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Florida Amateur Drivers get revenge in the UK

Pompano Beach, FL...August 11, 2017...Avenging an earlier defeat on their home field of Pompano Park, a quintet of Florida Amateur Driving Club members journeyed to the United Kingdom and got a bit of revenge, eking out a 45-43 decision over their British rivals in a hot contested--but friendly--competition. The grand event was held, first, at the Tir Prince course in North Wales with the conclusion held over the Tany Castle turf course in Aberystwyth in North Wales. The Brits jumped out to an early lead as England's Richard Haythornthwaite (victorious at Pompano Park earlier in the year) took the opener with Ireland's Chris O'Reilly second and the U.S.A.'s Dein Spriggs third. With the American contingents "backs to the wall," Dennis Whittemore saved the day as he scored a hard fought, photo finish victory in the final. After that event, Whittemore remarked, "Wow! Let me tell you that was the most thrilling victory I have ever had. "There are some very serious challenges driving over a turf course--especially a wet one on a half mile track. "I thought I'd have a go at it taking the lead early and that worked out very well. On the backside the final time, (Patrick (Morris) made that big move and he took a short lead but my horse had some fight left in him and we got to the wire first. "Unforgettable is the only way to describe it!" The event was organized by Britain's Lee Morris and Jaimie Davies, along with the U.S.A.'s Dein Spriggs and Jeff Schaefer. Schaefer, Spriggs and Whittemore were to joined by Tony Dinges and Ron Cusimano to complete Team Florida. Patrick Morris completed the roster of Brits competing. Both Schaefer and Spriggs had high praise for their hosts, echoing each other about the hospitality enjoyed during their stay in the United Kingdom. "The competition was fierce, yes," said Schaefer, "but we felt right at home with their warm and generous hospitality." Spriggs said, "We are hoping that this type of competition will expand throughout the world as it seems to be a great 'shot in the arm' for our grand sport." by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club        

Harness racing

LLywns Allstar upsets in Ballabuidhe Grand Prix

WEST CORK, Ireland - LLywns Allstar with Mike O Brien in the bike, was an upset winner of the 2017 Murphy /Heineken Coman Beverages Grand Prix at the second and final day of the Ballabuidhe Harness Racing Festival in Dunmanway Monday. Sunnyside Kildare and Wellfield Ghost, both heat winners on Sunday, were the market principals in the six horse final. LLywns Allstar led from the start, but was stalked by both Sunnyside Kildare and 2016 winner Hail Spartacus. Only a couple of lengths separated the field for the opening two circuits. Out on the final lap cruise, Howard and Wellfield Ghost began to move in on the leader, but LLywns Allstar was not for catching and in a blanket finish held on by a neck from Cruise Howard with Kestrels Dot Sammy a short head third . It was a first classic success for the O'Brien Family from Schull and was very popular with the bumper bank holiday crowd. Luke Kelleher captured his second big handicap of the Summer when giving Brywins Picasso a masterly drive in The Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap., Saunders Jubilee and The Hitman were the early leaders. Going with four furlongs to pace the winner was edging closer. Then turning for home, Kelleher gaver Brywins Picasso the office and he ran out an easy four length winner..Luke is only 15 years of age and added The Connolly to the George Deane Memorial which he won at this venue earlier this year . There was a tremendous finish to the Le Trot race. Valliant Forgion seemed to have done enough but was collared closing for home by Va Reine Du Pont and the photo finish gave a dead heat between the two. . Hurry Up Abi, a three-year-old by Kiki Colt, looks an exciting prospect when landing the G & G1 pace. John Manning never looked in any danger ann won by 12 lengths in the finish Ccrin Du Bussire made it two on the bounce when coming home a distance in front of Ebene Des Brouets .Sean Kane was the winning driver.  Ballyhill Jimmy took the grade G Pace. Derry McCarthy sent the winner to the front with two furlongs to pace and won by three lengths from Meadowbranch Matt. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS THE MURPHY /HEINEKEN COMAN BEVERAGES GRAND PRIX 1st M O'Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 2nd C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 3rd K Sheehy KESTRELS DOT SAMMY Owner DIST HD SH 6 Ran   THE PADDY CONNOLLY MEMORIAL HANDICAP 1st O'Farrell / Kelleher BRYWINS PICASSO LKelleher 2nd J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 3rd S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O'Reilly DIST 4l 1l 6 Ran   GRADE G PACE 1st J Manning HURRY UP ABI J Manning Jnr 2nd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE UNIQUE D Murphy 3rd D O'Sullivan BEST OF CLASS P Manning DIST 12l 12l 4 Ran   GRADE G & G1 PACE 1st W J Cooke BALLYHILL JIMMY D McCarthy 2nd O'Farrell / Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Kelleher 3rd Cuigear Racing HILLSIDE MUSTANG K Sheehy DIST 3l 5l 4 Ran   LE TROT THREE YEAR OLD 1st O'Mahony/Crowley/O'Brien ECRIN DE BUSSIERE S Kane 2nd P Manning EBENE DES BROUETS Owner DIST A DIST 3 Ran(Only 2 finished)   LE TROT 1st DEAD HEAT O'Sullivan/Goggin VALLIANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr 1st DEAD HEAT  F Quill VA REINE DU PONT S Quill 3rd. F Quill TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill DIST DEAD HEAT 2l      

