Peter Farrell

Last night saw Thurles host a twelve race all-graded affair and although there were a string of top-class displays on the night, it was Chubbys Jet who caught the eye with an eye-catching performance for Laura and Ogie O’Meara.

Running in race six, an A4 525 contest, Chubbys Jet was seeking to bounce back from his debut defeat and the September 19’ brindle was mighty impressive in running out a comfortable victor. Heading to traps an even money shot, Chubbys Jet broke smartly from trap five and he showed a terrific turn of foot to take a three length lead rounding the opening turn. From here, the son of Droopys Jet and Live Queen opened an unassailable advantage over his rivals and he finished strongly to cross the line ten lengths clear. The time was a smashing 28.85 .30s.


Elsewhere on the card there were several performers who dipped under 29-seconds in terms of their calculated efforts and the first of those runners was Chestnut Chief (Coolavanny Jap - Mothers Jam) in race five. Owned by Cathal and Alan Bennett, Chestnut Chief went to boxes a 4/1 chance and although quickly into stride from three, he was led in the early exchanges by Foxrock Genius in six. However, showing lovely pace down the back, Chestnut Chief, trained by Paraic Campion, took charge at the penultimate bend and powered home thereafter. Crossing the line five lengths clear of Foxrock Genius in second, the time was a good 29.16 .30s.

Next to dip under 29-seconds was Nowursinging in race ten for trainer David Flanagan. Chasing back-to-back wins at Thurles Park, Nowursinging was swiftly into stride wearing the red jacket and after taking charge at the opening bend, the son of Ballymac Best and Steel Dynasty, owned by the Three-K syndicate, never looked back as he galloped to a comprehensive, six and a half length victory. The time for the 5/2 shot was 29.09 .30s.


Race eleven saw 4/1 chance Hollyhill Sonny come out the better side of a photo finish to deny Slaneyside Post and seal a double on the night for Paraic Campion. Owned by Gerard Gubbins, Hollyhill Sonny was chasing a brilliant seventh career win but he had to work hard to peg back his rival. Running from trap three, the son of Kinloch Brae and Boom Time had to bide his time in behind before delivering a final surge to chin Slaneyside Post on the line. A head separating the duo, the time was a fast 29.20 .30s.


It was a night of doubles at Thurles and Nowurmovin sealed a double for the Three-K syndicate and David Flanagan in the concluding race of the night. Well away from five, Nowurmovin had to play settle fiddle behind Faithful Rory early on but taking control at the three-quarter mark, the son of Laughil Blake and Cats Belle stayed on strongly to cross the line two lengths clear of Faithful Rory in second. The time for the 3/1 chance was 29.19 .30s.


The good form of the Scally kennel continued from last weekend as they recorded another double in races four and ten.

The first of the winners was Cabra Veyron in race four as he made it two wins from just four starts. Owned by Paddy Scally, Cabra Veyron went to traps the 2/1 joint favourite and came away racing from four to storm past early leader, Knockroe River, in three. Surging to the front down the back straight, the son of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Ebony went clear and although Aghadown Aliysa made rapid inroads late on, Cabra Veyron held on to claim a half length victory. The time was 29.52 .30s.

The double was completed in race ten as litter sister Cabra Hasty (Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ebony) doubled her career tally for Ava Scally. Running from trap four, the 5/2 shot tucked in behind Whizzing Porter early on but she delivered a late flurry to come home a two and a half lengths clear of her rival and claim victory. The time was 29.53 .30s.


There was a very likeable performance in race three as Memories Champ bounced back from a debut defeat for owner Ned Fogerty. Only a February 20’ whelp, Memories Champ was slowly away from trap three but she showed huge courage to ship a bump at the opener and go third. From here, the daughter of Rio Quattro and Pinkies Glory showed sizzling gears down the back to surge to the front and she never looked back thereafter. Coming home a length clear of Diegos Honey in second, the time was a smart decent 29.39 .30s for the 5/2 market chance.

Whizzing Jet (Droopys Jet - Whizzing Josie) landed race seven for owner David Hogg as he led from the outset to record a second career win. A 2/1 chance at the off, Whizzing Jet broke well from trap three and he proceeded to make every post a winner as he came home a length clear of Great Paddy in second. The time was 29.35 .30s

There was a very smart performance in race eight, the IRGT S2/S3 330, as Totos Cottage showed his rivals a clean pair of paws for joint owners, Denis Fogarty and Tony McCormack. In good form of late, Totos Cottage was swiftly into stride from trap four and he proved a class above thereafter as he maintained a powerful gallop throughout to come home two lengths clear of Code Jackal in second. The time for the 5/2 shot was a slick 17.92 .10s.