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Gamblers Gold who finished second on his initial run at Lyre produced a performance on Saturday evening in Lisangle that would suggest that a bright future is in store for this son of Cams Security.   Mike Goggin Jnr was in the bike and set the six year old alight from the start and ran out an easy seven length winner.   " Hes a six year old and look he took a while to mature. We were expecting a big run in Lyre and he didnt disappoint but met a decent horse that day but today I think he came on a lot from that run and we give a week off and plan after that" said delighted owner Marie Moloney.   Donal Murphy and Silvano Bello are a partnership as old as this scribe and were easy winners of the Low Grade Trot.   Murphy sent this veteran to the front after the opening quarter mile and were never in any danger .   Overall the last 24 hours were good to Baltimore based Murphy as on Friday night /Saturday morning Reclamation who he jointly owns with Bill Donovan (Main Sponsor of The Red John Memorial Festival) extended her winning run to seven at the Meadowlands Raceway in New Jersey USA and connections have big plans for the filly.   John Boyle at 76 years again showed the younger lads how its done when taking the Top Grade Pace on Supreme Sunshine.   Sunnyside Kildare and Hurry Up Abi set the early fractions but were passed with three furlongs to pace and Supreme Sunshine won by a length from Hurry Up Abi with Meadowbranch Demon a neck back in third   Jamie Hurley and Lakeview Panam were fastest on the clock for the evening .The pair took charge off the start and ran out 19 length winners from Moorside Captain.   "She missed out on the Red John Weekend but wee knew today that she was spot on .We see how she comes out of today and then weigh up her options" Hurley briefed the media after racing.   Brutenor and Patrick Hill were seen to good effect in the high grade trot .Winners of the Maven Derby in 2018 thay sat in behind early leader Valliant Forgion and with four furlongs to trot led and eventually led home Ultimo D'Ouville by three lengths.   There is no local racing next week with many of the West Cork Contingent heading to Tregaron in wales for the two day Festival .   RESULTS RACE ONE 1.Gamblers Gold M Goggin Jnr 2.Moorside Joseph J O Mahony 3.The Red Rebel M Goggin Snr DIST 7L 7L TIME 2.12.4 3 Ran   RACE TWO 1.Silvano Bello D Murphy 2.Vallanzanna S Quill 3. Banialouka K Sheehy DIST 2 1/4L 2 1/4L TIME 2.15.7 8 Ran   RACE THREE 1.Lakeview Panam J Hurley 2.Moorside Captain D O Mahony 3.The Hitman D Murphy DIST 19L 3 3/4L TIME 2.08.8 8 Ran   RACE FOUR 1.Brutenor P Hill 2.Ultimo D'Ouville J Hurley 3.Antigo D Murphy DIST 3/4L 5 3/4L TIME 2.16.5 6 Ran   RACE FIVE 1.Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 2.Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr 3.Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher DIST 1L NK TIME 2.09.   Tim KELLEHER

Work continues unabated in order to get Racetime Raceway in Lisburn, United Kingdom ready for harness racing in 2019.   Although the recent inclement weather delayed progress on the resurfacing of the track, management are adamant that the scheduled opening of Saturday June 1st will go ahead as planned. The feature on the day will be the Anto Russell Memorial and a further 13 heavily sponsored race meetings will then take place throughout the summer and on into the autumn. The venue, leased by the Northern Irish Standardbred Association (NISA) is set to provide a welcome boost for the sport in Northern Ireland. The NISA collective committee wish to see harness racing in the region return back to its family orientated roots, encouraging younger enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the sport through a youth programme being established Racetime's Headquarters and 18 stable training facility as its base. The sport needs to attract a new audience in the area and NISA welcome the local youth to become hands-on in developing all the skills necessary to become a successful harness racing driver from basic animal welfare, through to jogging, workouts, training practices and eventually participating in actual races. Costs to become involved as an owner, trainer or driver of a harness horse in Ireland have sky-rocketed in recent years and NISA intend on making the sport more accessible and cheaper to become involved. Moderate membership fees, cheap entry fees to participate and all prizemoney won paid on the day in cash are just some of initiatives being implemented by NISA. A number of other innovative concepts are also in the pipeline including a prizemoney bonus every time the track record is broken and a season-long points series with a substantial cash prize awarded at the end of the year for the horse with the most appearances at the venue. Visiting horses from Southern Ireland and the UK will be accommodated with free stabling on the track being made available for all visiting horses. Racetime Raceway originally opened for business back in the late 1980s and although current track record holder Saunders Rebound has long since passed on, his time of 2:00 is in danger of falling at the opening meeting on June 1st. The track will be open for qualifiers, driving tests and work-outs from the middle of March and Racetime promoters NISA are also now seeking licensed bookmakers to stand at the track with generous terms, and for those interested please contact the NISA Facebook messenger page. by Thomas Bennett, for the NISA

