There was only one night’s racing in Kilkenny last week. The fastest time of the night came in the first race as trainer Liz O’Dwyer sent out the well-bred Kilcloney Bond (Head Bound-Kilcloney Queen) to score in fine style for Daniel O’Connell.
The opener, an n2 contest, saw Buzz Lightning, Kilcloney Bond and Sallybog Wish vie for early supremacy. Kilcloney Bond went on out of the first bend and was two lengths clear of Buzz Lightening at the second.
Down the far side, the May 12 whelp stretched out and raced seven lengths clear. Kilcloney Bond saw it out well to score impressively by seven and a half lengths in 29.47, with Buzz Lightning back in second.
The second race saw Roleby Jenny and Pookies Sophie fly from traps. The former came across the track and forced her rival to check. Roleby Jenny went on and led Jumbo Steps by two lengths out of the second bend.
Saw off all comers
Roleby Jenny remained two lengths to the good into the third bend as Condor Cleo joined the chase. Roleby Jenny saw off all comers by a length and a half in 30.17.
Race 3 a6 525 had a level start. Ascot Rory got the bend and led Farkland Bernie around the first. Rory looked in prime position as he led past halfway. Something went wrong with the leader and he lost his action.
This left Farkland Bernie in front. She took full advantage to race away and defeat Hedge Your Bet six and a half lengths in 29.72.
The night’s sprint saw Kilgraney Blaze and Montore Sunshine show first.
It was Kilgraney Blaze who had most pace to the bend to lead the slow starting Whiteys Blaze by two lengths around the first. The leader came wide off the last but still saw off Whiteys Blaze by a length and a half in 16.69.
Glendara Bound set the early fractions in the fifth race and led Pink Lady around the opening two bends. Four lengths clear at the second, Glendara Bound saw his lead cut in half into the third. As the long-time leader falterer, Pink Lady picked him off to win in 29.73.
Slaneyside Trudy completed an all the way victory in the a4/a5 contest. The winner cleared Mas Hostage into the first bend before racing three lengths clear of Blackstone Maxx into the second.
The leader extended her lead and the Derek Kehoe trained bitch eventually crossed the line four and a half lengths ahead of Blackstone Maxx in 29.67.
In race 7, the Track Supporters a5 final there was no real favourite to emerge in the ring. The race was level early before Crinkhill Scholar used his draw advantage to lead Dysert Maestro around the first bend.
Never got clear
Crinkhill Scholar took three lengths out of his rivals between the bends before maintaining that lead into the third. Dysert Maestro began to reel in Crinkhill Scholar on the run home but Crinkhill Scholar held on by a length and a half in 29.66.
In race 8, a5 525, as expected Canvas Torres led up but never got clear as Kilbally Tom joined him out of the second bend. The pair were nip and tuck down the back stretch with still little in it as they turned out of the third bend.
The front running duo remained locked together all the way to the line and flashed across together. The verdict went to Kilbally Tom by a short head in 29.85.
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