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Chris O'Reilly created his own bit of history on Saturday night when he became the first West Cork based driver to win on the American harness racing circuit at Pompano Park in south Florida. An invite was sent from Jeff Schaefer, a prominent blacksmith and amateur harness driver at Pompano Park to Lee Morris in Wales to bring a team of amateur drivers to the USA. Morris contacted O'Reilly to see if he would travel to Florida to take part in this USA V IRELAND UK challenge . it was a chance of a life time for O'Reilly, whose family are an integral part of harness racing in West Cork. Fast forward to last Saturday night, and through modern technology, all the action from Pompano park was beamed live to the "Home Contingent " at the Mai Deanes Bar in Drimoleague.   In the first of three races luck was not with O'Reilly,  ut it turned to gold in the second of the three races where Chris drove A CROWN FOR LINDY to victory in1:59.3, becoming the first West Cork driver to win on US soil. It was also the fastest mile ever for O'Reilly and it was the first time he had ever driving a trotter!   Team Ireland/UK sounding defeated the American Team, winning two of the three races.   Chris, a carpenter by trade and part time harness racing driver, was welcomed back to the winners enclosure by the locals and in a post race interview gave an insight of harness racing here in West Cork.   The local media were taken aback with his insight into the racing here in Ireland as O'Reilly explained how there are just a dozen race meets in Cork and that they are all on grass turf courses.   Management at Pompano Park, who organised this US vs IRELAND/UK challenge are already planning ahead to 2018 after the worldwide success of this event . The US amateur drivers have been invited and will be coming to Ireland next August, competing at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin.   But Chris O'Reilly will be long remembered as the man who put West Cork on the harness racing map in 2016.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

The Irish Trotting And Harness Racing Federation held its annual awards night at The Village Inn Enniskeane and both the 2016 Winter and Summer Racing winners were honoured on the night. Starting with the Winter season which ran from Drimoleague on St Stephens day 2015 right through to Ballydehob on Easter Sunday 2016 and it was RHYDS PONDER who went through the season unbeaten and included in his wins was The All Ireland road Trotting Championship in Old Chapel Bandon. This incredible run of victories ensured his Winter Horse of the Year Award for his owners The Forbes Family from Drimoleague. Deirdre Goggin, so often the bridesmaid to her arch rival David Brickley on the tarmac, annexed the Jockey of The Year award. This popular Goleen native rode RHYDS PONDER to all his victories and was a popular winner. Moving on to the Summer Turf season and with the popularity of the French trotters, there was for the first time awards for both trotter and pacer of the year. SUNNYSIDE KILDARE was joint winner of Pacer along with RHYDS DESTINY. Kildare created history by winning the two big Summer Handicaps, firstly the Paddy Connolly Memorial at the Ballabuidhe Festival and later that month capturing The Red John Memorial Handicap at the big two day festival at The Cornfield Oval In Manch. Rhyds Destiny on the other hand was a model of consistency in The Free For Grade and remains one of the top perfomers on the West Cork circuit. Trotter of the year went to ROCKY ATOUT, who showed his class winning on both clockwise and anti clockwise tracks. This french import is trained by Mike Goggin and was driven in most of his races by Mike Goggin Jnr. It was a great year for The IB Stables in Baltimore and Tadhg Murphy received trainer of the year honors. IB COYOTE was the first winner of the Fillies Division of The Vincent Delaney Memorial and is the shining light of the Murphy family. Sunnyside Kildare and Rhyds Heartbeat are other winners who are trained By Tadhg. Mike Kelleher got the driver of the year award. . Along with his own Adagio De Cebe, Panam Colt and Meadowbranch. Demon Kelleher is retained driver for the powerful Lakeside Stud in Leap. Shelley Brickley once again got Turf jockey of the year award and it was double celebration for the Brickley family as their RINGO KID was the winner of saddle horse on turf. THE ITHRF always encourage the younger generation and Ryan Manning and Eoin Murphy were joint winners of apprentice Jockey on Turf while John O Mahony and Luke Kelleher were winners in the apprentice driver category. The Winter road racing season is fast approaching with the traditional St Stephens Day Fixture December 26th which signals the start of the 2017 season. by Tim Kelleher, for ITHRSF

WEST CORK, Ireland - The curtain came down on the 2016 harness racing season in West Cork with a meeting at Lisangle last Friday evening and there was top class fare on offer for the trial evening meeting at this half mile grass oval. Mike Kelleher took the driving honours with a brace of winners for John Shanahans Lakeview Stud. In the top class pace Sunnyside Kildare fresh from his saddle win in Dunmanway was the punters choice in a vibrant betting ring. Donal Murphy sent this son of Bear Dance to the front from the start and looked comfortable in the pole position . After two furlongs Rhyds Destiny joined the leader and led for Mike Kelleher. Hail Spartacus was near to the leaders and tracked them to the half mile marker. Cruise Howard was trailing 30 yards and was beginning to close in on the leaders with two furlongs to pace but Rhyds Destiny was not to be out done on the day and held on to win by a length and a half from Sunnyside Kildare with Cruise Howard only a further length back . Kelleher had earlier won the opener on Fairdays Bret . This son of Jimmy Long put recent poor performances behind him to win by three lengths from Springhill Doyle with Scorpion back in third .At the press briefing Shanahan stated that he had shown plenty of ability at home and they had made a few changes to his harness and it seems to have worked . The Le Trot series has been an unqualified success this season and tonights renewal was another top drawer event. Valiant Forgion had led early in this with Tarnao Josselyn in close attendance. The latter actually led at halfway but Valiant Forgion never gave up the rail and with Socrate Du Noyer ,Audabe a Helene and Silvano Bello joining in it was a blanket finish with Mike Goggin getting the judges call by half a length from Tarnao Josselyn the same distance back in third . Ringo Star took an incident packed mid grade pace. In a race that saw Llywns All Star , Rhyds Heartbeat and Western Dreamer all share the lead at some point in the race the winner only took up the running with two furlongs to pace and despite a stewards enquiry the result stood with no changes to the placings . Young John O Mahony finished off his first season with a win in the maiden pace . Moorside Charlie has been on the improve all year and broke his duck holding off the late challenge of last weeks winner Splash The Cash . Dundalk Stadium hosts racing next Sunday 11th September with Portmarnock racing until the end of October. The ITHRF awards panel will now sit to select the annual awards for Pacer Of the Year ,Trotter of the Year ,Leadinh trainer ,jockeys and drivers and a function is planned to honour this years winners by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS (No Times available) GRADE E & F Pace 1. J Shanahan FAIRDAYS BRET M Kelleher 2. S O Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O Reilly 3. J O Mahony SCORPION T O Leary DIST 3L 1L 7 Ran GRADE G & G1 Pace 1. S Kane MOORSIDE CHARLIE J O Mahony 2. J O Sullivan SPLASH THE CASH M Goggin Jnr 3. G Cooke WESTERN BEACH D McCarthy DIST 1L 1L 7 Ran GRADE C & D Pace 1. F Brickley RINGO STAR C Brickley 2. P J Cleary WESTERN DREAMER K Sheehy 3. A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy DIST 2L 1L 8 Ran LE TROT 1. M Goggin VALIANT FORGION Owner 2. Quill Bros TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 3. F Brickley SOCRATE DU NOYER C Brickley DIST 1/2L 1/2L 7 Ran GRADE A3 A & B Pace 1. Shanahan / Mycock RHYDS DESTINY M Kelleher 2. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 3.C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary DIST 1 1/2L 1L 6 Ran

