Peter Farrell

Thurles Park got their 2021 campaign off and running last night with a ten race program and the performance of the night came in race five as Rossestown Re Re broke her maiden tag in fine style.

Freezing temperatures meant that the track was rated as .50 slow on the night as opposed to the regular going of .40s which added to the performance of Rossestown Re Re as for one so young (September 19’), it certainly was an eye-catching display. Owned by John McKenna, the daughter of Droopys Sydney - Littleton On Air was narrowly beaten on debut but was much sharper last night when trapping smartly from trap two to make the early running. Chased in second by Leamaneigh Lost, it became apparent that the duo were to fight it out amongst themselves with a large gap separating them from the rest of the field. However, Rossestown Re Re was striding out nicely in front and staying on well in the closing stages of the contest, the youngster pressed home her advantage to win by three and a half lengths. The time was a calculated 28.81, one to keep an eye on in the future.


There was a very nice performance in the opening race of the night which was a novice event landed by the Maria Kennedy owned Destiny. Coming into the race with two solid qualifying trials, Destiny was quickest into stride from trap one and from here, the daughter of Sonic - Slaneyside Zaoa tracked like a veteran and came home two and a half lengths clear of Double Pay in second. The time was 29.15.

Emotion (Skywalker Farloe - Cabra Roxi) showed signs of a return to form in the Christmas Split The Pot sweepstake at the end of the year at Thurles and this so proved as Kevin Loughnane and Liam Hickey’s bitch bounced back to winning ways over the extended 570 trip. Popping out well from trap one, Emotion showed excellent early dash to turn in front and from here, she made every post a winning one to come home five lengths clear of Flashy Fifi in second. The time was 31.40.

The second of the 570 events on the night was landed by Burrow Tiger (Droopys Jet - Hoof It Katie) for joint owners James Nevin and Aoibheann Byrne. Myas Friend led early from trap one but sticking to his task well, Burrow Tiger edged closer and stormed to the front to run out a length victor. The time was 31.45.

Trainer David Flanagan got his New Year off to a good start in race two as Na Coimini made a winning start to life in Thurles. Only moderately into stride from trap two, the son of Rio Quattro - Lavally Sally showed big pace from halfway to run out a two length winner for owner Margaret Barrett. The time was 29.49.

After getting crowded out on debut, Leamaneigh Largo notched his first win in race three for owner Patrick Hennessy. Leading from trap to line wearing the striped jacket, the August 19’ son of Tyrur Big Mike - Leamaneigh Sive stuck to his guns well to come home three and a half lengths better off than Rahyvira Spice in second. The time was 29.46.

Tekapo Proposal (Droopys Jet - Auntie Valerie) made it two wins from his last three starts at Thurles Park in race six as he too rallied from halfway to finish best of all for Diamuid and Emmet Quinlan. Turning the opening bend in second place from trap five, Quinlan’s charge was as game as a pheasant down the back and was two and a half lengths better off at the winning line. The time, identical to his last two starts, 29.49.


Race seven proved a closely run affair which was landed in trap to line fashion by Vics Vicky (Ballymac Vic - Vics Romance). Chasing a first career win, the Pius Hennessy owned fawn trapped well from four and stayed a marginal leader throughout to deny Rememberthetitan by a length at the winning line. Montore Joe was a further short head back in third. The time was 29.40.

Although Montore Joe narrowly missed out despite finishing well in race seven, Montore De De (Montore Lady - Head Bound) wasn’t to be denied in race eight. Night Rebel led for the majority of this contest but finishing with a wet sale was Montore De De and the James Treacy owned bitch got the better of Night Rebel by a short head on the line. A further short head back in third was Downbytheabbey who was also finishing at speed. The time was 29.65.

As weather conditions deteriorated, the final race of the night was landed by Dashing King. Owned by Dominic O’Brien and John Meelam, Dashing King was forced to play second fiddle to Laughil Abby and Ascot Blake early on but showing fine speed down the back straight, the son of Good News - Tomahurra Cloud was edging closer with each stride. Staying on well in the latter stages of the event, the John Byrne trained dog stormed up the straight and was three parts of a length better off than Ascot Blake come the winning line. The time was 29.59.