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

A training course for ‘sulky’ drivers and trotting horse owners will begin next month in the Dublin area as part of a “carrot and stick” approach by the Government to curb illegal road racing. The Department of Agriculture has commissioned the training programme, which will also be rolled out in other areas of the State, and is currently examining the issue of regulating sulky racing. This follows an increase in the number of collisions on public roads involving such vehicles and the death of a 12-year-old boy in a sulky incident in Dublin. A sulky is an unprotected lightweight, two-wheeled cart usually drawn by a horse or pony. The department said the course would be run by a team of veterinary surgeons and nurses with a “clear understanding of the cultural sensitivities surrounding participation in road racing”. Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the issues around sulky racing were complex and not always clear cut “particularly as a variety of horse-drawn vehicles are legitimately and safely used on Irish roads”. “The course will encourage participants to move away from road racing practices and move to racing on tracks and to engage with the regulated sport of harness racing on tracks, as operated by the Irish Harness Racing Association,” he said. People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has expressed concern that sulky racing would be banned, something which he said would not work. Independent TD Mattie McGrath has stated an intention to introduce legislation to ban the practice. Complex issue Describing the sport as popular among the Traveller and working-class communities, Mr Kenny said banning it “will simply drive the practice underground”. Raising the issue in the Dáil this week, the Dublin South-West TD referred to a sulky event in Portmarnock, Co Dublin and said that while the track was not widely known about it was “very good and very positive for those who use it”. Mr Creed said the unregulated nature of sulky racing on public roads was dangerous for horses, their owners and the public at large. Describing it as a complex issue, he said: “We need both the carrot and the stick in this area. We have the legislative toolbox necessary but we need to ensure all actors involved in the implementation of that legislation live up to their respective responsibilities”. The Minister said the department was keen to raise awareness of the importance of good horse welfare among sulky participants and the owners and keepers of trotting horses. Mr Creed last year formally opened the Clondalkin Equine Club in Dublin, a facility for urban-owned horses where local youths are taught about equine care and welfare. He said “the urban horse is as much a part of the story of the Irish horse and cannot be forgotten or written out” but “there is an issue around welfare that is disproportionately evident” in urban areas. Mr Kenny said urban horse ownership sometimes had very negative connotations, “but it is actually a very positive thing, particularly for young people in working-class communities. Travellers have also been unfairly criticised in relation to horse ownership.” Marie O'Halloran Reprinted with permission of The Irish Times

Public representatives have called for a full clampdown on sulky harness racing and the introduction of new bylaws after an exhausted horse collapsed and died in a residential neighbourhood. The horse, which appears to have collapsed from exhaustion, was attached to a sulky cart when it began to become fatigued in the Hawthorn Mews housing estate in Dublin Hill. According to witnesses, the drivers took the harness off the horse and left it to die, leaving with their equipment. Sinn Féin councillor for the area Thomas Gould said people already had major concerns about the care of horses during the cold spell and this latest incident needed a full investigation. “Last year there was a major round up and something similar needs to be done.” A dead horse covered in a blanket at Dublin Hill yesterday   “Every day there is sulky racing taking place in Cork. Up in Ballyhooley Road, Kilmore Road, Mahon, and the Straight Road,” he said. Fianna Fáil councillor Ken O’Flynn described it as “revolting behaviour by anybody’s standards”. “I believe at this stage that we need a full assault on the individuals that are causing the problem. People putting up their hands and saying they don’t know anything about it and it’s not their animal is not acceptable. “Cork City Council needs to penalise those who are treating animals in an appalling condition and we need to introduce sulky bylaws, the same as Kilkenny, to ban it from our streets and take those animals into care.” County Councillor Ger Keohane also described the incident as “barbaric and beyond cruel”. “That animal must have suffered and gone through stress, hurt and torture right up until its last breath. For someone to just unhook it and leave it there and discard it on the side of the road, as if it is nothing, is disgraceful.” Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan said it was an appalling incident. “It was not a natural death. It was a young female horse. It is appalling treatment of an animal,” he said. Mr Tynan said it reminded him of an issue he had battled with previously of horses left on the outskirts of Rathcooney to starve to death. He called on the Department of Agriculture to step up and tackle the issue of animal mistreatment. “I thought the legislation brought in in 2009 would help to curb this kind of behaviour and make people more accountable, but obviously it hasn’t worked. “I am calling on the Department of Agriculture to get to work and deal with this issue.”   The horse being removed from an estate at Dublin Hill. Pic: Damian Coleman. ISPCA inspector Lisa O’Donovan said she has noticed a trend of young people carrying out these acts of cruelty and described it as a scary phenomenon. “It is not acceptable that you have young kids going out there driving a horse into the ground and then just walking away,” she said. “A few people said to me that they were laughing as they went which I think is even more horrifying. There is no remorse, guilt. The horse is of no more value to them than anything else. “What way are these kids being brought up? What moral values, what ethical values are being instilled in these children from their parents? because it begins at home. This behaviour begins at home,” added Ms O’Donovan. She has called on the public to report incidents of animal cruelty and to hand over any information they may have on the incident in Hawthorn Mews estate to the authorities. “We need the public to be vigilant and we need the public to stand up and say: ‘look this isn’t on, this isn’t going to be accepted’. “Someone out there who saw this knows who these people are. “People have mobile phones — there could be video footage of it. There could be someone who had photographs of the people involved and we ask them to either report it, either go to the gardaí or contact us, send the information to us. “It’s all confidential,” said Inspector O’Donovan. Local resident Noreen Murphy said she and other residents were in shock at the severe cruelty that was displayed by the sulky drivers. Ms Murphy said there are often horses being driven at speed around the area and it is a regular occurrence to have horses flogged and raced in the area. “They seem to be training them for sulky races, driving them around at speed.” Ms Murphy said more needs to be done to protect the horses. “There needs to be more inspections and more control over animals. If you can’t look after animals, you shouldn’t have them. All it requires is a basic level of respect, not to be cruel.” To contact the ISPCA helpline call 1890-515515 or email: helpline@ispca.ie; there is a web form available online at: www.ispca.ie/contact_us. Mayfield Garda station can be contacted on 021-4558510. By Roison Burke Reprinted with permission of The Evening Echo

