After a Bucko
3 a minute into the fourth pulled the Wildcats within 42-35, Punzalan swished his final trey from right of the hoop, putting the Hawks back up by 10 (45-35) with 6:34 to go.
VVLADBROKES Summer Stayers Classic (Monmore Thursday) - 1st semi-final: 1 Spars Above, 2 Bull Run Button, 3 Ela Juliet, 4 Buckos
Lass, 5 Apache Kid (m), 6 Jetstream Lynx (w).
The Tipperary Town trainer is building up a strong team and, apart from Skywalker Rafa, also has Skywalker Tuco and last year's Irish Derby finalist Buckos
Dream in his care.
-Geelo Monty is the bigger threat having rated unfortunate when a neck second to Buckos
Lass in the Summer Stayers final at Monmore last month and he will look to get away, although the selection's kennelmate Coolavanny Smash could be a spoiler in that regard.
He didn't fly out but was level with Good News and Buckos Dream as they passed the stands.
However, he seemed to check into the bend and was only third as Buckos Dream led on the bend from Pat Guilfoyle's Good News.
The eight greyhounds nominated for the GBGB-sponsored are: Buckos
Lass, successful in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers at Monmore; Droopys Buick, winner of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore; Geelo Sapphire, who landed Towcester's Lowther Stakes; Peterborough Derby winner Hiya Butt; Monmore Trafalgar Cup winner King Elvis; Murrys Act, who landed Romford's Champion Stakes; Shaneboy Freddie, winner of the Sussex Cup at Hove, and Wildfire Lord, who raced away with Nottingham's Puppy Classic.
The 590m open at 9.15 is a fascinating contest with the vote going to Corren Price's BUCKOS
LASS on the basis that she can show her rivals a clean pair of heels from the off.
THE Red Mills Champion Open Unraced has thrown up some huge names over the years and the signs are that Buckos
Dream could be an exceptional contender for this year's richestever renewal, with €10,000 on offer for the final at Kilkenny this evening.
DREAM and Tullovin Kim have emerged as clear favourites for next Sunday's Red Mills Champion Open Unraced Stake at Kilkenny following Friday's semi-final session.
The Kilkenny semis are the two big races of the night in Ireland this evening and the selection for the first is the Michael O'Donovan-trained Buckos
Dream, who is unbeaten in the competition and has looked a very strong runner.
THE best was saved for last in the second round of the Red Mills Champion Unraced at Kilkenny on Friday, with the Michael O'Donovan-trained Buckos
Dream posting 29.12sec when landing the final heat, writes Michael Fortune.
The opening heat looks wide open but Owen McKenna's Farloe Starsky may have the measure of Hey Bound and Luminous Warrior, while the final eliminator can revolve around three first round winners in Pat Buckley's Javielenko, Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Rokstar and Michael O'Donovan's Buckos
Other winners were Pat Guilfoyle's Tullovin Kim in 29.23sec, Michael O'Donovan's Buckos
Dream in 29.23sec, Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Rokstar in 29.38sec, Peter Cronin's Fleeting Captain in 29.32sec and Denny Lennon's Luminous Warrior in 29.23sec.
A few names to look out for tonight include Droopys De Rossi, Karlow Scolar, Central Boss, Droopys Noah, Farloe Starsky, Buckos
Dream, Jazz Magic and Luminous Warrior.