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Foreclosure N to stand at Talgrwn Stud in UK

  Oakwood Stud is pleased to announce that Foreclosure N will be standing at Talgrwn Stud Services in Wales for the 2019 breeding season. “We have an excellent working relationship with Gwenan and Richard Thomas from Talgrwn Stud Services and we are very excited about this new venture”, said Oakwood Stud’s Derek Delaney, “With the recent advancement they have made at their AI Facility, the timing is perfect for Foreclosure to stand at stud there in the UK.” This move by Foreclosure means that breeders can also take advantage of the many benefits offered by Talgrwn Stud Services. Foreclosure’s chilled semen can be shipped anywhere in the UK from the Stud Services, cutting down travel costs and making it more convenient for the mare owners. Breeder’s local vets will be able to inseminate for a fraction of the costs of frozen semen. In addition, higher conception rates are generally seen by users of fresh semen versus frozen. Foreclosure has had tremendous success in his first season in the UK and Ireland. Among many stakes-winning performers, he sired BHRC 2-year-old Colt of the Year, Oakwood Inittowinit, and IHRA 2-year-old Filly of the Year, Newtown Jody. Foreclosure’s 2019 stud fee will be set at 1250 euros. Frozen semen will still be available in Ireland for 2019. All bookings for chilled or frozen breedings should be made through Oakwood Stud Ireland From Oakwood Stud

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World wide food bank donations coming in

A simple act of kindness by 29-year-old Watson Harrop Jnr from Durham in The North of England has become a major hit on harness racing social media both in the UK, Ireland and is spreading across the globe.   Harrop who is strongly involved in harness racing was passing the Food Bank in his local Tesco store.   "I noticed that the food bank never seemed to have a lot in it so off I went filled a trolley and saw it as a chance to do something for those less well off than myself," Harrop said.   "I knew the generosity of those involved in harness racing so I stuck up the video on Facebook nominating others to do the same . At first I thought it might get a few responses but to be honest it has ballooned and gone world wide.   "Harness Racing may be a minority sport here in the UK but people have connections worldwide and the biggest names in the sport on both sides of the Atlantic have got involved" added Harrop.   In the UK all the "faces" in the sport have come on board from top trainer Alexis Laidler to bookmaker Barry "Pinno"Pinnington, promoter Anthony Fettah and Mr Tir Prince Eric Witherspoon. ll The project has swept across the Irish Sea with leading reinsmen John "JR" Richardson ,Simon Duggan and Noel Ryan doing the challege along with Alan Wallace of the Newtown Stud and Derek Delaney from the Oakwood Stud. Leading Irish bookmaker Dan Carlin set a trend with a video well worth a view.   Next stop was the USA and Yannick Gringras Chris Oakes and Sean Bier were quickly off the mark to help.   It is hoped that the nominations will continue up to Christmas.   It is hoped that everyone will visit #foodbanknomination or Watson Harrop Jnr pages on Facebook and do a little to help those in need at Christmas.   by TIm Kelleher

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Kane just pipped in Normandy

Sean Kane came agonisingly close to a win in France and Jonathan Cowden did best of the younger harness racing drivers in the annual France vs. Ireland driving challenge. The Irish Field

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Monbet’s road to racing

Thursday will be one of the more important days on Monbet’s road to racing again. The champion trotter had his first public outing in nearly two years when he wasn’t asked for a serious effort in the main trot at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday.  Starting off a 40m handicap Monbet finished sixth in the 2600m trial won by Arnold in a relatively sedate time.  “Ricky (May, driver) never pulled him out,” said trainer Greg Hope.  “We will see how he is tomorrow but he seems fine so far,” he said on Wednesday night.  Hope’s caution is understandable as Monbet has been plagued by all sorts of issues since winning the Dominion in national record time two years ago and every time he looks set to return to the races something goes wrong.  But if he trots out a happy horse on Thursday morning it should be all go for his race return at Kaikoura on Monday where he joins arch rival Speeding Spur off a 10m handicap in the South Bay Cup.  Also heading to Kaikoura was the winner of the main pacing trial on Thursday in Cruz Bromac. The last-start Methven Cup winner downed stablemate Thefixer by a half neck in the 2600m stand with the pair pacing their last 800m in 56.5 seconds.  Cruz Bromac was allowed to miss the Flying Stakes at Ashburton on Monday and will join stablemate Eamon Maguire in the $50,000 Alabar Kaikoura Cup on Monday.  Thefixer is over a recent setback and is likely to join stablemate and NZ Cup favourite Ultimate Machete in their final lead-up race at Addington on November 2. Michael Guerin