A Government minister has called for new measures to completely outlaw sulky racing on public roads in Ireland. Communications Minister Denis Naughten told Cabinet today that he is deeply concerned about the impact the practice is having on road safety. Sulky racing is particular popular among the Traveller community. However, many unlicensed races have taken place on public roads. They have resulted in serious injuries in some cases. Sulky racing involves a driver placing himself in a two wheeled cart that is driven by a horse attached to a harness. Videos have appeared online showing unregulated races taking place. In many circumstances, innocent motorists have been placed in danger. At Cabinet today, Mr Naughten secured support in his calls for measures to address the issue of sulky racing. It’s understood Mr Naughten is seeking the introduction of bye-laws. He will discuss the issue this week with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed with the aim of having the issue addressed through amendments to the Animal Welfare Bill, which is due to be voted upon by TDs this week. By Niall O'Connor Reprinted with permission of The Independent.IE site

WEST CORK, Ireland – The conditions and rules are posted for the Red John Memorial and the new Maven Trotters Derby that will be held August 19 and 20 in picturesque Cork. This special tribute to the late “Red” John O’Donovan in 2017 will see all records be broken with prize money in excess of €90,000. Horses competing in both events will be required to race in elimination heats Saturday, August 19 and then return Sunday, August 20 for the final. First nominations are due Monday, April 20. This year the Red John Memorial and the Maven Trotters Derby are being sponsored by USA’s Bill Donovan, the owner of the world champion mare Marven. For more information go to http://www.irishharnessracing.com/ . By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink The conditions and rules for both races are below: RED JOHN MEMORIAL CONDITIONS 1. OPEN TO PACERS BORN ON OR BEFORE 2013 2.  NOMINATION FEE €100 DUE BEFORE APRIL 20th       FIRST SUSTAINING PAYMENT €100 DUE BEFORE MAY 20th       FINAL SUSTAINING PAYMENT €100 DUE BEFORE JUNE  20th  SUPPLEMENT FOR LATE ENTRIES €2000 3. TO BE RAN UNDER IHRA RULES  4. HEATS AND FINAL TO BE RAN OVER 1 1/4 MILES  5. A MAXIMUM OF 8 ELIMINATION HEATS WITH A MAXIMUM OF 8 RUNNERS IN EACH HEAT WILL BE HELD AND RAN AS PREFERRED HANDICAPS 6. FINAL TO HAVE EIGHT QUALIFIERS AND RAN AS A HANDICAP   7. HEATS TO START AT IHRA HANDICAP MARK GRADE F. ENTRIES WHO FALL OUTSIDE THE HANDICAP WILL BE FACILITATED IN OTHER RACES AND THEIR NOMINATION & SUSTAINING FEES RETURNED. 8. UK HORSES WILL HAVE THEIR BHRC MARK TRANSFERRED TO IHRA MARK  9. IN THE EVENT OF LESS THAN 8 HEATS ONE HORSE TO QUALIFY FROM EACH HEAT WITH THE REMAINING QUALIFIERS GOING TO THE FASTEST   2nd PLACED HORSES. 