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The two major Standardbred Yearling Sales in the UK and Ireland will take place in October and buyers will be pleased to know that their purchases will be racing for the richest stakes purses ever in 2017. Depending on what stakes races each yearling has been nominated to or will be eligible for nomination, racing opportunities for two-year-old’s next season will be on the rise. The first sale takes place at York Harness Raceway on Saturday, October 8 and the Camden Stud Sale will feature mainly yearlings and some older horses going under the hammer starting at 11:00 am. There will also be a race meet at York that afternoon. The sale includes yearlings by notable sires which include Bettors Delight, Mypanmar, Hasty Hall, and the first crop from the exciting prospect Art Professor.  A number of Trotteur Francais are also available, eligible for both the British and Irish Le Trot Series’. Sale catalogues can be purchased from Sarah Thomas in person at Tir Prince Raceway (Saturday 24th September), Corbiewood Stadium (Sunday 25th September), York Harness Raceway (Saturday 1st October), or from Sue Young at Almeley (Sunday 25th September).  Alternatively, catalogues can be posted to residents within the UK and also Ireland. The second sale is the Brightwells Standardbred Sale taking place on Monday, October 24. This sale will feature not just yearlings, but also broodmares and horses in and out of training. There is still time for late entries (October 19) to be made. The Brightwells Sale has featured the highest priced yearlings in the history of Ireland and the UK the last two years. This year’s sale is headed by yearlings sired by world champion stallions Art Major, Bettors Delight, McArdle, Share The Delight, Rock N Roll Heaven, Hasty Hall, Sportswriter, Western Ideal, Roll With Joe and many more. For more information click here.   All yearlings would be eligible to the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM), which is the richest stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. This past year was the first time that the VDM featured both a colt and filly division. With new sponsor Hanover Shoe Farms for the colts and Diamond Creek Farm sponsoring the filly division for the second straight year, those two finals will each go for €20,000 in 2017 and each elimination division will race for €2,000. Also the Alabar-Oakwood 3YO Derby has also increased and for the first time, with sponsorship from Alabar Stud down under, will now feature separate finals for both colts and filly’s. Foals will also be eligible for the Irish Sire Stakes, which is being sponsored again by Brian Doyle Air Cargo for the third straight year, the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland, which president David Wilson said will also see increased purses in 2017 in all divisions, the British Harness Racing Club Sire Stakes and other special stakes events throughout the UK. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

DUBLIN, Ireland - The ante-post betting for both the Ladbrokes sponsored colts and Diamond Creek sponsored fillies events for the 5th annual Labrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial carnival of harness racing. took another twist last weekend following two more juvenile prep races held at Tir Prince in Wales on Saturday night. First up were the fillies and eight regally bred females lined up behind the starter with the Vicky Gill driven Rhyds Mystique going to post the Evens favourite on the bookies boards. Taking maximum advantage from a three draw near the rails Mistique (by Hasty Hall) hit the front and never seen another rival as she cruised to a 2:03.5 victory. The win seen her overtake She Be Rockin and Coalford Honey in the betting for the eliminations and grand final to be held at Portmarnock on August 13th and 14th. Runner up Rhyds Voodoo was shortened further in the betting to 5/1 with Greenhilldebatable drifting in the betting out to 8/1. Mystique, stable named Ruby, is now 3 from 3 and improving with every run. Her overjoyed owners Marc and Viccy Elvin have been stalwart supporters of harness racing in the UK for many years who were forced to retire stable star Ayr Mission through injury earlier on in the week so this win was especially bittersweet for the family. The Elvins now face the unenviable dilemma of giving Mistique one more race or heading to the Vincent Delaney Memorial a fresh horse. The fact that this race is the Breeders Crown fillies final at Tir Prince the owners local track will make this decision all the more difficult to call! Rhyds Decoy (by Hasty Hall) was the subject of a late gamble in the colts division and the early break in stride by odds on favourite Tyrion Hanover made his job a whole lot easier as he delivered in spades for trainer-driver Andrew Cairns in 2:05.8, a full 2.3 seconds slower than the fillies. But as the old saying goes "time only matters when your doing it" and Rhyds Decoy only had to do enough to land the spoils and still looks a top class prospect for owners Brett Lloyd, Kevin Myles