home but was beaten by nine lengths in 29.99.
Hugged rails, took lead
Imelda Phelan’s Kilkenny Franco was the winner of the a4/a5 race with Paddy Murphy acting as agent. Campo Breeze and Refuse To Lose battled it out early doors with Campo Breeze hugging the rails to take the lead out of the first bend.
Kilkenny Franco was second turning down the far side, two lengths adrift of the pace setter. The eventual winner closed the gap into the third and hit the front between the last two bends. Kilkenny Franco (Hondo Black-Betathan Pebbles) went on to win by two lengths in 29.71, with Refuse To Lose claiming the runners up spot.
In race eight there was bumping on the inner in the a3/a4 race and this helped High St Kingo get the bend from trap 6. Between the opening two turns, High St Kingo cut off Heavens Comet and this saw the evens favourite skip four lengths clear passing the halfway point.
Six length clear at the third, the Murt Leahy trained High St Kingo (Royal Impact-High St Miley) stayed away to defeat Karlow Ming by six
and a half lengths in 29.44.
The a2 525 saw Slaneyside Diego and Ballygur Ted have an excellent battle. The pair were challenging early with Ballygur Ted getting the bend and then moving three lengths clear into the second.
Slaneyside Diego shaved two lengths off into the third and then outstayed Ballygur Ted on the run home. The Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Diego (Head Bound-Smooth Sky) won by a length in 29.43.
The a3 525 last race was level early doors and into the first bend. Newyork Minuet and Ascot Eoin went on together matching strides out of the second bend. The former edged a length clear into the third bend but Ascot Eoin would not go away and charged at NewYork Minuet up the home stretch.
It was too little too late though as Joseph Graham’s New York Minuet (Kinloch Brae-Black Taller) held on by a short head in 29.45.
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