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John Boyle, harness racing

75-year-old John Boyle shines at Old Chapel

"An nios sine is e an fidil an t-amhran nios deine " The old Irish saying The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune. All summer long the younger generation of drivers have made the headlines in West Cork but on Sunday 75 year old driver John Boyle was the man of the moment when he landed the high grade pace with Supreme Sunshine at the Old Chapel meeting at the Bandon showgrounds venue. Boyle a native of Donegal but based in Doneraile Mallow for over 50 years has been involved in the sport all his life. Supreme Sunshine led from the start and despite a late rally from Hail Spartacus the cheers raised the roof for the ever popular Boyle " Ive been chasing those young lads all the Summer and its great to get a win " said Boyle in the post race press briefing. "The horses keep me occupied and as long as im enjoying it we keep going" Many of the drivers were on hand for the presentation which showed the respect John Boyle is held in on the circuit. He was unlucky not to drive a double .This time he led every where but was collared on the line by recent grand Prix winner Heather Breeze in The Grade E pace. Donal Murphy by his own standards has been quiet in the last few meetings but bounced back with a driving double IB Felicity another graduate of the IB Nursery in Baltimore was an all the way winner in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace. Silvano Bello took his life time earnings over the €100,000 mark when coming from off the pace to land the Grade F E & D trot . Un Boss led til the final turn until Murphy pounced with "Silvano" to go on to win by 4 four lengths securing his second win of the double. Coalford Bruce landed some tidy wagers in the Grade F Pace. Talented but at times erratic he was never headed in a bloodless 8 length winning margin. The finale the high grade trot was a thriller .Valiant Forgion led and looked to have the race put to bed but a late rally from Tenor Meslos ensued but Mike Goggin on Valiant Forgion held on by half a length With the Tregaron Festival in Wales next weekend the next local meeting takes place in Owenahincha on Saturday 1st September. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. IB FELICITY D Murphy 2. SPLASH THE CASH M Goggin Jnr 3. COALFORD LAUREL O Quill DIST 6 1/2 TIME 2.41.7 Race Two 1. COALFORD BRUCE T O Leary 2. THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 3. MOORSIDE CAPTAIN J O Mahony DIST 8 2 TIME 2.35.2 Race Three 1. HEATHER BREEZE S Jennings Jnr 2. ARMOURED BEAR J Boyle 3. BRYWINS STARSHIP R Kingston DIST HD NK TIME 2.40.6 Race Four 1. SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 2. UN BOSS J O Mahony & VALLANZANA S QUILL DIST 4 Dead Heat TIME 2.48.9 Race Five 1. SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 2. HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 3. RHYDS PANACHE C O Reilly DIST 3 1 TIME 2.32.4 Race Six 1. VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr 2. TENOR MESLOS D Murphy 3. TARNAO JOSSELYN F Quill Jnr DIST 1/2 10 TIME 2.47.8  

Always B Miki, harness racing

Always B Miki's frozen semen going to Ireland

Wellsville, PA --- Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to continue their strong partnership with Oakwood Stud by offering Always B Miki's frozen semen in Ireland in 2019. "We formed a relationship with Oakwood Stud and the Delaneys through our sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial racing weekend," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "That continued with the expansion of opportunities for Irish and UK breeders by providing access to world champion and first year success Sweet Lou; it only makes sense for us to continue this venture with the introduction of Always B Miki." Always B Miki, the 2016 Horse of the Year, still holds the world record of 1:46. His other accomplishments include wins in the Ben Franklin, Haughton Memorial and being a two-time Breeders Crown champion. "We're very grateful to Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm for all he has done for us to date here in Ireland and the UK," said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. "Always B Miki joining our frozen semen roster in 2019 will improve the overall quality of the breed and with these types of bloodlines now available to both the Irish and UK breeder, we are very excited about the future of the racing in both Ireland and the UK." Always B Miki served a full book of mares in his second year at stud with exceptional pregnancy rates once again. His first crop of foals have had many compliments from top breeders. He is currently in quarantine while he waits to head to Alabar, Australia, for their upcoming breeding season. From Diamond Creek Farm

