Ian Fortune

Kilara Chorus and Great Jet became the latest six bend winners at Kilkenny on Friday night.

Kilara Chorus was having just her fourth career start in the A6 Novice 725 but overcame a slow start to run out the most facile of winners.

Philip O’Keeffe’s daughter of Pat C Sabbath and Kilara Lizzie had to wait for the gaps to arrive but, when they did, she really opened up. Still fourth as they entered the back straight, she soon moved second before asserting as they hit the fifth turn.

Incredibly, the Michael Donnelly trained youngster managed to pull thirteen lengths clear to the line to stop the clock in 42.25 (Rated .50 slow). It may not have been the fastest time but the manner in which she won would suggest she has stamina in abundance and is one to keep an eye one. 

Great Jet went fractionally faster in the D3 Novice 725 when making most of the running before holding on in a desperately tight finish. Owned by the Trial and Error Syndicate, the son of Good News and Jaytee Osprey displayed fine pace and determination after a moderate start to slip into the lead between the opening two bends.

The drama was only starting, however. Walkabout Conall and Odhrans Princess both closed fast in the dying yards but Great Jet held on by a short head from Odhrans Princess in 42.10 (.50 slow). Walkabout Conall was just another short head away third.    


We reported on the fine victory of Akay Forty Seven last week at Waterford but failed to highlight the fine run of Tinahue Lady in second.

It has transpired that it was even better run than first impression. John Fox reported that ‘Lady’ had a fine litter of five dogs and five bitches last July. It clearly didn’t affect her form and we wish her the very best in the future, both as a stayer and as a mum.