Day At The Track

75-year-old John Boyle shines at Old Chapel

12:42 AM 20 Aug 2018 NZST
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75 years "young" driver John Boyle with The PJ Collins Memorial Cup
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Supreme Sunshine and driver John Boyle win the High Grade Pace
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Presentation to John Boyle winner of the high grade pace
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Presentation of cheque to MS Cork on behalf of Old Chapel Committee
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Valliant Forgion and Micheal Goggin Jnr winner of the high grade trot
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"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


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 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

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