Ballabuidhe, harness racing

Finals day at Ballabuidhe festival weekend

Finals day on the Bank Holiday Monday at Ballabuidhe saw some of the best renewals of both the Paddy Connolly Memorial and The Murphy/Hurley & White Grand Prix with superb finishes in both . The Grand Prix saw the eight qualifiers facing the start in the mile and a half contest. Fairdays Bret set the early fractions and led for the opening six furlongs .At this point Brtywins Starship took up the running with Brywins Picasso just off the pace .Down the back straight the field were as one and running room was tight. Turning for home Heather Breeze came through the eye of a needle to grab victory on the line a half of length in front of Brywins Starship with King Wills Arrival a further half back in third. The winner was driven by Sam Jennings from Leap who emulated his father James and uncle Sam who both won the Grand Prix in years gone by. The Paddy Connolly Memorial Le trot final was another epic .Un Boss led for a lap then Saxo De Maroncourt went to head of affairs .Brutenor then joined in to share the lead .On The final lap all eight finalists were in with a shout .Donal Murphy who came in for"the catch drive" on Vigo De Bassiere had weaved his way past all the traffic to grab the honors. The winner is owned by Kieran Sheehy from Baltimore whose family have been involved in harness racing in the region for three generations. Earlier in the day Aubade A Helene left the huge crowd gobsmacked after coming off a 100 yard handicap to ease to victory in the Consolation Le Trot final. Springhill Doyle took the consolation Grand Prix final with Meadowbranch Matt second. Country Cruiser second in Fishers Cross went one better in the Grade G Pace while IB Tweedy landed a gamble in the Grade G & G1 pace with Jamie Hurley in the bike .Hurley also trains Eve De Parc who took the three runner 4 year old trotters Angela Hurley and her late brother Tommy O Brien were both inducted to the Ballabuidhe Hall Of Fame All roads lead to Portmarnock Raceway next weekend for The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1.Eve De Parc D Murphy 2. Etolie Quick S Kane DIST 5 TIME 3.17.2 Race Two 1. Vigo De Bassiere D Murphy 2. Saxo De Maroncourt E Kane 3 Brutenor P Hill DIST 1 2 TIME 3.09.6 Race Three 1. Springhill Doyle M O Reilly 2 .Meadowbranch Matt O Quill 3.Rhyds Heartbeat D Murphy DIST 2 2 TIME 3.08.1 Race Four 1. Aubade A Helene P Hill 2. Silvano Bello D Murphy 3. Amite Briangault S Kane DIST 5 5 TIME 3.12.6 Race Five 1. IB Tweedy J Hurley 2. Cushentown Rocky J Manning Jnr 3. Coalford Laurel M O Reilly DIST 3 1 TIME 2.35.8 Race Six 1.Country Cruiser J Manning Jnr 2. Panarc K Myles 3. Full Of Grace J Boyle 3. DIST 11 8 TIME 2.37.6 Race Seven 1.Heather Breeze S Jennings 2.Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. King Wills Arrival O Quill DIST 1/2 1/2 TIME 3.06.0  

Harness racing

16-year-old Oisin Quill wins two at Ballabuidhe

West Cork, IE - The elimination heats of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Le Trot and The Murphy/Hurley & White Grand Prix were the feature on the opening day of the Ballabuidhe Harness Racing Festival in Dunmanway West Cork . Once again it was 16 year old Oisin Quill who stole the headlines when the County Kerry native took two of the heats in The Grand Prix. Hail Spartacus a former winner of the event in 2016 set the ball rolling for the teenager .Brywins Starship led for most of the contest but Quill was only laying in the "long grass" and ponced with two furlongs to pace andf ran out an easy winner from the long time leader. Quill completed the double with similar tactics in the high grade heat. Fairdays Bret with Chelsie O Driscoll in the bike set a frenetic pace and was 4 lengths in front heading in to the last quarter all the while Quill on King Wills Arrival had moved through the field and led off the last corner to win by 2 lengths . Quill will drive King Wills arrival in the Bank Holiday Monday final for his dad Finbarr who owns the son of Cams Card Shark. It was a good all round for the Quill family as earlier in the day Tarnao Josselyn won the third heat of The Connolly /Le Trot . This was a thriller with Vigo De Bassiere looking all out a winner but he could not get past Tarnao Josselyn who is a veteran but running as good as ever. The younger generation of drivers are to the fore in West Cork at present and John O Mahony finally got the best out of Un Boss in the first Le Tot heat making all and never in danger and will be in pole position in the final. Luke Kelleher at 17 years of age was not to be outdone by the lads and took another heat of the Grand Prix on Brywins Picasso who seems to like the venue (He won heat and final here in 2017) . Saunders Picasso is another consistent type on grass and he just held off Heather Breeze in Heat 2 of the Grand Prix. The Kane siblings Sean and Emma fought out the second elinination heat for trotters with Emma leading all the way on Amite Briangault but Sean just nabbed her on the line on Saxo De Maroncourt with Brutenor edging in for second The warm weather brought out the crowds and we do it all again tomorrow Monday by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. Un Boss J O Mahony 2. Ariane Des Tithais S Quill 3. Brasilia Match S Kane DIST NK 10 TIME 3.12.6 Rcae Two 1. Saxo De Maroncourt S Kane 2.Brutenor P Hill 3. Armite Briangault E Kane DIST NK NK TIME 3.10.1 Rcae Three 1. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 2. Vigo DE Bassiere K Sheehy 3. Aubade A Helene P Hill DIST HD 3 TIME 3.09.8 Race Four 1. Brywins Picasso L Kelleher 2. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr 3. Willf P Gilligan DIST 12 10 TIME 3.12.6 Race Five 1. Saunders Picasso M Goggin Jnr 2. Heather Breeze S Jennings 3. Rhyds Heartbeat D Murphy DIST NK 3 TIME 3.11.1 Race Six 1. Hail Spartacus O Quill 2 Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. Springhill Doyle M OM Reilly DIST 11 8 TIME 3.10.4 Race Seven 1. King Wills Arrival O Quill 2. Fairdays Bret C O Driscoll 3. Meadowbranch Demon L kelleher DIST 2 2 TIME 3.02.1             Virus-free.

