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USA's Dan Noble coming to Ireland for the VDM

01:46 AM 13 Jul 2017 NZST
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Dan Noble is coming to Ireland in August for the Vincent Delaney Memorial
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The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to announce today that one of North America's top drivers, Dan Noble, has committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend, August 12 & 13, 2017.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Noble, "I was so surprised and pleased to be asked to come over. I was talking with Aaron Merriman about it and he told what a good time I will have. I've heard about what a great race weekend it is and now I'm gonna be part of it."

Dan has been following the footsteps of his late father, top driver and trainer, Chip Noble. Dan first started driving in 1999 with just eight wins and now sports nearly 4,700 victories and is fast approaching earnings with the horses he has driver at $25 million.

His banner year was 2011, when Dan won 773 races and was the leading dash winner in all of harness racing. He was the leading driver at both Northfield Park and Scioto Downs. That year Dan was also honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with the Dan Patch Rising Star Award.

"How great it will be that Dan is coming over to Ireland for our brother's race," Said Derek Delaney, founder of the VDM with his brother James. The race is named after their younger brother who tragically passed away in 2011. "Not only is Dan a world class horseman, but he also drives Drunk On Your Love, perhaps the best 3-year-old in Ohio this year, who is sired by Foreclosure N, who we have standing at Oakwood Stud in Ireland."

"Dan is a world-class driver," Delaney added, "And we are sure to show him a great time here both on and off the track. He will be sure to have some good drives at Portmarnock Raceway on Saturday and Sunday."

The Vincent Delaney Memorial is the most grueling test in harness racing for two-year-old pacers with elimination divisions on Saturday and the finals the very next day on Sunday. The colt division is sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farm and the filly division by Diamond Creek Farm.

Also on the program that weekend is the Alabar/Oakwood Stud Derby, the Yirribee Stud Australia Paul Murtagh, Sr. Derby, PJI Engineering FFA Pace, the Elvin/Delaney FFA Trot plus other big stakes events.

Dan Noble says he does not think he has any Irish heritage in his bloodlines.

"Not a drop that I know of," Noble laughed. "But I am sure it will not stop me from having a great time and meeting lots of great people there.

"I'm bringing my girlfriend Christi Rae and my mom is also coming with us," Noble said. "I've got good help to take care of the 20 horses in my stable while we are away. Can't miss this chance. It will be a hellva experience."

The list of special guests who are coming to Ireland this year for the VDM reads like a Who's Who of harness racing from around the world.

Also attending are Murray Brown from Hanover Shoe Farm, Brett Coffey from Alabar Stud in Australia, Heather Vitale of Post Time and sister Susan Looney, Roger Huston will be calling the races again, Klaus Koch of Sweden's Elitloop fame, Rachel Keeney and Caroline Vazquez from Diamond Creek Farm, Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia, Mike Carter of the Mike & Mike Show, Australian promoter and publicist Bill Hutchison, Belgium breeder Filip Van Hauwermeiren, Dean Hoffman, former Hoof Beats editor, prominent USA owners Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco of the USA, who is bringing a group of ten people over. For more information about the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, visit

From the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee

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