It's hard to believe but today harness racing's celebrates its 16th birthday.  Harnesslink is the brainchild of international horse agent, John Curtin (J.C. International), who 16 years ago saw a need for a world-wide harness racing website that put online the latest harness racing news from around the globe. John says, "Our policy is to keep improving every single day - 365 days of the year. We have staff working every day of the year to bring you all the latest harness racing news from every corner of the world. When Harnesslink launched in 2002 there were only four harness racing websites on the internet, so we've been in a unique position to have watched the harness racing community embrace the technological world during this time. It has been our pleasure to keep harness racing fans around the world informed of what is happening within our sport. We are projected to have over 3 million unique IP users in 2018, which will make Harnesslink the world’s most read harness racing site. We are still looking for ways to improve and provide you, our customers, with better coverage throughout the world, we continously strive to do this! If any of our readers have a worthy news item, please feel free to send it to and we will do our best, as always, to print your article. We'd like to thank all of you for coming back regularly to read Harnesslink, if you're reading this you're obviously one of our faithful followers and we thank you. Harnesslink Media

West Cork, IE - King Wills Arrival claimed another big handicap final when landing the West Cork Horse Owners Handicap at Dunmanway on Sunday. There were three elimination heats with two qualifiers from each going forward to the final. In the opening heat IB A Magician looked to have the race at his mercy but went off stride in the final eighth of a mile handing the race to Meadowbranch Matt with Best Talent filling the second qualifing spot. Heat two was all about Coalford Bruce who followed up on his win at Bandon to lead home The Hitman by four lengths. In the third and final heat Rhyds Panache with Chris O Reilly in the bike made a race winning move after four furlongs and was not for catching leading home King Wills Arrival by a length So on to the final .The Hitman and Meadowbranch Matt set the early fractions with Coalford Bruce just behind .The order reamined the same into the final three furlongs of the mile and a quarter trip.Turning for home Coalford Bruce hit the front but Oisin Quill produced King Wills Arrival with a perfectly timed run to land the spoils . "Since he had the wind operation last Winter he has really shown his true potential" Commented 16 year old winning driver Oisin Quill. "The saddle race at Ladies day in Portmarnock is next on his list "added winning owner Finbarr Quill. The Quills had a double on the day when Ariane Des Tithais landed the low grade trot .This one was driven by Finbarr Quill Jnr (The Calender Boy of Harness Racing in Ireland) Vigo De Bassiere enhanced his reputation as Irelands leading Trotter with a faile win in the high grade trot. Kieran Sheehy played with his three rivals taking up the running with three furlongs remaining and won by a flattering eight lengths . The sheehy family have a long association with the square gaiters and this looks one of the best they have owned Paul McInerney made the long trip from Co Clare a winning one when landing the Grade G & G1 Pace when Just A Promise a son of Fantastic Western set out his stall early doors and led home IB Felicity by three lengths. Next week racing moves to Gloun with a 2.30 start by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race One Heat One . 1.Meadowbranch Matt L Kelleher 2. Best Talent S Jennings Jnr 3. Moorside Captain J O Mahony DIST 2 3 TIME 2.36.1 Race Two Heat Two 1. Coalford Bruce T O Leary 2. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr 3. Rebel Rouser D Murphy DIST 4 1 TIME 2.35.3 Race Three Heat Three 1. Rhyds Panache C O Reilly 2. King Wills Arrival O Quill 3. Hail Spartacus P Hill DIST 1 3 TIME 3.34.5 Race Four 1. Ariane Des Tithais F Quill Jnr 2. Vallanzana S Quill 3. Silvano Bello D Murphy DIST 2 7 TIME 3.16 Race Five 1. Just A Promise P McInerney 2. IB Felicity D Murphy 3. Coalford Laurel M O Reilly DIST 3 SH TIME 2.39.7 Race Six 1. Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 2. Tarnao Josselyn S Quill 3. Tenor Meslos D Murphy DIST 8 6 TIME 3.09.7 Race Seven Final 1.King Wills Arriva O Quill 2. Coalford Bruce T O Leary 3. The Hitman M Goggin Jnr DIST 1 4 TIME 2 33.5   Virus-free.