Do the best Standardbred harness racing pacers hail from down under? Well, we may have the answer to that question by the end of the week. Given the heroics of Shartin following her purchase last year from the Victorian stables of Dean Braun, the Tintin In America mare has firmly established herself as the best and most dominant pacing mare in the world right now. And if you require further proof, check out her replay from Saturday’s $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, part of Hambletonian day. Her deeds in North America this season are sensational; she has won 13 of 17 races this year and 20 of 30 lifetime for earnings of $764,857. Feature race victories include $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers, $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester, $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley, Ohio and the $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk in Canada. Shartin is prepared by Jim King Jr and handled by ace reinsman Tim Tetrick, she is owned by Richard Poilluci and Jo Ann Looney-King. But while the efforts have been sublime in her new conditions, her former trainer is the least bit surprised with what she’s been able to achieve on the other side of the globe. Braun purchased the filly as an unraced commodity from the Prebbleton (near Christchurch) stables of Grant Crabbe. Under his tutelage, Shartin displayed enormous ability which resulted in victories in both the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks while also finishing as the runner-up in the Queensland Derby behind the Mark Purdon prepared The More The Better. But her finest moment came when she sat parked outside subsequent Chariots of Fire winner Jilliby Kung Fu and beat him in a time of 1:52.5 at TABCORP Park, Melton. And that victory came in the middle of winter. “I knew how good she was and I happily told those close to me but the money at the time was too good to ignore, this is the business we’re in,” Braun said. “I’ve been in contact with the connections since she’s been up there and I’m thrilled with her success, it’s awesome to see her doing so well. “I sold Nike Franco before this filly and I told them this filly would do a better job and Nike has been super during her time up there also, it’s good for everyone involved.” As it stands, Shartin is the leading money earner this season for pacers in North America. Only Hambletonian winner Atlanta has earned more. So, there’s no question Shartin is the leading female pacer in the world. But who holds the title for male pacers? That title could easily be given to Lazarus, the wonder from down under, as he prepares to make his official North American debut this coming week. The Bettors Delight entire was sold from the stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen earlier this year for massive money on the basis of a racing/breeding proposition. Now owned by Taylor Made Stallions, Lazarus has been placed in the care of legendary horseman Jimmy Takter. Following a sharp schooling recently at the Meadowlands, the $3.68 million earner looked as good as ever when he defeated recent North American Cup winner Lather Up in an official Meadowlands trial in 1:48.3 the following week. And that form has a chance to be franked with Lather Up headlining the nominations for the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night. Lazarus will head to the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in Indiana later this week. Depending on how he performs in the Dan Patch, Lazarus's next major target has been confirmed as the Canadian Pacing Derby, which has eliminations on August 25 and the final on September 1 while the Breeders Crown at Pocono is another key target. By seasons end, the best male and female pacers could both hail from down under. Chris Barsby | RQ Web News $197,400 Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands Open Series at Pocono 1:48.4 $102,200 Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial at Miami Valley (Towards the second part of video) $373,000 Matchmaker at Yonkers $150,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester $370,000 Roses are Red at Mohawk

West Cork, IE - "Moll an og agus tiocfaidh siad" The old Irish Phrase "Praise the young and they will flourish" certainly seems to be be the theme down here in Cork when another of our younger drivers Chelsie O Driscoll stole the headlines at the annual Fishers Cross races on Sunday . Having just got her licence to drive the 17 year old showed maturity way beyond her tender years when landing the the Grade F E & D pace . I Told You So set the early fractions but went off stride allowing Heather Breeze to lead .All the while O Driscoll on Rhyds Dilemma was "laying in the short grass" and pounced with two furlongs to race and ran out win by a length "Im over the moon its my first drive under rules and I drive the winner" said the delighted O Driscoll. "Once in a lifetime you get one like him" the words of Tim Kelleher after "The Iron Horse" Meadowbranch Demon took the top grade pace .Kestrels Dot Sammy set a blistering early pace .Heading into the final quarter Supreme Sunshine hit the front and looked a winner but Meadowbranch Demon flew up the home straight to collar the leader and get the verdict by a short head, " We bought him as a yearling and he has just simply been the best I ever owned and wears his heart on his sleeve a warrior who will not accept defeat. He will probably trail 60 yards in the Grand Prix in Ballabuidhe but we take our chances" added Kelleher one of the driving forces behind racing in the West Cork Region Moorside Captain after his win in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace for another young driver John O Manony will take his place in the handicap at his home venue in Ballabuidhe . Country Cruiser tried to make all but had to give second best to Moorside Captain in the final eighth of the mile. Hurry Up Abi added another win to her CV for the Manning Family from Limerick . She was nver headed in a bloodless victory The three runner Le Trot produced a great finish .Un Boss looked to have done enough leading all the way but was collared close home by Valiant Forgion with Mike Goggin in the bike Next weekend sees the two day Ballabuidhe Festival taking place in Dunmanway with The Paddy Connolly Memorial and Murphys Western Beverages Grand Prix as the features . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One 1. MOORSIDE CAPTAIN J O Mahony 2. COUNTRY CRUISER J Manning Jnr 3. SUNNYSIDE UNIQUE P Hill TIME 2.07.2 DIST 1 1 Race Two 1. RHYDS DILEMMA C O Driscoll 2. HEATHER BREEZE S Jennings 3. RHYDS HEARTBEAT P Hill TIME 2.05.1 DIST 1 1 Race Three 1. HURRY UP ABI J Manning Jnr 2. THE HITMAN MGoggin Jnr 3. FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy TIME 2.04.2 DIST 4 1/2 Race Four 1. VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr 2. UN BOSS J O Mahony 3.AUBADE A HELENE P Hill TIME 3.12.5 DIST 1/2 2 Race Five 1. MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher 2. SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 3. KESTRELS DOT SAMMY J O Mahony TIME 2.01 1 DIST SH 4                       Virus-free.