10. IN THE EVENT OF ANY HORSE WHO HAS QUALIFIED AND DOES NOT RUN IN FINAL NO REPLACEMENT HORSE ALLOWED  11. PURSE MONEY FOR FINAL €20,000 ELIMINATION HEATS €1600 (ESTIMATED) 12. DISTRIBUTION OF FINAL PURSE    1st €10,000 2nd €5,000 3rd €2,000 4th TO 8th €600 EACH  DISTRIBUTION OF HEAT PURSES WILL DEPEND ON FINAL DECLARATIONS  13. CONSOLATION FINAL PURSE €5,000 SAME PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION AS FINAL 14. CONSOLATION FINAL FOR THE 8  SECOND PLACED HORSES FROM EACH HEAT  .IF LESS THAN EIGHT HEATS THE FASTEST THIRD PLACED HORSES TO QUALIFY . 15. A MAXIMUM OF TWO QUALIFIERS FROM ANY ONE TRAINER AND OR OWNER WILL RACE IN THE FINAL  16. IN THE EVENT OF INTEGRITY TESTING PURSE MONEY HELD UNTIL TEST RESULTS ARE PUBLISHED  17. HORSES NOMINATED MUST COMPETE IN THREE "BETTING RACES" IN 2017 IHRA/BHRC SEASON  18. THE RED JOHN MEMORIAL COMMITTEE DECISION WILL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS  THE MAVEN TROTTING DERBY CONDITIONS 1. OPEN TO FRENCH TROTTERS BORN ON OR BEFORE 2014 AND PART OF THE LE TROT SCHEME  2.  NOMINATION FEE €100 DUE BEFORE APRIL 20th      FIRST SUSTAINING PAYMENT €100 DUE BEFORE MAY  20th       FINAL SUSTAINING PAYMENT €100 DUE BEFORE JUNE  20th SUPPLEMENT FOR LATE ENTRIES €2000 3. TO BE RAN UNDER IHRA RULES  4. HEATS AND FINAL TO BE RAN OVER 1 1/2 MILES  5. A MAXIMUM OF 8 ELIMINATION HEATS WITH A MAXIMUM OF 8 RUNNERS IN EACH HEAT WILL BE HELD AND RAN AS PREFERRED HANDICAPS 6. FINAL TO HAVE EIGHT QUALIFIERS AND RAN AS A HANDICAP   7. HEATS TO START AT IHRA HANDICAP MARK GRADE F. ENTRIES WHO FALL OUTSIDE THE HANDICAP WILL BE FACILITATED IN OTHER RACES AND THEIR NOMINATION & SUSTAINING FEES RETURNED. 8. UK HORSES WILL HAVE THEIR BHRC MARK TRANSFERRED TO IHRA MARK  9. IN THE EVENT OF LESS THAN 8 HEATS ONE HORSE TO QUALIFY FROM EACH HEAT WITH THE REMAINING QUALIFIERS  GOING TO THE FASTEST   2nd PLACED HORSES. 10. IN THE EVENT OF ANY HORSE WHO HAS QUALIFIED AND DOES NOT RUN IN FINAL NO REPLACEMENT HORSE ALLOWED SEAON  11. PURSE MONEY FOR FINAL €20,000 ELIMINATION HEATS €2800 (ESTIMATED) 12. DISTRIBUTION OF FINAL PURSE    1st €10,000 2nd €5,000 3rd €2,000 4th TO 8th €600 EACH  HEAT PRIZE MONEY TO BE DISTRIBUTED AS PER IHRA/LE TROT PERCENTAGE  13. CONSOLATION FINAL PURSE €8,000 SAME PERCENTAGE DISTRIBUTION AS FINAL 14. CONSOLATION FINAL FOR THE 8 SECOND PLACED HORSES FROM EACH HEAT. IF LESS THAN EIGHT HEATS THE FASTEST THIRD PLACED HORSES TO QUALIFY. 15. A MAXIMUM OF TWO QUALIFIERS FROM ANY ONE TRAINER AND OR OWNER WILL RACE IN THE FINAL  16. IN THE EVENT OF INTEGRITY TESTING PURSE MONEY HELD UNTIL TEST RESULTS ARE PUBLISHED 17. HORSES NOMINATED MUST COMPETE IN THREE "BETTING RACES" IN THE 2017 IHRA /BHRC SEASON  18. THE RED JOHN MEMORIAL COMMITTEE DECISION WILL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS 