and Brent Thompson. Share A Smile rallied late to claim second ahead of Ladyford Express and while oddsmaker Dan Carlin shortened up the winner to 9/4 second favourite, Tyrion Hanover, the Somebeachsomewhere colt, still heads the market at 4/5 favourite to hit paydirt in the final August 14th. Tyrion will need to get it right on the day however as he cannot afford to fluff his lines at Portmarnock and trainer Samboy Howard will be working overtime to eliminate the greenness that plagued his Tir Prince performance. For breeding afficianados it was interesting that the dam of Rhyds Decoy is out of CPR whilst the dam of Rhyds Mistique is out of CPs Village Jigsaw, a daughter of CPR. What a triumph it is for breeders Greta and John Wright of the Rhyds Stud in Wales to have that dynasty still producing after more than a decade and of course both horses are sired by their prolific stallion Hasty Hall, whom has also been at the top of his profession for over a decade. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

Northern Ireland - With just 45 days till the 2016 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival gets underway, the countdown officially started at Annaghmore Raceway last night with 2 prep races - one for colts sponsored by the bookmaking firm Ladbrokes and the other for fillies, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm. The fairer sex were the first to perform with five going to post for a purse of €1200 and incredibly 4 were sired by Kikicolt, with the remaining filly sired by first season sire My Panmar. At the off Blueberry Hill sprinted into an early lead tracked by favourite She's Royal and What Mam with Oakwood Eternity and Chinatown Katies bringing up the rear. Little changed in the placings until the ¾ pole when the race got underway in earnest and She's Royal came to pounce on the longtime leader. It was Oakwood Eternity under Gavin Murdock however that produced the best turn of foot entering the stretch and the filly, by Kikicolt out of Oakwood Eternity, positively bolted past her four rivals to win going away in 2:10.7, a respectable time for unraced juveniles in less than ideal conditions. Co-owned by Ned Stafford and Mark McAleer, the winner was 50/1 with bookmaker Dan Carlin to win the Diamond Creek Oaks on August 15th, but that price soon disappeared once she crossed the line in such impressive fashion. She now rates a 4/1 chance with Ireland's leading bookmaker. Blueberry Bill, the first foal out of top racemare Tailgate Princess hung on for second ahead of What Mam with the winning margins 2 lengths and a further length. She's Royal took fourth spot ahead of Chinatown Katie who never really made her presence felt in the event. The dam of the winner is a resident Oakwood broodmare named Eternal Prophecy who decends back to Jefs Eternity line in the US. Next up were the colts and four also went to post in the Ladbrokes sponsored contest for ‚€1200, and representing all different sires, Hasty Hall, Ayr Glory Pro Bono Best, Crown Manhattan and Kikicolt. As the starting car pulled away, Talavary Motivator showed a blistering turn of foot to hit the front and driver John Richardson set about dictating matters from the sharp end. All the while Harrison Camden tracked the leaders every move and as the race progressed it gradually turned into a 2 horse battle for the honours, a battle that Harrison Camden won and he hit the wire in 2:06.6 to win going away from the Welsh owned Talavary Motivator and winners stablemate Rhyds Rival. Harrison Camden is by Pro Bono Best out of House Flight, bred by Mick Wellings Camden Stud in the UK and the dam House Flight is resident in Ireland having been acquired by Declan Connolly at the back end of last season. A crowded winners enclosure ensured plenty of high jinks at the presentation as trainer Billy Roche landed the spoils for the owner John Roche making it a real family occasion for all associated with the stable. Over the next few weeks the 2016 Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival will really start to hot up as more prep races will be held in Scotland and Wales, giving UK contenders a chance to demonstrate their capabilities and stake their claims on the richest prizes for pacers in Europe. To view the race videos from Annaghmore click here.   For more information on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial click here.  by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink  