We’ve all witnessed memorable clashes before – the National Hunt had Kauto Star Vs Denman, the flat had Grundy Vs Bustino and now harness racing has Matticulous Vs Merrington Movin Up which will be held at Tir Prince this Saturday evening. Both are unbeaten this season and both have been purposely campaigned to avoid each other, but that all ends here at the Welsh venue when they go head to head for the first time. Trainer Alexis Laidler has publicly said that there has been nothing between them in workouts and it’s a coin toss as to what Rocker will drive on the night. This isn’t a two-horse race by any stretch and recent Irish classic winner Stakes On The Pan and Teddy Camden are also likely to make their presence felt. As promoter Dave Wilson has highlighted during the week, theres more than just the Matticulous Vs Merrington Movin Up showdown to look forward to on Saturday night as its Breeders Crown Finals night with over £50,000 in prizemoney up for grabs over 10 equally mouth-watering events. Heats and Final will be held for the 3 year old fillies division and all eyes will be on the freak that is Robyn Camden. This Irish trained multiple record breaker looks to have this classic at her mercy and Saturdays contest represents one last chance to see her in action before she jets off to the US to continue her career against the best pacers in the world. 15 other fillies will be all out to lower her colours and of these Rhyds Sapphire, Rhyds Reflection, Lyons Attack, Wellfield Witch and Isabella Camden have shown enough form to give Robyn Camden a real fright. The 4 Year Old Breeders Crown Colts Classic looks a formality on paper for current track record holder Rhyds Rock Star however recent Starmaker Series victor Father Ted has been improving in leaps and bounds this season and will certainly make his presence felt. The 4 Year Old Fillies equivalent looks a lot more competitive and any one of the 9 runners could land the spoils here. Lyons Lememay and Rhyds Mystique were a pair of champion 2 and 3 year olds but both have failed to fire on all cylinders this season. All this could change on Saturday and it would be no surprise to see either bounce back to claim the £2000 first prize. Teatime Preacher, Olivia Camden and Borntorun are others to consider in this wide-open event. The 2 Year olds are a golden batch this season both colts and fillies. £5000 is first prize for both divisions and with such valuable pots on offer these will be the most hotly contested of the night. In the colts Oakwood Inittowinit, Christy Camden and Shadowcaster are fancied by connections to run big races whilst The Mocking Jay, Loose Change, Springhill Miss Kate, Elski and Lyons Queen are the ones to watch in the fillies final. With a couple of Le Trot contests also scheduled to complement the Breeders Crown Finals, the night features something for everybody so don’t just sit at home and pray somebody transmits some blurry Facebook live videos, make your way to Tir Prince to soak up the atmosphere, see old friends and be part of history. Saturday is guaranteed to be choc-full of “I was there” moments. Don’t miss this meeting under any circumstances. Thomas Bennett      