Harness racing

Day One at Ballabuidhe Festival is in the books

WEST CORK, Ireland - The elimination heats of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap and The Murphy/Heineken Coman Beverages Grand Prix were the feature on the opening day of the 2017 Ballabuidhe Harness Racing Festival. Despite poor weather conditions there was top class fare on offer at this famous venue. John Manning Jnr took the top driving honors steering two winners from the five on the card. Saunders Jubilee opened the Limerick mans account in the third heat of the Connolly Handicap. .At times he has proved a bit of an enigma, but today saw him put in a flawless performance leading from the start and running out an easy five length winner with The Hitman taking the second spot for the final tomorrow. The second leg of his double came in the the top grade heat of the "Grand Prix". This time Manning was on board the striking grey, Wellfield Ghost, and again the winner was sent to the front after the start, and this time there was a yawning seven lengths back to the runner up Cruise Howard who just edged out Kestrels Dot Sammy for second. Luke Kelleher has been a sensation this season and the fifteen year old oozed confidence on Brywins Picasso in heat two of the Connolly. Once the gate had pulled away Kelleher sent "Picasso" to the front and he never looked in any sort of danger leading home by six lengths .The teenager will have "to sleep" on his driving preference in the final as earlier Panam Colt another drive for Kelleher qualified. In the opening heat we were set for a great finish as IB Coyote, Lakeview Panam and Panam Colt were all in contention. Then at the second to last corner, IB Coyote made a slip and came down (thankfully fine after the tumble) leaving Lakeview Panam to win by a length. Sunnyside Kildare and Hail Spartacus (the 2016 winner) went to battle early in the second heat of the Grand Prix and it was only in the final 100 yards that Donal Murphy got the better of the tussle winning by a length. With a better weather forecast for finals day Monday, we can look forward to two opening looking classic finals by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS (No times Available due to technical fault) PADDY CONNOLLY MEMORIAL HEAT ONE 1st J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM J Hurley 2nd Kelleher Bros PANAM COLT L Kelleher 3rd L O'Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST 1L 6L SP 5/2 5/2 6/1 4 Ran   HEAT TWO 1st O'Farrell/Kelleher BRYWINS PICASSO L Kelleher 2nd S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O'Reilly 3rd M O'Donovan MR SECURITY Owner DIST 6L HD SP 1/2 6/1 8/1 8 Ran   HEAT THREE 1st M Shanahan SAUNDERS JUBILEE J Manning Jnr 2nd J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 3r D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy DIST 5L SH SP 5/2 4/1 EV 6 Ran   MURPHY / HEINEKEN COMAN BEVERAGES GRAND PRIX   HEAT ONE 1st S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 2nd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher 3rd M O'Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner DIST 3L 5L SP 4/6 2/1 6/1 5 Ran   HEAT TWO 1st J Manning WELLFIELD GHOST J Manning Jnr 2nd C O'Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 3rd K Sheehy KESTRELS DOT SAMMY Owner DIST 7L 1L SP 4/7 2/1 4/1 4 Ran                  

Harness racing

TROTBritain LeTrot races set for Chelmsford City

LONDON, UK - For each of the next three months, TROTBritain is staging two LeTrot races tagged onto the Thoroughbred race meetings at Chelmsford City Racecourse over a distance of 1 mile 1 furlong.   The first of the three meetings come on August 15th, and then the 30th of September and the finale on 12 October.  The August 15th meeting will have two LeTrot races for older horses, sponsored by LeTrot, the French Trotting Governing body. All races will be stewarded jointly by a Gait Steward appointed by TROTBritain, and the British Harness Racing Club (BHRC) representatives for stewarding and integrity testing. The excitement that these meetings has again produced amongst the Trotting Fraternity in the U.K. is overwhelming. Chelmsford City Racecourse is a great venue and with the added bonus of being owned by Betfred, one of the largest UK off-course bookmakers, the opportunities for progressing LeTrot racing are immeasurable. The all-weather track is ideal for trotters. The potential for streaming the races is immense. All the meetings are being beamed by SIS and the races going into all Betfred shops. The 30th September meeting will feature "The George Button Senior Challenge Trophy ", won in 2016 by TROTBritain and BHRC Horse of the Year, Sulky du Bleguin. George Button Senior, 82 now, who still follows trotting keenly, purchased his first trotter in 1965, and his extended family, are all involved in the trot industry, through the LeTrot initiative.  His son George, is a racehorse owner and Director of TROTBritain. Thomas Ripley, his grandson, is a second season owner in the sport, and is carrying on the family tradition.   Fleet Hire Ltd will sponsor the Silver Grade Trot on the night. The 12th October should see a contingent of French drivers participate for the first time at Chelmsford, giving the meeting an International feel. The Ali Family are to sponsor the Gold race for high class trotters in memory of Malcom Ali, a lifelong trotting enthusiast, who died in 2016 at the age of 70. Malcom was one of trotting's characters, great company either in the paddock or the bar, and TROTBritain kindly thank the family for their sponsorship of The Malcom Ali Memorial. The race is part of TROTBritain/LeTrot Triple Crown, which is being run for the first time this year.  The races themselves are another forward move by TROTBritain staging two races on each of the three meetings this year, after the inaugural November 2016 successful trial at the Chelmsford All Weather track. With the continued LeTrot sponsorship and the emphasis now shifting to a 3-year-old series this year, thus bringing in many more horses, it is hoped by 2018 that TROTBritain will be able to negotiate a full LeTrot sponsored race meeting at the South of England track. TROTBritain is thankful to the Management of Chelmsford City Racecourse for their continued support. Chelmsford is a well-run set up and deservedly next year in 2018 have acquired 63 meetings, 11 more than 2017, which bodes well for the continued association of LeTrot races at the course. TROTBritain will continue to strive for PMU races, and have set a foundation now in the UK to achieve that with its association with Chelmsford, and Tir Prince in North Wales. Now that TROTBritain has been given the control and delegation of trotting events in the UK by the BHRC, plans can be put into place to enhance the LeTrot concept further.  TROTBritain could not have done all this without the support of the many owners, trainers and drivers who have seen the value of what we are trying to do. We thank you all. Now everybody needs to get behind what TROTBritain can do at Chelmsford by giving your support by entering horses and attending the Chelmsford meetings and the first on Tuesday 15th August.  From TROTBritain 