All roads will lead to Old Chapel in Bandon for the 2016 All Ireland Road trotting Final on Sunday next . For many of the purists of the sport The famous Old Chapel Road on the western side of this bustling West Cork town is THE place to win this coveted crown. The half mile tarmac is probably the best road on the circuit and unlike most of the roads spectators can see all the action first hand. Old Chapel is a road that holds no prisoners and the run to the finish usually sorts out the men from the boys as there is a slight rise to the line. With €2000 purse money for the final an entry of six is expected. John Shanahan is no stranger to winning the All Ireland Dream Maker, Fidlin, Bodeen Hilos Pride have all won the crown for Shanahan who trains from the Lakeview Stud in Leap. Shanahan is hoping to have two runners but injury doubts surround both .Dream Maker a son of Ambro Operative is back to defend the title he won in Baltimore this year .Of his five starts this year his record reads three wins and a second but his stable companion Maithi Buachaill if fit will start as race favourite .He is owned By Paddy Kane from County Meath and is unbeaten so far this season winning three grade B races and stepped up to the Grade A at Durrus and won with a bit in hand . A son of Cams Security (a stallion owned by Shanahan) this former top class turf and track specialist has really taken to road racing. Jockey Deirdre Goggin will partner her own Conway Tiger and this decision must have been a tough one as she has won five on Rhyds Ponder who will also take his chances in the final. Conway Tiger has been a model of consistency all year and captured the win at the Big Memorial Meeting in Skibbereen and will have a major say in the destination of the race .A veteran son of Camp Conway and Tiger Doll would be a popular winner. Rhyds Ponder unbeaten all year won here last year in the Grade C and all his wins have been by a wide margin and Sunday will be his first tilt at the Big boys. Mountain Dew Lad like Rhyds Ponder is owned by the Forbes family from Drimoleague and this son of Best Sunshine and Fame Again will be one of the outsiders. Lakeside Dragon produced his best run in Durrus and this son of Make A Deal and Coalford Scooter will have Maurice Ahern in the plate and a repeat of the Durrus form puts him firmly in the shake up. Rhyds Trixter a son of Hasty Hall and Coalford Magic is also expected to line up .Owned by Denis Deasy ,Mick Hurley and Jerry Keohane(The three wise men) he will be another outsider but must be respected. There is a total of six races on the day and the action gets under way at 2.30. Lets hope all runners make it to the start on the day for another renewal of this classic event. Details of entries can be found on www,harnessracingcork.com TIM KELLEHER      

The leading stallion list for the 2015 Sire Stakes program saw Hasty Hall finish on top with 79 points from 13 runners averaging 6.07 points per runner. His 2 winners on the day were Rhyds Art and Titanium in the 4 year old fillies and 3 year old colts and geldings respectively. Both were extremely impressive with Mick Lord & Vicky Gill sending there charges to the front at the earliest opportunity and never looking in danger of relinquishing their leads. These are 2 top class animals and deserve to be mentioned towards the very top of the seemingly endless list of other champion juveniles by the phenomenon that is Hasty Hall. Has a 3 year old seemed as unbeatable as Titanium does since Rhyds Fivestar? In 2nd place is Kikikolt based at the Meadowbranch stud in Ireland he managed a very impressive 47 points from 4 runners averaging 11.75 per runner. His 2 winners were Meadowbranch Queen in the 2 year old fillies event and She'sgotanattitude in the 3 year old fillies. Both were given front running drives by John Richardson and won well to make it an Irish double on the day. Both are immaculately bred with Queen being from the dynasty of Churchill Queen who has bred champion after champion whilst She'sgotanattitude is a full sister to Bath Lane! Meadowbranch Milli was an impressive runner up in the 3 year old fillies. Kikikolt's progeny are truly starting to step up to the plate and there is a growing feeling amongst Irish Breeders that he is a destined to be a very special stallion and with youth on his side he could have a massive influence on UK and Irish breeding over the coming years. Third place went to Rogue Hall who's best effort was Frisco Roller in the 2 year old fillies trained by Andrew Cairns she stayed on nicely to claim the runners up spot in only her 2nd start. Oaks Maddico claimed 3rd spot in the 3 year old fillies . Rogue Halls total points were 23 from 4 runners giving an average of 5.75 points per runner. Having already left top juveniles Frisco Have A Go and Littlemill Rogue and with Coalford Tetrick showing great promise given the opportunity I'm sure Rogue Hall will produce plenty of stakes winners. In 4th spot Arts Conquest had 19 points from 3 runners giving an average of 6.33 points per runner. His star performer was Miraculous in the 2 year old colts race coming out of the pack to finish strongly in the straight under a confident Patrick Kane drive. Jessie's Conquest tasted defeat for the first time in the 2 year old fillies division but a case can be made for her as she suffered a murderous trip from the 8 draw resulting in a parking ticket whilst clocking a 59 half and 1.30 to the 3/4 pole. Arts Conquest has proved himself a top sire overseas and is now leaving top Juvenile stock in the UK. Check On Jack ( 3 runners 5.33 points per runner ) & Backnthesaddleapan (2 runners 8 points per runner) finished joint 5th with 16 points it was Backnthesaddleapan who had the winner though with Imjustalittleguy the Aberystwyth low grade final winner coming out of the pack in the home turn to eventually get up on the line and break Camden Jodys heart in the tightest of finishes. The Sire Stakes programme is a great initiative and is vital to the ongoing success of breeding in the UK and Ireland. Well done to the organisers and to all who took part and of course to Mick Welling and York Harness Raceway for providing a top class facility for these young horses to perform on. Eric Witherspoon

