Ian Fortune

Week after week, the Friday night racing at Kilkenny seems to offer the most competitive action and this week’s fare was no exception with the opening round of the Deadly Kennels A2 525 offering so much in terms of entertainment despite the wet conditions.

Each of the seven heats produced an impressive winner although honour of going fastest went to the Karol Ramsbottom trained Lemon Yohan as he displayed a clean pair of heels to his rivals in Heat 4. Dominating throughout, the son of Ballymac Vic and Lemon Lucy emerged a very easy eight length scorer over the always second Adamant Approach in 29.09.


Hello Hammond looked a class above his rivals in Heat 6 and, he too, emerged a facile winner, although he didn’t actually strike the front until soon after halfway.

Once doing so, the Paul Hennessy trained son of Jaytee Jet and Jaytee Pearl made his superior pace count as he drew clear to beat Tigerintempo by seven lengths in 29.10.


Lemon Nicky stopped the clock in 29.11 in the opening heat.

Trained by Murt Leahy for Billy O’Keeffe, the son of Droopys Sydney and Lemon Lucy flashed from outside box, posting a lightning quick 4.21 to the line, before going on to score by three lengths from Chesneys Lad.


Elevate also went well as he emerged a good winner if Heat 2 in 29.13.

Mary Clarke’s son of Droopys Jet and College Jade was never far off the pace before taking over from the fast-starting Arabian Bell into the third turn. Jaytee Japan came home well to grab second but Elevate wasn’t to be denied as he hit the line two and a half lengths to the good.

After finishing second in the valuable Kilkenny Track A3 525 the previous week, Hollyhill Davy continued his fine run of form in Heat 3. Ger Gubbins’ speedy son of Droopy Sydney went up ell before hitting the front on the second bend. From there he repelled the challenge of Crescent Tibet in 29.29.

Thomas Buggy’s Kilgraney Jagger posted 29.28 on his way to a fine success in the final heat of the round. He asserted before the bend and went on to see off Alowdale Shelly by three lengths.

The remaining heat saw the Johnny Linehan trained Runninta York coming home in front in the worst of the weather conditions. Always prominent, the son of Laughil Blake moved to the front on the run in to beat the early pace-setter Pookies Havana by a length and a half in 29.42.

The full draw and form for the second round can be found here: https://www.grireland.ie/racing/upcoming-race-cards/upcoming-race-card-summary/?track=KKY&id=101048&date=05-Nov-2021