WEST CORK, Ireland - The Hitman with Micheal Goggin, Jr. in the seat took the George Deane Memorial Handicap at Dunmanway on Sunday. There were three heats with two qualifing for the six horse final. In the opening heat Scorpion was the pace setter and led to the final turn. Here The Hitman was produced and sprinted clear to win by a length. In the second elimination IB Maximus tried to make all but was collared close home by Llywns All Star and Tyson Howard. The third and final heat went to Western Dreamer who showed old form to lead home Rhyds Heatbeat by a length. In the final Scorpion was quick off the gate to lead Llywns All Star with The Hitman content to sit on the rail. As the field began to close in it was a wide open contest .With two furlongs to pace The Hitman finally saw daylight and was not for catching winning by two lengths from Llywns All Star with Scorpion another half a length back in third. This was the third winner on the day for Goggin who had earlier dove Splash The Cash to a neck victory from Greentree Padiano Twelve year old Eoin Murphy will long remember the day as he rode his first winner under rules in a pulsating saddle race. All five runners had turns at leading but Murphy produced Sunnyside Kildare wit 100yards to go and ran out a two length winner. Eoin is a son of leading trainer Tadhg Murphy (IB Stables) and his mother Christine is a former champion jockey in West Cork. Brickley Racing had two winners on the day . Ringo Kid drew pole position in the Grade A & B pace and saw off an early challenge from Rhyds Destiny and was too good on the day for his four rivals. David Brickley drove this son of Timon Del Sol to an easy two length win. Not to be out done Ciaran Brickley drove the second winner for the Baltimore based Brickley Family. Swift Sunshine was all the rage in the betting ring and didnt let down the punters. Oozing with confidence he set the winner alight on the final corner and won by six lengths. Tarnao Josselyn took the only trotters race on the day. A model of consistency all year he put his rivals to the sword and eased down to a ten length win. It was a good weekend all round for the Quill Brothers who own the winner as on Saturday in Tregaron Wales their Awesome Dude was another winner for the team .Seamus Quill was driver on both winners. The curtain comes down on grass racing in Cork next Saturday with a meeting in Lisangle with a 3:20 pm start time. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GEORGE DEANE MEMORIAL HEAT ONE 1.J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 2. J O Mahony SCORPION T O Leary 3.F Brickley LAKESIDE ALERT D Brickley DIST 2L 1L TIME 2.34.2 7 Ran HEAT TWO 1. M O Brien LLYWNS ALL STAR Owner 2. N Forbes TYSON HOWARD Owner 3.S O Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O Reilly DIST 2L 1/2L TIME 2.34.6 7 Ran HEAT THREE 1. P J Cleary WESTERN DREAMER Owner 2. A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy 3.K Connolly TALENTED MAN Owner DIST 1L 1L TIME 2.35.3 7 Ran FINAL 1. J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 2. M O Brien LLYWNS ALL STAR Owner 3. J O Mahony SCORPION T O Leary DIST 2L 1/2L TIME 2.32.5 6 Ran GRADE G1 PACE 1. F Brickley SWIFT SUNSHINE C Brickley 2. S Kane MOORSIDE CHARLIE J O Mahony 3. S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner DIST 6L 1/2L TIME 2.36.2 5 Ran GRADE G PACE 1. J O Sullivan SPLASH THE CASH M Goggin Jnr 2. J Helen GREENTREE PADIANO Owner 3. O Farrell/Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT M Kelleher DIST NK 2L TIME 2.39.1 5 Ran TROTTEUR FRANCAIS GRADE A C & D 1. Quill Bros TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 2. M Goggin Snr ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 3. Brickley /O Reilly SOCRATE DU NOYER F Brickley DIST 10L 1/2L TIME 3.38.1 5 Ran GRADE A & B PACE 1.F Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley 2. Quill Bros IB MOHICAN S Quill 3.P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS Owner DIST 3L 2L TIME 2.30.7 5 Ran UNDER SADDLE 1. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE E Murphy 2. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 3. J Shanahan FAIRDAYS BRET L Kelleher DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.33.85 Ran  

