Peter Farrell

Thurles Park hosted a competitive eleven race card last night and there were two displays of real note as Star Blake and Save Me Paddy both produced impressive performances.

The first of the aforementioned duo to come home in front was Star Blake and he was searching for his sixth victory from just twelve starts. A very consistent sort, the Amazing-Four syndicate are getting a fine tune out of their charge as he bounced from trap five to record a blistering 1.77 split time. Turning in front, it was all over barring incident as the son of Laughil Blake - Stuckeybawn maintained a relentless gallop throughout to come home three lengths clear of Allowdale Shelly in second. The time was a smart 28.75.


Another greyhound who is riding the crest of a wave at present is Tina Morrissey’s Save Me Paddy and the talented September 18’ whelp made it three wins on the spin in race nine.

After two very impressive outings at Galway, Save Me Paddy dropped back to the sprint distance but this didn’t seem to phase this rapidly improving greyhound. Despite breaking well from trap four, it was the blue jacket of Wing Mirror who held the early initiative, showing tremendous early speed to outpace his rivals into the opening corner. However, Save Me Paddy soon took control as he railed expertly around the bottom two bends to go two clear heading for home. A strong running son of Kinloch Brae - Geelo Lu Lu, Save Me Paddy was never going to be caught thereafter and he crossed the line a comfortable two length winner from the wide running Wing Mirror in second. The clock was a blistering 17.65 and this greyhounds stock is very much on this rise.


Another who dipped under 29 seconds in terms of the estimated going was Railteen Dara in the final race of the night.

Owned by Patrick Kelly and Michael Skehan, Railteen Dara broke smartly from trap two but was led early on by Slaneyside Maisy. However, that lead was short lived as Railteen Dara stormed to the front down the back straight and extended his lead throughout. A son of Laughil Blake - Stuckeybawn, a brother of course to Star Blake, Railteen Dara ran out a convincing seven length winner as the clock returned a swift 28.90.


Cabra Misty was still seeking her first career win in race six but Suzanne O’Neill’s bitch produced a career best performance to land the spoils.

Quickly into stride from trap one, Cabra Misty showed a lovely turn of pace from trap one to lead early on. Never under much threat from there on in, the daughter of Good News - Heavens Lilly ran out a convincing four length winner. The time was a swift 29.18.


The Michael Flanagan owned Rallying Shiraz produced a nice display over the 570 yard trip at the tail end of November and he stepped it up a gear last night with another smart spin.

Trained by David Flanagan, Rallying Shiraz (Droopys Jet - Beaming Shiraz) broke in front from trap three and showed excellent early speed to lead around the opening corner. A proven stayer, it was going to take a mammoth effort to reel in the leader and he duly came home two lengths clear of the fast finishing Taylor Kate in second. The time was a very quick 31.02.