A good crowd attended Thurles on Friday night where there was a good card on offer. Featured was the final of the Irish Examiner Stake which has now become one of the premier stakes on the Thurles calendar, the complete second round of the Kasco Unraced Stake and the final of a twelve dog unraced stake where some fast times were recorded. Talking point of the night was the spectacular run of emerging superstar Milldean Panther in the first heat of the Kasco who clocked a spectacular 28.39. However the feature race of the night was the Irish examiner Stake which was won by Coolard Chief owned by the Button syndicate and trained by Declan Byrne. Running from trap two this fellow showed a good turn of early foot to go clear on the run to the bend and maintained a strong gallop to the line holding off the ate challenge of Shoeless Fancy who was always second in a time of 28.85 with Star Crash another four lengths back in third place to take the winners prize of E2200.
The opener was won by Maureen and Roger Mounseys Patterdale Coco who made a winning debut when making every post a winning one holding off the challenge of the favourite Woodsgift Factor, who was baulked at the bend by four lengths in a time of 29.68 with Cherrokee Gold another length back in third place.
The second race on the card was won by Lonergans Pub trained by David Flanagan. This fellow owned by the Lonergans Pub syndicate came in for strong support in the betting market and duly obliged. Although led in the early stages this fellow took it up on the backs straight and went away to score by four lengths from Kilruane Classic in a time of 29.23 with Laurens Choice another eight lengths back in second place.
The third race on the card the final of an N2 /A8 twelve dog stake was won by Tunes Rebel who was maintaining her unbeaten record. Another winner for trainer David Flanagan this lady was led in the early stages by Faithful Ranger but took it up on the back straight and went right away to take the winners prize by five lengths in a time of 29.04 from Faithful with Memories Control another four lengths back in third place.
This race heat one of the Kasco unraced stake was won by the John O’Flynn trained Milldean Panther owned by Clive Francis and Tony O’Connell who gave a spectacular display of tracking simply outclassing the opposition. Flying from trap four the winner was always in command and went right away to score by a massive sixteen lengths from Blakefield Mojo with Milos Impact another half length back in third place.
The second heat of the Kasco Unraced Stake was won by Eyes On Him trained by Niall Dunne and owned by Daniel P Greene. Leading to the bend from Shiloh Dawn the winner was led for a few strides on the back straight by Shiloh but showed the stronger finishing pace, took it up at the third bend, and went away to win by a length and a half from a strong finishing Blakefield Banjo with Shiloh another length back in third place.
Dave Harringtons Fleetwood Root who came from behind to win. After a fairly level break and run to the bend where there was some crowding Nickerson Lane took it up at the bend and led to the home stretch where he was outstayed by Fleetwood who crossed the line three lengths clear of Nickerson in 29.63 with Garys Fortune another length and a half back in third place.
Chips Are Down owned by Margaret Moloney took the fourth heat in a time of 29.45. Running from trap three the winner showed a nice turn of early foot to go clear on the run to the bend and maintaining a strong gallop to the line scored by three and a half lengths from Lemon Pa with Dash On Abbie another short head back in third place.
Another good crowd turned up on Saturday night for the final of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup which has a prize fund of almost E15000 and is the feature event on the Thurles calendar. This event which has been won by some of the best greyhounds in the sport has for years attracted a top class entry and this year in no different.
Coolard Chief owned by the Button syndicate and trained by Declan Byrne made a speedy return to Thurles following his win the previous night when taking the Irish Examiner Stake. Showing a good turn of early foot the winner went clear on the run to the bend and recorded 28.84,one spot faster than the previous night when crossing the line four lengths clear of Millbank Scarface with Neon Tiger another length back in third place.
Heat two The Pat Guilfoyle trained Joey Jojo Junior owned by the Deeogee syndicate went clear of some first bend crowding and crossed the line seven lengths clear of Colourful Marco in a time of 29.31 with Kilgraney Mist another length and a half back in third place. The winner was making it fifteen career wins.
Heat Three The fastest return of the first round was that of Glideaway Ace owned by Jimmy Ferncombe and Clive Fergus. Although headed from traps the winner showed the better pace to the bend and from here on was never passed holding off the strong late run of Thornbrae Brett in a time of 28.83 with Sudden Gem another three length back in third place.
The fourth heat was won by the Michael O’Leary owned Rian Air trained by Marius Kybartas. This son of Killahan Panther –Fireheight Babe made it eight career wins when making every post a winning one leading on the back straight from Yeah Me and maintain this advantage to the line where an length and a half separated the pair with tranquil Time another six lengths back in third place.
The fifth heat was won by Blackies Champ who recorded 29.14. Owned by Edward Ryan and trained by Brendan Moore the winner led from flagfall and was always holding the challenge of Stuck In Reverse who was four and a half lengths adrift where it mattered with Tipp Jewels another two lengths back in third place.
The ultra consistant De Ex Factor owned by the Corner House Syndicate and trained by Paul Hennessy made it twenty career wins when taking the sixth heat. Here Polaris made the early running and led to the back straight where the winner took it up and went away to score by four lengths from Polaris in 29.11 with Dream Walker another two and a half lengths back in third place.
The last heat was won by Local Chief owned by the Pistol Knight syndicate and trained by Gerry Griffin. Winning for the third time in his career he clocked 29.07 when leading all the way to hold off the persistent challenge of Mickeys Trickster by a half length with Soldier Laddie another two lengths back in third place.
The first race on the card a sprint was won by Speed Steed owned by Patsy Kelly. Running from trap five the winner was headed from traps by Charming Peggy but showed the better pace to the bend and went on to win by two and a half lengths from Peggy with Master At Arms another four and a half lengths back in third place.
Scattercash owned by Ian Stewart made it a trap to line success when taking the second race on the card. Always in command the winner went right away to win by two lengths from Maldinis Berry in a time of 29.11 with In Step a distance back in third place.
Another to score an easy win was the Emma Ryan owned Michael O Donovan trained Inspired in the sixth race. Going right away on the back straight the winner had ten lengths to spare where it mattered in 29.30 over Kevinsfort King with Coolowley Thelma another three and a half lengths back in third place.