Thurles Park hosted their usual twelve race meeting last night and as well as doubles for both the Scally and O’Connor kennels, the star of the show came in the opening race of the night as Luminous Socks produced a spectacular debut performance.
Owned by Denis Lennon, Luminous Socks is a September 19’ whelp who had performed very well in qualifying, producing some eye-catching trials in the process. However, he was to step up on those runs in emphatic fashion last night as he emerged a runaway winner of an ON2/3 525 contest. A well bred son of Droopys Sydney - Luminous Fancy, Luminous Socks took no prisoners in the early yards as he bolted from trap three to quickly open a two length lead approaching the opening corner. Even at this early stage, it was clear that Lennon’s charge was producing something special out in front as he quickly opened a six length gap within a matter of strides and it was now a question of how far midway down the back straight. Entering the final stages of the contest the youngster was showing no signs of slowing down as the winning line loomed large and he proved eight lengths too strong for nearest rival Cocoon in second. The time, taking into consideration it was marked .20s on the night, was 28.72 and this suggests that this greyhound is certainly one to keep an eye on going forward.
The first of the kennel doubles on the night was sealed in back-to-back races for James O’Connor as his litter comrades Micks Energy and Traceys Crown landed their respective contests.
First up was Micks Energy in race three which was a S5/S6 330-yard contest. A son of Tarsna Havana - Send The Answer, Micks Energy was hoping to bounce back from debut defeat and came away well from trap four to outpace his rivals during the early exchanges. Hitting the opening corner with clear daylight, Micks Energy steered a wide course around the bottom two bends but he still had two and a half lengths to spare over Cant Stop Busy in second at the winning line. The time was a good 18.07.
The litter double was completed in the very next race as litter sister Traceys Crown landed her A6 525-yard contest in trap to line fashion.
A bridesmaid in her previous two outings, Traceys Crown showed her intent early on this time around as she came through the bars to lead from trap three. Holding a healthy lead for the majority of the contest thereafter, Traceys Crown was challenged in the closing yards by Ballyphilip Fab but had just enough in reserve to see off that rival by half a length at the winning line. The time was 29.68.
The ‘Cabra’ kennels have been in fine form of late and they recorded another double last night with Cabra Hasty and Cabra Tyson both scoring.
First up was Cabra Hasty in race eight, an A6 525, and she led from trap to line to record a first career victory. Quickest into stride wearing the striped jacket, the daughter of Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ebony soon put this race to bed as she showed excellent courage to sweep the opening corner and take a two length lead into the back. From here, Ava Scally’s charge pressed home her lead and staying on strongly in the closing stages, Cabra Hasty was four lengths better off than Tarsna Soda at the winning line. The time was 29.23.
Shortly after, Cabra Tyson (Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ellie) held off Aghadown Aliysa to seal a third career victory over the extended 570-yard trip. Out like a light from trap five, Cabra Tyson showed a fine turn of early pace to lead early on and Paddy Scally’s brindle took a two length lead into the back straight from Aghadown Aliysa. Looking home and hosed at this point, a late flurry from the latter gave Cabra Tyson plenty to think about in the closing stages but he stuck to his guns well to emerge a short-head better off. The time was 31.80.
TWO FROM THREE FOR BREATHTAKING
Elsewhere on the card there was fine performance from Breathtaking in race seven as Kim Taylor’s charge made it two wins from her last three starts.
A daughter of Good News - Ballymac Abigail, Breathtaking flashed from trap three and she took a commanding lead into the opening turn from Cabra Luna in second. It was pretty much as you were for the foreseeable thereafter and despite not pulling clear of her rivals, Breathtaking was a game as pheasant in crossing the line two lengths clear of Cabra Luna in second. The time was a brisk estimate of 28.89.