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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      

WEST CORK, Ireland - The 2016 Harness Racing Summer season begins in Cork this coming Sunday.   Racing at the famous Inchadoney Beach was revived a few years ago and this unique venue is one of the most popular on the West Cork circuit .   With the weather forecast good for Sunday the sands at Inchaconey will be transformed for one day only into a harness racing amphitheatre and is a sight to behold with a backdrop of the Atlantic ocean making a spectacular viewing for patrons .   The old adage "Time nor tide waits for no man" certainly is true for this unique fixture and racing has an 11.30 am start time.This is the only official harness racing meeting to be held on a beach worldwide and is well worth a visit .   Entries close on Monday night and five pacing races along with two races for the imported French trotters and a saddle race are pencilled in.   Racing continues throughout the Summer and below is the fixture list. Details of entries etc can be got on www.harnessracingcork.com.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   2016 Cork Fixtures MAY 22nd - INCHADONEY MAY 29th - MANCH JUNE 5th - LISSANGLE JUNE 12th - CLONAKILTY SHOW ITHRF Demonstration JUNE 19th - GEORGE DEANE MEMORIAL JUNE 26th - DRIMOLEAGUE JULY 10th - BALLINEEN JULY 17th - DUNDALK JULY 24th - GLOUN JULY 31th - BALLABUIDHE AUGUST 1st BALLABUIDHE AUGUST 7th - DUNDALK AUGUST 14th - VINCENT DELANEY PORTMARNOCK AUGUST 20/21st - RED JOHN MEMORIAL MANCH SEPTEMBER 4th - MANCH SEPTEMBER 11th - DUNDALK SEPTEMBER 18th - MANCH SEPTEMBER 25th - DUNDALK

West Cork, Ireland - The inaugural running of the Oakwood Stud Irish Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship, which will take place on the 20th and 21st August 2016 as part of The Red John O Donovan Memorial Weekend at Manch Raceway in West Cork, has attracted an entry of 11 pacers (Five Fillies and Six Colts). "We were hoping to get around ten entries as this is the first year of the event so I suppose we have achieved our target "said Tim Kelleher one of the organisers . "Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud and organiser of The Vincent Delaney Memoria, rang me in December and threw the idea into my head about staging an aged classic race on grass in Cork." Kelleher explained. "That set the wheels in motion and we came up with the three year old grass championship and with generous sponsorship from Derek and his brother James we pencilled in the event to compliment the Red John Memorial Day and now it has become a two day event!" . 11 regally bred pacers have been nominated for the event and here is a quick run through them, firstly the fillies. OAKWOOD DESTINY (Western Terror/Olympic Sign) LAKEVIEW PANAM (Cams Security/Meadowbranch Panam) CAMMIES CONQUEST (Arts Conquest/Cammies Arrow) WEST END DAKOTA (Kikicolt/Magical Bell) RIVER DANCE HANOVER (The Panderosa/Super Sonic Speed) The six colts nominated MEADOWBRANCH ROMAN (Kikicolt/Meadowbranch Niche) BRYWINS MAGICAN (Share The Delight/Lifes Magic Girl) IB A MAGICAN (Arts Conquest/Jill and Jones) HILLSIDE AUERILIUS (Cams Security/Meadowbranch Katie) PAN CAM MYSTERY (Judge Cam/Stoneriggs Vanity) COALFORD BRUCE (Rogue Hall/Blackwell Minogue) Only two of the eleven entries raced as two year olds .Meadowbranch Roman owned by Dubliner JP O'Callaghan qualified for the 2015 Vincent Delaney Final and Oakwood Destiny who was second in the North Wales Horse Owners Association 2 year old fillies but suffered a minor injury and was left out to grass. IB A Magican is a son of Jill And Jones a classic winner here in Cork and comes from the IB Stable Facility in Baltimore .Hillside Farms are represented by Hillside Aurelius who is a half brother of Hail Spartacus another free for aller in Cork.His sire, Cams Security, who stands at the Lakeview Stud less than a mile from Hillside, is also the sire of Lakeview Panam and Lakeview Stud owner John Shanahan has Coalford Bruce in the line up . Pan Cam Mystery comes from the same line as the great Stoneriggs Mystery and qualified on grass last season but was another left off to develop. C & C Racing from Co Clare have two in the mix River Dance Hanover and Cammies Conquest. Thomas Bennett from Dublin has been a regular visitor to Cork for many years and West End Dakota is entered from the popular Crumlin Native . Brywins Magican is trained in the UK by the formidable John Gill and adds an international spice to the field. The next nomination is April 14th but the majority of owners have paid both fees and if the eleven pacers were to stand their ground on August 20th two heats will be held one for both fillies and colts with four from each heat going forward to Sundays final. With The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend taking place the week previous (12th/13th &14th August) many overseas visitors will be able to make the trip to West Cork and take in a carnival of harness racing on turf . The weekend is in memory of the late "Red "John O Donovan who died tragically in January 2015 and who was a dedicated member of the ITHRF and The Red John Flying Mile Handicap is the main event of the weekend with heats and final . The PJI Engineering Miracle Mile Free For All ,The Le Trot Grand Criterium Grass Championship are also down for decision on the weekend with a full supporting program of racing on both days . So pull out your calendar and pencil in August 20th & 21st for this weekend of top class harness racing . Manch Raceway is located less than an hour from both Cork International Airport and Cork Ferry Port and is at the gateway to the famed Wild Atlantic Way From the Harness Racing Cork Committee        