Portmarnock, Ireland – For the second straight year, owner/driver Vicky Gill showed why she is the best female driver in all of Ireland as she again drove the winner of the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series Final for two-year-old pacers Sunday at Portmarnock Trotting Track. Last year it was Vickie and John Gill’s Camden Tino winning the final, this year belonged to their colt, Titanium, who on Saturday won his elimination heat in a track record 2:01.2, coming from off the pace and blowing away the field. Today it was complete form reversal as Vicky Gill was not going to race from behind on the track labeled good after some hard rain earlier in the afternoon. USA/Canada’s Wally Hennessey was first on the lead off the starting gate with Carmel Camden, who was one of two fillies in the final and had won her elimination heat the day before. But before the opening quarter mile was reached in :29.8, Vicky Gill had Titanium on the move and in command. Hennessey was content to sit the pocket trip with Carmel Camden. Once Titanium settled in on the lead, Gill backed down the pace and then they were challenged first-over by Coalford Tetrick and driver Stevie Lees to the half mile in a slow 1:03.1. Then Alexander Camden (Mick Lord) got into the battle as he come up on the outside as they reached the three-quarters in 1:34, but it was too little too late as Vicky Gill asked Titanium for more and the colt responded, pacing the last quarter mile in :27.7 and drew off from the field at the finish to win by four open lengths in 2:01.7. Alexander Camden was second with Coalford Tetrick third. “We had raced him once before on the front end,” said Vicky Gill after the race, “But he was not brilliant, he is young and still learning but I always knew once he settled on the front he would get us home and he did.  He has been remarkable since we first started training him. I can’t believe now that I’ve won this race two years in a row.” Sired by Hasty Hall from the mare, Another Mattie, Titanium is owned by Vicky Gill and was a 3,400 euro ($4,500US) yearling purchase. He has now won four of his five lifetime starts. The total purse for the race was 18,000 euros and the winner’s share of the purse was 12,000 euros ($16,000), making it the richest pacing series ever in all of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Titanium was selected at the yearling sales last year by John Gill, Vicky’s father, who trains the stable. Vicky owns Titanium. “I do everything my daughter tells me to do,” said John Gill smiling from ear to ear after the race. “That’s the secret. We have been fortunate to have some good stock. You are nothing unless you have good stock. I picked this colt out at the sales and I knew we had something special the very first time I jogged him. He just braved up and went about his business and I thought ‘could be, could be’ and here we are today. “When you can come home in :58 on a sloppy track, that’s pretty good.” John Gill said. “I’m very proud of Vicky. She drove him right and now she has won this great stake two years in a row.” The Vincent Delaney Memorial was created by Derek and James Delaney of Dublin as a tribute and in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically passed away in 2011 at age 27. He was very active in the family breeding and racing operations at Oakwood Stud. In the 7,000 euro Paul Murtagh Derby for four-year-old pacers going 1.5 miles, a track record was set by Tarawood Messi and driver Noel Ryan as they traveled the course in 3:03.5. Ryan had set patiently as Stamphill (Rocker Laidler) set the early pace fractions and after they went the mile in 2:00.7, came first-over with Tarawood Messi and wore down the pacesetter, then held off a game No Regrets with driver Anthony Butt from New Zealand for the victory. Trained by W. Flanagan and owned by C. Bennett, Tarawood Messi is by Arts Conguest from the mare One Mile Meg. In the very next race, the 5,000 euro Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-old pacers saw Rhyds Rainbow and driver Richard Haythornwaite set a course record for that age group going 1.5 miles with a 3:04.2 record. Sired by Hasty Hall, Rhyds Rainbow is from the mare Kentucky Sunshine. He is owned and trained by S. Howard. North American driver Wally Hennessey scored his second win on Irish soil in the Delaney Free For All Trot with Caminetto and nearly tied the track record for trotters. Starting from post two, Hennessey sent Caminetto right to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :28.2 to the opening quarter, :58.6 to