WEST CORK, Ireland - Sunnyside Kildare completed the big Summer Handicap double double when landing the Red John Memorial handicap at The Cornfield Oval in Manch Sunday. This son of Bear Dance was a thirty yard trailer in the nine horse final. Vyrnwy Terror and Frisco Hold Up led at the start at halfway. The Hitman and Gadgie Pan also shared the lead. Then heading out on the final circuit Donal Murphy made his move with Sunnyside Kildare and led with two furlongs to pace .Despite late rallies from Gadgie Pan and The Hitman, the winner had a length to spare from Gadgie Pan with The Hitman another length third. The winner is trained by Tadhg Murphy, the brother of the winning driver. The second big final of the day, The Oakwood Stud Irish three year old Grass pacing Championship, also went to the Murphy brothers. IB A Magican, who was bred by the Baltimore based Murphy brothers and is a half brother to IB Coyote the winner of the VDM two year old fillies division in Portmarnock last week . Lakeview Panam and and Hillside Aurelious made the early running with the winner always a close third .On the back straight Murphy made a race winning move to steal three lengths out of the field and maintained that advantage at the finish. The Little Welsh Dragon in Tregaron in Wales is next on the menu for this one. Murphy drove three winners on the day having earlier taken the Grade G pace on Alert Code who made light work of his rivals . The Le Trot Gold and Silver divisions produce two great finishes . In the Silver division Rohan Des Thirons had a short head to spare over Viking Du Layon with another short head back to Saxo De Maroncourt . The Gold division went to Aubade A Helene.Patrick Hill gave this six year old an inspired drive patintly waiting until the last furlong of the contest before swooping to collar Best Of Burious with Vocan Erem vack in third . There were two saddle races on the day and both went to the lady jockeys . Shelley Brickley won on Swift Sunshine in the low grade while Mary Rose Shanahan denied Brickley a double when steering home Rhyds Destiny in the high grade division . Despite the poor weather conditions the crowds came out to honor the late Red John O'Donovan . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS RED JOHN MEMORIAL HANDICAP FINAL 1.S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 2. T Forbes GADGIE PAN J Manning Jnr 3. J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy DIST 1l 1l TIME 2.43.9 9 Ran OAKWOOD STUD IRISH THREE YEAR OLD GRASS PACING CHAMPIONSHIP 1. IB Stables IB A MAGICAN D Murphy 2. J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM P Kane Jnr 3.J P O Callaghan MEADOWBRANCH ROMAN B Roche DIST 3l 1l TIME 2.46.5 6 Ran LETROT GOLD DIVISION 1. P Hill AUDABE A HELENE Owner 2. Meadowbranch Stables BEST OF BURIOUS N Ryan 3. P Kane VOLCAN EREM P Kane Jnr DIST 2l 1/2l TIME 3.55.5 * Ran LETROT SILVER DIVISION 1. P Kane ROHAN DES THIRONS P Kane Jnr 2. G Murdock VIKING DU LAYON A Wallace 3. S Kane SAXO DU MARONCOURT DIST SH SH TIME 3.57.9 9 Ran GRADE G PACE 1. D Murphy ALERT CODE Owner 2. A Cuffe ALL EYES ON YOU S Kane 3.O Farrell/Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT M Kelleher DIST 3l 3l TIME 2.51.1 5 Ran LOW GRADE SADDLE 1. F Brickley SWIFT SUNSHINE Shelley Brickley 2. McCarthy/Twomey MYROSS SON S Twomey 3. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill DIST 3l 4l TIME 2.51.0 4 Ran HIGH GRADE SADDLE 1. Shanahan /Mycock RHYDS DESTINY Mary Rose Shanahan 2. F Brickley RINGO STAR Shelley Brickley 3. DHK Racing RHYDS TRIXTER R Manning DIST 3l 4l TIME 2.48.7 4 Ran GRADE G1 PACE 1. J Manning SAUNDERS JUBILEE Owner 2. Kelleher Bros PANAM COLT M Kelleher 3. L O Reagan JONOS COLT K Sheehy DIST 8l 10l TIME 2.27.3 6 Ran

WEST CORK, Ireland - The opening day of the 2016 Red John Memorial weekend at The Cornfield Oval in Manch produced some fantastic fare despite poor weather conditions. The five elimination heats of The Red John Memorial Pacing Handicap produced ten qualifiers for the Sunday Final. The opening heat went the way of Vyrnwy Terror .Fair Enough was all the rage in the betting but broke on a few occasions .Vyrnwy Terror was sent to the front by Mike O'Brien and was never in danger of being caught with the favorite coming back from his mistakes to grab the second qualifing spot. In the second heat Frisco Hold Up set the pace with Meadowbranch Milli in close attention .Nearing the final two furlongs, The Hitman joined the leaders and in a battle royal the three crossed the line together. The photo finish finish went the way of Frisco Hold Up with a neck back to The Hitman and the same to Meadowbranch Milli. Heat Three was another ultra competitive affair with Rhyds Cobbler and driver Billy Roche eventually seeing off Armoured Bear with John Boyle and the late finishing King Wills Arrival just failing by a neck to make the final. Only four went to post in the fourth heat and Gadgie Pan was waited by John Manning overtaking leader Lyons Stallone with three furlongs to pace and won going away by four lengths . The fifth and final heat was a classic .Maximus Lad led from the start and had a good tussle with Western Dreamer for pole position which he held .With three furlongs to pace Sunnyside Kildare arrived to deliver a challenge.All the while Ringo Kid waited in the wings and David Brickley sent him to the front in the last 100 yards to win by two lengths . The PJI Engineering Free For All Pace pitched eight of the top grass specialists into battle . Sprinhill Jazz lead off the gate from Meadowbranch Romeo and Meadowbranch Demon . At the half way point "Jazz" slipped out of contention and Romeo and Demon(half brothers both out of Churchill Queen)were left in front .Last weeks winner Rhyds Destiny had crept into the contest .Turning for home all three went to war with Hail Spartacus getting no room to challenge .Un the final 50 yards Meadowbranch Demon poked his nose in front and won by two lengths from Rhyds Destiny with Meadowbranch Romeo third . Racing opened with a Grade G Pace where victory went to Swift Sunshine and Ciaran Brickley . The Anto Russell Memorial trot saw aw win for Valiant Forgion who with Mike Goggin in the bike led from the start and was not for catching by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS RED JOHN MEMORIAL HANDICAP HEAT ONE 1. J O Leary VYRNWY TERROR M O Brien 2. A Wallace FAIR ENOUGH Owner 3. Kane/Donaghy ON TOP JEREMIES JET P Kane Jnr DIST 4l 1/2l TIME 2.37.1 7 Ran HEAT TWO 1. J Stewart FRISCO HOLD UP P Kane Jnr 2. J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy 3. Meadowbranch Stables MEADOWBRANCH MILLI N Ryan DIST NK NK TIME 2.37.3 8 Ran HEAT THREE 1. J Gannon RHYDS COBBLER B Roche 2. J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner 3. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL F Quill Jnr DIST NK NK TIME 2.38.6 8 Ran HEAT FOUR 1.M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning Jnr 2. O Driscoll /O Reilly LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 3. Quill Bros KEYSTONE WINGMAN S Quill DIST 4l 2l TIME 2.41.1 4 Ran HEAT FIVE 1. J Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley 2. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 3. P J Cleary WESTERN DREAMER Owner DIST 2l 1/2l TIME 3.36.3 7 Ran Grade G Pace 1. F Brickley SWIFT SUNSHINE C Brickley 2. S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner 3. H Bennett FAIRDAYS HART S Quill DIST 4l 2l TIME 2.39.3 6 Ran ANTO RUSSELL MEMORIAL TROT 1. M Goggin VALIANT FORGION Owner 2. Hurrell /Kane SOPRANO GEDE S Kane 3. Brickley/O Reilly SOCRATE DU NOYER F Brickley DIST 4l 4l TIME 2.44.9 5 Ran PJI ENGINEERING FREE FOR ALL 1.Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON M Kelleher 2. Shanahan/ Mycock RHYDS DESTINY P Kane Jnr 3.Meadowbranch/Watson MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO N Ryan DIST 2l SH TIME 2.34.1 8 Ran