Having won a heat for the past 3 runnings and finishing second in last years grand final, Tommy Camden finally received a just and welcome reward when winning the top harness racicng event of the afternoon at Bells Field, Airth in Scotland last Sunday.   Trailing his 9 rivals 30 yards at the start, the Richard Haythornthwaite driven six year old gradually crept into contention before striking late to deny fellow heat winner Dontstoptheparty in the shadows of the post. Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Standardbred Association (NISA) , a coach load of their members made the ferry journey across the Irish sea to be on hand to present the winners trophy and celebrate with jubilant connections Shane & Claire Fletcher from Wolverhampton. Driver Haythornthwaite was visibly relieved in the winners enclosure having been narrowly denied in the final of the geldings previous start at Musselburgh stating that a big classic win was a long time in coming, but resulted a much deserved victory for the honest genuine No Pan Intended bred. Another classic event was held on the day when 5 colts lined up for the Bells Field 3 Year Old Championship and this ended in somewhat controversial circumstances. A visibly tiring Lose My Mind (Betterthancheddar) drifted off the rail in the home straight causing Oakwood Spur and Bobby Camden to take evasive action but in the subsequent stewards enquiry, the interference was deemed as unintentional and Lose My Mind kept the race, to the delight of connections the Gilvear family from Auchenbowie, Stirlingshire. Having first been staged in 2005, Bells Field has become one of the biggest and most prestigious harness racing meetings in the British Isles and with increased prizemoney year-on-year, this seasons renewal format of £1000 for each heat winner and £3000 for the overall winner of the final was adjudged to be a great success by all in attendance. Sponsors plus guests were treated to a 3 course lunch and complementary drinks in the specially erected marquee whilst a country and western band played late into the evening for all patrons. This type of hospitality is unparalleled in the UK and the hardworking Bells Field Committee are to be applauded for their efforts in ensuring that the meeting was such a huge success. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink  

Wales, UK - Where else would you find five Group I races in a row as the Sunday race meet at Tregaron will feature the Little Welsh Dragon and Dragoness (3 year olds) as well as the Junior Welsh Dragon and Dragoness(2 y olds) followed by the WELSH CLASSIC FINAL and ten races as an aperitif. Race 1. We kick off with a trot, 3 y olds (they all commence with the letter F)some of these have had trouble finding their feet in Britain but even though Fable De Brouets comes off a 20 yard trail she is two for two and should make this her third win Race 2. The first heat of the Welsh Classic sees Teatime Preacher come up against three Irish challengers in Awesome Dude,Newtown Major and Gentleman Jim. The former has shown she has speed an ability to overcome a poor draw for the Laidler team. Race 3. This could be regarded as a heat for the local horses and may well throw up the winner of the final Alan Jones’ family stable provide two runners in Hendre Bob ( Boughrood final) and My Buddy a very impressive winner at the Ceredigion meeting but Rhyds Nightlife owned by the treasurer of the club was imperious in Tir Prince last weekend and the draw is her biggest obstacle. Race 4. Forest Drifter driven by the youngest of the Wakefield clan has had a great season but will be up in grade and will find King Wills Arrival from Ireland and All Good Hanover, who was the unfortunate recipient of a third row draw due to a “clerical error”, will be at his heels.   Race 5. Meldoon last year’s Welsh Classic heroine will be up against it here as Springhill Ruby has the plumb draw and will aim to make all.Ring of Fire second in a heat and final here in the spring might be an each way bet. Race 6. Blackwell Hallstar has recently changed hands and has the plumb draw but I think the winner will come out of the second tier Rhyds Passion the Famous Musselburgh Pace winner, Springhill Glory the Ceredigion Classic winner and Bucklands Foxtrot who has been running out of his skin this season will be fighting out the finish Race 7. Another tricky maiden race on paper it should be between Mahogany Rhythm and Camden Pro who have the experience however the locally trained GD’s wings who has had injury issues could be the one to spring a surprise. Race 8. This is a very competitive Grade 1 race Mike Evans will be looking for a quick double from the one hole but once more the winner might come from the second line in the form of Lyons Ace of Spades or  All Smiles whose made the long trip from Scotland Race 9. The final division of the novice grade Ayr Pioneer and IB Felicity are very recent winners and will probably keep Wellfield Wizard and Casimir Royal Flush out of the honours. Race 10. The last of the trots and they will be running for the Ginger Wyatt Memorial. Mike Evans fields four runners he drives a non winner in Eden Des Anges whilst Michael O’Mahoney sits behind Enez Leman a three time winner but recent Tir prince winner Ezako Jephi might surprise them all. Race 11. The first of a series of Group 1 races the Little Welsh Dragon for 3 y old colts and geldings has drawn a disappointing number of entries but we will get to see the outstanding Matticulous try and add to his trophy hunt ,Immortal John,Rhyds Star Quality and Oakwood Spur will try and spoil the party and you can’t win it if your not there.  Race 12. The turn of the 2 y old fillies Imperial Deal was a gallant second in the recent VDM and has consistent form. Newtown Jody and Stateside Pinup have both been supplemented for this race which may be a clue whilst Loose Change comes down from bonnie Scotland Race 13. The 2 y old colt division is a tough one IB Notorious the Irish raider won in Tir Prince last week-end . Oakwood Inittowinit is always in the frame but Christy Camden may be the one to beat. Race 14. The  3 y old fillies are a good crop Greenhill Debatable and Lyons Attack have the favoured draws but Rhyds Reflection and Reclamation will be chasing them all the way should be a cracker by Huw Evans