WEST CORK, UK - After a 17 year lapse harness racing returned to the Fishers Cross grass oval on Sunday. The venue which has the Atlantic Ocean as a back drop provided some fantastic fare and the promoter of the event, Liam O Reagan, saw his own runner, I Told You So, winning the opener at Fishers Cross. This scribe was welcomed to the venue by 92-year-old Denis O'Donovan, a member of the committee, and the look of pride on his face just showed how proud the locals were of the return of racing to this tiny hamlet. I Told You so has knocked on the door in his last few runs and got his day in the sun when landing the spoils in the Grade G & G1 pace . Mike Goggin Jnr sent this son of Back In The Saddle pan to the front and despite the late rally from Meadowbranch Matt was not for catching . The O'Reagan and Bennett families flooded the presentation area to welcome home the winner. Cruise Howard bounced back to winning ways in the top Grade Pace. Hail Spartacus and LLywns Allstar set the early fractions on this undulating track. With three furlongs to pace Hail Spartacus hit the front but Timmy O'Leary was waiting in "the long Grass" with cruise Howard and won by two lengths. Chris O'Reilly who heads of to the UK on Monday for the USA VS IRELAND /UK international challenge saw his Rhyds Panache take out an ultra competitive on saddle pace. Cian O'Reilly, a cousin of the winning owner, wasn't waiting about on the son of The One Night Pan and had 6 lengths in hand at the finish . Springhill Doyle was another to win from the front. After an early battle with Mr Security he had things all his own way and stayed on well to win by three lengths from Brywins Picasso . Rhyds Dilemma, imported from the UK in the winter, has been a model of consistency for new owner Derry McCarthy and he collected another win in the Grade E & D Pace. Rokocoko led early doors but was passed by the winner heading out on the final circuit and two lengths was the winning margin . Cupidon De Breteil followed up on his Bandon win when taking the Le Trot. Un Boss tried to make all but Mike Kelleher produced the imposing French trotter to run out a three length winner. The three day Ballabuidhe festival which starts next Sunday, is next on the menu and signals the start of the busiest month of the year in the Irish Harness Racing Season by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G & G1 Pace 1st L O Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin jnr 2nd O'Farrell/Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Kelleher 3rd D Murphy IB A WARRIOR Owner DIST 1l 5l TIME 2.22.8 4 Ran   GRADE F & E Pace 1st S O'Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O'Reilly 2nd O'Farrell/Kelleher BRTWINS PICASSO M Kelleher 3rd S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O'Reilly DIST 3l 3l TIME 2.20.1 5 Ran   GRADE E & D Pace 1st D McCarthy RHYDS DILEMMA Owner 2nd S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner 3rd A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy DIST 2l 1l TIME 2.19.3 6 Ran   UNDER SADDLE RACE 1st C O'Reilly RHYDS PANACHE C O'Reilly 2nd D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET C O'Driscoll 3rd Kelleher Bros PAN CAM DRIFT O'Quill DIST 6l hd TIME 2.21.7 5 Ran   LE TROT (The Matthew Welton Cup) 1st J Shanahan CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher 2nd J O'Mahony UN BOSS J O'Mahony 3rd F Quill Snr VAREINE DU PONT S Quill DIST 3l 6l TIME 3.25.7 5 Ran   GRADE C A & A1 Pace (The P J Connolly Trophy) 1st C O'Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 2nd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher 3rd J Manning Jnr WELLFIELD GHIOST Owner DIST 2l 1l TIME 2.15.7 5 Ran  

WALES, UK - Last December, five lucky drivers from the UK and Ireland were given the opportunity to travel to Florida to compete in an amateur driving series against five US reinsmen. Now these five US drivers will be making the trip to Wales to see if they can reign supreme on British soil. Those standing in their way are recent Musselburgh final winning driver Richard Haythornthwaite, Wales & West specialist Jaimie Davies, father and son combination Patrick and Lee Morris and Irish contender Chris O'Reilly. These British and Irish contenders proved that we have some great talent having won the series in Pompano Park. The races will take place at both Tir Prince and Tanycastell and are set to be hotly contested events with the Americans hoping they can take home the bragging rights and the 'locals' looking to stand their ground on home turf. Tir Prince racing manager Eric Witherspoon spoke of his excitement towards having such a memorable race at the North Wales venue, "We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event and look forward to seeing the guest drivers put their skills to the test in what looks a very competitive race. May the best driver win!" Here's a closer look at the 10 drivers who will be hoping they can land the spoils. Team America Ron Cuismano followed in his father's footsteps and began training and driving in the late 1980s. He was a regular driver throughout the 90s winning several New York Sire Stake races and Florida Breeders Stakes. He left the harness racing business altogether in 1999, but continued to follow harness racing. After 17 years away from the business he had the chance to join the Florida amateur drivers club an opportunity which would allow him to give back to the sport that he loves. Tony Dinges is a full time trainer and currently trains 25 horses at Tioga Downs. He got involved with harness racing as a child through his grandfather. His career highlight to date is training Tarver Hanover, a horse he also owned to win over $850,000. He has also been lucky enough to have a runner in the 2011 running of the world famous Hambletonian. Dein Spriggs is a real estate consultant who became involved in harness racing through his father William Spriggs and both he and his brother Steve have followed in their father's footsteps. Dein was USA Amateur Driver of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 and has had the opportunity to drive in American, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain and is no stranger to winning on international soil. He lists winning the 2005 CKG Gold Cup as his career highlight as he was able to share the experience with parents, daughter and brother. Jeff Schaefer is a full-time farrier and splits his time between Pomano Park in Florida in the winter and Tioga Downs in New York in the summer. He has had the opportunity to shoe a few champions like Horse of the Year in the USA and Canada Burning Point and Corleon Cosmos. He has been training harness horses since the age of 7 with his parents and started driving at 16 where he finished 2nd in the Junior Driving Championship. Jeff has already experienced harness racing in the UK and may have an advantage over his fellow countrymen having drove on the grass at Almeley last year. Dennis Whittemore has been around Standardbreds his whole life and started driving in the late 70's. He has owned horses since he can remember and it is a real family affair with his father, son and daughter all involved in the sport. Since taking up driving in 1977 he has won 117 races and over $167,000 in prize money. His most successful year came in 1982 where he won 18 starts and placed in 53 others. Team UK & Ireland Richard Haythornthwaite is a carpenter by trade who got involved with harness racing through his parents Alan and Teresa Haythornthwaite and the sport is very much in the family's blood. Richard is a regular at several tracks around the UK and has become the main driver for a number of owners. He has had some very high-profile winners and he names his success in the Vincent Delaney Memorial on Tyrion Hanover as his career highlight to date. Chris O'Reilly, another carpenter, started his affiliation with the sport as a young 13-year-old competing in saddle races. He then left the sport for several years and is perhaps the least experienced of the group as he only trains and drives his own horses. However, this did not affect him during the competition in America and he gave a flawless drive to win on his first ever attempt at driving a trotter, an experience which he states will be very hard to match. Jaimie Davies is one of the most utilised drivers on the Wales & West harness racing circuit and is the third generation of his family to become a driver. Although he only has one of his own in training he picks up outside drives every week and has become the go-to man for several trainers. Jaimie, who works on his family farm, was thrilled with his opportunity to travel to Florida and experience harness racing at its highest level. Patrick Morris, a shop fitter by trade, has been involved in harness racing for a number of years and got into the sport through his father. His partnership with Meadowbranch Josh provided him with some his most notable winners including heat and final at Tanycastell, a heat of the Big Guns Series at Appleby, a heat of the Crock of Gold and several Free For Alls including two 1.57 miles. Patrick enjoyed his experience in America so much that if the opportunity arose he would move there in an instant. Lee Morris is a full-time farrier. He is the main organiser of the event and was delighted to get the opportunity to drive at Pompano Park and although he didn't get a winner the experience of getting to drive around such an impressive track could only be described as "awesome" and an absolute highlight of his career. Lee however is no stranger to the winners enclosure and has won high profile races at Ceredigion with Lyons Stallone, Musselburgh with Blue Top Gun and a heat of the Crock of Gold with Meadowbranch Josh. With the first race scheduled for Tuesday night being an ultra-competitive event, excitement is building towards a great series. Good luck to all competitors and a huge congratulations to those who have worked tirelessly to make the event happen. From everyone in the UK and Ireland we hope the five USA drivers thoroughly enjoy the experience. We hope that this competition can increase in size and stature in the future to become one of the highlights of the UK harness racing season. by Kayleigh Evans      