WEST CORK, Ireland - The two day Red John Memorial Weekend is drawing closer and the post draws were held on Tuesday night in The Harbour Bar Leap. Two-day harness racing meet takes place Saturday and Sunday at "The Cornfield Oval" in Manch. The Red John Memorial handicap is the feature of the weekend with five elimination heats on the Saturday and the Grand Final on Sunday. Prize money has increased to €5000  (€3500 last year) and 40 pacers will contest the five heats. Heat One looks wide open .Dublin raider ON TOP JEREMYS JET will be fancied along with another Dublin runner FAIR ENOUGH but BRYWINS STARSHIP and FAIRDAYS BRET can keep the flag flying for West Cork. Heat Two is another wide open affair with RINGO LADY ,THE HITMAN ,MR SECURITY and MEADOWBRANCH MILLI all locking horns in this . Heat Three will see RHYDS COBBLER start as favourite but ARMOURED BEAR will have his first outing in the handicap proper for owner John Boyle whose stock have been in top form .Throw in IB MAXIMUS and SAUNDERS PICASSO into the mix for another top class heat . Heat four has the big grey horse COOL NIGHT AYR who finished second at Portmarnock at the VDM off pole position a repeat of that form should be enough to see off SREAMSIDE STAR and THE GOVENOR . Heat five SUNNYSIDE KILDARE going for the big Summer handicap double .A winner of The Paddy Connolly Memorial at Ballabuidhe this son of Bear Dance will have to be at his best to account for RHYDS TRIXTER,RINGO KID ,RHYDS RAMBLER and MAXIMUS LAD The PJI Engineering Free For All could develop into a battle between MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO and his half brother MEADOWBRANCH DEMON but RHYDS DESTINY a winner last day here in Manch and Grand Prix winner HAIL SPARTACUS waiting in the wings . Last years Red John Handicap winner RINGO STAR could also cause an upset . The Anthony Russell Memorial Clockwise trot and and a Grade G /G1 pace make up the remainder of Saturdays card. On Sunday there is something for everyone. The Gold and Silver divisions of the Le Trot Grand Criterium Grass trotting feature the French trotters with nine runners in each. There are two saddle races a grade G and a Grade G1 pace. The Oakwood Stud sponsored Irish Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship has attracted a select six runner field. LAKEVIEW PANAM and HILLSIDE AURELOIUS both won impressively here last day out and must be fancied . IB A MAGICAN has been coming on nicely for the in form IB Stables .COALFORD BRUCE won as he liked in Aberystwyth but has disappointed on his two runs since that win in Wales back in July .MEADOBRANCH ROMAN won the sire stakes in Portmarnock but a virus has curtailed his preparation while BRYWINS MAGICAN represents the Delaney Brothers who sponsor the race. The Red John Memorial final brings the curtain down on a weekend that has already seen record entries for record prize money. Action at "The Cornfield Oval" in Manch has a 2.30 start on both days. To view the post positions for the week visist www.harnessracingcork.com/entries.html.  by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

WEST CORK, Ireland - The harness racing community from all over Ireland will converge on the famous "Cornfield Oval" in Manch next weekend 20th & 21st August for the 2016 Red John Memorial Festival of Racing . And to add an international flavor, visitors from the USA and Australia who have been attending the Vincent Delaney Memorial meeting in Portmarnock will see harness racing on the grass turf for the first time, taking in the festival as part of their tour of Ireland "Red" John O'Donovan, who was an integral part of harness racing here in West Cork, died tragically in January 2015 and following a successful memorial day last year, the hard working committee have organised a two-day event which has attracted entries from Cork, Limerick, Clare, Dublin and as far away as Louth and Donegal. The feature of the weekend will be The Red John Memorial Handicap. This will consist of five heats on Saturday with two horses set to qualify for the Grand final on Sunday. Sunnyside Kildare, who won the Connolly Memorial at the Ballabuidhe will be out to complete a big Summer Handicap double, but he will have plenty of fancied runners including Coalford Hardy, Fairdays Bret, Brywins Starship, Armoured Bear, Springhill Doyle and many more to try and deny him the famous double. A new addition to this years program is The Oakwood Stud three year old grass pacing championship. Meadowbrach Roman will start as favourite but there will be plenty of local runners including Hillside Aurelious, Lakeview Panam,IB A Magican and Coalford Bruce out to get the better of the Dublin based runner . The PJI Engineering Free For All Pace will be another highlight on finals day on Sunday . Eight of the best pacers are set to battle out this event with Rhyds Destiny, who seems to have come to form just at the right time starting as favourite .2015 horse of the year Cruise Howard lines up along with Grand Prix winner Hillside Spartacus. Ringo Kid has been lightly campaigned and must enter the calculations . The Le Trot series which has seen imported French trotters race here has been a huge success and thbee "Frenchies" only races are on the card. There is a full supporting program with in excess of €25,000 euro in prize money on offer . A donation from proceeds of the weekend will go to Motor Neuron Ireland . Off the track there will be plenty of entertainment for all the family. For the kids there will be free pony rides, bouncy castles, colouring competitions and face painting. The adults can relax in the marquee with bar and catering facilities on site and after racing live music at the track . Saturday night in The Leap Inn the DVD of the days racing will be shown with music and dancing . So all roads lead to Manch raceway for what promises to be a weekend to remember. Details of all entries can be got on www.harnessracingcork.com Racing has a 2.30 pm start time on both Saturday and Sunday. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink    

