Peter Farrell

With the Tipperary Cup now scheduled to begin next Saturday night, it was an all graded affair at Thurles Park last night and the star of the show came in the opening race of the night when Private Pearl showed her rivals a clean pair of paws.

Owned by James Ryan & trained by John Byrne, Private Pearl had ran up a list of second place finishes prior to the break and continued that sequence upon the return of racing. However, the daughter of ‘Farloe Blitz - Sneezys Lizzy’ put it all together last night with a comprehensive victory. Running from trap three, ‘Pearl’ was quickly into stride and showed a nice turn of early foot on the run to the opening corner. It was one way traffic thereafter with the 5/4 favourite justifying that pricetag with a runaway seven and a half length victory in a very slick estimate time of 28.77.


Elsewhere on the card there was a nice double for the kennel of David Flanagan with his greyhounds Killenaulerocket and first, Full Of Hope.

Full Of Hope (Tullymurry Act - Congo Hope) is an ultra-consistent August 17’ whelp who was chasing his tenth career victory prior to race eight, a 570 yard contest. Owned by Timmy Moloney & Kurn Rushen, Full Of Hope won well last week on the comeback to racing and his good form has clearly continued as he came away well from trap four to take the initiative early on. Araglen Milo was in close proximity at this point and took control off the second turn but the race was still wide open with ‘Hope’ never too far off the pace. That said, the latter was nothing if not game and came back for more in the final stages of the contest. A length and half clear of the fast finishing Piercestown Eske in second, the time was 31.42.

The double was completed in the final race of the night when Killenaulerocket claimed a trap to line victory for the Jack-Russell syndicate.

Another well accustomed to crossing the line in front, Killenaulerocket showed all the early gears from trap two to outpace her rivals approaching the opening corner. The fawn wasn’t for catching from here on it and the daughter of ‘Ballybough Mike - Jaytee Sahara’ drew clear to run out a convincing six length winner. A 2/1 market chance, the time was a fast 28.89.


The feature race of the night was the ‘Centenary Agri Open/A1 525’ and this was claimed by the Patsy Richardson owned, Faithful Rory.

After last tasting victory in November of 2019, Faithful Rory was overdue a win and was fresh off an encouraging run behind the flying Azzabi last time out. Returning to the four bends last night, Faithful Rory was well away wearing the red jacket to pace up the rail early doors and take the ascendancy. Once in front, the son of ‘Mall Brandy - Faithful Fairy’ maintained a strong gallop throughout and despite coming under serious pressure late on from Heros Lad, ‘Rory’ held strong for a three parts of a length victory. The time was a fast, 28.83.


Another to dip under the 29 second barrier was Ebonys Ivory in race nice, owned by Paul Scally.

A lightly raced September 16’ whelp, Ebonys Ivory was chasing her first career win from only a handful of starts but looks to have discovered some of her early form with a comfortable victory last night. Drawn in trap four, the 6/4 joint favourite came away well and took the lead approaching the opening corner. Bull Run Blue was next in line and it quickly developed into a two dog race midway down the back straight. That said, the result was never really in doubt for Ebonys Ivory as the daughter of ‘Kinloch Brae - Cabra Ebony’ showed no signs of letting up and she stayed on well to claim a two and a half length win, in a time of 28.93.