Ireland is set to hold its first ever Standardbred Public Auction at the world renowned Cavan Equestrian Centre in Cavan on Tuesday, October 9 this year. "We have been talking about holding our own Standarbred sale in Ireland for a number of years now," said James Delaney for the Irish Harness Racing Association's Breeding Committee." Traditionally both vendor and purchaser of Standardbreds would have to travel to the sales in the U.K. "With the rise in popularity in stakes races and prizemoney over the past number of years in Ireland," Delaney said. "It has had a huge impact on the value of yearlings and breeding stock and we talked with breeders, owners, trainers, etc. and the feeling was strong to have a sale here in Ireland." The Cavan Equestrian Centre is located on the edge of Cavan Town in the Republic of Ireland. The complex is ideally situated in the center of Ireland with easy access to seaports and to the two main International Airports, Dublin & Belfast. The Centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in Ireland for Showjumping Events and Performance Horse & Pony Auctions. The facility includes; 450 permanent stables 3 indoor arenas (Hall One 80m x 30m, Hall Two 45m x 22m, Hall Three 72m x 55m) 2 outdoor all-weather arenas (Arena One 80cm x 40cm, Arena Two 65m x 60m) 3 grass arenas Boomerangs Restaurant Snaffles Bar Large hardcore truck and car park "The Cavan Horse Sales and Equestrian Centre are delighted to announce the hosting of the first official Standardbred Sale in Ireland on Tuesday, October 9," said Stuart Clarke for the Centre. "The Cavan Horse Sales management are very excited with our new partnership with the Irish Harness Racing Association (IHRA) and the promotion of this sector in Ireland, which is currently a worldwide sport." The sale will feature yearlings, race horses, stallion shares, frozen semen, etc. Some of the farms and stables that have already committed to entering horses in the sale include Newtown Stud, Springhill Stud, Meadowbranch Stables, Moorside Stud and Oakwood Stud. "The breeding here in Ireland has really taken off," Delaney said. "We feel this sale could not come at a better time as we need an outlet for both vendors and purchasers alike that is a bit closer to home. "There has been a large number of French Le Trot breeding stock imported," Delaney added, "including in foal mares and we have been leasing French Le Trot stallions to continue the breeding program over the last number of years. This along with the introduction of frozen semen from world class stallions from the USA has really helped the breeding program in Ireland and we are looking forward to hosting our first sale." "This is the first ever sale of French trotters and pacers in Ireland," Said Ronan Murphy, CEO for Horse Sport Ireland. "All animals entered in the sale have been bred in Ireland. I wish the IHRA and Cavan Equestrian every success in this new venture." For more information, contact Cavan Equestrian phone 049 4332017 or Email by Steve Wolf, for the Irish Harness Racing Association  

Developments in Ireland designed to bolster out of competition testing and the exclusion of certain horses underscores the need for the US racing industry to support ARCI's call last December for an expansion of regulatory authority over horses who have yet to come under the jurisdiction of a racing commission, according to the group's President. "We applaud Horse Racing Ireland and its chief Brian Kavanagh for their creative effort to get access to horses on unlicensed grounds," said ARCI President Ed Martin. Last December the ARCI made a general call to expand the government's authority in order to close what many regulators consider to be a major loophole in independent oversight of the un-regulated aspects of the race horse industry. The impetus for that proposal came from the reported widespread use of bisphosphonates in young horses despite government warnings that such use may not be safe. Consistent with this general call, ARCI President Ed Martin, in written testimony before a congressional subcommittee earlier this year, offered several suggestions to Members of Congress seeking to help the racing industry. Martin proposed: Requiring all horses bred to be racehorses be registered with and come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Empowering APHIS to make rules affecting young horses not yet under the jurisdiction of a state racing commission Directing APHIS to contract with state racing commissions for the purpose of out-of-competition equine welfare and anti-doping examinations to determine adherence to the APHIS rules Authorizing APHIS to recover costs for such inspections from the owners of any horse inspected, consistent with state racing commission contracts entered into for that purpose Require that a portion of the existing funds - $9.5 million - appropriated by Congress each year for anti-doping programs through the White House Office of National Drug Policy be available to fund anti-doping research of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium consistent with anti-doping needs identified by the Organization of Racing Investigators or the ARCI The limitations on regulatory authority as well as equine welfare concerns about the use of Bisphosphonate drugs on young horses were main topics at the ARCI Integrity and Animal Welfare Conference last April in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The ARCI has not taken a formal position on Martin's suggestions but is open to working with appropriate industry organizations to develop ways to regulate young horses and address specific jurisdictional limitations where they occur. US Federal Law grants wide authority to licensed veterinarians to use substances in horses that have been approved by the FDA for other species. That authority continues even if the government has issued cautionary statements. This broad authority affects not only the use of bisphosphonates on young horses but also the steroids that have triggered the actions of Horse Racing Ireland. None of the federal bills proposed during the last decade affecting horse racing address this issue. From the Association of Racing Commissioners International      

