Peter Farrell

Mark O’Donovan is certainly the trainer in form at the minute and while he was leading Stonepark Leo to Kirby success down in Limerick, his Deadly Big Show was posting some terrific figures at Thurles Park.

Owned by Garry Hannon, Deadly Big Show stole the headlines a number of weeks back after landing his debut success in unbelievable fashion. Posting 15.91 for the 300-yard trip, it was clear that Deadly Big Show possessed a massive engine and as he appeared in Thurles last night, it would have taken a brave individual to bet against him making it two wins from just three starts. Breaking smartly from trap two, Deadly Big Show quickly established daylight from his rivals as he outpaced the field into the opening bend to take a commanding lead. From here, it was a formality for the son of Droopys Jet - Humble Star as he powered up the home straight to score by six lengths from nearest challenger, Flomur Steve in second. The time was an incredible calculated 17.48.


Elsewhere on the card there was no shortage of top-class performances and the best of those over the standard trip came in race eight as Rahyvira Quinn made all.Owned by Gerard White, Rahyvira Quinn had a career best of 29.20 prior to last night but he upped his game in emphatic fashion as he pinged the lids from trap four to take a healthy lead into the opening bend. In full flight down the back straight, the son of Skywalker Tuco - Stouke Bird was in control throughout and duly crossed the line two and a half lengths clear of Borna Barney in second. The time was a swift calculation of 28.75.

Prior to that performance, Get In Front (Skywalker Puma - Over The Limit) notched a first career win in race seven for owner and trainer Ann Taylor. It was Rashersnatcher who led early on in this contest from trap two but taking over down the back straight, Get In Front did just that and he maintained a powerful gallop all the way to the winning line. Three and a half lengths separating him from Rashersnatcher in second, the time was a good 28.86.

The top race on the night in terms of grading came in race nine as Neon Alex (Droopys Roddick - Boraderra Angel) ran out a comfortable winner of an A0/A1 525 contest. Owned by John Butler, the blue was chasing back to back successes after scoring over the extended 570-yard trip last time out and he made it a quick-fire double with an off the pace performance. Breaking only moderately from trap two, it was Keefill Arthur who led early on from three but after looking a threat throughout, Neon Alex finished at speed to take control and secure the win. Five lengths clear at the winning line, the time was a fast 28.77.

The last of the greyhounds to dip under 29 seconds in terms of an estimated clock was Lady Lewis in race eleven. Taking charge at an early stage from trap two, Lady Lewis stuck to her task well throughout for owner Roger Brereton and despite the challenge of Tarsna Havana late on, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Srpingwell Eva held on to score. The shortest of heads separating the pair at the line, the time was 28.86.

There was another likeable performance over the 330-yard trip in race ten as Active Display doubled the career tally to two for owner John Commins. Coming away well from trap three, Active Display had Cabra Beauty for company most of the way but staying on best of all in the closing stages, the daughter of Laughil Blake - Active Air had a half a length to spare at the winning line. The time was 17.89.


David Flanagan is never too far away at Thurles Park and he sent out a double on the night as Nowursinging scored a debut success in race one, while Cabra Air ran out a convincing winner of race five.

First up was Nowursinging in the opening race of the night, a Novice 525, and after breaking in well from trap one, the Three-K syndicate owned greyhound ran a determined race to get the win. Only a September 19’ whelp, the son of Ballymac Best - Steely Dynasty took charge from Swift Fellowship at the penultimate bend and maintained a decent gallop all the way to the line. The time was 29.42.

The double was completed in race five as Cabra Air (Kinloch Brae - Cabra Smokey) was dominant in picking up her first success since winning on debut. Owned by Catrina Sodersten, Cabra Air came away racing from trap three but had to play second fiddle to Flashy Mia in the early stages. However, showing fine speed down the back straight, Cabra Air took over at the penultimate bend and from here, she drew clear to win by four lengths. The time was 29.09.