HAVANA QUICKEST AS STAKES GET UNDERWAY AT THURLES

HAVANA QUICKEST AS STAKES GET UNDERWAY AT THURLES

Peter Farrell

It was a busy night at Thurles Park last night as two competitions got off and running and it was Tarsna Dettori who went quickest on the night in the heat two of the Errill Schooling Track A3/A4 525.

Owned by Geoff Parnaby, Tarsna Dettori was chasing a seventh career win in the opening round of the Errill Schooling Track 525 but he was made to work hard for the win as Cabra Sonic led for large parts of the contest. A 2/1 market chance, Tarsna Dettori, a son of Skywalker Rory and Running Sweet, took charge at the final turn to finish well and seal a half length victory over Cabra Sonic in second. The time was a swift 28.94 .20s.

In the opening heat of the night, Patterdale Milo secured his first career win in impressive fashion for Roger Mounsey. Breaking well from five, Patterdale Milo was led early on by Abigails Power but he displayed brilliant acceleration down the back straight to take charge at the penultimate bend. From here, it was a routine success for the son of Minor Mike and Minor Winner as he soared to a six length win over Abigails Power in second. The time for the 3/1 chance was a fast 29.04 .20s.

In heat three, Courty Girl justified her 4/5 price tag to run out a comfortable winner for John Meelam and John Byrne. Only moderately away from five, this contest was a closely run affair for large parts as three greyhounds entered the penultimate bend in tandem. However, Courty Girl had done a lot of running to get to the front and she continued her momentum around the bottom two bends to stay on well and seal a three length win over Faithful Rory in second. The time was 29.39 .20s.

In the final heat of the night, Dysert Sonia maintained her strong strike-rate for Maria Byrne and TJ Connolly. A 6/4 favourite at the off, Dysert Sonia was sluggish into stride from trap three and she was forced to ride a couple of bumps early on. However, making swift progress down the back straight, the daughter of Droopys Roddick and Dysert Noir cranked it up a notch in the closing stages to score by half a length at the winning line from Chestnut Ghost in second. The time was 29.42 .20s.

SEAN BYRNE PAINTING & DECORATING A1/A2 525

Elsewhere on the card the two semi finals of the Sean Byrne Painting & Decorating A1/ A2 525 got underway and it was Firminos Ruby who went fastest in the second semi.

Fast away from trap three, Firminos Ruby (Ballymac Bigmike - Derrylahan Penny) was outpaced early on as Puck Out showed electric early dash to swoop around the outside in six. Opening a sizable advantage down the back, Puck Out looked a likely winner at this point, however, Firminos Ruby was making progress once more and the 3/1 chance stayed on best of all to get the nod, by a head, on the line. The time was 29.14 .20s.

In the opening semi final, Cabra Cleo (Pat C Sabbath - Cabra Laura) finished at speed to get the better of Private Jet. Owned by Paddy Scally, Cabra Cleo was well away from trap one but she was outpaced early on as Private Jet took a seven length lead into the back straight. Staying on brilliantly however, Cabra Cleo reeled in her rival to score by a length at the winning line. The time for the 5/4 favourite was 29.35 .20s.

CAMPION DOUBLE

There was also a double on the card for local handler, Paraic Campion as he claimed the final two races with Chestnut Clint and Live Jewel.

First up was Chestnut Clint and he made every inch of the running to justify his starting odds of 5/4. Running from trap three, the son of Laughil Blake and Playmistyforme rounded the first corner in front and he never surrendered the lead as he crossed the line a length clear of Whizzing Charlie in second. The time was 29.59 .20s.

The double was completed in the final race of the night as Live Jewel finished well to seal an eighth career win. It was Cooleagh Sonic who made the early running from trap five but after looking a threat throughout, Live Jewel took charge on the run for home as she flew around the outside to cross the line a length clear of Cabra Beauty in second. The time for the 3/1 chance was 29.40 .20s.