WEST CORK, Ireland - On a day that Ireland celebrated 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising, Rhyds Ponder cemented his position as the leading Road Pacer for the 2016 West Cork Winter Road Racing season. This son of Hasty Hall who was crowned All Ireland Champion last week in Old Chapel rounded off the year with seven wins from seven starts with another top drawer performance in Ballydehob. Deirdre Goggin has been in the plate for all those wins and it was fitting that this win would ensure that Goggin would secure the jockey of the year award. "Ponder" now on an eight win running streak collects "Horse Of The Year" for 2016. As in all their wins Rhyds Ponder set a relentless pace and battered his five rivals into submission and again had Dream Maker six lengths behind with Rhyds Trixter another length third. "A long Summer on grass " declared owner Niall Forbes was the plan for the newly crowned champ. It was a good day all round for the Goggin family with Carol (a sister of Deirdre )winning the best dressed lady competition . It was a day for the lady jockeys as Marie "Funsize " Moloney rode a double on the day which gave her the leading jockey of the day gong. Lakeview Romeo made in three on the spin with another win in the Novice . Moloney sent him to the front after a furlong and three lengths seperated them and See You Later at the finish . Wellfield Damian a model of consistency all season made light work of his five rivals in the Grade E to give Moloney her second winner of the afternoon .This was a popular winner for owners Harry & Mary Bennett. David Brickley also rode a brace on the day .Meadowbranch Kiki set the ball in motion in the Grade D .Again front running tactics were employed and despite the best efforts of Lakeview Walter this son of Kikicolt held on to win by two lengths . Ringo Kid completed the brace for Brickley in the "Golden Mile"but in this two runner contest was made to work hard by Easter Lilly who seems to reserve her best runs for this fixture .A half a length between these two at the finish . So the 2016 Road racing season draws to a close but already racegoers are looking ahead to the Summer Harness Racing Season which kicks off at Inchadoney Beach on May 8th . So 2016 will be remembered as the year RHYDS PONDER swept all before him . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Novice Pace (The Denis Murphy Cup & Christy Hurley Plant Hire Trophy ) 1. M Kelleher LAKEVIEW ROMEO Marie Moloney 2. S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 3. N Forbes THE HATCHET LADY M O Reilly DIST 3l 6l SP 4/5 EV 3/1 3 Ran Grade E (The Martin Swanton Cup & Committee Trophy) 1. H & M Bennett WELLFIELD DAMIAN Marie Moloney 2. G Kane BIG JIM T O Leary 3. J Cullinane ROKOCOKO J O Reilly DIST 6l 6l SP 1/2 5/2 4/1 6 Ran Grade C & D (The Irish Whip Cup & Committee Trophy) 1. Brickley /Shanahan MEADOWBRANCH KIKI D Brickley 2. C & R Joyce LAKEVIEW WALTER M O Reilly 3.C O Sullivan HILLSIDE DARTANIAN Deirdre Goggin DIST 2l 10l SP 4/6 EV 5/4 3 Ran Golden Mile (The Neillie Cleary Memorial & Sandboat Bar Cup) 1. Jennie Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley 2. C Caverly EASTER LILLY Marie Moloney DIST 1/2l SP 1/4 3/1 2 Ran Grade A & B (The Bobby Joe Cup & Jimmy Wolfe Memorial Cup) 1. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 2. Shanahan / Mycock DREAM MAKER D Brickley 3. Deasy/Hurley/Keohane RHYDS TRXTER J O Reilly DISt 6l 1l SP 2/5 5/2 4/1 5 Ran