WEST CORK, Ireland - Poster girl Deirdre Goggin rode a double at her local track when road trotting made a welcome return to Goleen on the tip of the Mizen peninsula after a hiatus of six years on Sunday. The road, which stretches along the Dauch Causeway, is a setting of real beauty with the tide from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, nestling in under the Causeway Bridge at the Northern side of the course . The meeting of the"Big Two" of road trotting Rhyds Ponder and Maitha Buachaill reads 4 to 0 to the latter before today and he had to take a 20 yard handicap for those wins. Goggin set Rhtds Ponder alight from the start and led through the opening two turns. Heading to the third turn the advantage was five lengths to Meadow Branch Kiki with Maitha Buachaill back in fourth. Approaching the final turn, Goggin on Rhyds Ponder, began to turn the screws on her rivals and flew off the last turn and was not for catching with trotter Tactician Du Lys snatching second from Maitha Buachaill.  After dismounting her horse Goggin was carried shoulder high into the presentation area by the partisan local crowd. Earlier the huge local crowd roared Deirdre home on Saunders Paris in the Grade C.  This looked a tough one to call with Rhyds Artist also well touted in the betting ring, but Saunders Paris made light work of her rivals careering away to win her fifth of the season by six lengths. "Home is always the place to win and Paris is owned by my father Micheal and I am so proud to win here," said the modest Goggin after the race. Jamie Hurley still the leads the jockeys championship after recording a double Sunday. IB Tweedy in the grade E was sent to post at prohibitive odds and was never in danger giving owners "The One For The Road Syndicate" their fourth win of the year. John Woodland made the four hour journey from Limerick with Coalford Hardy a winning one. Jamie Hurley was on board to lead from the start and despite the late intentions of Big Jim held on by three lengths. This was the first winner for owner trainer Woodland, who is based in Limerick City. Jamie hurley now stands on ten winners one ahead of Deirdre Goggin on nine . Racing opened with an a win for Rock On Jo Jo on his tarmac debut. Matthew O Reilly allowed Van Helsing and Shanes Income battle it out early and sent Jo Jo to the front after the final turn to win by four lengths. Old Chapel in Bandon is the next meeting on Sunday 26th March with the All Ireland Championships which were cancelled last week re scheduled for Sunday April 2nd. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS NOVICE The Lobster Pot Bar Cup 1. M O'Reilly ROCK ON JO JO Owner 2. McCarthy/ Daly SHANES INCOME A McCarthy 3. M O'Brien VAN HELSING P O Brien GRADE E The Fastnet Bar Cup 1. One For The Road Syn IB TWEEDY J Hurley 2. P Kane RETURN OF THE MAC M O'Reilly 3. G O Callaghan TROOPERS HARMONY M Goggin Jnr GRADE D The O Mearas Bar Cup 1. J Woodland COALFORD HARDY J Hurley 2. G Kane BIG JIM T O'Leary 3. G Cooke WESTERN BEACH D Goggin GRADE C The Twins Memorial Cup 1. M Goggin SAUNDERS PARIS Deirdre Goggin 2. P Manning SPRINGHILL JAZZ D Brickley 3. R Joyce BEAUTYS HARMONY M O'Reilly THE CAUSEWAY CLASSIC GRADE A & B The Frank & Anna Goggin Memorial Cup 1. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 2. G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O'Leary 3. Hegarty/ Hurley MAITHA BUACHAILL J Hurley  

