There were a number of quality performances on display as Thurles hosted their final meeting of 2021 last night but the star of the show was Taylor Kate as she made it back-to-back wins in brilliant style in race seven.
After beating a very smart field on her last outing at Thurles, Taylor Kate came into the 570-yard contest in good form and David McGrath’s fawn enhanced her stature as one of the top trackers over this distance as she has now won on her last four starts over the tough 570-yard trip. Heading to traps a 5/2 chance last night, second favourite behind the fancied Lynchy Boy, there was no doubt about the result as the daughter of Tyrur Big Mike and Leamaneigh Breda led from trap to line to record an emphatic victory. Breaking smartly from trap three, Taylor Kate quickly took control of the contest as she paced up well to hold off the improving Lynchy Boy on the approach to the opener. Rounding the corner in front, Taylor Kate developed a commanding lead as she stretched clear to open up a three length gap down the back which she duly increased rounding the bottom two bends. Staying on strongly in the final fifty yards, McGrath’s charge was five lengths too strong for Lynchy Boy at the winning line as the clock returned a rapid 31.25 .30s, a very impressive spin indeed.
DOUBLE FOR PEACOCK
As 2021 comes to an end, few would have enjoyed a better season than Liam Peacock and he accounted for a double on last night's card as Bogger Buck and Callys Lady both recorded victories.
The first of the winners came in race two as Bogger Buck landed his ON2/ON3 525 in comfortable style. Sent off the 5/4 jolly, the son of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Bogger Bonnie tucked in behind Anglesey Honey early on and sat three lengths adrift midway down the back straight. However, cranking it up a notch at this point, Bogger Buck finished at a rate of knots to storm past the leader and record a four length victory. The time was 29.99 .30s.
Later in the card, Callys Lady secured the double as the Liam Peacock-trained and Shaun Carroll-owned bitch also justified her favourites tag. Heading to traps a 5/4 chance, the April 20’ daughter of Cloran Paddy and Bogger Ophelia trailed the field early on from trap two but after early traffic, she maneuvered her way through runners to take charge at the penultimate turn. From here, it was a straightforward night’s work for Callys Lady as she stayed on strong to cross the line three and a half lengths clear of Dromulton Jet in second. The time was 29.86 .30s.
IN OTHER RACES
The fastest time over the standard trip came in the concluding race of the night as Kylenoe Steph recorded an impressive victory in what was an A3 event. Owned by Christy and Louise Meaney, Kylenoe Steph tucked in behind Bogger Hulk early on but showing fantastic acceleration down the back, the daughter of Ballymac Best and Toms Linda shot to the front. One-way traffic thereafter, Kylenoe Steph, the 5/4 favourite, came home three and a half lengths clear of Bogger Hulk to record a slick time of 29.15 .30s.
Ferryforth Teddy got back to winning ways in race five as he upset the odds for owner William Egan. It was Chubbys Whisper who was sent off the favourite at 5/4 but it was stiped jacketed runner of Bogger Murty who showed the way for the majority of the contest. However, after having the door closed at the penultimate turn, Ferryforth Teddy came back for more in the closing stages and the son of Droopys Jet and Ironically, a 5/2 chance, stormed to the front to pass the post two and a half lengths clear of Bogger Murty in second. The time was 29.40 .30s.
It certainly was night for the strong running types as Great Jet also came from off the pace to land race nine, an A4 525. A 2/1 market chance, Great Jet was slowly into stride but held her inside line in trap two to avoid early traffic and turn a close fourth. From here, the daughter of Good News and Jaytee Osprey, owned by the Trial-And-Error syndicate, displayed brilliant back straight pace to take charge and she was two lengths better off than Bull Run Ripple crossing the line. The time was 29.47 .30s.
There was another decent run in race nine as Cabra Hasty made it three wins on the spin for Ava Scally. After showing good improvement in both her prior victories, Cabra Hasty once again stepped up as she led from the outset to see off Coolside Spy by half a length at the winning line. Returning a 2/1 chance, the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Ebony recorded a good time of 29.38 .30s.