WEST CORK, Ireland - In a year when the younger generation of our sport have excelled, Anthony McCarthy joined the list of up and coming stars when landing the final of The Willie Bradfield Memorial Classic on Fairdays Bret at the Ballineen Races held at the famous "Cornfield Oval" in Manch on Sunday . Three elimination heats were ran with three to qualify from each to the grand final. Heat one saw a titanic battle between Hillside Aurelius and Lakeview Panam. Both fought it out to the line with "Aurelius holding off by a head with Springhill Doyle only half a length third. Heat two went the way of Alert Code who followed up on his win in Bandon to lead home Fairdays Bret with The Hitman just holding on for third to book his place in the final. Heat three produced one of the best finishes ever at the famous grass oval with six horses crossing the line at the finish with Camden Corleone holding off long time leader Rhyds Hearbeat by a neck with Hail Spartacus only a short head back in third .This gave Matt O'Reilly a driving double as he also drove Alert Code. In the final 9 pacers went to post with Alert Code the punters choice . Lakeview Panam renewed her battle with Hillside Aurelius, setting a break neck pace up front. They went :29 seconds to the quarter and 1:00 to the half mile pole . Hitting the three quarter pole, Lakeview had poached a three length lead, but now the posse beagan to close. Turning for home Anthony McCarthy produced Fairdays Bret through a wall of horses to win by a length from The Hitman with Hail Spartacus (off a 30 yard trail) a half a length behind. The meets handicapper must have been pleased with his work with only eight lengths between first and last. The winner is owned by Derry McCarthy (no relation of the winning driver) from Drimoleague . IB Coyote winner of the 2016 VDM fillies division for two year olds had a facile win in the Grade G & G1 pace This daughter of Share The Delight and Jill & Jones is co owned by USA owner Bill Donovan, the main sponsor of the upcoming Red John Memorial Weekend. Meadowbranch Demon, fresh from winning in the FFA Pace at the Barney Joyce weekend, continued his rich vein of form holding off Cruise Howard by half a length in the top grade pace. It was an emotional win for the Kelleher family as they collected the trophy in memory of their late parents Tim and Hannah. Sean Kane made the six hour round trip from his base in County Meath for the drive on Ecrin De Bussieres in the three-year-old Le Trot race and landed the odds with consumate ease, beating Extase Des Epines by six lengths . In the Le Trot All Aged race, Cupido De Breteil made all the running to hold off Silvao Bello by two lengths. The winner will now be aimed at The Maven Trotting derby at Lyre on Red John Memorial weekend. The Under Saddle Race went the way of King Wills Arrival with Oisin Quill in the plate .He saw off the early challenges of both Brywins Picasso and Sunnyside Kildare to record a two length winning margin . Racing next week moves to a new venue at Fishers Cross with a 2 30 start time at the venue which is located near Owenahincha Beach. By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS The Willie Bradfield Memorial Classic  Heat One 1st P Hill HILLSIDE AURELIUS Owner 2nd J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM Jamie Hurley 3rd S O'Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O Reilly DIST HD 1/2L TIME 2.08.4 8 Ran   Heat Two 1st R Joyce ALERT CODE M O'Reilly 2nd D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 3rd J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.07.9 8 Ran   Heat Three 1st O'Reilly/Hurley CAMDEN CORLEONE M O'Reilly 2nd A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy 3rd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher DIST NK NK TIME 2.09.1 8 Ran   Final 1st D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 2nd J Hill THE HITMAN K SheehyP Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher DIST 1L 1/2L TIME 2.04.1 9 Ran   Grade G & G1 Pace (THE WEST END GARAGE CUP) 1st B Donovan/ IB Stables IB COYOTE D Murphy 2nd O'Farrell/Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Kelleher 3rd L O'Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST 4L 1 1/2L TIME 2.08.4 5 Ran   LE TROT 3 Year Old 1st O'Mahony/Crowley/O'Brien ECRIN DE BUSSIERES S Kane 2nd Kelleher Bros EXTASE DES EPINES M Kelleher 3rd P Manning EBENE DES BROUETS Owner DIST 6l DIST TIME 3.37.4 3 Ran   LE TROT AGED RACE (THE TOMMY O'BRIEN MEMORIAL CUP) 1st J Shanahan CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher 2nd Inishford Syn SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 3rd O'Sullivan/Goggin VAILLANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr DIST 2L 3L TIME 3.23.1 6 Ran   FREE FOR ALL PACE (THE TIM & HANNAH "COOPER" KELLEHER MEMORIAL) 1st Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher 2nd C O'Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 3rd K Sheehy KESTRELS DOT SAMMY Owner DIST 1/2L 3L TIME 2.03.3 3 Ran   SADDLE RACE (THE P J KEOHANE MEMORIAL CUP) 1st F Quill KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 2nd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE E Murphy 3rd O'Farrell/ Kelleher BRYWINS PICASSO L Kelleher DIST 2L 3L TIME 2.07.0 3 Ran    

