A HOTLY CONTESTED BITCH STAKE AT THURLES

A HOTLY CONTESTED BITCH STAKE AT THURLES

Peter Farrell

The opening round heats of the ‘Thurles Track Supporters A3 Bitch 525’ took centre stage at Thurles Park last night and there were a number of eye catching performances on the night.

The fastest of the opening round heats went to Great Future and this one is aptly named. Owned by Donal Hayes and trained by Declan Byrne, Great Future was seeking a first career win for her connections and she was well away from trap two. Never too far off the pace, the daughter of ‘Laughil Duke - Miss July’ tracked the early leader before finishing at speed to claim a two length victory. The time was a fast calculated 28.95 with the winner justifying her 4/6 price tag.

HEAT WATCH

Next best was Davids Emma in heat three and this one is no stranger to passing the lollipop in front as she recorded her 10th career victory. Out like a bullet wearing the stripes, the David Flanagan trained bitch did look in a few spots of bother throughout the contest but her determination shone through as she kept pulling out more. Owned by Linda Davies, the daughter of ‘Kinloch Brae - Singing Hen’ stuck to her task well to record a length and a half victory over the chasing hard, Laughil Abby in second. The time was a fast 29.07.

The opening heat of the night was a tale of fast finishers as Maireads Melody (Laughil Blake - Winning Impact) and Raceway Recruit both delivered big finishes. It was Rossestown Mini who was quickest into stride and led for the majority of the contest before Maireads Melody emerged from the pack. The blue sheet of ‘Maireads’ finished like a train up the inside and was short head better off than Raceway Recruit in second. The time was a decent 29.12 for the 6/4 joint favourite.

Owned by Peter Foley, Shiny Coat landed the final heat of the night with another fast finish. Stalking the early leader Liams Luck down the back straight, the daughter of ‘Kinloch Brae - Active Air’ delivered a powerful finish to claim a two length success come the winning line. The time was a 29.17 for the 5/2 shot and next week’s second round is sure to be hotly contested.

QUICK TIME

Outside of the bitch stake, Time Moves Fast, not for the first time, recorded the fastest clock of the night for the ‘Sure-Why-Not Syndicate’.

Time Moves Fast claimed a sweepstake final at Thurles at the tail end of 2019 and is still very much on the rise as she produced a career best performance in race 8. Taking the lead on the approach to the opening corner, Time Moves Fast flourished down the back straight to take a comprehensive advantage into the final two corners. The result was never in any doubt, the daughter of ‘Droopys Jet - Sausalito May’ powered to a five length victory, in a slick time of 28.74. The winner returned a very generous 4/1 chance in the market.