Peter Farrell

On a very busy night which included the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne, the opening round of the Friends of Limerick Irish St. Leger at Limerick and of course the StarSports & ARC English Derby at Nottingham, there was also a notable treble for the kennel of Paul Scally in Thurles.

The Cabra kennels are well respected and have produced many feature race winners over the past number of years and there was a lot to like about some of the performances of Paul Scally’s runners last night at Thurles Park.

The first runner of the night came in race three which was a novice 525, claimed in expert fashion by Cabra Skippy (Kinloch Brae - Cabra Angel). Fast away from trap five, Cabra Skippy showed good early gears and just cleared the bend ahead of traffic problems and he skipped into a six length lead upon entrance to the back straight. It was a virtual solo thereafter but the brindle went about his business in style to record a ten length win. The time was 29.46.

Next up was Cabra Luna in the very next race and she produced a front running masterclass to come home in front.

Quickly into stride wearing the black jacket, Cabra Luna shot across to the rail and took a three length lead into the back straight. This advantage soon extended midway down the back as the daughter of Good News - Cabra Ebony was in full flow approaching the penultimate bend. Borna Buster was revving his engine in behind however, but try as he might, the line came a little too soon for Borna Buster as Cabra Luna galloped to a length and a half success. The time was slick 28.86.

The treble was completed in race six which was another novice event, this time landed by Cabra Kai (Pat C Sabbath - Cabra Laura) in trap to line fashion.

Like his kennel mate Cabra Luna, Cabra Kai wasn’t hanging around at trap rise and he sprung out of trap four to take a lead of a couple of lengths into the opening corner. Code Cosmo was the nearest challenger in second and it quickly became a two dog race heading down the back straight. Cabra Kai was strong however, and he stayed every inch of the tough Thurles circuit to extend his lead and come home over three lengths clear. The time was 29.36.