WEST CORK, Ireland - Hail Spartacus and Patrick Hill won a thrilling Murphy/Coman Beverages Grand Prix at the final day of the 2016 Festival in Ballabuidhe Tuesday. The final was cancelled on Monday but for once the sun shone to enable racing to go ahead . Cruise Howard was a warm favourite despite a Fifty yard Handicap .Supreme Sunshine took up the running after three furlongs from Laleview Walter .With two circuits to race Timmy O Leary had moved Cruise Howard alongside the leader and hit the front with five furlongs to pace. Urged on by the partisan local crowd Cruise Howard had gone three lengths clear. Heading into the final quarter of a mile Hill arrived on the scene and led over the road crossing .Turning for home Hail Spartacus was now in full flow and ran out a four length winner from Supreme sunshine with Cruise Howard another three lengths back in third . The winner a seven year old son of Swingman and Meadowbranch Katie was bred by Hillside Farms which is owned by Pete Hill (Patricks Father) "Its great to win with one you bred yourself" stated Hill to the post race press briefing . "We will enjoy tonight but its back to farming in the morning. " Sunnyside Kildare took the second final The Paddy Connolly Memorial. Gadgie Pan led for most of the journey but Donal Murphy set "Kildare" alight with a half mile remaining and was in cruise control from here to the finish .The winner is owned by Sean Buckley and trained by Tadhg Murphy. The Red John Memorial is next on the menu for this son of Bear Dance . There was three maiden paces on the day. See You Later with Jason O Reilly saw off newcomer IB A Magician in the opener. O Reilly was denied a double by his brother Matt in the next Matt on I Told you So beating his sibling aboard Hawthorns Omerta . Armoured Bear with John Boyle was a six length winner and now steps up to the handicap proper . Adagio De Cebe made it two wins on the bounce in the Low Grade trot while Rocky Atout notched up another win in the high grade division of the trot . Tyson Howard who had run well in his last two starts went one better today with John Manning Jnr doing the steering . The Festival came to a close with IB Mohican and Seamus Quill winning by three lengths . Next Sunday The Corn Field Oval in Manch is the venue with all eyes after that focusing on the Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend in Portmarnock . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Murphys/ Coman Beverages Grand Prix final 1.Hillside Farms HAIL SPARTACUS P Hill 2. J Boyle SUPREME SUNSHINE Owner 3. Caroline O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary DIST 4l 3l 6 Ran Paddy Connolly Memorial Final 1. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 2. J Boyle SUPREME SUNSHINE Owner 3.M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner DIST 3l 3l 6 Ran Grade G Pace (Div One) 1, S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 2. IB Stables IB A MAGICIAN D Murphy 3. G Kane MOORSIDE CHARLIE J O Mahony DIST 1l 10l 7 Ran Grade G Pace (Div Two) 1. L O Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M O Reilly 2. K McCarthy HAWTHORNS OMERTA J O Reilly 3. P McInerney KEYPAN Owner DIST 2l 2l 5 Ran Grade G & G1 Pace 1. J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner 2. J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM D Murphy 3. S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner DIST 2l 10l 5 Ran Le Trot Low Grade 1. Kelleher Bros ADAGIO DE CEBE M Kelleher 2. M Goggin VALLIANT FORGION Owner 3. G Kane UNE DE RIOUX T O Leary DIST 12l Dist 4 Ran Le Trot High Grade 1. M Goggin ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 2. Inishford Syn SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 3 P Hill AUBADE A HELENE Owner DIST 2l 2l 4 Ran Open Pace (Div One) 1. N Forbes TYSON HOWARD J Manning Jnr 2. S & T O Reilly RINGO LADY T O Reilly 3. J O Leary VYRNWY TERROR M O Brien DIST 2l HD 5 Ran Open Pace (Div Two) 1. Quill Bros IB MOHICAN S Quill 2. P J Cleary WESTERN DREAMER Owner 3. A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy DIST 3l 1l 4 Ran    

WEST CORK, Ireland  - The heats of the Murphy Stout & Coman Beverages Grand Prix and heats of the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap were the feature on day one of the three day Ballabuidhe Festival in Dunmanway. In the Grand Prix three qualified from each of the two heats . The opening heat went the way of Supreme Sunshine with John Boyle in the bike . Boyle the oldest driver on the circuit proved yet again that age only a number. Immortal Mojo led for two circuits until Boyle swept past the field and won by four lengths with Lakeview Walter grabbing second from IB Maximus. Cruise Hoard was all the rage in the second heat and landed the odds with consummate ease . Trailing thirty yards off the gate driver "Cool Hands" Timmy O Leary on Cruise Howard picked off his rivals one by one and hit the front on the final circuit of this famous oval and won by six lengths . He will again start as favourite in the Bank Holiday Final and will be urged on by the local partisan crowd at his home track. Heat one of the Connolly Memorial on paper looked a shoot out between last weeks fastest winner Brywins Starship and Pan Cam Drift . Straship led after Pan Cam Drift broke at the Start and the order remained the same until the final three furlongs .All the while Pan Cam Drift drew closer and Mike Kelleher eased this Judge Cam filly to the front to score by three lengths. Sunnyside Kildare really impressed in the second heat leading from the start and never looked in any form of danger and had eight lengths in hand on Llywns Allstar at the finish ."Kildare" will start as favourite in the final. The third heat produced the best finish of the day . Springhill Doyle led for most of the journey. The Hitman came into contention and looked a winner but John Manning cajoled one final effort on Gadgie Pan to get the verdict on the wire .A neck given as the official distance Racing resumes tomorrow Monday at 2,30 for Day two by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS MURPHY STOUT & CAMON BEVERAGES GRAND PRIX (Three to Qualify) Heat One 1. J Boyle SUPREME SUNSHINE Owner 2. R Joyce LAKEVIEW WALTER M O Reilly 3. IB Stables IB MAXIMUS T Murphy DIST 4l 2l 6 Ran Heat Two 1. C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary 2. DHK Racing RHYDS TRIXTER T Murphy 3. P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS Owner DIST 6l 2l 7 Ran PADDY CONNOLLY MEMORIAL (Two to Qualify) Heat One 1. Kelleher Brothers PAN CAM DRIFT M Kelleher 2. M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner 3. N Forbes TYSON HOWARD Owner DIST 2 1/2l 6l 6 Ran Heat Two 1. S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 2. M O Brien LLWYNS ALLSTAR Owner 3. S & T O Reilly RINGO LADY T O Reilly DIST 8l 12l 5 Ran Heat Three 1. M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning Jnr 2. J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy 3. M O Donovan MR SECURITY Owner DIST NK 2 1/2l 6 Ran  

