Winner of the Noel Ryan Tree Surgeon Munster Oaks Final was College Jade, pictured were Carl Pallas, Operations & Marketing Manager, Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium, Jimmy Maguire, Manager, KPGS, Kathleen Lennon, Racing Manager, KPGS, Steve Parker, Peter Davis, owner, Willie Murphy, Denis Hayes, Seamus Whelan, Jai and Karen Parker, Fred Nota, Conor Kearney, Emma Wadding, Jack and John Kearney and Peter Crawford. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday September 9th
A nine race card featured the finals of the Noel Ryan, Tree Surgeon Munster Oaks and the Dan Casey sponsored Casey’s Caravan and Camping Park Open Unraced event. Pennylane Lucky was a non runner due to injury in the Munster Oaks and her place went to Nana Lizard. The Munster Oaks decider produced a cracking contest. After a pretty level break College Jade 6/4 fired herself into a first bend lead. At that point Crafty Trivago drifted wide and hampered both Nana Lizard and Lemon Jingler. Kingsmill Manuka went in hot pursuit of ‘College’ and joined ‘College’ in the home stretch. ‘College’ would not be denied however and in a gripping finish prevailed by a head over ‘Kingsmill’. Droopys Dargle finished well for third a length and a half in arrears of the runner up. Time 28.50.
Race 1, A2 575: Racing commenced with heats of the Moondarrigh A2 575 yard event. In the opening qualifier Redstar Siesta led to the third bend where 1/1 chance Cats Belle bounded into the lead on the fence. ‘Cats’ skipped clear up the home stretch eventually winning out by six lengths from a running on Kingsmill Rio in a smart 31.36.
Race 2, A2 575: Heat two saw Main Issue and Rastafari Tina lock horns up front for a long period. ‘Main’ looked sure to score in the home stretch but Triangle Rinty 1/1 finished with a flourish up the inside to deny Main Issue by a neck in 31.83.
Race 3, A2 575: The concluding qualifier saw Bow Street 5/2 take over in the lead on the back stretch from the pace setting Houdini Jack before motoring on to a well deserved three and a half lengths win over a slow starting but running on Hit Thediff Lad in 31.45.
Race 4, A3 525: The final of the Wonderly Wagon A3 competition saw a fast starting Annacurra Jet make a bold bid to lead all the way but Ballyhi Lady 2/1 was always well placed to make full use of her finishing speed. Darting up the inside of ‘Annacurra’ ‘Ballyhi’ finished with a flourish to basically outstay ‘Annacurra’ by a length and a half in a decent 28.72.
Race 5, A4 525: Less than three lengths separated the sextet here at the winning post. Tagalong Sammy took over in the lead on the back stretch from Tagalong Roisin but it was Town Gigolo 5/2 who stayed on best to deny Tagalong Sammy by a neck in 29.27.
Race 6, NO 525: The unraced decider saw a slick starting Ashgrove Dreamer lead to the third bend where Move Over Evie charted a course up the inside of ‘Ashgrove’ .With space at a premium at that point ‘Move’ was stopped in her tracks. Meanwhile a slow starting Chapel Road 4/1 rounded the leaders on the outside between the final two bends before staying on for a length and a half success over ‘Ashgrove’ in 28.80.
Race 7, A1 525: The Maitech Sales and Service 525 saw Posh Panther 6/4 make every stride a winning one. Motoring into an early lead ‘Posh’ never saw another rival coming home two and a half lengths clear of Angry Girl in a brisk 28.61.The winner was recording a third career win.
Race 8, AAO 525: See introduction.
Race 9, AO/A1 525 : The concluding Kearneys Butchers Getting Out 525 saw the Tina Finn owned and Willie Finn trained Genuine Honey 3/1 deservedly register back to back victories in 28.73. Grabbing a first bend lead from a hampered Ballyhi Bucko ‘Genuine’ did well to see off the back stretch challenge of a slow starting but early paced Coco Blaze. Glenbrook View came with his challenge but ‘Genuine’ was not for catching hitting the winning line a length clear of ‘Glenwood’ in 28.73.
Going rating. Standard.