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - On Thursday, 13th July, Corbiewood played host to the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series and once again it was another different winner in the form of last year's Scottish Horse of the Year, Starzapan. The 7-year-old daughter of Genghis Pan led out from the widest gate position after an early battle with Lady Mary (William Drysdale) and set the fastest fractions witnessed so far in the series and on the night on a track which had succumbed to heavy rainfall prior to racing. It was evident that driver Stuart MacKenzie had a forceful drive in mind as they went through the half in just over a minute with no signs of letting up the pace. It wasn't outside the realms of possibility that the winner would come off the pace with the leader setting such strong fractions, however Starzapan was not for stopping and as the challenge came down the back stretch for the final time from Lady Mary, the leader showed her class to go away from the field and win decisively. Lady Mary finished second, with San Diego (Angus Kyle) running on well for third. All three lowered their personal best times at the track in the fastest leg of the series so far. The top grade handicap featuring the eight highest graded horses saw old-timer Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) lead out, quickly challenged by Camden Casper (Grant Cullen). The duo had a ding dong battle throughout until the three quarter marker when Camden Casper took up the running. The energy expelled in the tussle with Jasper Hill left him vulnerable to a strong finisher, and it was Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) who came with the first challenge as they rounded the final turn, quickly followed by American Gigolo (William Drysdale) however Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) went widest of all and got up close home under a calculated drive. The first race of the night saw an all-the-way victory for Littlemill Jo who won impressively when losing her maiden tag. The homebred filly's win was a real family affair, with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Steven Henderson's two children, Jamie (7) and Emma (5) both assisting with the training at home in the build up to the race whilst on school holidays. This was the first winner for the family's homebred stallion, Littlemill Rogue, the current 3YO track record holder. After some bad luck in previous starts, Merringtonmoonlite got off the mark for the season for Corbiewood-based duo Karen & Mark Kennedy with a well-timed, three wide challenge under Gordon Gilvear. Stephen Cairney sent Porterstown Keith to the lead in race three, and despite the field appearing to queue up behind him with various horses looking threatening at one stage or another, no challenge was forthcoming and the long-time leader sailed to victory. Corbiewood stalwart K And M Redpandana notched up his first win of the season after numerous consistent runs, having been sent to the front by Hugh Menzies, he dictated sensible fractions and ran out a comfortable winner. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 20th July on the eve of the two day festival of harness racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, featuring a C Class drivers event. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836916743149843/ 1st Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 2nd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 3rd Bettorbybest (Pro Bono Best-Bettorbynine) - Stuart MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.09.35 Dist: 3 3/4L & Neck Race 2- https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836917606483090/ 1st Merringtonmoonlite (Check On Jack-What A Commotion) - G Gilvear 2nd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Greenhorn 3rd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - H Menzies 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.25 Dist: 2L & 1/2L Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836919196482931/ 1st Porterstown Keith (The Panderosa-The Pana Sutra) - S Cairney 2nd Y Not Wait N C (Todays Man-Riverbank Mybatross) - G Cullen 3rd Greentree Destiny (Rogue Hall-Ultramarine) - W Drysdale 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.23 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920043149513/ 1st K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) - S MacKenzie 6 Ran Time: 2.09.25 Dist: 2L & Nose Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920979816086/ 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray 3rd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 8 Ran   Time: 2.06.63 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836922399815944/ 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 2nd Lady Mary (Playwithafulldeck-Marys Solitaire) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - A Kyle 5 Ran  Time: 2.03.86 Dist: 2 1/4L & Neck  

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 www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. From the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee  

