The final meeting of the year at the Suirside venue on Sunday ended with an impressive career best performance from Kilara Gold which took the concluding Red Mills Getting Out Open 525 for owner Daniel P. Greene and trainer Niall Dunne in a smashing best of the session 28.79. The son of Crash and Tyrur Eve which went off the 7/4 market leader was posting his fourth career victory in surging to a three length success over Brunswick Jenny with Farranrory Jack five lengths back in third place.
Earlier the Larry Harding owned and trained Bay City Impact had justified even money favouritism by recording his best ever run in dipping under the 29 second mark to stop the clock in 28.99 and gain a fifth winning bracket.
Another to impress on a fine card was the 3/1 chance Pelican Bay which floored the even money jolly Rockburst Misty in no uncertain fashion. Matthew Ryan’s charge revelled in the 550 trip to come home five lengths clear of the favourite in an eye catching 30.12.
Race 1 (A4) - Punters got a bit of a roasting in the opener with the success of the 4/1 outsider of the party Astro Pearl. Pass Her Kylie topped the market at 6/4 and those who supported her looked sure to collect when she led off a first bend pile-up to build a sizeable lead on the back straight. However Astro Pearl threw down a big challenge on the outside in the closing stages and won going away by two lengths from the market leader with Coolbeggan Ruby a length back in third spot. The winner a daughter of Astronomic and Nikitas Belle owned and trained by Louis and Michael Dowley in Carrick-on-Suir clocked 30.52 to gain a first winning bracket at the thirteenth attempt.
Race 2 (S2/S3) – Followers of the white jacket got on a roll here as the clearcut win of the even money favourite Loughglynn Star began a run of four successes in a row from trap three. Trained by Graham Holland for Mallow owner Michael Flanagan the winner a son of Ballymac Maeve and Local Hawk was soon in front and he coasted clear to score by three and a half lengths from Wheelers Whisper in a smart 16.31.
Race 3 (A5) – Hold On Champ easy to back at 5/2 led from traps and enjoyed a big advantage from Lucky Hero as they approached the penultimate turn. The latter closed the gap and looked a winner as they headed for home but the leader just managed to hold on and take the spoils by the narrowest of margins. The third home Bobs Kate finished some five and a half lengths in arrears of the runner-up. Hold On Champ owned and trained by Karin Milling is a son of Yeah Man and Hold On Angel and he was breaking his maiden at the fourth attempt in clocking 29.88.
Race 4 (A3) – The veteran Mount Hawk Fawn which has been running well of late gained an overdue success by putting his much younger rivals to the sword. Glenbervie Bart went clear off the opening bend but Mount Hawk Fawn made his move between the final bends and ran on well to pick up the leader and then readily hold the final challenge of Killinan Joy by a length in 29.96. Owned in Cashel by Bridget Peters the winner a 2/1 chance is son of Hades Rocket and Head Iton Diaz and he was gaining his fourth winning bracket.
Race 5 (A2 -550) – Pelican Bay for once broke well and when this son of Hondo Black and Ciaras Turbo hit the front on the back straight and surged clear of the favourite Rockburst Misty the 3/1 chance was never going to be caught. Matthew Ryan’s charge went on to clock a smashing 30.12 in gaining a five length win over the market leader with Glengall Girl running on well to take third place. The winner was gaining a third career success and he looks ideally suited to the extended trip.
Race 6 (A2) – The admirable Bay City Impact posted his first sub 29 second run when leading on the rails at the opening bend and racing clear to score an impressive five and a half length win over Poetric Lord and Elios Shiva in 28.99. Larry Harding’s son of Hometown Boy Nga and Bay City Ruby now boasts the impressive strike rate of five wins and two seconds from his eight runs. He went off the even money favourite, never looked like losing and will surely add to his score in the weeks ahead.
Race 7 (A1) - Greyfriars Holly led in the red jacket and was pursued from an early stage by Golden Spirit with the pair pulling well clear of their rivals. They served up a fine contest and when Golden Spirit gained the advantage on the rails at the third bend he seemed set for an easy win but Greyfriars Holly battled on gamely and was only a length in arrears of her rival at the line with the third home Fifis Whitesox six lengths back.
Golden Spirit clocked 29.08 and was an easy to back 3/1 chance. A son of Black Shaw and Soduku Kid, he is trained by Rachel Wheeler for Robert Malone and Richard A. Wheeler.
Race 8 – The Sporting Press A1 550.
Highview Echo owned and trained in New Inn by Pamela Holt doubled up on her recent win over the distance with an impressive trap to line run which saw her account for Zulu Scolari and Kielduff Oz by two lengths and a length and a half in a career best 30.25.
The daughter of Crash and Highview Seeker was scoring a seventh career victory for her proud owner/trainer.
Connolly’s Red Mills Open Unraced
Exciting times are just around the corner at Clonmel where the splendid new facilities will soon be in use. The track is set for a tremendous Coursing Festival and the huge entry for the major event The Connolly’s Red Mills Open Unraced Stake has been a major boost. A total of 84 greyhounds will now compete in 14 first round heats and with all the top connections entered up a veritable feast of racing will get underway on this Thursday with the opening six heats. The first round will then be completed on Sunday.