The feature on Saturday night was the final of the TTSC A7/A8 Stake which resulted in an all the ways win for Kevin Kelly’s Wicky Ba Ba who was unbeaten in this stake. Leading from flag fall the winner made it all to score by three lengths from Winspiration in a good 29.33 with Centenary’s Royal another length and half back in third place to take the winner’s prize of €1400.
Race 1: A5/A6 525 yds The opener was won by Michael Brown’s Larky’s Gift who was winning for the third time. Going clear of some first bend crowding, the winner just held of the strong late challenge of Sewing Pattern by a head in a time of 30.18.
Race 2 A5 600 yds This Race, the first semi-final of the Fast trap Greyhound Supplies A5 600 yds Stake was won by Don Commin’s Treehouse Gang who clocked 33.65.
Race 3 A5 600 yds The second semi-final was won by Willie O Connor’s Proper Lucky who made it two on the trot when clocking 33.95. Taking it up at the second bend, the winner just held on to score by a two lengths from Bruces Lee.
Race 4: S1/S3 360 yds There was an easy winner here when the David Hickey trained Master Magoo owned by Nicky O Donnell won by a massive seven lengths. Going clear on the run to the bend, the winner was always in command and ran out a seven lengths winner over Sonaquest in a time of 19.60.
Race 5 A3/A4 525 yds The fifth Race on the card, the first semi-final of the Order of Malta Buster Sweepstake kindly sponsored by Liam Hanrahan was won by the Kevin McLean trained Ballybrien Gavin owned by the Rare Ould Stuff Syndicate. The winner was always prominent and just held off the challenge of Shelbourne Bloom by a short head in a time of 29.85.
Race 6: A3/A4 525 yds The second semi final was won by the Derek Kehoe trained Singing Hen owned by Caran Hehir and Claire Murphy, who came from last to first to win. After completely miss-timing her break, this lady came through at the top bends and went on to win by two and half lengths from Active Rock.
Race 7: A2/A3 570 yds The seventh Race on the card was won by the reserve Slaneyside Yank who completed the double for trainer Derek Kehoe. Although headed in the early stages, this fellow took it up on the back straight and went on to win by a length and half from Everlast Floyd in a time of 32.10.
Race 9: A1/A2 525 yds Tim Connolly’s Parker Kim was an easy winner of the last Race on the card. Going clear of some first bend crowding, he opened a good lead on the back straight and stretched clear to win by eight lengths from Slaneyside Dave in a time of 29.39.
Imelda O’Dwyer’s Windmill Beauty was the star performer at Thurles on Friday night when taking the second Race on the card an A4/A5 525 Race in a time of 29.35. Although headed from traps, the winner led to the bend and from here on the issue was never in doubt, maintaining a strong gallop to the line beating Patricks Jasper by four and half lengths in the fastest time of the night.
Race 1: A5/A6 525 yds The opening Race on the card was won by Una Ryan’s Circus Whip who was making it three career wins. Breaking smartly from trap 3, the winner was always in command and ran out a four length winner over Slaneyside Diego in a time of 29.63.
Race 3: N1/A6 525 yds This, the first heat of a 12 dog stake was won by the Billy Dwan trained Milestone Oreo owned by John Carr who was led to the top bends by Knockroe Fairy. Here the winner came through and went on to score by a half length from Crinkill Susie.
Race 4: NI/A6 525 yds The second semi-final was won by the Derek Kehoe trained Slaneyside Chico who was making his racing debut. Here Woodsgift Prince led out but was passed to the bend by Slaneyside who led on the back straight from Cara Rua, maintaining a strong gallop to the line, Slaneyside had four lengths to spare from Cara Rua in a time of 29.81.
Race 5: N2/A8 525 yds Another successful novice was Eileen Dwan’s Borna Empress in the fifth Race. Here, Fools Fancy led down with Crinkill Oscar taking it up on the back straight and leading to the home stretch where the winner came through and got up to score by a half length from Crinkill in a time of 29.96.
Race 6: A6/A7 525 yds. Another reserve to oblige here was Catherine Kiely’s Cuteen Dare who won in a time of 29.97 and was making it nine career wins. The winner led out but was passed on the run to the bend by Slaneyside Megan who led to near the line where the winner came with a renewed challenge and crossed the line three quarters ahead of Slaneyside.
Race 7: A5/A6 525 yds semi-final won by Donal Campion’s Campo Breeze.
Race 8: A5/A6 525 yds semi-final which was won by the Keith Mason trained Fully Tuned.