The 3-year-old conditioned pace, kindly sponsored by the equine product manufacturer NAF, took place at the Allensmore track this past Sunday and was once again a tremendous success. The race was set up to give three-year olds who were perhaps overshadowed by the superstars in their age divisions the chance to win a quality race for substantial prizemoney. To be eligible for the event entrants must not won more than £150 in prize money at the time of nomination and the majority of horses came into the race as maiden or novices making it a very fair contest. With only four fillies remaining after final declarations conditions stated that the races would be ran as mixed heats with the fillies getting the preferential draws. Olivia Camden who has been progressing this season was a notable withdrawal on the day along with Kiwi leaving both Brywins Beachlight and Finley Wells to get the pole position in each of their respective heats. Hugh Menzies made the long journey from Scotland for the race and did not go home empty handed taking out heat one comfortably with Dynaramic in a time of 2.12.68. The first four from each heat would make it into the final meaning Ithon Orbit, Wye Joels Best and Lanehouse Yankee secured their place. The filly Brywins Beachlight was slightly unlucky breaking stride coming into the final bend losing all chance of making it into the top four. David Bevan’s only had Mahogany Oleg for a week but he proved to be a good buy for owner Alan Davies. He took up the running going around the first bend in heat two to lead the whole way in a time of 2.11.62, with Finley Wells in second place, Sper Buggy in third and Brywins Magicbeach taking the remaining spot in the final. In the all-important final Magohany Oleg showed some tremendous gate speed from an outside draw to lead Finley Wells into the first turn. Turning for home it was a battle up the straight between Wye Joels Best and Mahogany Oleg with the latter coming out on top in a thrilling finish. Third place went to Finley Wells with race favourite Sper Buggy in fourth. The race showcased some up and coming talent and there are certainly a few names to look out for in the future. The 3-year-old conditioned pace, kindly sponsored by NAF, took place at the Allensmore track this past Sunday and was once again a tremendous success. The race was set up to give three-year olds who were perhaps overshadowed by the superstars in their age divisions the chance to win a quality race for substantial prizemoney. To be eligible for the event entrants must not won more than £150 in prize money at the time of nomination and the majority of horses came into the race as maiden or novices making it a very fair contest. With only four fillies remaining after final declarations conditions stated that the races would be ran as mixed heats with the fillies getting the preferential draws. Olivia Camden who has been progressing this season was a notable withdrawal on the day along with Kiwi leaving both Brywins Beachlight and Finley Wells to get the pole position in each of their respective heats. Hugh Menzies made the long journey from Scotland for the race and did not go home empty handed taking out heat one comfortably with Dynaramic in a time of 2.12.68. The first four from each heat would make it into the final meaning Ithon Orbit, Wye Joels Best and Lanehouse Yankee secured their place. The filly Brywins Beachlight was slightly unlucky breaking stride coming into the final bend losing all chance of making it into the top four. David Bevan’s only had Mahogany Oleg for a week but he proved to be a good buy for owner Alan Davies. He took up the running going around the first bend in heat two to lead the whole way in a time of 2.11.62, with Finley Wells in second place, Sper Buggy in third and Brywins Magicbeach taking the remaining spot in the final. In the all-important final Magohany Oleg showed some tremendous gate speed from an outside draw to lead Finley Wells into the first turn. Turning for home it was a battle up the straight between Wye Joels Best and Mahogany Oleg with the latter coming out on top in a thrilling finish. Third place went to Finley Wells with race favourite Sper Buggy in fourth. The race showcased some up and coming talent and there are certainly a few names to look out for in the future. by Kayleigh Evans, for the Ceredigion Trotting Club

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - The Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series saw the third different winner in as many legs on Thursday 6th July at Corbiewood, when STAGBI Future Broodmares winner Loriznitestar bounced back to form. A maximum field of eight faced the starter in leg three, in which San Diego (John Allan) assumed control of the early fractions. As the race progressed, the leader seemed content bowling along in front and slipped the field by six open lengths, looking to be in control. However, as the leader swung into the stretch the complexion of the race altered dramatically as three chasing horses gradually closed the gap with San Diego's stride shortening. Lorizenitestar (Grant Cullen), Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) and Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) all came into contention simultaneously, challenging San Diego from all sides. The four horses thundered to the line in a pulsating finish, in which Loriznitestar showed great tenacity to get up by half a length from Sureamsomething, with Porcelain Seelster half a length behind in third, and San Diego beaten a neck into fourth. A steward's enquiry followed, in which Sureamsomething was disqualified for a pylon violation rendering Porcelain Seelster the runner up, and San Diego placed for the third consecutive week. In the high grade OPH, Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Vyrnwy Smoke (Lauren Moran) became embroiled in an early speed duel, with the latter going off stride into the first bend. This allowed Indie Hanover to assume a comfortable lead, until Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) circumnavigated the field to join the leader and race stride for stride until the three quarter marker. As the challenger faded, Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Robhall (Grant Cullen) emerged from the pack as the most likely dangers, however the leader, despite being all out, managed to hold on. Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) finished strong when finding racing room to deny Robhall third place. The first race of the night saw a very impressive debutante in the homebred DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) who led from pillar to post and won in effortless fashion. This two-year-old looks to have a bright future for the Corbiewood-based Moncrieff/Moore barn. Cole Connection (William Greenhorn) was another all-the-way maiden winner on his seasonal debut. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) came off the pace with a four wide challenge down the stretch to run down the betting favourite Cash (Richard Haythornthwaite) in the closing stages of the Grade 1 & 2 OPH. The Grade 2 to 4 OPH saw back to back wins for Camden Rocco, who came from off the pace to take up the running off the final bend and won going away in an impressive time of 2.04.22. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 13th July, featuring the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7jBtuuJWw 1st DKs Happy Forever (Soulofthematter-DK Happy Moments) - R Thomson 2nd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn 3rd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 4 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 2 3/4L & 1L Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR-Jhv17QMI 1st Cole Connection (Horselaughter-Hot Connection) - W Greenhorn 2nd Mooreside Watson (Harmony P-Wayside Lady) - R Thomson 3rd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 4 Ran  Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJeMeEoWNFI 1st Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 2nd Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 7 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 1L & 2L Race 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdqHZC0jKV4 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 8 Ran   Time: 2.05.91 Dist: 1L & Neck Race 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEHXGdCxNoM&t=6s 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Greenhorn 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 3rd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - D McKenzie 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.22 Dist: 4L & 1 3/4L Race 6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk8gGtDzeh8 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.20 Dist: 1/2L & Nose      

