Peter Farrell

There have been a number of fine performances over the sprint distance at Thurles Park in recent weeks and that trend continued last night with both Ratchies Origi and Laughil John posting quick figures.

The fastest of the duo was Ratchies Origi in race six as the BK syndicate owned greyhound notched a first career win in emphatic fashion. It was Sunset Daisy who flashed from trap four to lead early on but Ratchies Origi, after a modest start, swallowed up the early leader within a matter of strides as the PJ Peacock trained black showed blistering early foot to lead by three lengths at the turn. The son of Over Limit - Ballmac Nor never broke stride as he tracked the bottom two bends brilliantly and he flew up the Thurles straight to record a five and a half length win over Liberty Express in second. The time was a fine estimate of 17.76.


Prior to that, Laughil John was equally impressive in landing race two to make it back-to-back wins for Mary & Paul Jennings.

Trained by Declan Byrne, Laughil John landed his debut assignment in Clonmel in 16.81 but he stepped up in impressive fashion as he bolted from trap two to lead last night. Showing the superior early gears, Laughil John had already opened a sizable lead heading into the opening bend and it was all over as a contest as the son of Droopys Jet - Laughil Alice extended his advantage with every stride thereafter, Coming home a comfortable five and a half length winner, the time was a slick 17.86.


Monadreen Pearl (Kinloch Brae - Laurdella Jane) got off the mark in race five as the Bernard FItzsimons owned bitch held off the late surge of Shiny Coat to seal victory. Out like a rocket from five, Monadreen Pearl showed fine early dash before swooping the opening turn to take a three length lead into the back. Chased in second by Shiny Coat, the latter wasn’t going away and was beginning to eat into the lead in the closing yards. However, despite the petrol gauge flashing on the leader, the line came just in time for Monadreen Pearl as she held on by a short-head to claim victory. The time was 29.21.

The Thomas Jordan Oakfield Zena got back to winning ways in race seven as she popped out well from trap one to follow Treanaree Mia into the opening corner. Taking full advantage of her inside berth at this point, Oakfield Zena quickly shot to the front and an astute stayer, she was never going to be caught thereafter. Crossing the line a strong five length winner over Clondoty Pauric in second, the daughter of Ballymac Vic - The Other Maddie stopped the clock in 29.27.

After opening his career with four second-place finishes on the trot, Crickleowl Stan (Ballymac Eske - Crickleowl Bee) finally got his win in last night’s 570-yard contest. Owned by Joe Shanahan, Crickleowl Stan wasn’t too well into stride from trap four and he trailed the field entering the opening turn. However, showing excellent track craft, he maneuvered his way into second approaching the penultimate corner and from here, he motored up the straight to seal victory. Three lengths clear of Bull Run Buddy at the winning line, the time was a 31.74.

The other 570-yard contest on the card last night was the Track Supporters A1/A2 event and this was landed by Gunboat Showman. Owned by Sean Kenny, Gunboat Showman broke well from trap three and he opened a healthy advantage early on. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout, the son of Laughil Blake - Dynamic Trend did come under late pressure from Onyouray in the closing stages but he held out to claim a two length victory. The time was 31.64.

Connections are getting a nice tune out of Railteen Dara (Laughil Blake - Stuckeybawn) of late and he made it three wins from his last four starts in race eleven. Jointly owned by Patrick Kelly & Michael Skehan, Railteen Dara was quickest into stride from trap two and he soon developed a four length lead over his rivals down the back straight. However, the race was far from done and dusted as Errill Daithi was showing eye-catching pace in second and was closing on the leader with every stride. A close run thing late on, the line came just in time for Railteen Dara and he saw off the challenge of Errill Daithi to claim a short-head victory. The time was a good 29.00.

In the final race of the night Borna Aoife made light work of her A4 contest to make it two wins from three starts. Owned by Michelle Dwan, Borna Aoife showed good determination to take up the running at the opening bend and never looked back after that. Quickly establishing a five length lead over her rivals down the back, the daughter of Droopys Jet - Borna Central flew up the home straight to record a five and a half length victory over Daithis Main Man in second. The time was 29.19.