WEST CORK, IRELAND - Rhyds Ponder was crowned the 2016 All Ireland Road Trotting Champion before a near record attendance at Old Chapel Bandon on Sunday. With Conway Tiger a non runner this allowed Deirdre Goggin to partner the winner who she has done with all season . The pair set their usual blistering pace and led Dream Maker and Lakeside Dragon through the first two turns, as the intense pace looked to have taken its toll on Ponder at the third turn with four furlongs to pace . Dream Maker closed on the run to the final turn and looked as if he would reel in the winner, but Goggin had given the leader a breather and on the stiff uphill climb to the finish line, pulled away from the 2015 champion, to record a hugely popular success for the Forbes family from Drimoleague who are lifetime supporters of the sport in West Cork. Dream Maker was an eight length second but lost nothing in defeat and Lakeside Dragon was a further ten lengths back in third . Rhyds Ponder started his winning run here in Old Chapel last year in the Grade C and has gone on to remain unbeaten since. There was a huge welcome in the winners enclosure with everyone trying to get in to congratulate the winning connections. Those scenes were also seen earlier in the day when Lakeview Walter, owned locally by C & R Joyce, was triumphant in the D Class. IB Rapido looked to have done enough to win, but was collared close home by Lakeview Walter, who followed up on his recent Durrus success . David Brickley second on Dream Maker in the feature rode two winners on the day. The classy veteran Ringo Kid made light work of his five rivals in the Grade E .This son of Timon Del Sol led from the start and never looked in any danger of defeat romping to a five length win from Wellfield Damian. Tactician Du Lys, an imported French Trotter, has only tasted defeat once and was all the rage to win another but Brickley had Meadowbranch Kiki in front early and reallty served it up to his vaunted rival and despite a late rally this son of KikiColt had two lengths in hand at the finish . The opening Novice Pace was full of drama .Lakeview Romeo had a heathly advantage early but See You Later led at the second turn .Facing the final turn See You Later went off stride and allowed Lakeview Romeo to lead and win. The ITHRF next week launch a new monthly draw confined to 300 tickets with a prize of 1000 euros on offer each month and three consolation prizes of 100 euros. Tickets costing just 10 euros each and are available from any club member. The final road meeting of the season takes place next Sunday in Ballydehob. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS Novice Pace (The Brian Wison Cup) 1. M Kelleher LAKEVIEW ROMEO Marie Moloney 2. S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 3. N Forbes THE HATCHET LADY M O Reilly DIST 4l 6l SP EV 4/5 3/1 3 Ran Grade E (The Paddy Desmond & Jerry O Mahony Memorial cup) 1. Jennie Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley 2. H Bennett WELLFIELD DAMIAN Marie Moloney 3.C O Reilly HAKUNA MATATA M Ahern DIST 5l 5l SP 1/3 3/1 5/1 6 Ran Grade D (The Noel Ryan Trophy) 1. C & R Joyce LAKEVIEW WALTER M O Reilly 2. A & S Buckley IB RAPIDO T O Leary 3. C O Sullivan HILLSIDE DARTANIAN Deirdre Goggin DIST 2l 8l SP 6/4 EV 2/1 5 Ran Grade C (The Mick Twomey & Donie Barry Memorial Cup) 1. Shanahan / Brickley MEADOWBRANCH KIKI D Brickley 2. G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O Leary 3. J O Sullivan TALAVARY SONGSTER Deirdre Goggin DIST 2l 10l SP 2/1 2/5 3/1 3 Ran ALL IRELAND ROAD TROTTING FINAL (The John D Crowley Memorial Cup) 1. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 2. Shanahan / Mycock DREAM MAKER D Brickley 3. M Ahern LAKESIDE DRSGON Owner DIST 8l 10l SP EV 2/1 2/1 5 Ran  

