The final of the €1,100 to the winner Paul McKenna Memorial A5/A6 575 took place last night at Galway Greyhound Stadium and after producing some scintillating displays throughout, Kiss An Angel saved the best to last as landed the spoils in spectacular fashion.
Owned by the Mullins-Curtin syndicate, it would have been a mighty shock had Kiss An Angel not claimed gold in the decider after a series of impressive performances. After not raising a flag in her three previous outings over the standard 525 yards, connections made the decision to step their charge up to the extended 575-yard trip for this stake and it's fair to say that this has certainly proved a shrewd move.
Pictured right - Mark Curtin receiving the trophy from Vincent McKenna after Kiss An Angel landed the final of the Paul McKenna Memorial A5/A6 575.
Kiss An Angel opened her account with a 31.88 in the first round which was soon followed by a rapid 31.68 clock. The talented daughter of Sparta Maestro - Blundel Spark further enhanced her favourites tag in last week’s semi finals as she posted 31.71, all performances of which calculated at .20s. Saving the best to last however, Kiss An Angel bounced from trap three last night to clock a slick 5.88 first time up to leave her rivals for dust. Rounding the opening corner clear of Flyers Job in second, it was going to take a monumental effort from her rivals to cause an upset at this point. Kiss An Angel continued to stretch clear down the back straight and at the penultimate bend, she had four lengths in hand of Port West Salmon, who had improved into second. However, this race was over as a contest and Kiss An Angel, as expected, stepped it up a gear on the run for home and the classy brindle crossed the line six and a half lengths clear of Port West Salmon in second, with Flyers Job taking third. The time was a sensational 31.42 .20s and many thanks are extended to Vincent McKenna for his generous sponsorship of the event.
ALICE LANDS THE CASH
Elsewhere on the card there were some terrific performances in graded affairs and best of those came in race eight as Alice Wants Cash ran out a most impressive winner of her 525 event.
Owned and trained by Patrick Guilfoyle, Alice Wants Cash won his debut outing one week ago over the 350-yard trip but he really excelled when stepping up to the standard last night. Swiftly into stride wearing the black jacket, Alice Wants Cash quickly took control as he showed brilliant early gears to storm past Drombeg Davy early on. Quickly opening a five length advantage heading into the back straight, it was all over as a contest from halfway and the son of Good News - Mystical Moll maintained a strong gallop all the way to the winning line. A seven and a half length winner in the end, the time was a rapid 28.86 .20s.
BACK TO BACK FOR SKY
Killanin Sky was chasing back-to-back wins at Galway track last night and he too made light work of the final race of the evening for the All-The-One syndicate.
A very well-bred son of Taylors Sky - Wrathchild, Killanin Sky broke best of all from trap one and an open class sprinter, he showed all of that early pace to take a comprehensive lead into the back straight. Extending his advantage off the second turn, Killanin Sky never took his foot off the gas and the remainder of the field made little inroads into his lead. Coming home over four lengths clear of reserve, Coolemount Boss in second, the time was a fine 28.98 .20s.
IN OTHER RACES
The opening race of the night was claimed in good style by the veteran, Baylin Fancy. Owned by Michael McMahon, Baylin Fancy took control approaching the opening corner and from here, the son of Paradise Madison - Baylin Survivor drew clear to come home over nine lengths in front. The time was a decent 29.33 .20s.
Croaghill Lizzy got back to her best in race four as Alan McDonagh’s bitch led from trap to line. Trained by John McDonagh, Croaghill Lizzy led early on from trap five and after having a ding-dong battle with Bumblebee Daitni throughout, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Croaghill Girl kept on well in the closing stages to record a length and a half victory. The time was 29.26 .20s.
Crimson Blue was searching for a first career win last night in an A7 event but he claimed it in style for winning owners Gerard & Martin Redington. Springing out of trap six in front, Crimson Blue quickly took control heading into the opening bend and extended his lead to three upon entrance to the back straight. Maintaining a strong gallop thereafter, the son of Droopys Buick - Twilight Fear was five lengths better off than Wishful Blossom at the winning line. The time was 29.35 .20s.
Jumeirah Spring may be a September 18’ whelp but this well trialled lady was having her first career start last night for owner Jimmy Buckley. Slowly into stride wearing the orange jacket, Jumeirah Spring looked to have plenty on her plate early on but she showed brilliant determination to slip through in third at the opening turn. Showing no signs of any inexperience, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Jumeirah Lolls displayed excellent track craft rounding the bottom two bends and she picked off the leader to come home a length clear at the winning line. The time was 29.30 .20s.