It was a cold night at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday night and a smallish crowd was in attendance for what was a most enjoyable card. Eileen Kelly of the Kellymount Kennels hardly felt the cold as she landed a double thanks to Kellymount Gem and Dale.
Kellymount Gem booked his place in the final of the Brittas Veterinary a3 stake with a short head victory in the second semi-final. Kellymount Gem was slow away from trap but recovered to sit third out of the second
bend as Ascot Eoin and Dublinhill Boy battled it out up front.
Dublinhill Boy never quite managed to get on terms with Ascot Eoin and it was left to Kellymount Gem to throw down the challenge. Kellymount Gem challenged wide up the home straight and got up to win by a short head in 29.32.
Lemon Mel (Premier Fantasy-Lemon Abby) continues to go from strength to strength in the stake and she will take plenty of stopping in next week’s final. Blessed with lovely early pace Lemon Mel led up from trap 3 and rewarded her local support with an all the way victory.
Smart around the bends, Lemon Mel skipped four lengths clear down the back stretch and was always holding Ask The Time by three lengths in a very fine 29.18.
In the opening race the money came late on for Pure Phantom in the a4 525 first semi-final. It proved to be spot
on as Pure Phantom was quickly into stride. Pure Phantom led around the first and down the far side John Duggan’s Pure Phantom was three and a half lengths clear of the slow starting Yeah Giovanni.
Yeah Giovanni kept on coming but Pure Phantom (Hondo Black-Pure Brief) held on by two lengths in 29.54.
The second semi-final saw the first leg of a fine double for the Kellymount Kennels. Bridgetown Noel came wide from trap 1 and caused crowding on his other. Bridgetown Noel still led up and out of the second, with Kellymount Dale railing well to go in pursuit, just a length off the leader.
Kellymount Dale showed the pace of the race to close up on the leader, before hitting the front between the last two. Kellymount Dale (Hondo Black-Tyrur Eilis) galloped on to win impressively by six lengths in 29.35. Wise Fantasy ran on for second as Bridgetown Fantasy faded.
A gamble came unstuck in s3/s4 as Boherna Rumble failed to justify the hefty bets that were placed on him. The semi favourite was led early by Ascot Jake, and it was Jake who held a length advantage approaching the first bend.
Came to challenge
Boherna Rumble came to challenge on the outer between the bends but Ascot Jake was not for passing. Boherna Rumble was then baulked as Ascot Jake (Crash-Ascot Leah) went on to defeat Kilkenny Banjo by a length in 16.96.
The second 12 dog a4 stake got underway on Friday night with a win for Thomas Cormack’s Tanks For That (Droopys Scolari-Moment Of Time). The race was level early on before Triangle Lucca led around the first bend. Ullid Oscar was soon in front and he led down the far side, followed by Tanks For That.
There was a length in it at the third but on the run home, Tanks For That finished much the stronger to take the victory by a length in 29.43.
The second semi of the Tasty Fryer and Tea Room a4 stake saw Raggletaggle Mia and Garryglass Sheba battle it out early on. Mia led into the first and was much sweeter between the bends, enabling her to open a two length lead over Garryglass Sheba out of the second.
The lead was soon up to three lengths and Raggletaggle Mia looked to have it in the bag. However, the long time leader faded up the home straight and Garryglass Sheba (Hometown Boy Nga-Felltop Flyer) got up to win by a half a length in 29.46.
The best time of the night was clocked by the Pat Buckley trained Bookie Buster (Tullymurray Act-Westmead Zippy) in the a2/a3 race. After a level start, Woolie No Shoes showed a lovely touch of early pace to lead Bookie Buster and Flomur Antics into the first bend.
Woolie No Shoes was two lengths clear at the second bend but he was powerless to stop Bookie Buster blasting by into the third bend. The 7/4 second favourite romped clear to defeat Flomur Antics by six and a half lengths
in a very fine 29.06.
The finale was a tight looking contest with plenty of early pace on show. Mickys Trickster was sent off favourite but they all had to give best to Drunken Thought early on. Drunken Thought led up from trap 1 and was three lengths clear of Some Touch down the far side.
Some Touch tried to reel in the leader but Drunken Thought (Ballintore Brave-Brave Tai Lass) took it comfortably by two lengths in 29.33.
Star of the week
Bookie Buster showed a touch of real pace in clocking the fastest time of the night for trainer Pat Buckley and John Ciaran Hayes.
One To Watch
Lemon Mel is in great form at the moment and she is taken to claim the Brittas Veterinary a3 final on Friday.