Thurles hosted a twelve race all-graded affair last night and it was local handlers in the shape of Paddy Scally and Paraic Campion who both sent out doubles for their respective kennels.
There was little doubt who earned the performance of the night award at Thurles and it just so happened to be a greyhound hailing from the Paraic Campion kennel as the prolific trainer chased a double on the night. Running in race nine, Boleys Champ made light work of his opposition as he recorded a fourth career win and he did so in some style to boot. Jointly owned by Michael Lonergan and Sean Mulligan, Boleys Champ came away like a rocket from trap four and the son of Scolari Me Daddy and Boleys Ace already developed a four length lead rounding the opening turn. A 5/2 market chance, Boleys Champ extended his advantage down the back to five lengths from Nowurmovin in second and he maintained a scorching gallop to come home three lengths clear of his rival crossing the winning line. The time was a magnificent 28.87 .20s.
Earlier in the night, Live Jewel returned to racing action with a win in race three for owner Marie Campion.
Approaching veteran status later this year, Live Jewel was well fancied in what was an A5/A6 contest and she was installed the even money favourite to land the spoils. However, the Paraic Campion-trained daughter of Droopys Nidge and Minnies Lantern was forced to come from behind as Deecee Farloe led until the penultimate corner. Sweeping the bend at this point, Live Jewel took charge and from here, she stayed on stoutly to cross the line three lengths clear of Deecee Farloe in second. The time was 29.28 .20s.
The first of the Scally winners came in race three and it was done in swashbuckling style by Cabra Sonic.
Owned by Paddy Scally, the September 19’ whelp was chasing a fifth win from just eight career outings and he duly obliged in a 330-yard contest. Heading to traps an even money shot, Cabra Sonic didn’t get everything his own way as he was forced to come out of the pack from trap four after being narrowly led early on by Code Jackal. However, showing big early speed, the son of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Ebony hit the front and never looked back as he crossed the line a length clear of Code Jackal in second. The time was a rapid 17.83. 10s.
The double was completed in race seven as Paddy Scally sent out Cabra Luna to record her eighth career win.
Out of luck in recent starts, Cabra Luna was eased in class last night and that proved decisive for the 7/4 joint favourite in her bid to get back to winning ways. Quickest into stride from trap one, Cabra Luna was joined early on by Courty Girl, who despite missing her break in six, displayed massive early gears to take a narrow lead into the back straight. However, that lead was short-lived as Cabra Luna took control approaching the penultimate bend. The victory was well within her sights at this point and the daughter of Good News and Cabra Ebony stormed across the line to seal a two length win over Courty Girl in second. The time was 29.40 .20s.
IN OTHER RACES
Knockalton Conor got back to winning ways for Stephanie Ryan and John Byrne in race eight as he led from trap to line to record victory. A 2/1 chance at the off, Knockalton Conor broke smartly from trap three and although challenged late on by Diegos Maximus, the son of Silverhill Shay and Kitmins Denise held on to win by a length at the line. The time was 29.40 .20s.
In race ten, Faithful Vinnie broke his maiden tag for Patsy Richardson with a make-all performance. Breaking smartly from trap one, Faithful Vinnie showed nice early dash to take control rounding the opening turn. Stretching out well down the back, the son of Laughil Blake and Faithful Linda was never under threat as he stayed on gamely to see off Kylenoe Steph by a length. The time for the 5/2 chance was 29.32 .20s.
Race eleven saw the Ruairi Dwan-owned Borna Barney get back to winning ways with a strong running performance. It was Bennys Diamond and Crack Of Gold who made the early running in this A4 contest but Borna Barney was showing terrific gears in third and he soon hit the front midway down the back straight. From here, the son of Cloran Paddy and Borna Gem, a 6/4 chance, pulled clear of his rivals and he was over seven lengths too strong crossing the line. The time was 29.25 .20s.