The €1,600 to the winner ‘Centenary Feed & Grain A2 570’ was the highlight on last night’s Thurles Park card and Graigue Retalick was a cut above the rest as he maintained his unbeaten streak through the stake to land the spoils.
Owned by Jim Morrissey, who is no stranger to producing fine greyhounds, Graigues Retalick recorded a scorching 30.85 in last week’s semi final and the son of ‘Droopys Nidge - Graigues Penny’ was expected by many to make it four wins from six starts. The decider itself had the look of a shootout with Piercestown Eske looking the most likely to lower the favourite’s colours, should there have been any slip ups. Instead however, it was Kilgraney Island who was on the receiving end of a ping break for Thomas Buggy and the trap four runner led the way into the opening corner from Graigue Retalick in second.
BACK STRAIGHT PACE
Motoring into the opening corner, Kilgraney Island held a narrow lead which soon progressed into the second turn but Graigues Retalick was in close proximity and was stalking the leader in behind. Showing his trademark burst of back straight pace, the classy brindle soon took control midway down the back and swept past Kilgraney Island to take a length advantage into the penultimate turn. Now in full throttle, ‘Retalick’ was on a mission for glory and he stayed on strongly up the home straight to record a comfortable three length success of Kilgraney Island in second. The time was a fast 30.99 and this greyhound is now unbeaten in his last four starts.
BLAKE DOUBLES TALLY
Elsewhere on the card there were a few eye-catching displays, none more so than Star Blake who made it two wins from two starts for the Amazing-Four syndicate.
Having landed his debut race with an off the pace performance, Star Blake clearly brushed up on his trapping in between runs as he was quickly into stride from trap two to lead early in this A6 event. Displaying a lovely turn of pace around the opening corners, it was clear that Star Blake was going to emerge victorious given his staying exploits of his prior outing. This proved so and the son of ‘Laughil Blake - Stuckybawn’ ran out a convincing five length winner. The time was a swift calculated 28.91.
Another smart display came in race nine which was a sprint contest and this was won by Double Time who was stepping back in trip for the Ducking & Diving syndicate.
Having not raised a flag in his last three four bend efforts since the return from lockdown, Double Time took his chance over the two bend distance and this proved fruitful as he ran out an easy winner of the S1/S2 event. Quickly into stride wearing the red jacket, Double Time fizzed up the inside and railed well around the opening corner. The home straight was never going to cause any issues to this seasoned runner and he duly flew up the straight to record a four and a half length success. The time was a slick 17.78.
LULU LOOKS PROMISING
There was an impressive performance in the novice contest in race two as Lilly Lulu justified her even money price tag for owner, Pat Fitzgerald.
Only a March 19’ whelp, Lilly Lulu had to play second fiddle early on as Double Good flashed out in front from trap two to lead the jolly into the opening corner. However, the lead was to be short lived as Lilly Lulu, a well-bred daughter of ‘Ballymac Vic - Forest Tess’, produced a strong running burst from halfway to stay on strongly close home. Five lengths too good come the winning line, the clock returned a good time of 29.14.