With the Red Mills Juvenile Stake just around the corner, the Paul Hennessy trained Kilara Hey Mac showed himself to be in fine fettle as he romped home in the open contest at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night. The winner came out running from trap 1 and never saw a rival after that. Supported heavily, Kilara Hey Mac had the race in the bag after he led around the first.
Gerry Meaney’s strong running son of Ullid Conor and Kilara Gypsy was four lengths clear at the second before pouring it on down into the third to extend his lead to 12 lengths into the third.
Flomur Antics won the battle for second spot but it mattred little as Kilara Hey Mac won impressively by twelve lengths in 28.87.
In race 1 a4 Puppy 525, Doobear and Go Sam battled it out early and into the first bend. Mays Spirit slipped through after bumping at the bend and kicked five lengths clear into the second.
The lead was up to eight lengths by the third and Mays Spirit was completely in control. Trained by Perry Aylward, Mays Spirit galloped away to win by 12 lengths in 29.28.
In race 2 a3/a4 525 the contest was won by Burnbondholders. The winner was at the head of affairs from the start although the field was in close attendance.
The Eoin O Donnell trained Burnbondholders made his move into the third and that proved decisive. He took two lengths out of his rivals and then held the strong finishing Mt Leinster Ash by a neck in 29.69.
In race 3, an O’Keeffe and Harney a4 525 (round 2, heat 1) Kilbally Tom started fast on the rails and led Olympic Queen around the first bend. The pace setter was two lengths clear at the second but Olympic Queen closed to within a length at the third.
That was as close as she got though as Kilbally Tom saw it out by a length in 29.51, with the fast finishing Amber Light a further half a length back in third.
In race 4, another O’ Keeffe and Harney test, Kilkenny Teofilo and Yasnoozeyalose showed first from traps. The former showed the better early and got the bend and avoided trouble behind as he moved seven lengths clear.
Send It Caspian chased down the far side and moved to within four lengths at the third. Send It Caspian kept on coming but Kilkenny Teofilo was not for catching.
Kilkenny Teofilo obliged by three and a half lengths in 29.47.
In race 5 the hectic O’Keeffe and Harney action continued. Condor Bobby set the early pace and led into the first bend.
Condor Bobby was two lengths up at the second bend as Altesse Newyork tracked the leader. The challenger shaved a length off into the third and looked primed for victory.
However, Altesse Newyork never got there though and Condor Bobby held on by a neck in 29.51.
Race 6 was another O’Keeffe and Harney contest. It was Try Again Ben and Feed Me Caviar who were best to the first bend.
Try Again Ben moved a length clear into the second but never got clear. Into the third turn, five dogs were in a ball.
None of the quintet could take control and there was a blanket finish. The victory went to Rattoo Liz by a short head ahead of Condor Star with another head back to Jumbo Steps in 30.03.
Race 7 was Puppy a3 525. The early dash came from Chums Goose and he got the bend on the rails. With trouble behind, Chums Goose was able to slip two lengths clear of Bishops Wood into the second bend.
The lead was down to a length into the third but Bishops Wood soon had no more to give. Skilful Paddy ran on from off the pace but Chums Goose held on by a half a length in 29.68.
In race 8, an a1/a2 525, it was all splash and dash from the start. Old Road Ken showed the best of it and led Cill Dubh Sky and Feed Me Scampi around the first bend.
The leader moved two lengths clear into second bend before doubling that lead to the third bend. Random Idea chased Old Ropad Ken home but the in-form trap to line winner was not for catching.