WEST CORK, Ireland - Brywins Starship cemented his reputation as one of the up and coming stars on the west Cork Circuit with a top drawer performance at The Cornfield Oval in Manch on Sunday. Taking advantage of a number two draw this son of Share The Delight was quick to the front and after an early tussle with Armoured Bear he quickly disposed of that challenge and was most impressive in a three length winning margin from Heather Breeze .The time of 2.01 .1 was fastest of the day. This win puts him into the handicap proper. Owner /trainer and driver Mike Healy indicated after racing that the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap at next weekends Ballabuidhe Festival will be the target for this four year old. Cruise Howard returned to winning ways in the top grade pace . Derry McCarthy came in for the catch drive (Usual driver Timmy O Leary was absent due to a family Bereavement) on the winner who took up the running off a 20 yard trail after two furlongs and never looked in danger of defeat easing home by four lengths from Best Talent . A tilt at the Grand Prix next weekend (second last year) is next on the menu for the 2015 Horse of the Year . Patrick Hill also won a catch drive in the Le Trot . Adagio Du Cebe has ran well since his switch to Kelleher Racing(Mike Kelleher was driving in Portmarnock Today) and opened his account with a bit in hand and still looks a bit ahead of the handicapper. Racing opened with a win for Saunders Jubilee and Jack Manning . This son of Platy With A Full Deck was campaigned in the UK last term running into a few places but won on his return to Cork. Talented Man took an ultra competitive Grade D and E Pace. Drawn in pole position this son of Cams Security saw off all comers in a blanket finish where 2 lengths covered the first five home. Rhyds Heartbeat seems to love Manch and won for the second time at the venue this season .Kieran Sheehy took up the running at the half mile juncture and won three lengths from stable companion IB Maximus. The winner is owned by Race secretary Angela Hurley and her husband Martin and was apopular winner. Lakeview Panam looks another with a bright future and won on her debut for owner James Hurley . This daughter of Cams Security holds an entry in the three Year old grass pacing Championship her in Manch in August . Ringo Kid and usual pilot Shelley Brickley took the concluding saddle race. Myross Son led until the final two furlongs but here Ringo Kid joinred and ran out an easy winner . Next weekend sees the three day Ballabuihe Festival in Dunmanway racing on Sunday Monday and Tuesday . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Grade G Pace 1. J Manning SAUNDERS JUBILEE Owner 2. S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 3. H Bennett WELLFIELD DAMIAN S Quill DIST 3l 1l TIME 2.08.1 7 Ran Grade D & E Pace 1. K Connolly TALENTED MAN Owner 2. J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy 3. M O Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner DIST 1/2l NK TIME 2.06.3 8 Ran Grade B C & D Pace 1. A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT K SHeehy 2. IB Stables IB MAXIMUS T Murphy 3. J Boyle SUPREME SUNSHINE Owner DIST 3l 4l TIM 2.05.3 Grade G Pace 1. J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM T Murphy 2. L O Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M O Reilly 3.B Twomey HAWTHORNS OMERTA J O Reilly DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.07.2 7 Ran Grade E F & G1 Pace 1. M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner 2. S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner 3. J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner DIST 3l NK TIME 3.01.3 6 Ran LE TROT Grade B C & F 1 1/2 Miles 1. Meadowbranch Stables ADAGIO DU CEBE P Hill 2. Quill Bros TORNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 3. Inishford Syn SILVANO BELLO T Murphy DIST 6 4l TIME 3.06.1 4 Ran Under Saddle Race 1. J Brickley RINGO KID Shelley Brickley 2. B Twomey MYROSS SON S twomey 3. J Manning GADGIE PAN R Manning DIST 4l 6l TIME 2.03.7 4 Ran Grade A1 A & B Pace 1. Caroline O Brien CRUISE HOWARD D McCarthy 2. S Jennings BEST TALENT K Connolly 3. P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS Owner DIST 4l 2l TIME 2.03.0 5 Ran  

