After two very nice opening round wins in the Kasko Dog Roods Unraced at Thurles Park, both Cashen Ubari and Boherna Sydney were hoping to maintain their unbeaten records and they did so in good style in last night’s semi finals.
Boherna Sydney set the standard last week with a smart 29.06 and it was Frank Dwan’s talented charge who once again went quickest as he saw off another opening round eye-catcher in Whitings Clarkey.
The second semi final was seen largely as a two-dog affair with both Boherna Sydney and Whitings Clarkey winning their opening round assignments in impressive fashion. However, there was no doubt about last night’s result as Boherna Sydney, a 2/1 chance, led from the outset to gallop into next week’s decider as the one to beat. Rocketing from trap four to record a super 1.63 sectional, the son of Droopys Sydney and Boherna Abbie took control in the early exchanges and from here, it was always going to take a brave effort to overturn the lead. Whitings Clarkey made a good fist of it however, but despite his best efforts he fell short by a length and a half at the winning line. An excellent performance from Boherna Sydney, the time for the classy brindle was 29.07 .20s. Coolemore Cavani claimed the final qualifying position and he is one to stay on the right side having made up good ground to finish a close third.
In the opening semi final, Cashen Ubari made it two from two for her connections with a carbon copy of last week's performance.
Jointly owned by James Hannon and Chris Houlihan, Cashen Ubari is the youngest left in the stake at only fifteen months but she has shown fine maturity in each of her starts to date. Once again breaking swiftly from trap four, Cashen Ubari, a 2/1 chance, displayed immediate acceleration to lead her rivals into the opening corner. From here, the talented daughter of Droopys Sydney and Ballymac Razzler never saw another tail and despite Glory Doarun making rapid progress in the closing stages, she was still a length off the pace at the winning line. The time was a good 29.27 .20s as Ashgrove Scion claimed the final qualifying position, back in third.
Trap draw for the final of the Kasko Dog Foods ON2/ON3 525 is as follows :
T1 - WHITINGS CLARKY
T2 - BOHERNA SYDNEY
T3 - ASHGROVE SCION
T4 - GLORY DOARUN
T5 - CASHEN UBARI
T6 - COOLEMORE CAVANI
Incidentally, it's worth noting that in next week's decider, five of the six greyhounds taking part are offspring of Droopys Sydney, with the remaining finalist being a product of Kinloch Brae. This is an incredible feat from one of the most popular stud dogs in the Country.
IN OTHER RACES
Paraic Campion is in a real purple patch of late and he sent out Crock Of Gold (Droopys Jet - Burgess Dancer) to get back winning ways in a 330-yard contest in race six. Heading to traps a 2/1 chance, Crock Of Gold broke well from the stripes but was headed in the early exchanges by Hollybush Heart in one. However, sweeping the opening turn, Crock Of Gold took control to gallop out a two length win over Cabra Diamond in second. The time was a slick 18.07 .10s.
The fastest time of the night over the standard trip went to a Thurles regular in Railteen Dara. Owned by Patrick Kelly and Michael Skehan, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Stuckeybawn was chasing back-to-back wins and a twelve victory in total and she did so in emphatic style. Breaking smartly from trap three, Railteen Dara tucked in behind Breathtaking for the majority of the contest and the 6/4 favourite delivered a perfectly timed run to score by a short-head late on. The time was a red-hot 28.94 .20s.
There was one other performance of real note on the night and this came in race nine as Nowursinging made it back-to-back wins for trainer David Flanagan. Owned by the Three-K syndicate, Nowursinging came from behind in his last outing but he was to deliver a different kind of performance last night as he made every inch to score by four and a half lengths and justify his even money price tag. Errill Daithi next best in second, the time was a fast 29.14 .20s.