Peter Farrell

There were a number of electric performances at Thurles Park last night and the highlight of the night were doubles for Liam Peacock’s ‘Bogger’ kennels and local handler Paraic Campion.

The first of the Peacock runners to cross in front came in the evening’s opener as Bogger Bongo led from the outset to storm to a thirteen length success. Taking charge early on from trap five, the son of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Bogger Realta, only an April 20’ whelp, took no prisoners as he dismantled his rivals to come home thirteen lengths clear, in a time of 29.50 .20s.

The double was completed in the final race of the night as Bogger Biggav finished at speed to record a first career victory. Breaking slowly from trap four, Blogger Biggav was out with the washing early on but he was running all over the top of his rivals around the bottom two bends to emerge a potent threat. Taking charge off the final turn, the son of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Ballintee Babe scored by a length and a half from Kilrush Joy in second. The time was 29.67 .20s.


For the second week on the trot, Paraic Campion recorded a fine double at Thurles Park and it was Chestnut Chief who recorded the fastest time of the night at the Tipperary venue.

Jointly owned by Cathal and Alan Bennett, Chestnut Chief had been out of luck in recent starts at Thurles but he came out the right side of a photo finish in last night’s A2 event. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the Paraic Campion-trained greyhound as he walked from traps and instead, it was Bogger Charlie who took charge early on. Chestnut Chief was tracking smartly however, and the son of Coolavanny Jap and Mothers Jam hit the front at the penultimate turn. It was to prove a closely run affair thereafter as Borna Barney finished at speed but it was Chestnut Chief who prevailed by a head at the winning line. The time was a rapid 28.95 20s.

The double was completed in the penultimate race of the night as Chestnut Clint made every inch of the running to come home a clear winner and in turn, record a brilliant eleventh career victory. Owned by the Chestnut-syndicate, ‘Clint’ never gave his followers a moment's worry as he pounced from trap two to record a swift 1.74 sectional. From here, it proved a routine success for the son of Laughil Blake and Playmistyforme as he ran out a two and a half length winner over Sadie The Goat in second. The time was 29.57 .20s.


Elsewhere on the card there was an electric display from Pepe Le Pew as he recorded a seventh career win for his owner Arthur Morrissey.

A really consistent sort, Pepe Le Pew is all about early pace and although not breaking as fluently as usual from trap six, he duly showed sizzling early gears to post a 1.76 sectional early on and take charge. Sweeping the second bend to open up a five length lead over his rivals, the son of Droopys Jet and Absolutely Ace was in full throttle heading into the penultimate bend. Magical Jasper wasn’t giving up in behind however, but despite his best efforts, Pepe Le Pew crossed the line a length and a half clear of his rival, in a slick time of 29.01 .20s.


There was one other standout performance on the night and this came in a sprint contest as Confused Fitzy produced a super display to clock a scorching time.

Owned by Gerry Manley, Confused FItzy was a winner on his last outing at Thurles as he posted a fast 17.81 and despite stepping up in grade last night, he ran out a fine winner for connections. It was Hon The Jet who broke narrowly in front but Confused Fitzy quickly took control from trap four with a devastating turn of early pace. Tracking expertly thereafter, the son of Confident Rankin and Confused Breda stayed on well to record a one and a half length win over Cabra Sonic in second. The time was a brilliant 17.78 .10s.