WEST CORK, Ireland - Harnes racing jockey's David Brickley and Jamie Hurley both rode two winners on the day while Rhyds Ponder returned to winning ways in the featured Grade A & B Pace that were the headlines on a bitterly cold but dry day at the annual Dunmanway Road Trotting Races on the Killbarry Road . Brickley, the former multiple champion jockey, started off the day guiding The Red Rebel (a winner on Memorial Day in Skibbereen) to victory in the Novice Pace. On The Other Side was sent off a warm favorite and sat in behind Fame Earned to the first turn. Both horses over shot the turning point and this allowed The Red Rebel and jockey Van Helsing to go clear with The Red Rebel eventually going on to win by 2 lengths with eight lengths back to On The Other Side. Young Deano, a dashing grey pacer, has finished second on three of his four tarmac outings and this time put it right on the day, taking an ultra competitive Grade D and gave David Brickley his second win of the day . The winner and Millers Boy, ridden by Ciaran Brickley (a brother of David), were at the head of affairs for most of the contest .At The final turn Young Deano had edged in front in the "Battle of The Brothers" and ran out a three length winner from newcomer Coalford Hardy with Millers Boy staying on to finish third. Jamie Hurley has been racking up the winners in his second season on the road and added two more on the day. IB Tweedy wont get an easier assignment all year when landing the Grade E at prohibitive odds. IB Tweedy was sent to the front after a furlong and the six length winning margin could have been a lot more with Return Of The Mac putting in its best performance to date to finish second. Ryds Artist has been mixing it with the big boys in the top grade but was down in the handicap today in the Grade C, but came up against the unbeaten Saunders Paris who was having her first outing in higher company today. Both market principles were prominent at the opening turn. There was drama at the second turn where Deirdre Goggin got unseated from Saunders Paris leaving Rhyds Artist clear and this gave Jamie Hurley his second win of the afternoon. Thoughts then turned to the fallen jockey and horse, but thankfully both returned unscathed. Deirdre Goggin is made of stern stuff and following the compulsory check over by the Medical Staff, sat back on Rhyds Ponder in the grade A . With his arch rival Maitha Buachaill an absentee, "Ponder " got back to winning ways but not before a great battle with Tactician Du Lys. The imposing French bred trotter really served it up to the 2016 Horse of the year and it was only in the final furlong that Rhyds Ponder got the better of Tactician, winning by four lengths. The All Ireland Road Championships are next on the menu in three weeks time at Owenahincha and we will preview that next week by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE A & B (The George & Monica Deane Memorial Cup) 1. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 2. G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O Leary 3. D Brickley MEADOWBRANCH KIKI Owner GRADE C 1. L O Brien RHYDS ARTIST J Hurley 2. J Manning SPRINGHILL JAZ D Brickley GRADE D 1. D Brickley YOUNG DEANO Owner 2. J woodland COALFORD HARDY J Hurley 3. C Brickley MILLERS BOY Owner GRADE E 1. On For The Road Syn IB TWEEDY J Hurley 2. P Kane RETURN OF THE MAC M O Reilly 3. G O Callaghan TROOPERS HARMONY M Goggin Jnr NOVICE 1. D O Callaghan THE RED REBEL D Brickley 2. M O Brien VAN HELSING P O Brien 3. D McCarthy ON THE OTHER SIDE Marie Moloney    

OFFALY, Ireland - It has been announced by Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud in Ireland, that they will be standing the French trotter, Rachmaninov Seven, for the 2017 breeding season. It will be the first time a French trotter has ever stood in Ireland. Acquired in a lease arrangement from his owner in Belgium, Rachmaninov Seven is a 12-year-old stallion sired by Korean from the Pelican Du Pont mare, Indiana Of The Bridge. Korean is also the sire of world champion racehorse Sebastian K. "We hope to have Rachmaninov Seven at Oakwood Stud by mid-March," said Derek Delaney. "It's great news for Oakwood to get involved in the breeding of French trotting horses here and to bring a horse of his calibre to the quality broodmares that have been bought in France for Ireland and the UK." The resulting foals from the 2017 season at Oakwood Stud will be eligible to all of the LeTrot Series in both Ireland and the UK plus they will be eligible to race not only in France, but throughout Europe. Rachmaninov Seven made 55 career starts with 12 wins, six second and four third place finishes with earnings of €418,975 and a record of 1.11.9 at 2175 meters. He was victorious in the Prix D'Angouleme, Prix Joseph Aveline, Prix De Clermont-Ferrand, Prix Magimnus and the Prix Bernard Le Quellec, all raced at Vincennes, Paris. He is owned by Lieven de Groot and is being leased from Star Breeding Company. 2017 will be the fourth season standing stud for Rachmaninov Seven. "His oldest foals are now three," Delaney said. "And the trainers are all talking good things about the ones they have training in Belgium. Delaney said they have not yet set a stud fee price for Rachmaninov Seven. "This is a win win situation for all of us." Delaney added. "The revitalization of the trotter here in Ireland and the UK over the last year thanks to the arrangements made with LeTrot in France is outstanding and growing by leaps and bounds." By Steven Wolf, for Oakwood Stud    