West Cork, IE - Oisin Quill, who will celebrate his 16th birthday next week, will have fond memories of the 2018 Ballineen Harness Races where he drove his first classic winner in his fledgling career, capturing the Tommy O'Brien Memorial Handicap final at "The Cornfield Oval " in Manch on Sunday with King Wills Arrival . Hurry Up Abi set the early fractions from Brywins Starship and Saunders Picasso. Heading into the final half mile John Manning Jnr on Hurry Up Abi looked to have the measure of his rivals leading by four lengths, the final quarter pole the pack began to close in and Oisin Quill produced the winner and sprinted clear to win by 3 lengths from Brywins Starship who had beaten him in the heat. "We done an operation on his wind over the winter and that seems to have done the trick " said delighted owner Finbarr Quill. It was a goood day for the Quill family from Kenmare in County Kerry as earlier Tarnao Josselyn took the top grade trot. Vigo De Bassiere despite trailing the gate 60 yards was all the rage in the betting after two wins but he found the winner too good .Tarnao won the "Clockwise " direction trot last week in Portmarnock. "We have had some fun with this fellow and he is good going any direction" added Seamus Quill Two drivers drove doubles on the day. John Manning Jnr took the first handicap heat on Hurry Up Abi and then won the second division of the Grade G & G1 pace on Cushenstown Rocky. Luke Kelleher also drove a brace of winners .Meadowbranch Matt so often the bridesmaid went one better when today when taking the first section of the Grade G & G1 Pace. We made it two when "The Iron Horse" Meadowbranch Demon won the third heat in the handicap. Brywins Starship landed some tidy wagers in the second heat of the handicap under the reins of Richard Kingston . With all the young drivers winning (Quill Kelleher and Kingston) Donal Murphy had the honor of being the oldest winning driver on the day when taking the low grade trot on the ageless Silvano Bello When informed of this Murphy replied "There aint too may grey hairs on my head but these youngsters are ensuring a good future for the sport" The Ballineen Committee must be congratulated on another outstanding day . Next week the action moves to Fishers Cross a venue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One . 1. Meadowbranch Matt L Kelleher 2. IB Felicity D Murphy 3. Moorside Captain J O Mahony DIST 3 2 TIME 2.07.0 Race Two (Heat 1) 1. Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr 2. Saunders Picasso M Goggin Jnr 3. Best Talent S Jennings DIST 4 4 TIME 2.03.1 Race Three (Heat 2) 1. Brywins starship R Kingston 2. King Wills Arrival O Quill 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST SH 3 TIME 2.02.9 Race Four (Heat 3) 1. Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher 2. Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 3. Hail Spartacus P Hill DIST 6 2 TIME 2.02.4 Race Five 1. Silvano Bello D Murphy 2. Ariane Des Tithais S Quill 3. Un Boss J O Mahony DIST 2 2 TIME 3.10.2 Race Six 1. Cushenstown Rocky J Manning Jnr 2.Sunnyside Unique D Murphy 3. Western Ocean L Kelleher DIST 5 2 TIME 2.06.1 Race Seven 1. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 2. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 3. Brutenor P Hill DIST 2 4 TIME 3.08.7 Race Eight (Final) 1.King Wills Arrival O Quill 2. Brywins Starship R Kingston 3 Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr DIST 4 1 TIME 2.04.1    

West Cork, IE - The West Cork Harness Racing season is in full flight and another one of the highlights takes place on Sunday 22nd July at Manch Raceway. Ballineen Race Committee have down through the years been one of the strongest groups on the circuit and once again hold their annual raceday at "The Cornfield Oval" in Manch which is located a few miles on the western side of Ballineen Village . "We are indebted to the Duggan family for the use of their land in Manch" says Martin Hurley of the Ballineen Committee . Martin along with wife Angela and Richard "Barney" Bradfield are the backbone of the committee . Last year they ran heats and final and the format will be the same this time round and this year it will be The Tommy O Brien Memorial Handicap. The late Tommy O Brien passed away 25 years ago and was a brother of Angela Hurley. " Tommy was involved in harness racing in West Cork all his life until he passed away in 1993 both as a member of Ballineen Race Committee and he also held the positions on the executive on the ITHRF and The Old Cork County Trotting Association and the Big Heats and Final of the handicap will honor him " said Angela Hurley "We are extremely lucky with our loyal sponsors from both Ballineen and its sister village Enniskeane and from others from both near and far"added Hurley. The qualifing heats will have purses of €600 with the Grand final for a purse of €1200 . There will be a full supporting program including The Le Trot for Trotters ,a saddle race and maiden paces . The action gets under way at 2 30 PM and the venue is located west of Ballineen just off the R586 and will be sign posted on the day Details of entries can be found on by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

West Wales, UK - The preparations are almost complete, the sun is shining and the excitement is building, yes it's that time of year again when harness racing fans flock to the seaside town of Aberystwyth, in West Wales. The weekend is set to be a scorcher and we're not just talking about the weather! Over 200 horses will take to the stage, all bidding to get their hands on a share of the £50,000+ prize money. The two day meeting kicks off with 16 race card on the Saturday containing four heats to determine the runners for the Group 2 Travis Perkins final, four Le Trot races split into Gold and Silver divisions for the four year old and aged trotters, two divisions of the Group 2 Ceredigion three year old and a leg of the BHRC Kids Club Pony race thrown in for good measure. That's just the first day and Sunday's card boasts a further 13 races including four heats to determine the 8 runners for the Group 1 Park Lodge Final with a £6,000 first prize as well as two division of the Group 2 Ceredigion two year olds. As always the event has attracted support from far and wide. Alexis Laidler brings a strong team of 15 to the event including impressive three year old Merrington Movingup, recent Appleby heat and final winner Springhill Ruby and many people's one to follow for the season Easy Company. They also bring the unbeaten in 2018 Valseur Dy Cygne however Billy Roach makes the long trip from Dublin with top trotter Ultimo D'ouville to try to put an end to that unbeaten record. A number of the top stables makes the journey with some quality juvenile contenders. Oakwood Enchanted looks the favourite to take the spoils in division 1 of the two year olds after her win in Portmarnock for the Gill camp. The second division of the two year olds sees the Mocking Jay take on Christy Camden, both being the runner up in their last two starts. With fillies getting preferential draws the Mocking Jay may have the upper hand. In the three year old fillies division recent BHRC Oaks winner Greenhill Hanover flys the flag for team Lord and will be well fancied. Amongst the local hopes will be My Buddy for Alan Jones, having recently made the long trip to Lyre, West Cork for the Red John Memorial where he finished an honourable third in his heat and fourth in the Consolation final. Another on the list is French trotting mare Vincita for trainer Mike Evans and owner Emyr Edwards, coming into the race off an impressive victory at Pikehall last week. The Haythornthwaite team also bring locally owned Rhyds Nightlife who was just beaten in the STAGBI mares race at Tir Prince last weekend in a time of 1.59.7. The beer tent will be well stocked, the ice cream van will be waiting and the bookmakers will be ready and eager to take your bets. Pack the sun screen and bring the family along to an action packed weekend at the races. First race 1pm both days, see you there. by Kayleigh Evans

