Peter Farrell

A prize of €2,500 lay in wait for the winner of the ‘2020 Thurles Track Supporters Champion Bitch Stake’ at Thurles Park last night and in what was expected to be a highly competitive contest certainly lived up to its billing with a terrific performance from the Paul Scally owned, Cabra Ava.

Cabra Ava has mixed it with the very best since landing the ‘Red Mills Novice 525’ at Thurles Park this time last year but perhaps slipped under the radar slightly in the 2020 renewal of the ‘Champion Bitch Stake’ having occupied the minor placings in both rounds to date. However, the daughter of ‘Kinloch Brae - Cabra Smokey’ has a fine record at Thurles Park and that alone was worthy of plenty of respect.

Cabra Ava, pictured with owner Paul Scally (Far right). Also pictured are Paddy and Ava Scally

Despite being drawn from a tricky looking trap five, ‘Ava’ didn’t let this deter her from taking a ping break to lead into the opening corner with Fast Hurling in second, who was also quickly into stride from trap two. Owned by Paul Scally, Cabra Ava showed her knowledge of the circuit around the opening corners as she tracked expertly to take control upon entrance to the back straight and continued to set a frantic pace approaching the bottom bends. Staying on strongly thereafter, connections needn’t have broken sweat as the Cabra Ava came home seven lengths to the good from her nearest challenger, Fast Hurling in second. The time, as expected, was a blistering estimate of 28.31. A powerful display from Cabra Ava and a worthy winner of the Champion Bitch 2020.

Many Thanks are extended to the Thurles track supporters for the sponsorship of the stake.


The supporting act on the Thurles card was the ‘Thurles Stadium ON2/ON3’ final which offered a handsome first prize of €1250 and Seomra Nate followed up on his previous performances with another eye catching display.

Owned by Patrick O’Connell, Seomra Nate hacked up on debut as he recorded a fine 28.85 and lost nothing in defeat in last week’s semi final when an eye catching second to litter brother, Seomra Razl. Last night however, he made light work of his opposition as he was quickly into stride from trap five to lead into the opening turn. Once in front, it was always going to be difficult to reel in the Chris Houlihan trained brindle. Stretching out nicely down the back, the son of ‘Definite Opinion - Ballymac Razzler’ stayed on strong to come home two and a half lengths clear of Freedom Whiskey in second. The time was another fast calculated 28.90.