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

DUBLIN, Ireland - Renowned Florida based owner Bill Donovan was the toast of Portmarnock Raceway yesterday when IB Coyote, a filly he co-owns with West Cork trainer Donal Murphy, won the final of the fillies division of the Irish 2 Year Old Sire Stakes at the County Dublin venue.   Donovan a longtime supporter of harness racing in the US is best associated with the legendary trotting mare Maven who he owned from a yearling right through to when she was sold for a record fee of $750,000 at Harrisburg in November 2014. Serendipity played a big part in how Donovan and Murphy became partners in the resultant quest to win the coveted Vincent Delaney Memorial a race that's firmly captured the hearts of harness fans the world over.  Overhearing a conversation between Irish trainers Donal Murphy and Finbarr Quill at the USA Harrisburg Sale last year, Donovan introduced himself and discovered that Murphy lived in the same town of Skibbereen West Cork as Donovan's famed ancestor Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa who was exiled to the US in 1870 for plotting an uprising against the British Government who controlled Ireland at the time. A partnership was quickly struck up and Donovan and Murphy subsequently acquired 2 prospects a colt and a filly to race in Ireland with a view to winning both divisions of the Vincent Delaney Memorial. IB Coyote, a filly by Share The Delight out of Jill N Jones (Hasty Hall), is the first of the pair acquired to hit the track and she was contesting Sunday's final of the Irish 2 Year Old Sire Stakes sponsored by the IHRA, Oakwood Stud and Brian Doyle Air Cargo. Five went to post in this and despite showing signs of greenness at the starting gate, IB Coyote and driver Donal Murphy was settled in second spot behind favourite She's Royal before showing a scintillating turn of foot in the home straight to land the spoils with plenty in hand. The mile went in 2:10. Donovan will now go down in the history books as the first US owner to ever have a winner in Ireland and he now intends to be there in person when the filly next appears at the Vincent Delaney eliminations at Portmarnock on August 13th. The 2 year old colts division of the Irish Sire Stakes was also held yesterday and had only 2 runners but both put in stellar performances to clock 2:03 for the mile. At the business end of the race at was Rhyds Rival and driver Billy Roche that outgunned Talavary Motivator and wild celebrations ensued in the winners enclosure post-race by connections. Again only 2 went to post in the 3 year olds Sire Stakes final, but the healthy attendance were treated to a nail-biting speed duel between Meadowbranch Roman and Meadowbranch Titus, both by stallion Kikicolt. Although Titus tried valiantly to peg back Roman throughout the mile, driver Billy Roche used the inside draw to best effect and was holding on to win quite snugly in 2:00. In speaking with promoter of the event, James Delaney claimed that he was thrilled with the whole occasion highlighting the fact that almost €9,000 was on offer for the 3 races on the day. He was quoted as saying "for a series that's only in its infancy, more and more stallion owners are now signing up to become a part of the Irish Sire Stakes which can only be a good thing for the sport of harness racing and safeguarding its future in Ireland." For more information visist http://sirestakesireland.com/ 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  

Dublin, Ireland - Through the generous support and sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee in Ireland and SSG Gloves in Canada, Sydney Weaver and her parents, Lisa and Don, will be going to Ireland in early August for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend. "We have invited Sydney to be our special guest speaker at our gala kickoff dinner Friday, August 12," said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM Committee. "I have been friends with her on Facebook and she is just wonderful. Her writing on harness racing and what she has achieved and done for our industry for a young woman is fantastic and she and her parents will be our honored guests at the races that weekend." The VDM weekend is the biggest harness racing weekend in all of Ireland and the UK. The VDM is named after Derek and James Delaney's younger brother Vincent, who worked with the horses at their Oakwood Stud training and breeding center. Vincent tragically died of a massive heart attack in 2011 at the age of 27 and the brothers came up with the VDM weekend as a tribute to their lost brother. The race weekend now features elimination races Saturday, August 13 for the VDM, which is for two-year-old pacers. A record number have entered and with the sponsorship support of Diamond Creek Farm and Adam Bowden, for the first time there will be a separate filly division too. The finals take place Sunday, August 14. Other top stakes that weekend include the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-olds, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds, the RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA that is sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Bellino Racing Stable, LeTrot races plus other stakes events. Other sponsors from down under include Yirribee Stud and Pro-Dosa Boost feed suppliments.  "The VDM committee agreed to sponsor Sydney and her family for their hotel stay, dinner tickets and racetrack VIP access," Delaney added, "And they will be part of our tours to Oakwood Stud and carriage ride through downtown Dublin and have lunch in Temple Bar. They are going to have a super time in Ireland." Then steps in Ed James, owner of SSG Gloves. Ed is a big Sydney Weaver fan and when he heard about her being invited to come to Ireland, he set up SSG Gloves to sponsor the airfare for Sydney and her parents to go to Ireland. "I called up and talked to Sydney and told her the news." Ed James said. "And she was so excited. I also have sent her a few pairs of gloves to use when she goes jogging and to bring with her to Ireland. I know she will have a fantastic time." And what did Sydney have to say about all of this? "Unbelievable news, so fantastic and I can't believe this is all happening." Sydney said. "This is a dream trip come true. What great stories I am going to write about the people I meet, the places I see, the big dinner and the bigger race weekend. I have a lot of Facebook friends from Ireland and the UK and I hope to get to meet them in person now. "When I phoned and thanked Mr. James for the sponsorship," Sydney added, "I said I would proudly display an SSG Gloves patch on my racing colors that I will bring over, and Derek Delaney is getting me a Vincent Delaney Memorial patch too that will go on my colors once I get there. "I also got a very nice check from Hall of Famer and dear friend Bill Galvin, Sydney said. I still have to pinch myself that this is all for real." Sydney Weaver and her mom and dad are not the only ones who will be traveling to Ireland for the VDM weekend. Joining the Weavers will be Heather Vitale and her mom (JoAnn Looney-King) and sister (Susan Looney), the 2015 Dan Patch Driver of the Year, Aaron Merriman, New Zealand's top driver Dexter Dunn is returning along with Hall of Fame announcer, Roger Huston, who will be calling the races at Portmarnock Raceway for his third straight year. Michael Gallenti and Bill Hutchison of Harness Racing Travel is bringing a group of 40 from New Zealand and Australia, making the total nearly 70 that are coming to Ireland from down under. Their website is www.harnessracingtravel.com.au. Dublin, Ireland will be the place to be August 12 to 14 for the VDM and more announcements of top Standardbred visitors from the USA will be made soon. For more information, visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee

