Day At The Track

Christopher Dunne Memorial draws big fields

12:53 AM 06 Sep 2014 NZST
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The late Christopher Dunne
The late Christopher Dunne

This coming weekend Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September, Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland, will host the annual “Christopher Dunne 3-year-old Memorial Pace and Race Day where over 120 horses are set to do battle for a share of the €30,000 prize money on offer over the 2 days of racing.

To honour the memory of son their Christopher who died tragically back in 1994 at the tender age of 18 whilst on holiday, his parents Christy and Carol along with siblings Geoff, Jonathan and Alison have fittingly organized and heavily sponsored an annual 3-Year-Old Derby every subsequent year which has become one of highlights of the Irish harness racing calendar.

The Dunne family are long steeped in harness racing going back some 3 generations, with a fourth generation now coming through from their base in Kill, County Kildare under the name of the “Porterstown Stud”.

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of Christopher’s passing and sees 13 three-year-old colts and fillies face the starter over 2 heats and a grand final for a purse of over €15,000.

Such prize money has lured the cream of 3-year-old pacing talent from both the UK and Ireland including some royally bred US/Canadian bred imports.

Fittingly, the Porterstown Stud, have their own participant in Porterstown Chris who goes to post as one of the favourites to land the much coveted trophy and the lions share of the spoils. The aptly named colt is out of Carol Dunne's own mare, Miladies Pleasure, and sired by the famous “Doonbeg” which they also own and now stand at stud having finally retired after being victorious at Musselburgh in Scotland back in July.

A stellar supporting card is also lined up to complement the feature event. Seven top Free-For-All pacers are set to go to post followed by five top Free-For-All Trotters, nine Junior Free-For-All pacers, five Four-Year-Old Pacers and the STAGBI Mares Race. Three Le Trotter Francais races complete the card with added prize money for all grade of handicap horses competing.

Altogether, over 120 standardbreds have been entered to compete over the two days and such a huge entry is set to attract hundreds of additional patrons to Portmarnock Raceway, who will also welcome the invasion of English, Scottish and Welsh harness-mad enthusiasts with open arms and the promise of great racing, great atmosphere, great music and great craic.

To steal a paraphrase from the famous Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston...BE THERE!

by Graham Bryne and Thomas Bennett for Portmarnock Raceway

Complete entries and latest betting from world-renowned Belfast, Ireland bookie, Dan Carlin.

10/1 Rhyds Design
20/1 Springhill CJ
20/1 Springhill KG
3/1 Ayr Regal
8/1 Frisco Hold Up
8/1 Camden Tino
5/4 Rhyds Rainbow
5/2 Porterstown Chris
16/1 Bonfire
3/1 Rhyds Art
3/1 Rob Hall
12/1 Wolfhill Major
7/1 Camden Vito


Each Way Laid 1/5 Odds 1,2,3

Dan Carlin 00447808 395812

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