THE FESTIVAL IS HERE SIX GROUP 1 races backed up with a GROUP 2 RACE and an array of FRENCH TROTTERS along with the aspiring up and coming horse TREGARON is here LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED. We have a bumper 30 races to get through in TWO days of classic racing- the Irish are back, the Scots have come to "toon", the English have sneaked across the border but the Welsh will be here to repel all boarders and try to keep the £60,000 prize money on offer at home. Saturday sees a cracking 15 race card so here we go with trying to find the winners. Race 1. We kick off with a trot, 4 y olds (they all commence with the letter E) Eliothrope and Éclair du Torp should fight this one out but the internationally owned Emirat Du Levant would be a popular winner with our race caller! Race 2.The chase for the Strata Florida handicap(Gp2) is on , this heat could be between the two Coalford horses Insignia and Lachance unless Wye Joels Best hits top form and Jacks Red who hasn't run for two years could spring a surprise. Race3. The Murphy stable from Skibereen Co.Cork are double handed in this one Donal has chosen to drive Rebel Rouser therefore would be the choice but Born to Run in the hands of James Haythornthwaite might just sneak this one for England. Race4. Father Ted has drawn one and is in form, however if he wins we may have to endure Marc Jones running round the track in his undies, therefore the Scottish invader Soul Searcher - unbeaten thus far might save all our blushes. Race 5. Rocker is three handed in this heat and whichever he chooses to drive will be a hint however his other two runners will be a danger along with Irish raider Panam Colt for the Kelleher clan. Race 6. On paper this looks a two horse race the 3 y old Teddy Camden( a recent big money purchase)should back up his easy Boughrood win in the hands of David Bevan but Michael Lord and Greenhill Debatable the ultra consistent filly will be looking for weaknesses. Race 7. The first of the Maiden races and there is no obvious standout performer here but surely Two for Tea in the care of Mark Pritchard is due a visit to the winners enclosure and where better than Tregaron. Race 8. The first Novice contest sees Jack Sparrow the Foody stable runner take on Nancy Camden for honours here unless the aptly named Irish raider Riverdance Hanover can spoil their fun. Race 9. The Nicholsons have imported top American driver Gareth Wyn Dowse (he was bred in Wales) to drive Tenor D'Ouville in the next trot and should be too strong for Thunder Jiel who is driven by the doyen of trot pilots Ian Pimlott. Race10. Once more we have two Irish imports who will be looking to take the honours Triplicity(bred in Wales) and A Kind Of Magic may be the pick with Georgie Camden for the Teeboon team looking for a place. Race 11.This is a maiden/novice combined race and I take the more experienced Lyons Bullett and Zip Car 1 to fight out the finish with possibly Western Ocean heading up the maiden ranks. Race12. Greenhill Gus an import from wales and Border Counties Racing and a winner in Boughrood last Sunday will be looking for a quick double in the hands of local postie Alan Jones- Isabella Camden might be his problem. Race13. The best of the older trotters running for the Glenda Jackson Trophy therefore the heart would dictate a winner for Emyr Edwards ,who presented the trophy in honour of his great mare, in the form of Vincita however Amazing,Bora Bora De Seg and the joker in the pack Belkolinja will be strong competition. Race 14. We have kept the best to last or nearly this Free for All could actually see a WORLD RECORD set. It is a small but select field Rockin Mambo has had a tremendous season so far and will be in the frame, Porterstown Chris on his day is magnificent but if a WORLD RECORD is to be set it will surely be Evenwood Son Of A Gun already a world record holder under saddle and a previous winner of this race and the Welsh Classic on this very track. Wowwwwwwwwwwww. by Huw Evans

"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  

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

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  

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.

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