It’s a rarity that a Thurles race meeting goes by without a winner from the Paddy Scally kennel and last night was no exception as the young handler accounted for no fewer than three winners on the night.
The first of Paddy Scally’s winners came in race seven as Cabra Sonic scored in a sprint contest. Chasing a fourth win from only six starts, the son of Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ebony was the first head to show from trap six and maintaining his wide course in the stripes, he never surrendered the lead despite almost hitting the deck rounding the opener. Showing great courage however, Cabra Sonic flew up the Thurles straight thereafter and he duly crossed the line to three lengths better off than Totos Cottage in second. The time was 18.30 .10s.
The double was completed in race nine as Cabra Cleo (Pat C Sabbath - Cabra Laura) came from off the pace to secure her third career victory. It was Cocoon who led for the majority of this contest and looked to have done just enough entering the final turn. However, Cabra Cleo tracked her rival throughout and she showed fine determination to chin the longtime leader by a short head on the line. The time was a decent 29.46 .20s.
The treble was completed in the concluding race of the night as Cabra Luna scored in comfortable fashion. Another who is well accustomed to her surroundings at the Premier venue, Cabra Luna broke in front from trap four and she was well on her way to sealing a seventh career victory as she rounded the opener with a healthy lead. The daughter of Good News and Cabra Ebony set a strong gallop thereafter and she was never under threat in coming home three lengths clear of Knockalton Conor in second. The time was a good 29.25 .20s.
There was little doubt of who was the star performer on the night and that was the David Flanagan trained Crescent Tibet as the young January 20’ whelp opened her account in sensational style.
Crescent Tibet came into the novice contest with two decent qualifying trials to her name but she was to excel from trap three last night to announce herself onto the racing scene as a future star. Owned by Patricia Gavin, Crescent Tibet put the contest to bed early as she broke smartly from the middle to take control in the opening exchanges. From here, it was one-way traffic for this well-bred daughter of Confident Rankin and Tibet and she never saw a rival as she crossed the line seven lengths clear of Chubbys Jet in second. The time was a blistering 28.94 .20s and this bitch is sure to be prominent in the months to follow. Hailing from a first-class pedigree and being a daughter of the open-class Tibet, expect more headlines to be made going forward.
BOBS THE LAD
Another greyhound to dip under the 29-second barrier was Bob The Lad in race eight for Tom White.
Chasing a first career win since April of this year, Bob The Lad was to produce a career best performance as he boxed well wearing the red jacket to barge his rivals aside at the opening corner. The son of Droopys Jet and Liosgarbh Elsa really pressed home his advantage thereafter and he crossed the line five lengths clear of Cabra Beauty in second. The time was a fast 29.15 .20s.
CANYA GOES FOR IT
Another notable performance on the night was Canya Goforit as she secured a double on the night for trainer David Flanagan.
Owned by Imelda Sinclair, Canya Goforit has been in fine form of late and she clocked a fine 28.94 around Clonmel in recent weeks. Stepping up to the 570-yard trip for the first time, the daughter of Definate Opinion and Soho Ark was to come into her own with a terrific display for connections. Breaking in front from two, Canya Goforit never saw another tail as she set a frantic gallop throughout to come home over nine lengths clear of Neon Alex in second. The time was a slick 31.45 .20s.
The night got off to a flier in the opening race on the card as Star Blitz won at the third time of asking for the Amazing-Four syndicate.
Only a December 19’ whelp, Star Blitz broke in front this time around and he never looked back as he motored into the opening corner with a slender advantage over Claires Belle in second. Drawing clear down the back straight however, the gap got bigger and bigger from this point on as the son of Droopys Jet and Lemon Steff showed serious gears to score by over eleven lengths from Bogger Maisie in second. The time was an impressive 29.28 .20s.