WEST CORK, Ireland - Harness racing returned to the Showgrounds in Bandon after a thirty year lapse for The Old Chapel Meeting which saw a presentation made to Stella McGrath a local girl who was badly injured in a fall in a thoroghbred race last November but ison the road to recovery . It has certainly been a great weekend for Sinead O'Reilly .Firstly her Soocrate Du Noyer won in Portmarnock on Saturday and today Ringo Lady who she owns with husband Timmy, kept the ball rolling in the Grade F & E Pace. The race turned into a battle between Timmy O'Reilly on Ringo Lady and his brother Chris on last weeks winner Lyons Stallone . Brotherly love went out the window in this and Ringo Lady eventually getting the upper hand by half a length. "There are no prisoners taken out there even if my younger brother is involved" said O'Reilly after the race. Cousins Luke Kelleher on Meadowbranch Matt and Patrick Hill on Hillside Aurelius couldnt be separated in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace. Matt led from the start and saw off the early intentions of I told You So .Heading out on the final circuit Hillside Aurelius loomed large and both drivers were all out at the finish and after a photo finish a dead heat was the judges call. There was local success in the Grade F & E Pace. Mr Security and Hell Boy were to the fore for the opening two laps and with two furlongs to pace veteran Mr Security had gone two lengths clear but Alert Code and Jason O Reilly were tracking the leader and swooped in the home straight to pull five lengths clear at the finish. The winner is owned by Richard Joyce a member of the Old Chapel committee . Tarnao Josselyn has been a model of consistency all season and racked up another win in the Le Trot French Trotters race. Cupidon De Breteil led for most of the race but was reeled in by "TJ" going out on the final circuit and was an easy three length winner . Racing concluded with a win for Meadowbranch Demon in the Grade C B & A Pace. Rhyds Destiny made the running from Sunnyside Kildare . Out on the final lap Mike Kelleher produced "Demon" and the pair were not for catching and sent punters home happy as he was favourite in the betting ring . With The Barney Joyce Memorial weekend in Portmarnock next weekend there is no loacl action but on Sunday 23rd July The "Cornfield Oval" in Manch is the venue for the annual Ballineen Races by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G & G1 PACE The Brian Wilson Cup (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st P Hill HILLSIDE AURELIUS Owner & O'Farrell 2nd Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Keleher 3rd L O'Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST DEAD HEAT 6l TIME 2.52.7 7 Ran   GRADE F & E PACE The Paddy Desmond & Jerry O Mahony Memorial ( 1 Mile 350 yards) 1st S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O'Reilly 2nd C O'Reilly LYONS STALLONE Owner 3rd J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM J Hurley DIST 1/2l 1l TIME 2.46.1 8 Ran   GRADE F & E PACE The Noel Ryan Trophy (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st R Joyce ALERT CODE M O'Reilly 2nd M O'Donovan MR SECURITY Owner 3rd M O'Brien HELL BOY Owner DIST 5l 2l TIME 2.48.3 7 Ran   GRADE D & C PACE The Mick Twomey & Donie Barry Memorial (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st M O'Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 2nd D McCarthy RHYDS DILEMMA Owner 3rd C O'Reilly RHYDS PANACHE Owner DIST 1l 1/2l TIME 2.45.6 7 Ran   LE TROT The P J Collins Memorial Cup ( 1 Mile 1000 yards) 1st F Quill TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 2nd J Shanahan CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher 3r J O'Mahony UN BOSS J O'Mahony DIST 3l 3l TIME 3.51.3 7 Ran   GRADE C B & A PACE The John D Crowley Memorial ( 1 Mile 350 yards ) 1st Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON M KelleherShanahan 2nd M Cock RHYDS DESTINY T O'Leary 3rd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE T Murphy DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.41.2 6 Ran          

Alexandra Park’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Joel Reichardt, says while the Park is steeped in harness racing history, it also boasts a proud historic connection to a critical Lions encounter over a century ago. Alexandra Park says its role in providing accommodation and hospitality for rugby fans this weekend might just be a good omen for the All Blacks as they take on The British & Irish Lions for the all-important third Test decider at Eden Park. Mr Reichardt has dusted off the history books which show the All Blacks beating the touring Anglo-Welsh Lions by 29-0 when they played at Alexandra Park, known then as Potters Paddock, on 25 July 1908. Twelve thousand people reportedly attended the Alexandra Park Test match which marked the last of the New Zealand tour. What’s more, it was the third Test and series decider after the Lions drew 3-3 with the All Blacks in Wellington the month before. “The fact that we’ve been given an official role this weekend as a pop-up campervan site builds on Alexandra Park’s long connections to rugby. “Let’s not forget the Auckland Blues’ training headquarters is based here and of course they were victorious against the Lions at Eden Park on 7 June. So, we’re all hoping the Alexandra Park rugby association bodes well for another positive result this Saturday.” Mr Reichardt says they’re receiving more campervan bookings for this weekend than they did for the first Test. Fans are paying $100 per self-contained campervan per night for two people, with an extra $15 for each additional guest. Facilities available to campers at Alexandra Park’s non-powered sites include plenty of toilets and showers, dumping facilities, charging stations, on-site security, a pop-up information centre and 24/7 telephone helpline. Plenty of atmosphere is also guaranteed with access to the newly-upgraded Alex Bar & Eatery, specific food and beverage deals, and of course free entry to Alexandra Park’s iconic Friday night trots. “I suspect after hearing about Alexandra Park’s legendary role in such a critical Test match over a century ago, Lions fans will probably be keener to stay with us to see if some of our magic can rub off on them,” says Joel Reichardt. For more information on the 1908 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia click here For further information on the campervan sites, or bookings, contact Danielle Upton (booking co-ordinator) on (027) 808-2362 or danielle.upton@alexandrapark.nz or visit https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/rugby-tour-campervan-parking www.alexandrapark.co.nz For further information contact: Joel Reichardt: (021) 786-034

