Peter Farrell

Thunder Blue produced a brilliant performance on his first outing at Thurles Park last week but that was merely a taster of what was to follow as Kevin McLean’s charge landed a hot open contest last night in brilliant style.

Indeed, Thurles has become a happy hunting ground for trainer Kevin McLean after Knockboy Flight landed the Kasko Unraced last week and Thunder Blue followed up his impressive display with another paw-perfect performance last night. This greyhound of course has some sensational clocks on his card so it comes as no surprise to see the son of Droopys Sydney - Eleanors Moment dominant a high-class affair which was the case in race five. Swiftly into stride from trap four, Thunder Blue picked up where he left off last week as he led into the opening corner. It was always going to take a monumental effort to pick this greyhound up thereafter and he duly made every post a winning one to come home in front. Owned by the Greyhound-Bar-Clonmel syndicate, Thunder Blue stayed on well close home and despite Magical Jasper producing a strong finish in second, he was still over two lengths adrift at the winning line. The time was a very fast calculated 28.57.


There was another very slick performance in race nine as Canya Blitz got back to winning ways for owner Imelda Sinclair.

A very consistent sort with a decent strike rate, Canya Blitz returned to Thurles after a luckless outing in Waterford and this proved just the treat for the David Flanagan trained greyhound. Well away from trap one, Canya Blitz had to settle for second early on a Laughil Abby set the pace into the opening corner. However, the race changed at the second turn as Canya Blitz ran a brilliant bend to take control upon entrance to the back straight. From here, the son Farloe Blitz - Borna Queenie set a strong gallop and powered home to win by five lengths. The time was a smart 28.72.


There was one other performance of note and this came in race two which was a novice event landed in comfortable style by Ballybrack Storm.

A March 19’ whelp, Ballybrack Storm had two very impressive qualifying trials on his book prior to taking to traps for his first career outing but he showed no signs of any greeness as he outpaced his rivals from trap three to speed into the opening corner in command. Owned by Aoibhe Murphy, the writing was on the wall down the back straight as the talented son of Scolari Me Daddy - Diamond Storm skipped clear to come home three lengths clear. The time was a decent calculated 29.12.