Peter Farrell

Last night’s Thurles racing may have been dominated by sweepstake action but it was the one-off graded contests which caught the eye most as both Bogger Seanie and Rising Castle produced first-class performances.

Running in an A1/A2 525 event, Bogger Seanie had caught the eye in his last outing despite finishing in the runners-up position, however, he was to make no such mistakes last night as he came from off-the-pace to land the spoils. Only an April 20’ whelp, owned by Liam Peacock, Bogger Seanie was installed the 7/4 favourite for victory but he was led early doors by Cabra Sonic, who flew from trap two. However, quickly taking down the back straight, the promising son of Dorotas Woo Hoo and Ballintee Babe stuck to his task well to hold off the steam train that is Errill Daithi in the closing yards. Crossing the line a length ahead of his rival, the time was a very fast 29.09 .30s.


Despite Bogger Seanie landing the spoils later in the card, prior to that there were a couple of shocks as both Bogger Maisie and Bogger Biggav were turned over in their respective sweepstakes.

Bogger Maisie was expected to take a bit of beating in the opening round of the Niall Bourke Tiling A5/A6 525 but after finding big trouble at the opening turn, she was forced to produce a big performance in order to seal qualification into the final. In contrast, it was Monroe Drhamer who was left in front from trap six and despite Oakvale Liam asking plenty of questions, Thomas Spillane’s runner held on to win by a head. The time was 29.74 .30s.

In the second semi-final, Rewind Honey landed the spoils as the favourite Bogger Biggav made his exit from the stake. In what proved a messy affair, Rewind Honey shot clear down the back straight and despite Pukka Bene making rapid inroads into the lead, Rewind Honey, owned by the Limekiln Lads-sudicate, held on for the win. A length better off crossing the line, the time was 29.73 .30s as Rahyvira Spice also qualified back in third.


Although the Open 330-yard contest was reduced to four runners, it certainly didn’t take away from a quality field as Rising Castle produced a sensational performance.

Owned by the Fleming-Family-Syndicate, Rising Castle came to Thurles on the back of a sparkling 17.46 spin around Youghal and he wasted no time in setting his stall out as he bolted from trap three to lead early. A 2/1 market chance, the son of Zero Ten and Satin Jessie was never under any threat thereafter as he maintained a devastating pace to cross the line three lengths clear of Confused Fitzy in second. The time was 17.80 .10s.


In the second race of the night, Benzema made it two wins from just three starts as she justified his 4/5 starting price. Jointly owned by Robert and Conor O’Flynn, the June 20’ daughter of Droopys Sydney and Lemon Stacey proved a class above her rivals as she took charge at the opener before stretching clear to record a seven length victory. The time was 29.40 .30s.

The fastest of the Nutri-Science semi finals went to Rosmult Blackeye as he made every yard to record back-to-back wins for Patrick Clancy. Leading early from trap one, the daughter of Ballymac Vic and Rosmult Martha, an even money chance, made every post a winner in coming home two lengths clear of Try Again Alex in second. The time was 29.87 .30s.