After a number of near misses, Eileen Kelly’s Kellymount Gem broke his final hoodoo with success in the Nial Comerford memorial a3 stake. In front of an excellent crowd, Kellymount was made to work for it despite trapping out fast.
The favourite was swallowed on the run to the first as Rackethall Bond and Flomur Antics showed early speed. Kellymount Gem ran wide at the first as Flomur Antics shot two lengths clear of Rackethall Bond into the second.
There was no change up front but Kellymount Gem was within striking distance. Kellymount Gem (Scolari Me Daddy-Lemon Soul) tracked brilliantly to come through to claim the 2000 euro first prize in 29.11, with Flomur Antics second.
The other final was won by Garryglass Messi, who led a treble for trainer Karol Ramsbottom with Garryglass Jerry and Garryglass Ros also successful. The Kilkenny/Tipperary challenge saw a Kilkenny 1-2 as Gobekli Tepe held off Burnbondholders in an exciting contest.
La Rue Blue made it five from five starts as she won the opening sprint. The race was level early doors before La Rue Blue asserted to lead Aughacasla Jill and Brow Mountain at the first. Brow Mountain went after the leader but La Rue Blue raced away to win in 16.55.
Old Road Cody was first to show in the a4 contest and led Wise Fantasy. There was two lengths in it at the second but by the third it was level again. Picadilly Tiny tried to stay on but Old Road Cody found plenty and held on to see off Wise Fantasy in 29.64.
The first final, the Big Fella Sound and Vision stake, saw the bookies in generous mood. They put Garryglass Messi in at evens favourite. That was soon snapped up. They had little to worry about. Garryglass Messi led up from trap 4 and was never headed.
Old Road Ken and Ballygur Joy tried to make a race of it but the victory comfortably went to the Karol Ramsbottom trained Garryglass Messi in 29.29.
The open sprint was level early bar Master Magoo, who failed to go. A ball of dogs went to the bend together with Woodsgift Turbo looking to be shading it. However, Woodsgift Turbo got squeezed for room and was sent tumbling.
Woolie No Shoes was left clear and the favourite took full advantage to see off Istabraqs Back by a length and a half in 16.84.
Lemon Miley was an interesting newcomer in the a3 race and attracted plenty of support. Graigues Trade also had support. She was the first to show with Triangle Merinda also there. Lemon Miley went second into the first and was only a length behind Graigues Trade.
The fancied duo were on terms into the third before Lemon Miley kicked on. Graigues Trade was not finished and came once more. She finished best to defeat Lemon Miley in 29.38, with the fast finishing Crossleigh Basil third.
The novelty matching of three dogs from Tipperary and Kilkenny saw Gobekli Tepe and Burnbondholders show first. Gobekli Tepe shot clear into the first, moving four lengths clear of Drumgower Major.
The lead was down to three lengths by the third as Burnbondholders came again. Gobekli Tepe faded as Burnbondholders stayed on. Chaotic Sultan came from the clouds but Gobekli Tepe held on for Kilkenny by a short head from Burnbondholders in 29.44.
Garryglass Jerry showed well in the Open 725 and led the pack into the first. Slaneyside Yank chased up the home straight, but into the third Yank was six lengths adrift. Garryglass Jerry continued to set the fractions and turning for home off the second last, he was still well in command.
Slaneyside Tank tried hard but Garryglass Jerry, trained by Karol Ramsbottom saw it out by four lengths in 40.97.
Garryglass Ros completed a treble for trainer Karol Ramsbottom in the a2 finale. The winner had a battle with Helens Magic from trap rise but won in 29.26.
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