the half mile and started then to draw away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:28 before cruising home to win by more than eight lengths in 2:00.8. They missed the track mark by two fifths of a second. Owned and trained by John Foy, Caminetto is by Gidde Palema from the mare Shy Lady. “All I had to do was get him off the gate trotting and he really did the rest,” Hennessey said. “He just wanted to trot as fast as he could go and I really had to lean back on him to try and rate the mile. I am sure if I had let him have his head we would have broken the track record.” “This was one of the great weekends of my life,” said Derek Delaney, who promoted the special weekend of racing and arranged for world renowned and Hall of Fame drivers Wally Hennessey and Anthony Butt along with track announcer Roger Huston, to come to Ireland for the race. “Everything and everybody was so great. Words cannot express how wonderful and special this event is to my brother James and myself and our families.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Portmarnock, Ireland – Titanium and driver Vicky Gill rewrote the track record for two-year-old pacers at Portmarnock Trotting Track Saturday in winning their elimination division of the third annual Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series. The race surface, despite overcast skies and rain, was in perfect shape. Gill, along with her father, John Gill of Yorkshire, England, won the Delaney Memorial Final last year with their colt, Camden Tino, and at that time had set the track record with a 2:01.9 victory in the final and have now done it again. Camden Tino has first set the record in his elimination heat the prior day in 2:02.2. Depending on their post position draw on Sunday, Titanium could well be the betting favorite for the final tomorrow as he was very impressive in winning his elimination heat. The purse for the final on Sunday is 18,500 euros ($23,000US). It was Ballyhill Jimmy (Martin Loughran) who went to the early lead over Portmarnock’s half mile over with Lyons Premier (Andrew Cairns) who took the pocket-trip to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. Race favorite Alexander Camden (Mick Lord) was stuck first-over from the start. Past the half mile marker in 1:00.1, Ballyhill Jimmy led the way as Alexander Camden was having trouble being parked out and began to fade by the three-quarters. Then Lyons Premier and Cairns pulled from the pocket and came after Ballyhill Jimmy. Coalford Tetrick came three-wide for driver Stevie Lees and following their cover was Vicky Gill with Titanium. After the three-quarters in 1:30.1, It was Coalford Tetrick taking command and Alexander Camden found a second wind and was back in the hunt, but on the far outside it was Titanium and Vicky Gill flying on the outside to win it all by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.2. Coalford Tetrick was second with Alexander Camden third. Also making it to the final tomorrow were Lyons Premier (4th), Rhyds Gambler (5th) and Ballyhill Jimmy (6th). “I was following live cover and thinking that I actually had a pretty good chance,” said Vicky Gill after the race. “We were not very pleased after the draw and getting barrier seven, but we made the most of it. He raced so well. It would be great to be able to win this race again. It’s going to be tough.” Sired by Hasty Hall from the mare, Another Mattie, Titanium is owned by Vicky Gill and was a 3,400 euro yearling purchase. He has now won three of his four lifetime starts The second elimination heat was for fillies with five starters. Leaving from the rail was the race favorite, Camden Carmel and North America’s Wally Hennessey doing the driving. They cut the mile in the rain to a quick :29.5 opening quarter mile with Meadowbranch Millie (John Richardson) in the two-hole. Then Hennessey backed off the pace as Springhill Nancy came first-over and started to apply pressure as they went to a slow half in 1:03.4 and that convinced John Richardson who popped the pocket and took the lead away with Meadowbranch Millie. Meanwhile, Showtime Big Cigar (Anthony Butt) was second-over behind Springhill Nancy. At the three-quarters in 1:35.4, Hennessey then came back with Carmel Camden and cleared to the lead at the top of the stretch and then held the field at bay to win with ease by two lengths in 2:07. Regal Sensation (Johnathan Dunn) came on for second place to make the final on Sunday. For Wally Hennessey it was his first drive ever in Ireland and he started it off with a victory. “It was a little crazy at the beginning,” Hennessey explained. “We did not hear in the back paddock to come out for the race so we were late getting to the track, then we had a piece of equipment break so my filly never had a chance to warm-up properly. “The track surface was actually pretty good,” Hennessey said, “It has just started  raining hard as the race was ready to go. I figured to get out early and secure good position so when they came at me I was fine letting them go at the half and taking the two-hole spot. “Then we came back at them