Peter Farrell

Thurles Park hosted a twelve race meeting last night and there were a number of brilliant performances on the night, the first of which in race two as Gunboat Premier made a smart start to his career for owner Sean Kenny.

Gunboat Premier is a late bloomer as an April 19’ whelp but after some nice qualifying trials, he came into last night’s ON2/ON3 525 with big claims. From a moderate break, Gunboat Premier sat in fourth rounding the opening turn as Courty Girl held a healthy advantage over her rivals heading down the back straight. However, showing an exceptional turn of foot at this point, Gunboat Premium breezed past his rivals at the crown of the penultimate turn and from here, the son of Droopys Jet - Dynamic Trend powered clear to score in style. Four and a half length better off than Slanestown Nidge in second, the time was a very swift calculated 28.91. It's worth noting that the dam of this greyhound, Dynamic Trend is a sister of a certain Toms Delight so don’t be surprised if you hear more of Gunboat Premier in the coming months given the strong pedigree he possesses.


The fastest return on the night over the standard trip came in race nine, an A1/A2 event, as Borna Rhythm claimed a third win from his last four starts.

Owned by Ruairi Dwan, Borna Rhythm is a very consistent type who can win from the front or from behind and on this occasion he showed terrific early speed from trap five to see off his rivals and take control at the second bend. From here, the son of Cloran Paddy - Borna Gem opened a healthy, four length lead rounding the bottom two corners and despite Free From Desire finishing at speed in second, Borna Rhythm still had over two lengths in hand at the winning line. The time was a swift 28.78.


There were also a couple of very nice performances over the 330-yard trip and the first of those came in race four as Outside The Ring recorded his first career win.

A coursing bred son of Coolavanny Bingo - Ahern For Mary, Outside The Ring was slowly into stride from trap two but showing all of that explosive early speed that a coursing pedigree offers, the strapping brindle, who is jointly owned by Ann Marie Morrissey and Ann Taylor, entered the opening corner with two lengths in hand. Tracking well thereafter, the eighty-seven pound heavyweight flew up the Thurles straight to record a seven length victory over his rivals. The time was a rapid 17.87.

The next of the sprint victors came in race eight, an S2/S3 event, which was also won in style by Ascot Blake.

Jointly owned by Billy Murphy and Frances Mullen, Ascot Blake was chasing a first victory since November of last year and he duly obliged as he pinged from boxes to make all. Quickest into stride wearing the red jacket, the son of Laughil Blake - Ascot Grace showed the superior early pace in the opening exchanges and he stayed on stoutly late on to grab the win. Over two lengths better off than Smokey Leah at the line, the time was a very smart 17.75.


Coffee Duck brought her career tally to three wins in race seven as she took up the running at the opening corner and never looked back. Owned by David Walsh, Coffee Duck didn't break all too well but railing like a cat from one, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Singing Hen took control rounding the second turn. Keeping on well thereafter, Coffee Duck saw off the fast finishing Four For Johnny by a length at the winning line. The time was 29.29.

There was another coursing winner in the opening race of the night as Patterdale Birdy (Silent Whisper - Patterdale Vera) claimed victory on her first start. Owned by Sally Mounsey, Patterdale Birdy broke slowly from two but like Outside The Ring, she showed devastating early pace to take charge. Running wide around the bends however, Patterdale Birdy had to win the race again close home but she did so in strong style, crossing the line with half a length to spare over Demon Ziggy in second. The time was 18.26.

Clough Flicka (Kinloch Brae - Geelo Lu Lu) doubled her career tally in race three with an off the pace performance for owner Tina Morrissey. Making the most of a nice draw in one, Clough Flicka was four lengths adrift down the back straight but she duly bridged this gap to finish at speed and land the spoils. One length better off than Sadie The Goat in second, the time was 29.52.

Try Again Diva (Candlelight King - Cnoc Rosie) broke her maiden tag in race five as Billy Nevin’s bitch led from the outset to claim victory. Shipping a hefty bump early on from three, Try Again Diva showed good determination in seeing off her rivals by a length at the winning line. The time was 30.08.

Bull Run Ria made a successful return to Thurles Park in race six as Theresa Quinlan’s bitch overcame a tardy start to land victory. Slow away from one, the daughter of Good News - Bull Run Kite tracked brilliantly throughout to arrive at speed close home. Staying on strongly, Bull Run Ria had a length and a half in hand over Flashy Duke at the line. The time was 29.30.

There was a comprehensive win in the only 570-yard contest of the night as Flashy Fifi (Pat C Sabbath -  Cabra Fifi) dominated from the outset for owner James Heffernan. Breaking well from trap three, Flashy Fifa quickly established a five length lead down the back straight and she maintained this advantage all the way to the winning line. The time was 31.44.

Bob The Lad made it two wins from three starts in the penultimate race of the night as he led from trap to line to seal the win. Owned by Tom White, the son of Droopys Jet - Liosgarbh Elsa broke well from trap one and he stuck to his task well to see off Rahyvira Queen by a length at the line. The time was 29.13.

The final race of night saw a win for the Gerard Gubbins owned Hollyhill Sonny (Kinloch Brae - Boom Time).Trained by Paraic Campion, Hollyhill Sonny broke well from trap three but was led early doors by Cabra Tyson. However, clinging to the coat tails throughout, Hollyhill Sonny railed around the bottom bend before staying on best of all close home. A length separating the duo at the line, the time for Hollyhill Sonny was 29.32.