The weather did not deter a good number of brave souls from going racing at Kilkenny greyhound track on Friday. They were rewarded with some good racing.
The bulk of the card was made up by the Kilgraney Kennels a4 525 stake. This is shaping up to be a most interesting event, and a fleet of runners have suggested they have the form and class to do well in it.
The track was rated .40 slow for the 525, but it is likely that it was slower for the first half of the racing when the track was at it worst. The fastest time was recorded in the second last race. Feed Me Oysters came out on top in a five runner contest.
The winner was well away, with Late Posh as the favourite. Mt Leinster Ash fluffed his lines. The front pair were level around the second but by the third Feed Me Oysters was a length up on Arabian Arch.
In a battle of two strong runners, it was Kim Knell’s Feed Me Oysters who stayed on strongest to win in 29.29.
The opener was an a4/a5 puppy race. It was level early and into the first bend. Crossleigh Thyme and Noels Fancy went on together.
Crossleigh Thyme took up the running down the far side and was two lengths clear at the third.
Crossleigh Thyme eased away to score in 29.63 with Noels Fancy second.
In the Kilgraney Kennels a4 525, Canvas Torres led up from trap 6 and was clear around the opening two turns. Two lengths up at the second, Canvas Torres saw his lead whittled away as Dynamic Lad drew level.
Turning for home, Dynamic Lad looked a winner all over as Deckos Kitty stayed on in second spot. However, it was Canvas Torres who came again to deny Dynamic Lad by a short heads, with a further short head back to Deckos Kitty.
In heat 2, aided by plenty of bumping on his inner, the odds on favourite Barefoot Arthur led up from trap 6 and was three lengths clear around the first. Old Road Cody gave chase but Barefoot Arthur maintained his three length advantage.
Ran on late
Wajas Dot ran on late but the Paul Hennessy trained Barefoot Arthur was home in 29.44.
In heat 3, Hare Bound was sent off favourite but he had to play second fiddle to the fast starting Kilara Donna. After leading around the first, Kilara Donna was six lengths to the good at the second bend.
The lead was still six lengths at the third but Lemon Prince was beginning to hit top stride.
Lemon Prince closed but ran wide at the last. This helped see Kilara Donna home by a length in 29.76.
In heat 4, Royal Oak Betsie and Tentore Miles went best from traps. The pair looked set to go around the first together but Lemon Miley powered between them to lead around the first.
Lemon Miley was five lengths clear at the second before increasing his advantage.
The Murt Leahy trained Lemon Miley faded late on but had enough done to win in 29.40.
In heat 5, Black Foot started well but he was swallowed into the first bend. There was plenty of bother at the bend. This allowed Black Foot to regain control and she was two up on Tubrid Beauty at the second.
Turbid Beauty challenged into the third but ran into the rear of Black Foot. The field began to close but the game Black Foot dug deep to hold off Great Gale by a length in 30.07.
In heat 6, Bellmore Shelly pushed in from trap 4 and this gave Feed Me Caviar plenty of room. It was Bellmore Shelly who recovered to join Feed Me Caviar. Feed Me Caviar edged clear of Bellmore Shelly and Arrigle Hi into the third and was still in front at the last.
It was all change up the home straight though as Invest A Little finished strongly on the outer to snatch the win a head in 29.82.
Glengall Girl started fast and led Kilbally Bob up and around the first bend in the finale. Glengall Girl was a length up at the second bend, but Kilbally Bob drew level into the third.
On the race home, it was the favourite Kilbally Bob who found most and he saw off Glengall Girl by two and a half lengths in 29.33