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

WEST CORK, Ireland  - Down one day, up the next" commented harness racing jockey Deirdre Goggin, and that statement echoed by also by jockey David Brickley, who after their spills in the Grade A in Dunmanway, both bounced back to ride winners at the rescheduled Durrus Road trotting meeting on Sunday. Despite the New Year's Day traditional date for this famous meeting being a wash out,  there was a large attendance Sunday and all were basked in spring sunshine on "The Boggy Road" on the eastern side of this tiny hamlet in the heart of West Cork . Goggin looks certain to take both the female and overall jockey of the year homors and once again teamed up with Rhyds Ponder (who edged closer to Horse of the Year) to win another Grade B. As always the pair set the pace and were too good for stable companion Mountain Dew Lad and Rhyds Trixter . David Brickley, who drew a blank in Dunmanway, rode a double on the day . Maithi Buachaill, having his first outing in the Grade A, seemed to have lost his chance at the second turn and showed his true class, battling back to beat Lakeside Dragon and Conway Tiger in another thriller. This sets the scene for The All Ireland Road Championship in Old Chapel Bandon in three weeks where the runners today will be joined by 2015 winner, Dream Maker and Rhyds Ponder, for a chance to be crowned the 2016 winner . Ringo Kid was Brickleys initial winner on the day . This son of Timon Del Sol won the Grade E and it was a real family occasion as "Kid " is owned by his wife Jennie and daughter Shelley looks after this versatile veteran . "Funsize" Marie Moloney notched another winner for the ladies in the opening Novice Pace . Lakeview Romeo and See You Later battled out a storming finish but Romeo and Moloney prevaile by half a length . Lakeview Walter was a popular winner in the Grade D for Bandon based C & R Joyce .Matt O reilly had to be at his best on the winner to hold off Meadowbranch Kiki and Talavary Songster . Tactician Du Lys made the step up to Grade C an easy one and despite almost slipping up at the turn was too good for Rhyds Artist . Next Meeting is the All Ireland Championships at Old Chapel Bandon Sunday 20th March. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS NOVICE (Jan Goregrimes Cup) 1. M Kelleher LAKEVIEW ROMEO Marie Moloney 2. S Crowley SEE YOU LATER J O Reilly 3. N Forbes THE HATCHET LADY M O Reilly DIST 1/2l 6l SP 4/6 6/4 3/1 3 Ran GRADE D (John O Sullivan Memorial Cup) 1. C & R Joyce LAKEVIEW WALTER M O Reilly 2. Shanahan/ Brickley MEADOWBRANCH KIKI D Brickley 3. J O Sullivan TALAVARY SONGSTER Deirdre Goggin DIST 1l 1l SP 3/1 EV 5/2 6 Ran GRADE C (PJ Barry Memorial Cup) 1. G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O Leary 2. L O Brien RHYDS ARTIST Marie Moloney 3. C Caverley EASTER LILY D Brickley DIST 5l 5l SP 1/2 5/2 3/1 3 Ran GRADE E (Charles Cremin /Jack Connolly Memorial Cup) 1. Jennie Brickley RINGO KID D Brickley 2. C O Sullivan HILLSIDE DARTANIAN Deirdre Goggin 3. H Bennett WELLFIELD DAMIAN Marie Moloney DIST 3l 3l SP EV 3/1 5/4 8 Ran GRADE B (Timmy Daly Memorial Cup) 1. N Forbes RHYDS PONDER Deirdre Goggin 2. N Forbes MOUNTAIN DEW LAD T O Leary 3. Deasy/Hurley/Keohane RHYDS TRIXTER J O Reilly DIST 20l 1l SP 1/3 3/1 3/1 3 Ran GRADE A (The Cottage Tables Cup) 1. P Kane MAITHI BUACHAILL D Brickley 2. M Ahern LAKESIDE DRAGON Owner 3. Deirdre Goggin CONWAY TIGER Owner DIST 1l 1l SP 4/5 2/1 5/2    

Manch, Ireland - The Irish Trotting and Harness Racing Federation (ITHRF) have announce the inaugural running of the Oakwood Stud Three-year-old Irish Grass Pacing Championship to be held at Manch Raceway on the Red John O’Donovan Memorial weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016. .Oakwood Stud, who are one of the leading lights of Standardbred Breeding in Ireland with Foreclosure N and No Pan Intended standing at their County Offaly facility, have joined forces with the ITHRF to promote this series with an eye on the future and making this three-year-old Championship one of the major events on the Irish Harness Racing calendar. Derek Delaney and his brother James, owners of Oakwood Stud, have changed the face of breeding in the country with these two regally bred stallions. "We see a bright future for breeding both here in Ireland and the UK,” Derek Delaney said. “We have got great support from broodmare owners in the Cork region who have used our stallions and the three-year-old  championship is our way of repaying that support." "We are delighted than James and Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud have come on board with the ITHRF to promote the championship here in Cork,” said Said Tim Kelleher for the ITHRF. “The Red John Memorial was a huge success last year and this year we are making it a full weekend,” Said Kelleher. “The three-year-old race will really raise the profile of the event and it will give overseas visitors who are here for the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend, a chance to taste the atmosphere of grass racing here in Cork.” The series is penciled in for the weekend after the Vincent Delaney Memorial so many of those travelling to Dublin will have another top class racing weekend to look forward to. In addition to the great racing programs that weekend, there will also be hot food and a bar on site, supervised parking, and for the children, free face painting, bouncy castles and colouring competitions. There will, of course, be bookmakers in attendance, stabling arranged for visiting horses, and a race dance the Saturday night. Manch Raceway a half mile grass venue is located approximately one hour from Cork International Airport. For more information and a nomination form visit  http://www.harnessracingcork.com/. From the Red John Memorial Weekend Committee Here are the rules and conditions for the race. 1. €50 payable by March 14th     €50 payable by April 14th     €50 entry on race day 2. Any late entries €300 (plus sustaining fees) Any entries after August 1st €500 3. Separate heats for colts and fillies (subject to entries) 4. Mixed sex heats where fillies get preference 5. Final to be run as FFA with fillies getting preference in draw   6. Heats and final to be run over 1 mile. 7. Maximum of eight horses per heat 8. Final to be run with eight qualifiers 9. The promoters (ITHRF) decision is final

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