the filly on the rail gave us a fight,” Hennessey said. “But once we started down the stretch my filly was much the best. We’re going to give it a good shot tomorrow. It will really help that the two fillies in the final get to draw for the inside positions.” "What a great way to start off and in my first drive ever in Ireland," Hennessey said. "Not only my first win in my first drive but to do it with a horse owned by Derek and James made it all the better. They have been such great hosts here in Ireland." Owned by Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud, whose brother Vincent that died in 2011 is whom the race is named in memory of, purchased Carmel Camden as a yearling for 12,000 euros. She is sired by No Pan Intended from the mare Pan Culottes, both of whom were Breeders Crown winners in the United States. Carmel Camden is undefeated in four starts. If Carmel Camden can win the final Sunday she would become the first filly to have won the Delaney Memorial. The fastest mile on the ten-race program Saturday was won by Merrington Motion and driver Rocker Laidler in 1:58.2. There was also a special 1.5 mile Trottrur Francais that was captured by Ritial Brio and driver Billy Roche in 2:10.6, the mile time in 2:07.9. New Zealand’s Anthony Butt, who competed in six races on the program was not able to win any heats but was a close second in the fourth race pace with Rhyds Premier. Camden Kofi and owner/trainer/driver Cathal Kerrigan was the winner in 2:01.9. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com 

A total of 15 two-year-old colt and filly pacers have entered the 3rd annual Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial this weekend at Portmarnock Trotting Track in Dublin, Ireland. There will be three five horse field elimination divisions on Saturday, August 9 with the top two official finishers and the fastest two third place finishers to return the very next day, Sunday, August 10, for the finale. Each preliminary round will race for a purse of 750 euros ($1,000 US) and the final will go for a record 18,500 euros ($25,000 US), making it the richest stakes race ever in the history of harness racing in both Ireland and Great Britain and the richest pacing event ever in all of Europe. One of the three divisions will be for fillies and the fillies that advance to the final will then draw for the inside post positions. The draw for post positions will not take place until Saturday afternoon before the start of the race card at Portmarnock, that way all owners, trainers and drivers will be on hand for the draws. The same will take place on Sunday. Currently the 6/4 favourite and leading contender is Alexander Camden, who was the highest priced yearling ever sold in Ireland and the United Kingdom last season, fetching £38,000 sterling ($53,000 US) at the York Standardbred Sale last year. His is sired by Cambest out of Lola making him a full brother to two sub 1:49 pacers Canyon Wind and Paragon. In his short career on the track, Alexander Camden seems to be living up to his purchase price as the good looking youngster is being trained by English maestro Mick Lord for Scottish owner Davy Morton. In his four races so far, the colt has two wins and two seconds with his fastest victory in 2:02.3 at York Raceway, the UKs premier half mile track. However, the fastest of the freshman pacers so far this season is a filly, Carmel Camden, who is owned and trained by Dubliners Derek and James Delaney, who originally developed and sponsored the race back in 2012 in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically past away in 2011 at age 27. Since the inception of the event, the brothers have dearly sought to have a runner in the line-up and last October they acquired Carmel Camden, a £12,000 sterling ($17,000US) daughter of No Pan Intended out of Pan Cullottes, who were both US Breeders Crown winners respectively back in 2003. Carmel Camden is the second choice in the early wagering at odds of 7/4. She has made three starts so far and remains undefeated. Her fastest win was 2:01.7 over Portmarnock’s half mile oval, just a few ticks shy of tying the track record for two-year-old fillies. Another top prospect is Titanium, who was a bargain £3,400 sterling ($5,000 US) yearling purchase and is by super sire Hasty Hall, who has dominated the ranks of the juvenile classic winners in the UK in recent years. Owned and driven by leading lady driver Vicky Gill of Yorkshire and trained by Vicky’s Dad, John Gill, of the Emerald Stables, Titanium has won two of his three starts so far and has a personal best time of 2.02.2. Vicky and dad John won this race just last year with Camden Tino, so the combination know just what it takes to win the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial. Titanium is listed at odds of 7-1. Other contenders include Lyons Premier at 5-1, another son of Hasty Hall, who has two impressive starts so far, a strong win at York Raceway in 2:03.3 for Welsh owner/breeder Geoff Mound. Mound races pacers all over Canada and the USA under the Lyons prefix. Just last week Lyons Premier won a colts division Breeders Crown in the UK by six open lengths in 2:07.2 in defeating It’s My Check with Titanium third over a heavy wet track.; Mikey Camden at 12-1, is by Cambest, who is a £27,000 sterling ($38,000US) yearling purchase, has one win after three starts in 2:03.1 and locally owned Meadowbranch Ideal, an imported son of Western Ideal who has been impressive in three qualifiers so far, but as yet to win at the Dublin venue. He is 7-1. Listed below are the 15 horses entered in the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Pacing Series for two-year-olds. Morning line odds for the punters are listed next to the name of each horse. 