Peter Farrell

With the Centenary Agri Tipperary Cup at Thurles Park just around the corner, Cabra Ava showed her well-being ahead of a possible tilt at the event as she produced another excellent display for Ava Scally.

Running in an A0/A1 525-yard contest, Cabra Ava was fresh off a hugely impressive 28.71 .20s performance last time out in Thurles so it was hardly a surprise to see Ava Scally’s talented bitch pounce from trap three once again to lead early on. It quickly developed into a solo effort for Cabra Ava as she drew clear of her rivals, setting a ferocious gallop in the process. All one-way traffic throughout, the daughter of Kinloch Brae - Cabra Smokey came home a massive ten lengths clear of Slaneyside Post in second. The time was 28.79 .20s.


Indeed, it proved to be another successful night for the Scally connections as they accounted for three of the twelve winners on the card as Cabra Sonic and Cabra Veyron also crossed over in front.

The hat-trick got off and running in the opening race of the night as Cabra Sonic (Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ebony) made a winning start to his career to land an ON2/3 525. Owned this time by Paddy Scally, Cabra Sonic showed some good track craft early on to nip around in front from trap four and he stretched out down the back straight to create daylight over his rivals. Staying on well thereafter, Cabra Sonic was two lengths better off than Abigails Mystery, who also ran a fine race in defeat, back in second. The time was 29.48 .20s.

With the performance of Cabra Ava sandwiched in between, the hat-trick was secured in the concluding race of the night as Cabra Veyron sealed a first career victory for Paddy Scally. A brother of Cabra Sonic, ‘Veyron’ didn’t get everything his own way as he had to come from behind Private Jet at the halfway mark. However, taking up the running midway down the back, Scally’s charge quickly took control and he stepped it up a gear to come home three lengths clear of Slanestown Nidge in second. The time was 29.87 .20s.


The Brian Doyle owned Long Kiwi (Droopys Jet - Cruel Intentions) sealed a fourth win from seven starts in race two as he led from the outset in what was a 330-yard contest. Breaking smartly from trap three, Long Kiwi showed the better of the early pace and he kept on well in the closing yards to secure a one and a half length win over Yassoo Susan in second. The time was 18.18 .10s

Another greyhound who led from outset was Chestnut Ghost (Head Bound - Playmistyforme) as the Paraic Campion trained runner got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion. Owned by Tony Bennett, Chestnut Ghost broke smartly from trap three and he set a strong gallop throughout the contest to come home seven lengths clear of Holiday Gal in second. The time was 29.38 .20s.

The quickest over the 330-yard trip came in race four as Kilara Odessa stretched her unbeaten career start to two wins for Brian Kennedy and Michael Donnelly. A well-bred, January 2020 daughter of Droopys Sydney - Kilara Jessie, Kilara Odessa was sharp at boxes and she used her trap one berth to her advantage in hugging the rails throughout to come home a length clear of Code Hill in second. The time was 18.03 .10s.

The ‘Borna’ kennels are never too far away at Thurles and they accounted for the winner of race eight with Borna Aoife. Owned by Michelle Dwan, Borna Aoife was chasing a fourth career win and she bounced from trap three to lead early doors. The daughter of Droopys Jet - Borna Central had to overcome some traffic at the second bend but she gathered herself well to dominate the contest thereafter. Staying on strongly to secure a six length win over Railteen Dara in second, the time was a good 29.27 .20s.