Galway hosted the opening round of the Paul McKenna Memorial A5-A6 575 last night and Kiss An Angel looks to have an early stranglehold on this event as she produced a devastating late flourish to comfortably dip under the 32 second barrier.
Owned by the Mullins-Curtin syndicate, who are riding the crest of a wave lately, Kiss An Angel was chasing a first career win heading into last night’s event but the step up to the extended 575 trip was a clue in itself of what connections were expecting from this bitch. A five dog affair, it was Crokers Paradise and Bumblebee Sweets who led early on as despite breaking well from six, Kiss An Angel lost her footing at the opening corner and looked to have plenty on her plate heading into the back straight. However, showing eye-catching pace at the halfway mark, the writing was on the wall for the leaders out front as Kiss An Angel stormed into the penultimate bend and came out of it three lengths clear. Extending her lead on the long run home, the daughter of Sparta Maestro - Blundel Spark was six lengths better off at the winning line. The time was a smashing 31.68.
Of the other five heats on offer, Port West Salmon (Droopys Jet - Trout Or Salmon) landed the opener for Sean Hackett and PJ Tynan. Making the most of the long run to the opening bend, Port West Salmon took control early and from here, ran out a clear, eight length winner. The time was 32.01.
Kilcormack Molly landed heat two for owner Gerard Finn. Running a beautiful opening corner to get into contention, the daughter of Taylors Sky - Kilcormack Aine was a threat throughout and stayed on well to score by three parts of a length over Whitelaced Boots in second. The time was 32.61.
Heat three was landed by Cloondarone Lady (Droopys Jet - Droopys Breeze) for Owen McDonagh. Leading early from trap six, Cloondarone Lady stepped it up at the halfway mark and stayed on strongly in the closing stages to record a four and a half length win. The time was 32.19.
Heat four saw Flyers Job (Secreto - Confey Eye) come from a long way back to claim victory. Out with the washing in the early exchanges, Flyers Job stuck to his task well and stayed on best of all for joint owners Cathal Meany and Colm Fitzgerald. Four and a half lengths clear at the winning line, the time was 32.42 and that sealed back to back wins for Flyers Job.
The final heat of the night was landed by Blakemount Flash for joint owners David and James McConnell. Always handy throughout, Blakemount Flash took over from the early leader Sports Legend at the final turn and the daughter of Superior Product - Some Truth ran out a three parts
of length winner at the lollipop. The time was 32.74.
Elsewhere on the card there was one other performance of note and that came in the opening race of the night as Tigerintempo was faultless in running out a convincing winner for trainer Gerry Holian.
Owned by David Ryan and Clare Gallery, this choicely bred daughter of Droopys Roddick - Scissors was stepping up in trip to 575 and he was majestic in winning this A4 contest in style. Making the most of the long run to the opening corner, Tigerintempo received a virtual solo throughout and galloped to a four and a half length win over Come On Charlie in second. The time was a red hot 31.62.