WEST CORK, IR - Its being quite a week for Kieran Sheehy who is Stud Farm Manager at Moran Stud Farm who enjoyed success at Tipperary race course during the week and on Saturday evening Sheehy took the High grade Trot at Lissangle with Vivo De Bassiere .   Sheehy sent the nine year old to the front after half a lap and was never in danger easing to a 10 length victory.   Reclamation a three year old daughter of A Rock N Roll Dance showed she can handle all surfaces when landing the Grade F E & D Pace .A winner on the hard track in Portmarnock last week she followed up with a facile win on grass this week .Jointly owned by Bill Donovan from Florida and IB Stables in Baltimore she will be aimed at The M50 Skip Hire three year classic in mid July.   Tadhg Murphy who holds the trainers licence at IB stables had a smile as broad as the harbour in his native Baltimore when his son Eoin took the saddle race with Hail Spartucus.   Eoin a 14 year student has definitely inherited the family genes giving a polished performance on the winner who is owned by the Hill family owners of Hillside Farms.   John O Mahony and Luke Kelleher two of our up and coming drivers both got on the score sheet . O Mahony got Moorside Captain through "the eye of a Needle" up the inside of Panarc in the final eighth of a mile to take the G & G1 Pace.   The runner up driven by novice driver Kevin Myles will win soon but today was another learning curve . Meadowbrach Demon and Luke Kelleher are a formidable pairing and took the High Grade Pace. Rhyds Dilemma and then Supreme Sunshine both led but with 3 furlongs remaining Kelleher sent "The Iron Horse " alight and ran out a three length winner .   Heather Breeze and IB A Magican served up a titanic battle in the opener and the former was not to be denied winning by a head .   Dream De Broeuts has showed promise in his three previous runs and got the better of Un Boss in another photo finish.Once again a winning distance of a head for owner driver Patrick Hill .   Sunday 8th July is the next West Cork meeting in Drimoleague.   by Tim Kellerher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race One 1. Heather Breeze S Jennings 2. IB A Magician D Murphy 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST Hd 4 TIME 2.39.8 Race Two 1. Dream De Broeuts P Hill 2. Un Boss J O Mahony 3. Banialouka K Sheehy DIST Hd Dist TIME 2.55.9 Race Three 1. Moorside Captain J O Mahony 2. Panarc K Myles 3. Splash The Cash DIST 4 9 TIME 2.46.9 Race Four 1. Reclamation D Murphy 2. Brywins Starship R Kingston 3. Brywins Picasso L Kelleher DIST 1 1/4 6 1/4 TIME 2.38.9 Race Five 1. Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher 2. Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 3. Wellfield Ghost J Manning Jnr DIST 3 1 1/2 TIME 2.42.2 Race Six 1. Hail Spartacus E Murphy 2. Fairdays Bret C O Driscoll 3. Coalford Commander S Twomey DIST Dist 5 TIME 2.38.6 Race Seven 1. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 2. Alineka Darche T Murphy 3. Bolero De La Fye D Murphy DIST 10 5 TIME 2.43.4

