Peter Farrell

There were a number of terrific performances at Thurles Park on Saturday night and amongst the highlights was a double for the Scally kennel as both Cabra Luna and Cabra Dawn scored in style.

The first of the ‘Cabra’ winners came in race eight which was a 570-yard distance landed in trap to line fashion by Cabra Dawn. Owned by Ava Scally, the daughter of Over Limit - Cabra Millie was hoping to get back to winning ways and she went about in the right way as she flashed from trap four to lead early on. Showing the field a clean pair of heels throughout, Cabra Dawn was never under any pressure as she stayed on strongly close home to secure a two and a half length win over Five Alley Crakl in second. The time was a rapid 31.13 estimate. 

The kennel double was completed a short time later as Cabra Luna followed her kennel companion’s lead in blasting from trap two to make all. Running in race eleven, Paddy Scally’s talented bitch came through the bars to open a four length lead rounding the opening bend. From here, the daughter of Good News - Cabra Ebony stuck to her task well and despite Railteen Dara closing the gap in second, she was still a length better off at the winning line. The time was a brisk 28.83


As mentioned, there was no shortage of brilliant displays on what was a twelve race program and the first of the swift returns came from Hi Dinny in race three, a 330-yard event. Owned by the Call-You-Back syndicate and trained by John Byrne, the striking fawn broke well from three and displayed the better of the early gears to take a narrow lead over Code Jackal rounding the first. From here, it was a closely run affair but the son of Silverhill Shay - Newlawn Minnie had just enough in hand to hold off his rival by half a length. The time was a fast 17.86.

Staying with the sprint contests and there was another likeable performance in race five as Arderin Shadow landed the spoils for Richard Joyce. Only moderately away from trap one, the son of Ballymac Best - Slaneyside Mandy showed fizzing early gears on the rail to create daylight rounding the opening corner. Staying on well thereafter, Arderin Shadow was a length better off than Oneforthebooks at the winning line. The time was a slick 17.93.

It certainly was night for fine sprinting and Clondoty Noel upped the ante in race seven. Owned by John Leahy, Clondoty Noel came away racing from trap four and he quickly opened a healthy lead entering the first bend. Tracking brilliantly around the bottom two bends, this race was all sewn up as the son of Laughil Blake - Clondoty Amy stormed across the line to seal a four length win. The time was a blistering 17.63

The last of the flying sprint returns on the night came in race nine as Eleco (Ballymac Eske - Coolavanny Park) got back to winning ways for joint owners Brian Loughnane and Peter Moynihan. A very talented sprinter, Eleco bounced from trap six but was outpaced early on by Ratchies Origi in trap three. However, tracking brilliantly around the bottom two bends, Eleco coursed the hare and never broke stride upon entrance to the home straight. Powering up the hill thereafter, Eleco took back control and was three lengths better off than Ratchies Origi at the line as the clock returned a hot 17.79.

There was a nice performance for Thomas Spillane’s Here Paudie in race ten as he came from off the pace to dip under the twenty-nine second barrier in terms of estimate. Quickly away from trap three, Here Paudie was led early on by Full Of Hope and he had three lengths to make up on his rival heading down the back. However, the son of Skywalker Puma - Flashy Beauty soon emerged a real threat as he galloped up alongside Full Of Hope at the crown of the penultimate turn. Staying on strongly thereafter, Here Paudie extended his lead to three lengths at the winning line as the clock returned a swift 28.87.