First bend proves a good ally for Kiltrea
THE SIMON Kavanagh Memorial and Moyne Veterinary Clinic A3 575 final was the feature attraction on Thursday night last.
It was race that was decided at the first bend as trap two runner Kiltrea Ally led up with trap four's Leahs Impact going second but cutting off trap one's Jills Jingler who checked wide and badly hampered Piercestown Boy and Lady Loury Lee.
Kiltrea continued to hold Leah's challenge with trap three's Tain Flip now making her bid, and on the run to the line Kiltrea stuck it out well to hold Tain by three-quarters of a length and Leah's another length and a half away in 31.91.
A delighted owner, John Doyle of Kiltrea, was on hand to collect the trophy from the Kavanagh family, and a well done to them for also getting extra prize money for other races on the night.
Piercestown Boy had no luck for Seamus Whelan in the final but in the fifth race, the Uniphar group open, just before the final, Piercestown Buzz (trap five) put in the run of the night as he ran down leader Ushers Luke into the third bend to go away to score an impressive two-length win in a fast 28.77.
The first race, an A6, saw a good old battle down the back as Blackstairs Jack and Ballycarney King went neck and neck before Jack took control and ran on well to hold the late run of Pitstop Glen by a head in 29.84 for owners Michael Nolan and Martin Doyle (Enniscorthy).
Race two, an A5, saw trap three's Jo Jo Daisy, owned by Pádraic Hennessy (Co. Wicklow), leading and racing to a clear five lengths win over Mulrankin Champ in 29.38.
Race three, the Treacys Hotel and Cloughbawn F.C. A3 525, first semi saw another clear winner as trap four's On The Wheel, owned by Richard Walsh Jnr., led and raced to an easy five-length win over General Public in a good 29.08.
The second semi was a much closer affair, with Tintern Lass (trap one) leading and Archaton Ace in pursuit.
However, trap three runner Tinnahinch Rebel, owned by Gerry Cosgrave (Co. Kilkenny), was putting in a good finish to get up to beat Tintern by a head in 29.34.
The seventh race, an A4 550, went to all the way leader Glencroft Design, owned by Jane Roche, getting out well from his trap two box to score by one and a half lengths over res. T Dogtanian in 30.72. The winner is trained by Philip Coleman.
Race eight was an A2 and early pace was the winner here as trap two's Kingsmill Daisy led and left trouble behind her as others were getting in each other's way to score by four lengths from Tintern Road in 29.16 for owners Aidan and John Roche (Barntown).
Race nine, another A2, was again won by early pace as he broke well from his trap one to also leave trouble behind and went on to score by eight and a half lengths in 29.18. The winning owner was Alan Neville (Curracloe).
The first four races on Monday of last week were the first round heats of the John Doyle and Track Supporters' Club Unraced Stake.
Heat one saw reserve A Droopys Puzzle come into trap two and she was made a two to seven favourite and won accordingly by no less than eleven lengths in a fast 28.97 for owner Seán Dunphy (Waterford).
Heat two saw trap four's Parsons Spice lead, but the John Doyleowned Kiltrea Ray got across from his six box to track her into the first bend and, although getting held up at the second, he was too strong for Parsons, going on to score by four lengths in 29.86.
Heat three saw trap two's Parsons Header, owned by Patrick Whelan, lead and run on well to score by one and a half lengths from Stargate Charlie in 29.92.
Heat four was a very troublesome race and trap six runner Vinegarhill Tim, owned by Pat Hyland, got home by four lengths in 30.05.
Race five, an A6, saw trap four score as Golden Handshake, owned by Irene-Bolton-Lee (Gorey), led and ran on well to score by three and a half lengths from Telex Storm in 29.64.
Race six, an A5, saw another trap to line win and again it was trap four's Elite Hatchy, owned by Myles and Padge Roban and trained by Patrick Roban, leading and going on to score by four lengths from Coolbrook Jenny in 29.46.
Race seven was an A3 and trap four made it three straight wins when Illhavoneben led and ran on well to get home by a length from Peanut in 29.70.
The owners here were I'll Have One Too Syndicate (Co. Dublin) with trainer John A. Hand.
Race eight was an A3 and we had to go in one box this time as the James Nolan (Enniscorthy)-owned Clean Linen (trap three) led and held on well to score by a length from Armagh Rebel in 32.28 (575).