Peter Farrell

Sweepstake finals dominated last night’s Thurles action and it was a man in form, Liam Peacock, who landed the feature on the night as Bogger Maisey proved too strong for her rivals in the final of the Niall Bourke Tiling 525.

Owned by Gavin Byrne and trained by Liam Peacock, Bogger Maisie was surprisingly turned over in her semi final assignment after meeting traffic but the improving youngster was still expected to be difficult to beat given the pace shown in previous outings. Installed a warm 4/6 favourite to land the €1,400 to the winner feature, the April whelp had to do things the hard way yet again but she did so in emphatic fashion as she came from last to first to land the spoils. Slowly away from trap four, Bogger Maisey found herself occupying the rear of the field rounding the opener as both Pukka Bene and Rahyvira Spice battled it out for the lead heading into the back. It was the former who shot clear at this point, as Bogger Maisey had now maneuvered through runners to gain a lovely pitch up the inside with clear daylight to run into. At this point, although Pukka Bene continued to dictate rounding the penultimate, there was a certain inevitability about the result as Bogger Maisey motored to within a length of the leader rounding the final turn. Ramping up the pressure on the run for home, Bogger Maisey, a daughter of Cloran Paddy and Bogger Ophelia, stormed past her rivals to score by two lengths crossing the line. A lot to like about the performance of the winner, who could be a star when stepped up in trip, the time was 29.35 .30s. The minor places went to Rahyvira Spice in second and Pukka Bene in third.


In the supporting final on the card, the Nutri Science A7/A8 525, Mindy Heather produced a smash and grab effort to land the €1,000 first prize.

Heading to traps a 3/1 chance for glory, Mindy Heather broke well from six but it was Treanaree Mia who dictated the pace and she proceeded to open a four length lead on her rivals down the back straight. However, that lead was cut in half rounding the bottom two bends as Mindy Heather began making swift inroads and it was the daughter of Out Of Range and Mindy Not Mork who finished best of all to call the judge into action. Getting the verdict by a short-head from Treanaree Mia in second, the time was 29.80 .30s.


Elsewhere on last night's Thurles card, there was a double for another kennel very much in-form in the shape of Abigail Morrissey.

The first of the runners to get their head in front came in the opening race of the night as Toolate Shannon ran out a comfortable winner at odds of 5/4. Without a win since June of this year, Toolate Shannon didn't come away too well from three but she showed good track craft to nip up the inside and put herself into contention down the back straight. From here, the daughter of Toolatetosell and Security shot to the front at the penultimate turn and she stayed on well to score by three lengths from Ryves Nelson in second. The time was 29.50 .30s.

The double was completed shortly after when Abigails Mystery (Belles Direction - Geelo Lu Lu) also finished at speed to justify his 5/4 favourites tag. It was Heavens Dollar who displayed the better of the early gears to shoot clear rounding the opening turn as Abigails Mystery sat some three lengths adrift entering the back. However, edging closer with every stride, Abigails Mystery bided his time around the bottom two bends before delivering a big finish to cross the line a length too strong. The time was 29.98 .30s.


In race six, Taylor Kate landed what was a hot 570-yard affair for owner David McGrath. In a race where the lead changed hands several times, Taylor Kate recovered brilliantly from a first bend bump to soar past her talented rivals at the penultimate bend. The daughter of Tyrur Big Mike and Leamaneigh Breda was professional thereafter as she stormed up the Thurles straight to win by two lengths from Meduza in second. The time for the 5/2 shot was a fast 31.54 .30s.

Race nine saw an Open/A1 525 down for decision and Railteen Dara got back to winning ways for his joint owners, Patrick Kelly and Michael Skehan. In what was a four-dog affair, Railteen Dara was installed the 5/4 favourite but he was forced to pull out all the stops as he trailed the field into the opening corner. However, showing blistering acceleration down the back, the son of Laughil Blake and Stuckybawn took control at the penultimate corner and he bound clear thereafter to record a comprehensive four length win over Ferryforth Teddy in second. The time was a slick 29.22 .30s.

The 29-second barrier got another rattle in the penultimate race of the night as the Laura O’Meara-owned Chubbys Whisper followed up two second place finishes to break his duck in style. Only a March 20’, the son of Ballymac Best and Chubbys Sarah was installed the 1/2 favourite and he duly obliged in coming from well off the pace to record a very impressive victory. Showing eye-catching speed down the far side, Chubbys Whisper took charge and he relished every yard of the trip to see off Knockalton Conor by two and a half lengths. The time was a good 29.27 .30s and expect to hear more from this greyhound going forward.

The good performances kept on coming as Whizzing Katie also produced an emphatic victory in race eleven. Heading to traps the 4/6 favourite, Whizzing Katie, owned by Adam Hogg, meant business from the off as she made every inch of the running from trap one to dominate her rivals throughout. Coming home six lengths clear in the end, the daughter of Droopys Jet and Volcano stopped the clock in 29.21 .30s.

Chestnut Chief has enjoyed a fine year at Thurles as he recorded his seventh victory of the year in the concluding race of the night. Jointly owned by Alan and Cathal Bennett, and trained by Paraic Campion, Chestnut Chief broke best of all from trap two and after some first bend traffic, he was left all on his lonesome as he stretched out brilliantly down the back straight. Under no pressure thereafter, the son of Coolavanny Jap and Mothers Jam crossed the line nine lengths clear of Coffee Dock in second. The time was a blistering 29.16 .30s.