Ceredigion Trotting Club’s popular two-day harness racing event held over the weekend was once again a huge success, as the sun shone for the hard working committee, creating a well-deserved electric atmosphere for the outstanding equine athletes. Local connections had good success at the meeting, with Rhys Evans from Tregaron winning on both Enter The Dragon and Equilea Du Hauty on day one. Others who had success on Saturday were Penuwch-based trainers Michael O’Mahony, with Meldoon, who won a heat of the Travis Perkins Handicap, and Mike Evans, with Enez Leman, who is now two from two and a strong contender in the French-bred three year old division. On Sunday, Colin Bevan’s drive home back to Builth Wells was made shorter after qualifying two horses for the final, winning on Bucklands Fox Trot and placing second on Masquerade Avenue. In the three year old races Rhyds Mystique won the fillies division and has yet to put a foot wrong this season. Springhill Glory, a progressive type, was the winner of the colts and geldings division, but it was a hard fought battle to the line - first having to take on the game My Buddy in the hands of Alan Jones, and then having to fend off the challenge from Sper Buggy and Richard Haythornthwaite. One of the highlights of the weekend was 16 year-old Lee Wakefield making his first ever drive a winning one on Forest Drifter, both his parents are respected drivers and after his performance on the big stage he could be claiming a few more drives over the remainder of the season. The free for all was undoubtedly race of the meeting. Six of the best went to post with Miraculous in the hands of Patrick Kane Jnr, coming out on top from the gallant 11 year-old Stoneriggs Mystery and the Irish contender Porterstown Chris. Only a length separated the first three and it was phenomenal to watch the top quality individuals being cheered home. The half-brother to Miraculous, Matticulous looked incredibly impressive in the two year-old event for Andrew Cairns and his connections. Partly owned Vince and Shon Morgans he is a top prospect for the future and will be sure to return to the winner enclosure several time this season. Another notable moment of the weekend was seeing Heulwen Bulman get presented with her special contribution to harness racing award. The driving force behind the meeting won her award in February, and it was extremely fitting that she was presented with it at a meeting where she works so hard at. Heulwen is most deserving of the award, having worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to create a meeting which could rival any meeting over the UK and Ireland. Ultimately, the weekend belonged to the Laidler camp and they won seven of the races over the weekend with the likes of Happy Hands, Frankie Camden and Rockies First. They also won both finals with Jack Swagger and Evenwood Sonofagun respectively. The two were hugely impressive, winning comfortably and once again cementing Alexis Laidler as leading trainer of the meeting. by Kayleigh Evans, for the Ceredigion Trotting Club

Bannock, Scotland - On Thursday 29th June, five mares faced the starter in the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series at Corbiewood. Track conditions were less than ideal following persistent heavy rain throughout the course of the day however the track held up reasonably well for the seven-race card. Last week's long-time leader GDs Baby (William Drysdale) once again showed good gate speed to take up the running in the early stages of the race. Yokalady (William Greenhorn) found herself parked and endured a tough trip throughout whilst keeping the leader under sustained pressure.   San Diego (John Allan) and Starzapan (Stuart MacKenzie) travelled through the race sitting on the rail and approaching the three quarter marker as Yokalady began to tire, both both mares looked to mount a challenge. It was San Diego who emerged as the leader's biggest danger as she drew alongside GDs Baby in the final eighth and perhaps looked the likely winner considering the outcome of last week's race; however, Drysdale had kept something in reserve and asked his mare to quicken.   She dug deep and went on to win by three quarters of a length. Starzapan delivered her challenge three wide and although never threatening the winner will no doubt strip fitter for her seasonal reappearance and last year's SHRC Horse of the Year is expected to be competitive in the remainder of the series. The top grade handicap saw Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) lead from pillar to post where he held off a determined challenge from American Gigolo (William Drysdale) by a neck in an exciting finish. This victory was a first driving win for Ian Hay in over 10 years having semi-retired from the sulky; a regular groom for the stable, he is called up for driving duties on occasion when required and it was clear to see his delight at returning to the winner's circle. The evening began with a maiden pace featuring an all-the-way victory for Johnny Cash and Gordon Gilvear. Regular driver Logan Fowler was forced to cheer on from the sidelines following an accident which will see him on "box rest" for a number of weeks.   The second race went the way of Royal Mint Howard (G Cullen), who finally overcame long-time leader Littlemill Jo (Stephen Henderson) in the stretch to notch up his second win of the season. The runner-up lost nothing in defeat and looks sure to go one better in the coming weeks.   The Grade 1 and Grade 2 races were both won by horses who were victorious at the first meet: Millie May West (John Allan) streaked clear in the closing stages to record her second win of the year; Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) led out, made all and cruised home in the fastest time of the night in what was a very impressive performance. There seems no reason why either of these can't win again.   Another impressive winner was the eight-year-old mare, Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn), who recorded her 16th lifetime win in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH, in a career that has spanned almost 7 seasons. The manner in which she blazed to victory would suggest she is as good as ever. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 6th July, featuring the third leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm.   by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Johnny Cash (Soulofthematter-Halfabootie) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - R Leary 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.82 Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 2 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen 2nd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderson 3rd I Live To Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 5 Ran  Time: 2.07.87 Dist: 1L & 11L Race 3 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 3rd Live In Toyboy - (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 6 Ran  Time: 2.06.96 Dist: 3 3/4L & 1 1/2L Race 4 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 2nd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambaro) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jr 7 Ran  Time: 2.04.37 Dist: 2L & 2L Race 5 1st Ayr Pandemic (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) - W Greenhorn) 2nd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) - G Drysdale 3rd Ladyford Lad (Hasty Hall-Just Disraeli) - L Moran 7 Ran  Time: 2.05.3 Dist: 4L & 1 1/4L Race 6 1st GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Drysdale 2nd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 3rd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.08.11 Dist: 3/4L & 1/4L Race 7 1st Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - I Hay 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - G Cullen 7 Ran Time: 2.05.5 Dist: Neck & 3 3/4L Video replay's are below: Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829296210578563/ Race 2 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829301053911412/ Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829305633910954/ Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829330617241789/ Race 7 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829337797241071/

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