The four opening heats of the Kasko Dog Foods Unraced ON2/ON3 were the main attraction to Thurles greyhound stadium last night and it was Boherna Sydney who went narrowly quickest in heat three.
Won last year by the hugely fast Knockboy Flight, this competition has a knack of producing brilliant talent and there were some terrific performances in last night's opening round. Owned locally by Frank Dwan, Boherna Sydney was slightly quicker on the clock in heat three as he justified his 4/5 starting price to win at a canter. Running from trap one, Boherna Sydney made the most of a plumb pitch on the rails to flash from traps and he soon developed a healthy three length lead rounding the opener. From here, it was a straightforward task for the well-bred son of Droopys Sydney and Boherna Abbie as he pulled clear to record a seven length victory over Wave Me On in second. The time was 29.26 .30s with Cashel Spark claiming bronze back in third.
CLARKY NEXT BEST
Next best came in heat two as Whitings Clarke claimed a four-dog race in comfortable fashion for trainer Jennifer O’Donnell.
A 1/3 chance at the off, Whitings Clarke had some extremely fast qualifying efforts and although not coming away fluently from trap three, he showed excellent early speed to shoot between runners at the opening turn. Opening a narrow advantage at the midway point, it was between the bottom two bends where the son of Droopys Sydney and Whitings Gift was to take off. Drawing clear at this point, Whitings Clarke stayed on strongly to see off the fast-finishing Youve Been Dunne in second, while Coolemore Cavani claimed third. The time was 29.28 .30s.
The final heat of the night saw Cashen Ubari run a fine race for joint owners James Hannon and Chris Houlihan. Just a June 20’ whelp by Droopys Sydney and Ballymac Razzler, Cashen Ubari flashed from trap four early doors to assemble a four length advantage heading into the back straight. From here, the chasing Boherna Scott made a good fist of it in second and did close the gap, however, Cashen Ubari was still two lengths better off than his rival at the winning line. The time for the 2/1 shot was 29.36 30s as Glory Doarun took third.
In the opening heat of the night, Joyous Prince dominated from the outset to give John Byrne the first of two winners on the night. Owned by Jurn Rushen, the February 20’ son of Droopys Jet and Diegos Ruby was headed early on by Rossestown Sid but he stuck close and took control rounding the penultimate turn. From here, Joyous Prince, a 2/1 chance, pulled clear to record a nine length win over Not Today in second, as Ashgrove Scion claimed third. The time was 29.42 .30s.
Much Debate has a string of blistering trials in his formbook and the Tommy Richardson-owned dog produced a wonderful performance in his sprint contest to seal a comprehensive win.
Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Much Debate was an unbeaten runner in last year’s Kasko Unraced prior to being withdrawn and he clearly possesses a huge engine based on some sensational clocks on his book. Heading to traps a 2/1 chance last night, he broke smartly from trap five to outpace his rivals on the run to the opening corner. In truth, the son of Good News and Fiftyshadesnifty was never going to be caught thereafter and he powered up the straight to see off Confused Fitzy by three lengths at the winning line. The time was a scorching 17.78 .10s.
Earlier in the night, John Byrne sent out Joyous Prince and he was responsible for three winners on the night, the second of those being the impressive Knockalton Conor in race six.
Heading to traps the 7/4 favourite, Knockalton Conor (Silverhill Shay - Kitmins Denise)was headed for the majority of the contest by Cabra Cleo as the duo served up quite a buckle throughout. Cabra Cleo held a three length advantage down the back straight and she looked as if she would get back to winning ways after being collared late on last time out. However, Cabra Cleo was to suffer the same fate this time around as Knockalton King, owned by Stephanie Ryan, stuck to his task well to fly home a chin the leader on the line. A short head separating the duo, the time was a quick 29.10 .20s.
The treble was completed in race ten as Courty Girl held firm to get back to winning ways for owner John Meelam. Making every inch of the running, the daughter of Laughil Blake and Killaheen Queen showed determination in the closing stages to hold off the fast finishing Cabra Cleo in second. The time was 29.39 .30s.
DARA FASTEST OVER THE STANDARD
The fastest run over the standard trip last night was Railteen Dara (Laughil Blake - Stuckybawn) who once again produced a devastating display to run out an easy winner of his A2 contest.
Jointly owned by Patrick Kelly and Michael Skehan, Railteen Dara was chasing an eleventh career win and he bolted from trap two to open a three length lead down the back. From here, the 6/4 joint favourite stretched his lead off the bottom two bends and he duly stormed up the Thurles straight to record an easy, five and a half length win. The time was a terrific 28.82 .20s, a brilliant servant for connections.
CHIEF CARRIES ON GOOD FORM
Chestnut Chief caught the headlines last week as he posted 28.75 and he continued his good form in landing race nine in trap to line style.
Jointly owned by Cathal and Alan Bennett and trained by the in-form Paraic Campion, Chestnut Chief meant business from the off as he pounced from three to lead early. Thereafter, the son of Coolavanny Jap and Mothers Jam never saw another tail as drew clear to record a seven and a half length victory over Bogger Charlie in second. The time for the 2/1 shot was a hot 29.02 .20s.