Peter Farrell

The semi finals of the Bonus Ball A2/A3 525 were the main attraction at Thurles Greyhound Stadium last night but it also proved a fruitful night for the Scally kennel as they notched a hat-trick of wins on the night.

The Bonus Ball A2/A3 525 is the latest in some brilliant stakes coming off at Thurles Greyhound Stadium and last night, it was Abigails Power who continued to display his good form in landing the opening semi-final which was the quickest of the two on offer. A joint winner of the recent Errill Schooling Track A3/A4 525 at this venue, Abigails Power was expected to go close and as such, he was installed as a 2/1 chance to make it three wins from his last four starts. Quickly into stride from trap three, the Abigail Morrissey-owned tracker posted a 1.69 opening sectional as he accelerated into the opening bend to take a slender lead. Once straightening up however, the son of Belles Direction and Geelos Lu Lu developed a healthy advantage down the back straight and it was always going to take a strong effort to reel him in thereafter. Staying on well in the closing stages, Abigails Power crossed the line with two lengths in hand over Hazelhill Kelso with Cabra Veyron a further head back in third. The time was 29.36 .30s.


In the second semi final, Private Jet justified his 7/4 favouritism for John Ryan and John Byrne as he cantered to a comfortable victory for connections.

A greyhound known for his early gears, Private Jet was without a win in recent starts but he came away well from trap five to show his customary early pace and take a comfortable lead rounding the opener. From here, the son of Droopys Jet and Sidarian Fern opened a sizable advantage over his rivals and barring incident, he was to emerge an easy winner. Maintaining a string gallop thereafter, Private Jet had two and a half lengths in hand over Nowursingin, who had finished at speed, to grab second as the clock returned 29.55 .30s.


It's a rarity at Thurles where the Scally name doesn’t come away with a winner and the connections were responsible for three on the card last night as Cabra Hasty, Cabra Sonic and Cabra Puma all notched victories.

The first of the runners to get their head in front was Cabra Hasty in race three, an A5 525. A 5/2 shot in the market, Cabra Hasty was quickly into stride from trap two but after some early traffic, she found herself sitting third entering the back straight. However, showing good speed to pick off her rivals, the daughter Kinloch Brae and Cabra Ebony stuck to her task well in the closing stages to gain a head victory over Whizzing Charlie in second. The time was 29.76 .30s.

Next up was Cabra Sonic in race eight, an AO/A1 525 contest. A greyhound who is racking up the wins, Cabra Sonic was chasing a sixth career victory and he was sent off a 5/2 chance favourite to land the spoils from trap two. Bolting from boxes, Cabra Sonic set his stall out early as he opened a healthy lead over his rivals approaching the opening turn. Setting a strong gallop thereafter, the son of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Ebony, a litter brother to Cabra Hasty, was forced to pull out all the stops to deny the fast-finishing Railteen Dara in the closing stages. Coming out the right side of a neck victory, the time for Cabra Sonic was 29.79 .30s.

The hat-trick was completed for the Scally Kennel in the very next race as Cabra Puma justified her 4/5 favouritism with a solid victory. Running from trap one, Cabra Puma was only moderately into stride as Borna Gal rounded the opening turn in charge. Sitting some six lengths adrift of Borna Gal down the back straight, Cabra Puma had plenty of work on her plate to reel in the leader. However, showing excellent determination, the daughter of Confident Rankin and Cabra Twister stayed on strongly in the closing stages to soar past Borna Gal and seal victory. Two lengths in it at the winning line, the time was 30.02 .30s.


Bull Run Riot emerged a fine winner of race four over the sprint distance as he came home five and a half lengths clear of his rivals. Owned by Theresa Quinlan, the daughter of Bull Run Bolt and Tullowmac Java was sent off the 5/4 favourite and she flew from trap five to soon take control. In command thereafter, Bull Run Riot proved a class apart as she stopped the clock in a fast 18.22 .10s.

David Flanagan got on the scoresheet in race six as Crescent Tibet galloped to a comfortable victory at odds of even money. Owned by Patricia Gavin, the well-bred daughter of Confident Rankin and Tibet broke smartest from trap one and it proved all one-way traffic thereafter for the January 20’ whelp. Setting a strong gallop throughout, Crescent Tibet was over six lengths too good for Kylenoe Steph in second as the clock returned a good 29.47 .30s.