WEST CORK, Ireland - The O'Reilly brothers, Chris and Denis, both tasted success at their local track in Drimoleague on Sunday . And for good measure their first cousin, Sean, also had a winner at one of the best meetings on the West Cork circuit. Lyons Stallone set the ball rolling for the O'Reilly clan in the grade D & E pace. Punters latched on to this son of Silky Stallone and Chris was never in any danger of loosing as he made all the running to win by a comfortable three lengths. Immortal Mojo has enjoyed his best local season to date (dead heating in Inchadoney and second in Clonakilty) and today set a blistering pace in the Grade C D & E, heading out with three furlongs to pace he looked to be in the radar of the chasing pack, but Denis O'Reilly was only toying with his rivals running out a ten length winner . Springhill Doyle completed the winning days for the O'Reillys. Tyson Howard led for most of the trip but Matt O'Reilly (a nephew of winning owner Sean ) produced the winner with two furlongs to pace and ran out an easy winner. In the top grade pace, Rhyds Destiny was all the rage to account for his five rivals. Hail Spartacus led from the pole position Destiny closed on the final circuit and looked a winner but Patrick Hill and Hail Spartacus were not for catching. Earlier in the day, Panam Colt, a half brother to Hail Spartacus (both bred by Hillside Farms) won in a fashion to suggest that he could have a very bright future. The same could be said of Brywins Starship, who won on only his second outing .Mike Healy was always in control on this four year old son of Share The Delight. Rocky Atout took the trotters race. Adagio Du Cebe led until the two furlong pole where Mike Goggin Jnr produced the winner and ran on to win by five lengths. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G PACE 1. Kelleher Bros PANAM COLT M Kelleher 2. J O Sullivan SPLASH THE CASH M Goggin Jnr 3. L O Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M O Reilly DIST 2l 2l TIME 2.24.8 5 Ran GRADE D & E PACE (Duggan Agri Contractor Cup) 1. O Reilly/O Driscoll LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 2. M O Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 3. M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning DIST 3l 1l TIME 2.20.1 6 Ran GRADE C D & E PACE ( Tim & Catherine O Reilly Memorial Cup) 1. Eachway Racing Ltd IMMORTAL MOJO D O Reilly 2. R Joyce LAKWVIEW WALTER M O Reilly 3. J O Leary VYRWNY TERROR M O Brien DIST 10l 2l TIME 2.17.8 7 Ran GRADE G & G1 PACE (The Black Forest Trophy) 1. M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner 2. J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner 3. S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner DIST 1l 1l TIME 2.22.5 5 Ran GRADE E & F PACE (Acorn Life Shield) 1. S O Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O Reilly 2. N Forbes TYSON HOWARD Owner 3. M O Brien HELL BOY Owner DIST 4l 2l TIME 2.19.2 7 Ran LE TROT 1. M Goggin ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 2. Meadowbranch Stables ADAGIO DU CEBE M Kelleher 3. F Brickley SOCRATE DU NOYER Owner DIST 2l 4l TIME 3.23.2 5 Ran GRADE A2 A & B PACE (James O Driscoll Memorial Cup) 1.P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS P Hill 2. Shanahan / Mycock RHYDS DESTINY M Kelleher 3. DHK Racing RHYDS TRIXTER D Murphy DIST 3l 3l TIME 2.15.9 6 Ran  

The annual George Deane Memorial raceday fell foul to the weather this weekend at Dunmanway, but it is hoped that a new date will be penciled in for this event later in the season. Racing did go ahead at Portmarnock in North County Dublin despite the terrible wintery conditions. Looking ahead to next Sunday 26th June the Drimoleague Harness Racing Club (DHRC) hold their annual fixture on the lands of Jerry and Sheena O Driscoll approx. two miles on the western side of Drimoleague village. This track is a tough undulating course with no hiding place for the faint hearted. The DHRC are one of the most progressive clubs on the West Cork circuit and always give racegoers a good day out with plenty of entertainment both on and off the track. The club being from a fairly rural area has great links with the local community and every year nominate a local charity to benefit from the raceday. This year a donation will be made to the Ricky Barrett Fund which has been set up to defray the medical costs of a local boy who has serious medical conditions. " We are a community based club and are delighted to be able to help the Barrett family and Ricky who has been ill and hopefully our donation will help in a small way to his recovery" said Denis O Reilly of DHRC . "All the kids will have plenty to keep themselves occupied while the adults can enjoy the racing" added O Reilly . With Dunmanway cancelled on Sunday a bumper entry is expected at this popular venue . Racing has a 2.30 start time and details of entries can be found on www.harnessracingcork.com by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink    

WEST CORK, Ireland - The Lisangle track has a habit of producing some of the closest finishes on the West Cork circuit and today was no different with the photo finish camera earning overtime at the Bank holiday fixture. Three crossed the line in the Grade Pace. From the very start this was run at break neck pace with Hell Boy and Ringo Lady battled for pole position . All the while Micheal Donovan on Mr Security and Chris O'Reilly on Lyons Stallone stood in the wings waiting for the pace setters to falter. Turning for home it was impossible to call the winner but eventually Ringo Lady with Timmy O'Reilly in the bike got that extra inch to see off his brother Chris on Lyons Stallone and Mr Security. The battle for supremacy in the top grade pace now reads 1- 1. 2015 Horse of The Year Cruise Howard returned to winning ways but not without a battle from last weeks winner Rhyds Destiny. Timmy O'Leary on the winner was an early leader and held that position all through the the race.   Veteran driver John Boyle recorded a double on the day , Newcomer Armoured Bear won the opening nine runner Maiden . Brywins Starship led early doors but Boyle produced this son of Lyons Joseph with two furlongs to pace and looks one with a bright future.   Supreme Sunshine completed the double for the popular Mallow owner trainer driver. This versatile mare has always been a model of consistency and added another win to her CV today.   The top class saddle race saw Shelley Brickley on Ringo Star and Luke Kelleher on Meadowbrach Demon go head to head and eventually Ringo Star (a full brother of earlier winner Ringo Lady) prevailed.   In the low grade saddle race Myross Son and Sean Twomey were never in danger of defeat Patrick Hill gave french trotter an inspired drive in the low grade Trot . This one has been unlucky not to have won both of his seasonal starts but looked a winner at all time today.   Socrate Du Noyer took the top grade trot with Finbarr Brickley doing the steering . This imposing type saw off Rocky Atout and Silvano Bello with a little bit left in the locker.   All roads lead to Dundalk Stadium next weekend for the first meeting of the year at the Tapeta surface in County Louth.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   Grade G Pace 1. J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner 2. M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner 3. M O Reilly ROCKON JOJO Owner DIST 1l 2l SP 3/1 6/4 3/1 9 Ran   Grade E & F Trot 1.P Hill AUDABE A HELENE Owner 2. Meadowbravnch Stables ADAGIO DU CEBE M Kelleher 3. IB Stables ALINEKA DARCHE D Murphy DIST 5l 2l SP 7/4 3/1 2/1 6 Ran   Grade A & B Pace 1. Caroline O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary 2. Shanahan / Mycock RHYDS DESTINY M Kelleher 3. Jennie Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley DIST 1/2l 2l SP 6/4 EV 6/1 7 Ran   Grade D E & F Pace 1. S & T O Reilly RINGO LADY T O Reilly 2. O Reilly /O Driscoll LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 3. M O Donovan MR SECURITY Owner DIST SH SH SP 4/1 4/1 5/2 7 Ran   Grade C D & E Pace 1. J Boyle SUPREME SUNSHINE Owner 2.P McInerney JUST CAM Owner 3. J O Leary VYRNWY TERROR M O Brien DIST 1l 2l SP 7/4 6/1 3/1 8 ran   Grade A B C & D Trot 1. F Brickley SOCRATE DE NOYER Owner 1. M Goggin ROCKY ATOUT Owner 3. Inishford Racing SILVANO BELLO D Murphy DIST 3l 3l SP 4/1 2/1 2/1 6 Ran   Grade B & C Saddle 1.F Brickley RINGO STAR Shelley Brickley 2. Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher 3. A & M Hurley COMPLY OR DIE Marie Moloney DIST1l 12l SP 6/4 EV 6/1 3 Ran   Grade D & E Saddle 1. McCarthy /Twomey MYROSS SON S Twomey 2. M Shanahan GADGIE PAN R Manning 3. S O Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE C O Reilly DIST 10l 4l SP 1/2 3/1 3/1 3 Ran