6/4 Alexander Camden 7/4 Carmel Camden (f) 5 Lyons Premier 6 Coalford Tetrick 7 Titanium 7 Its My Check 7 Meadowbranch Ideal 12 Mikey Camden 12 Watch Your Back (f) 16 Rhyds Gambler 16 Ballyhill Jimmy 25 Showtime Big Cigar 25 Meadowbranch Millie (f) 33 Regal Sensation (f) 40 Springhill Nancy (f) (f) denotes a filly Handicapper Thomas Bennett has put the race in summary. “Based on all known form this looks like a straightforward match between Carmel Camden and Alexander Camden,” Bennett said, “with the latter just getting the nod. Top trainer Mick Lord has gradually built up momentum with the colt and is improving rapidly whilst a filly has never won this event going against the chances of Carmel Camden. Titanium could upstage the pair of them and Lyons Premier, Coalford Tetrick and Its My Check boast solid credentials and are more than capable of causing a shock.” In addition to the Delaney Memorial with it eliminations on Saturday and final on Sunday, there are other top race events over the weekend. “We had more than 150 horses entered for this weekend,” said Derek Delaney, “That is a great number for any weekend meet. Looks like everyone wants to be part of the racing action at Portmarnock.” The supporting card over the weekend will feature the Oakwood Stud Three-Year-Old Derby; the Paul Murtagh Senior Memorial 4YO Championship and the Elvin/Delaney FFA Trot. On Saturday starting at 3:00 pm guests at the track are invited to a meet and greet with the three Hall of Famers who have come to Ireland for the event. They are world-class drivers Wally Hennessey from the USA/Canada, New Zealand’s Anthony Butt and calling the major races both days is world-renowned track announcer, Roger Huston. At 3:30 pm will be the drawing of post positions for Saturday’s race card followed by the special charity auction with proceeds going to the Peita House of Ireland, which is a center for the prevention of self-harm or suicide. The top item in the auction is a UFO racing sulky from world famous trainer Ron Burke. This bike was used on many of the Burke Stables top horses, including world champion Foiled Again. There will also be six sets of driver’s autographed colours from some of the top horsemen in harness racing. The racing will get underway Saturday starting at 5:00 pm. In addition, there will be 18 services to stallion at stud here in Ireland and some in the UK. All the donation from these proceeds will be presented to the representatives from the Pieta House during Sunday’s race program. Ladbroke’s, the premier sponsor of the Vincent Delaney Memorial,  is also giving out a 5 euro match play wager to everyone that comes out to track on Sunday. Entertainment for the children each day will include a Playbus, face-painting, balloonist, candy cart, a colouring competition and a free goody bag for all the children. Sunday’s first race post time is 2:00 pm and there will be a competition for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman and the Best Dressed Couple with some wonderful prizes including a Designer Dress Hire, Hotel Break, Pampering Vouchers and much more. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

With less than three weeks away from the race weekend, it’s time to take at look at some of the leading contenders for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series at Portmarnock’s Harness Racing venue in Dublin, Ireland the 9th and 10th of August. The series is for two-year-old pacers and have been developed into the richest series ever in the history of harness racing in the British Isles with more than €30,000 euros ($40,000 US) in total purses. Conditions are tough for the freshmen pacers as there will elimination races Saturday evening, August 9th and then the mixed final on Sunday afternoon, August 10th. Fillies will draw for inside post positions in the final on the half mile track. At the time of writing there are a record number 52 two-year-olds that are eligible for the series. Currently the 6/4 favourite and leading contender is Alexander Camden, who was the highest priced yearling ever sold in Ireland and the United Kingdom last season, fetching £38,000 sterling ($53,000 US) at the York Standardbred Sale last year. His is sired by Cambest out of Lola making him a full brother to two sub 1:49 pacers Canyon Wind and Paragon. In his short career on the track, Alexander Camden seems to be living up to his purchase price as the good looking youngster