While the first Saturday in August is usually Hambletonian Week at the Meadowlands, perhaps the second biggest harness racing event of the month happens the following weekend, and it's only 3,200 miles away in Dublin, Ireland. It's the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM) weekend of racing at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin. It's the biggest harness racing weekend of the year in both Ireland and the UK and will take place Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. The race itself was developed by the Delaney brothers, James and Derek, who first came up with the special race for two-year-old pacers after their younger brother, Vincent, tragically died from a massive heart attack in 2011 at age 27. "Our brother Vincent loved working with the horse," explained Derek, who with brother James have Oakwood Stud, one of the bigger Standardbred breeding facilities in all of Ireland. "We only saw it fitting to have a special race in his memory. Little did we know back then that this race weekend would become a world-wide event." The Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend has been hailed as a miniature Little Brown Jug and Gold Cup and Saucer all rolled into one. People from all over the world now travel annually to Dublin to attend the weekend festival and the races. "It is just amazing how this race has grown in popularity over the last few years," Derek Delaney said. "Now we have world class sponsors from the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand involved in the races and they all come over after the Hambletonian for our big weekend." And the race itself has grown by leaps and bounds. The VDM is perhaps the most grueling test for two-year-old pacers in harness racing. It requires these young horses to first race in elimination heats on Saturday with the top finishers returning the very next day (Sunday) to compete in the finals. And every year there are so many young horses entered that most of the race card on Saturday are elimination heats. There are also special stakes for three-year-old's, Le Trot events, and stakes for older horses too over the weekend. Hanover Shoe Farms in the USA is the main sponsor of the colt division of the VDM and the filly division is sponsored by the USA's Diamond Creek Farm. A new sponsor for 2018 is Tara Hills Stud (David Heffering) in Canada. What is also impressive is the "guest list" of who is coming to Dublin for the VDM. "I know I will forget someone," laughed Derek Delaney. "This year we have some well-known people in the harness racing industry coming over for the Vincent Delaney. The list includes Jim Simpson from Hanover Shoe Farm along with Murray Brown and his wife Carol, Heather and Mike Wilder, and Mike will also be driving that weekend. "Also coming are Tom Charters and his wife Sue, Dr. Courtney Pink from Diamond Creek Farm, Australia's and UK's Bill Hutchison, Sweden and Germany's Klaus Koch,," Derek went on. "Our regulars Roger Huston, Heather Vitale (wouldn't the VDM without her running about), Dale Welk, John McDermott, Jeff Kuhen and more. I am getting emails, texts and calls almost daily." The VDM weekend kicks off on Friday night with a dinner and in the special VIP Tent at the races there will be a great auction for charity. Already donated are a helmet, gloves and colors from Yannick Gingras and a set of Doug McNair's colors. If you ever really want to renew your passion for harness racing, then contact Derek or James Delaney at Oakwood Stud and they will send you all the details. It's a guaranteed must on everyone's bucket list. Check out or for more information and to contact Derek and James Delaney. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial    

Corbiewood, UK - Thursday 21st June saw Corbiewood play host to the second leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares' Pacing Series and it was the winner of the first leg, Saunders Hoochie, who ran out a convincing winner in the six horse race. The mare, who ended a losing streak of 30 runs when winning on her first start for new trainer Cathy Shields on 8th June is now three from three in Scotland and leading not only the table in the mares' series on monies won but also the Equine Products UK Ltd-sponsored leading horse table on points at the track. It was a case of the winner leading out and making all for driver William Drysdale, with the youngest mare in the series Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen) threatening the leader down the back straight but ultimately not finding enough to pass and finishing second. Reigning champion Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) was the finishing horse in the race but perhaps lacked racing room in the stretch to finish third. Another notable winner on the night was the 11-year-old Killarney Howard who scored in the Grade 1 & 2 event for Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr who was celebrating his 25th birthday. Having led out and dictated the fractions, the duo were strongly pressed and headed down the back straight for the final time by Imogen Camden (Grant Cullen). That's Life Again (Ryan Inglis) joined the leading pair as they turned for home for a three horse battle in the stretch which looked to favour the two outside horses, however Killarney Howard dug deep on the rail to get back up and win by a neck from Imogen Camden, with That's Life Again in third half a length behind. It was a night for old family favourites as Miami Seelster returned to the winner's circle for the first time this year for the Paterson stable in the Grades 2 to 4 pace. William Greenhorn gave one of the best drives from the front ever witnessed at the track, when leading out from pole position with the betting favourite Tyler Camden (Grant Cullen) behind him throughout. Greenhorn was conscious of this throughout the race and seemingly endeavoured to keep his main rival in the pocket by setting a pace which ensured that there was a constant challenge to his outside, firstly in the form of Camden Candyman (James Morton) and secondly San Diego (John Allan). Only when Tyler Camden saw daylight in the final 100 yards of the race did Greenhorn ask his charge for maximum effort and it was sufficient to hold on from the fast finishing runner up. San Diego stayed on for third. The opening race for maidens and novices combined saw Shake It Up (William Drysdale) put in a much improved performance, leading out and making all until the closing stages of the race. The runner up in the SHRC 3YO Fillies from the week before, Shebesporty (Gordon Gilvear) came with a late challenge down the home straight and ultimately proved to be too strong for the long-time leader, recording her first win on her third lifetime start. Jennifer Camden (William Greenhorn) had played catch up to a strong pace throughout but ran well to finish third and looks to be a winner waiting to happen in coming weeks. Lady Mary was an impressive and comfortable winner in the Grades 4 to 11 event when leading out for driver William Drysdale. The mare dictated from on top and eventually won by open lengths from the highest handicapped horse in the race, Robhall (Hugh Menzies). She has improved her placings with every start this season and now heads to the third leg of the Mares' Pacing Series hoping to give trainer Cathy Shields three from three in the event. Four horses faced the starter in the final leg of the BHRC & Standardbred Horse Sales Company Star Makers Series to be staged at Corbiewood. Hawthorns Melinda (Stuart Mackenzie) led out and was strongly pressed throughout by stablemate Ladyford Warrior (William Greenhorn); narrowly headed approaching the final bend with Country Major (William Drysdale) switching three wide to challenge and Dynaramic (Hugh Menzies) diving for an inside path. There were four horses across the track as they passed the stands but ultimately Hawthorns Melinda held on by a nose to secure her spot in the grand final to be staged on 14th July at Tir Prince. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 28th June featuring the third leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares' Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

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