Driver Mike Kelleher teamed up with owner John Shanahan to drive a double at "The Cornfield Oval" in Manch on Sunday. In the opener Dublin raider Coalford Hardy was all the rage in a vibrant betting ring but never looked like landing the odds instead Kelleher sent Fairdays Bret to the front at the quarter mile pole and never saw a challenge winning six lengths to land the first of his and Shanahans two winners. Rhyds Destiny completed the double in the top grade pace. He and IB Mohican set a blistering early pace cutting out an opening quarter of 29.1 the fractions at half way were 1.00 and here Destiny had stayed off the challenge .All the while 2015 horse of the year Cruise Howard off a 20 yard handicap drew closer but found one too good in the shape of Rhyds Destiny having to give best by three lengths . Chris O Reilly celebrated his birthday with a win in the Grade E pace .Hakuna Matata who at times have proved a bit of an enigma put his best foot forward today and led home Ringo Lady (driven by his brother Timmy) by two lengths . Rhyds Heartbeat gave race secretary Angela Hurley and her husband Martin their opening win of the season in the Grade D pace . This son of Hasty Hall and CPR is a full brother of Rhyds Destiny was set alight by champion driver Donal Murphy from the start and eventually got the better of his tussle with Supreme Sunshine and led home Bell Swiper who only saw daylight too late in the race . The old adage that age is never a came to pass in the Grade E Pace . Here veteran Mr Security a twelve year old son of Cams Security ran his rivals ragged. Produced by Mike O Donovan with two furlongs to pace he had three lengths in hand at the wire . Since opening his account as a two year old this wily old warrior has won races every season since. In the low grade trot Vaillant Forgion who was narrowly defeated on the beach went one better on grass today. He and Adagio Du Cebe locked horns early and had a good battle for a mile of the mile and half contest . At this point the winner saw off this challenge but Audabe De Helene came from away off the pace to challenge but was never getting to the one ifn front. Venus De Zenith and Sean Kane made the 500 mile round trip from County Meath a winning one in the top Grade trot . Rocky Atout tried to make all but Kane produced the winner in the final eighth of a mile to claim the red rosette. Racing concluded with a saddle race and Oisin Quill rode his first winner under rules .Showing maturity well beyond his tender 14 years he gave King Wills Arrival a text book ride and was never headed . Next week the actin switches to Lisangle with a 2.30 Start time . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Grade G & G1 Pace 1. J Shanahan FAIRDAYS BRET M Kelleher 2. S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 3. J Payne GET ROCKIN J manning Jnr DIST 6l 2l TIME 2.03.7 SP 5/2 3/1 3/1 7 Ran Grade F Pace 1. C O Reilly HAKUNA MATATA Owner 2. S & T O Reilly RINGO LADY T O Reilly 3. J O Mahony GLAN MORGAN J O Mahony Jnr DIST 2l 8l TIME 2.03.2 SP 5/2 EV 4/1 5 Ran Trot Grade E & F (1 1/2 Miles) 1. O Sullivan/Goggin VAILLANT FORGION M Goggin Snr 2. Hillside Farms AUBADE A HELENE P Hill 3. Meadowbranch Stables ADGIO DU CEBE M Kelleher DIST 1l 4l TIME 3.07.1 SP 6/4 3/1 EV 7 Ran Grade E Pace 1. M O Donovan MR SECURITY Owner 2. J O Leary VYRNWY TERROR M O Brien 3. J O Mahony SCORPION T O Leary DIST 3l 1l TIME 2.02.1 SP 5/2 3/1 6/4 7 Ran Grade A B & C Pace 1. Shanahan/ Mycock RHYDS DESTINY M Kelleher 2. Caroline O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O Leary 3. Quill Bros IB MOHICAN S Quill DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.00.0 SP EV 6/4 3/1 7 Ran Grade D Pace 1. A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy 2. A O Neill BELL SWIPER Owner 3. M Shanahan GADGIE PAN J Manning Jnr DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.01.4 SP 6/4 3/1 3/1 8 Ran Trot Grade A B C & D (1 1/2 Miles) 1. S Kane VENUS DE ZENITH Owner 2. M Goggin Snr ROCKY ATOUT M Goggin Jnr 3. P Kane ROHAN DES THIRONS M Kane DIST 4l 2l TIME 3.04.1 SP 4/1 3/1 5/1 6 Ran Under Saddle Mile 1. Quill Bros KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 2. F Brickley RINGO STAR Shelley Brickley 3. Mc Carthy /Twomey MYROSS SON S Twomey DIST 2l 2l Time 2.02.7 SP 3/1 1/2 3/1 6 ran

"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      

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