"Truly awesome" a visitor from the USA remarked to this scribe during the opening to the 2016 harness racing season at the spectacular Inchadoney Beach on Sunday. And yes the "Yank" got it right (excuse my pun) as racing was out of the top drawer at this most famous venue with close finishes and individual performances the order of the day. Where does one start?(At the start of course) The opener saw King Wills Arrival with driver Finbarr Quill Jnr make a race winning move at the five furlong pole and held on for the victory from the fast finishing Rock On Jo Jo with Get Rockin third (This son of Lexies Ruby holding an entry in The Painted Mile for coloured pacers on June 22nd in Portmarnock) The Low grade Trotters saw Alineka Darche with Donal Murphy in the bike, reel in long time leader Vaillant Forgion just in the shadow of the post for a half length win . Immortal Mojo with Denis O Reilly led from the start in the Grade E & F and looked to have done enough to win on the sands, but a late surge by Gadgie Pan sent it to a photo finish with the judges giving a dead heat. Ringo Star was next to make the winners podium with Ciaran Brickley biding his time on this son of Timon Del Sol taking up the running with a furlong to pace and easing down to a three length winning margin. The top grade trot went the way of Rocky Atout and driver Micheal Goggin Jnr .Drawn in pole position he held his position and despite a late challenge from Umbratica was an easy four length winner. Racing concluded despite an incoming tide for a first top grade win for IB Mohican. Seamus Quill (one of the pin up drivers on the circuit) set this son of The One Night Pan alight off the gate and the late run of Sunnyside Kildare could not deny this one his red rossette. Next meeting in West Cork will be at the Cornfield Oval Manch Sunday 29th May 2.30 pm. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Grade F G1 & G Pace 1. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL S Quill 2. M O Reilly ROCK O JO JO Owner 3. J Payne GET ROCKIN J Manning DIST 1l 4l TIME 2.09.1 SP 7/2 3/1 3/1 7 Ran Grade E & F Trot (1 1/2 Miles) 1. D Murphy ALINEKA DARCHE Owner 2. O Sullivan/Goggin VALIANT FORGION M Goggin Snr 3.Pete Hill AUBADE A HELENE Patrick Hill DIST 1/2l 3l TIME 3.09.1 SP 3/1 3/1 3/1 6 Ran Grade E & F Pace 1. Eachway Racing Ltd IMMORTAL MOJO D O Reilly and M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning Dead Heat 3. K Connolly TALENTED MAN Owner DIST DH 3l TIME 2.07.2 SP 4/1 3/1 5/1 9 Ran Grade C & D Pace 1. F Brickley RINGO STAR C Brickley 2. O Reilly / O Driscoll LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 3. M O Donovan MR SECURITY Owner DIST 3l 1/2l TIME 2.06.5 SP EV 3/1 5/1 7 Ran Grade A B & D Trot (1 1/2 Miles) 1. M Goggin ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 2. Kelleher Bros UMBRATICA M Kelleher 3. Inishford Racing SILVANO BELLO D Murphy DIST 4l 1l TIME 3.06.7 SP 6/1 3/1 6/4 5 Ran Grade A B & C Pace 1. Quill Bros IB MOHICAN S Quill 2. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 3. C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary DIST 1 1/2l 1/2l SP 8/1 3/1 2/1 7 Ran      

  Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations www.harnesslink.com 954-654-3757 steve@harnesslink.com     ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: TIM KELLEHER <tkproms@hotmail.com> Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 12:18 PM Subject: Fw: Dinner Dance Skibbereen To: esport <esport@eecho.ie>, caroline <carc1986@gmail.com>, "donalmurphy@drinaghco-op.ie" <donalmurphy@drinaghco-op.ie>, Steven Wolf <steve@harnesslink.com>       From: Anne Minihane <anneminihanephotos@eircom.net> Sent: 16 November 2015 16:48 To: Tim Kelleher (Trotting) Subject: Dinner Dance Skibbereen   Dinner Dance Photos.

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