is being trained by English maestro Mick Lord for Scottish owner Davy Morton. In his four races so far, the colt has two wins and two seconds with his fastest victory in 2:02.3 at York Raceway, the UKs premier half mile track. However, the fastest of the freshman pacers so far this season is a filly, Carmel Camden, who is owned and trained by Dubliners Derek and James Delaney, who originally developed and sponsored the race back in 2012 in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically past away in 2011 at age 27. Since the inception of the event, the brothers have dearly sought to have a runner in the line-up and last October they acquired Carmel Camden, a £12,000 sterling ($17,000US) daughter of No Pan Intended out of Pan Cullottes, who were both US Breeders Crown winners respectively back in 2003. Carmel Camden has made three starts so far and remains undefeated. Her fastest win was 2:01.7 over Portmarnock’s half mile oval, just a few ticks shy of tying the track record for two-year-old fillies. Gaining in popularity with each renewal, the Delaney brothers have gone all-out to make this year’s memorial to their brother a world class event and have invited Hall of Fame drivers Wally Hennessey from North America and Anthony Butt from New Zealand to compete in the series. Both drivers are booked to drive some horses over the weekend adding an exciting new dimension to the meeting. In addition, they have also invited Hall of Fame and world renowned track announcer, Roger Huston, to call the races both days at Portmarnock. Racing fans in Ireland and the UK will be in for a real treat as Huston’s inimitable style of race calling will inevitably have the people standing up and cheering throughout each race. Another top prospect is Titanium, who was a bargain £3,400 sterling ($5,000 US) yearling purchase and is by super sire Hasty Hall, who has dominated the ranks of the juvenile classic winners in the UK in recent years. Owned and driven by leading lady driver Vicky Gill of Yorkshire and trained by Vicky’s Dad, John Gill, of the Emerald Stables, Titanium has won two of his three starts so far and has a personal best time of 2.02.2. Vicky and dad John won this race just last year with Camden Tino, so the combination know just what it takes to win the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial. Other contenders include Lyons Premier, another son of Hasty Hall, who has but one start so far and scored a strong win at York Raceway in 2:03.3 for Welsh owner/breeder Geoff Mound. He races pacers all over Canada and the USA under the Lyons prefix; Mikey Camden, by Cambest, who is a £27,000 sterling ($38,000US) yearling purchase, has one in after three starts in 2:03.1 and locally owned Meadowbranch Ideal, an imported son of Western Ideal who has been impressive in three qualifiers so far, but as yet to win at the Dublin venue. With less than three weeks to go before the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend of racing, there will be more two-year-olds qualifying and prepping for the big series and competition is guaranteed to be fierce among trainers right across the British Isles, all eyeing up the lucrative €13,000 ($22,000US) first prize, a record purse for a pacing race in all of Europe.   By Steve Wolf and Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com

The York Standardbred sale took place on Saturday 5th October. Fifty lots were due for sale with twenty-four of them yearlings. Mick Welling’s Camden Stud had drawn plenty of attention before the sale. Many of his yearlings were the first British crop from his imported American mares. The one that enticed the crowds was lot 13 Alexander Camden (Cambest/Lola). Lola, an Artsplace mare had already left two full brothers to Alexander Camden in the states, Canyon Wind (1.48.8) and Paragon (1.50.2). His quality breeding attracted a number of buyers. The hammer went down at £38,000 with David Morton the highest bidder. This sales price was a new record for a British Standardbred sale. The previous highest price was £24,000 for Rhyds Five Star (Hasty Hall/Tonda Star) at the Builth sale in 2008. Alexander Camden was only the start of a tremendous sale for Camden Stud. Lot 16 Mickey Camden (Camluck/Electrical Art) sold for £23,000 while lot 22 Tommy Camden (No Pan Intended/House Flight) sold for £26,000. Other high prices were £13,000 for Carmel Camden (No Pan Intended/Pan Culottes) and £10,000 for Eli Camden (Pro Bono Best/Anthology). Camden Stud put fourteen lots up for sale, only two were not sold. Mick Welling’s total earnings for the day reached £130,000. Twenty-five horses were sold in the sale for £139,835, with an average price of £5,593. This was a huge increase on 2012 where twenty-two horses were sold for £44,375 with an average of £2,017.    by Kayleigh Evans for Ceredrotian

After a long winter and a couple of very wet weeks, the weather stayed dry and Tregaron Trotting Club managed to kick the start of the Ceredigion harness racing season off in fine style on a bank holiday on Sunday.

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