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WEST CORK, IE - The curtain came down on the 2020 Winter Road Racing Season in West Cork on Sunday at Baurnahulla, Drimoleague.   Matthew O'Reilly took the headlines with three winners and this gave him the Jockey of The Year award.   Brywins One Off a winner in Goleen set the ball rolling for O'Reilly. He led from the start and despite a late challenge from Ketucky Finale, he eventually had six lengths to spare.   Next up for O'Reilly was Diplomatist who is owned by his father Tadhg. Newtown Amber led to the opening turn but over shot the bale .This left Rhyds Dilemma in front but he was only "A sitting Duck" with Diplomatist taking over approaching the final turn and was never in danger and ran out a ten length winner.   Billycoan Colt gave O'Reilly his third win of the day. Coalford Bruce really put it up to the winner leading at both turning points and an upset looked in the making, but O'Reilly as he did in Goleen, set his charge alight in the final eighth of a mile and ran on to a five length winning margin.   This win gave Billcoan Colt the Horse of the Year title with five wins.   Only three runners faced the starter in the Top Grade Pace and Ghenghis Pride was sent to post at prohibitive odds. Rhyds Solution set the early fractions but Ghenghis Pride took it up to the first turn .Both runners shared the lead between the next two turns with Kestrels Dot Sammy just off the pace.   At the final turn Ghenghis Pride eased into the lead and was not for catching winning by six lengths from Rhyds Solution.   The winner was presented with the Nora McCarthy Cup and the Cup "was staying at home" as the winner is trained by Derry McCarthy, a son of the Late Nora McCarthy.   Great credit is due to the local committee who had to cancel the races on two previous occasions due to Storm Denis .   So the Winter season concludes and was a resounding success. We look forward to the start of the 2020 Summer season which kicks off in April.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade E Trot. 1st: Brywins One Off, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A. Mc Carthy DIST 6L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Newtown Amber, T. O' Leary. DIST 10L DIST Race 3: Grade C / D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. DIST 5L 10L Race 4: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Ghenghis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Kestrelsdot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll. DIST 6L 2L  

Ghengis Pride returned to winning ways when landing "The Causeway Classic" at Goleen.   Much hype had surrounded the renewal of "The Classic" and harness racing spectators were served up with a race befitting the name.   Rhyds Solution made the running and unlike previous days Ghengis Pride was up with the running early in the 2 mile contest .Not much changed during the race with the tempo rising heading to the Lisagriven turn.   Turning off the final turn Rhyds Solution was still in front .Coming over the bridge Ghengis Pride and Saunders Picasso closed in along with Kestrels Dots Sammy .The final two furlongs saw Ghengis Pride stay on the best to win bt tjree lengths with Saunders Picasso just holding off Kestrels Dot Sammy   Deidre Goggin on her local track had a brace of winners   The Spectacular Backdrop at The Causeway Track in Goleen      --David Shine Photo   In The opener Brywins One Off (third in Skibbereen) saw off a late challenge from Kentucky Finale to lad the spoils for the Goggin family who the leading lights behind the races in Goleen   Goggin secured her second winner aboard Newtown Amber who set a blistering pace and held on by a short head to beat favorite Diplomatist. She collected leading jockey for those two wins   Micheal Collins TD presents Jockey Of The Day to Deirdre Goggin    --David Shine Photo   Matthew O Reilly who looks certain to be leading rider for the season gave Billycoan Colt his fourth win of the campaign. The pair looked in trouble crossing the bridge but O Reilly was only playing with his rivals and won by five lengths ,Chris O Reilly trains the winner for Hallie Kelleher.   The Grade D produced an epic finish between Dreamfair I Say and Rhyds Dilemma with Jamie Hurley getting the photo finish by a short head on Dreamfair I Say who is trained by Hurley and owned by Liam O Brien from Schull.   Winning connections of Dreamfair I Say winner of The Grade D Pace at Goleen     --David Shine Photo   Great credit is due to the hard working Goleen Committee who were rewarded with fantastic racing on a bright Spring Day in front of a good crowd   After two cancellations due to weather Barnahulla will hope for third time lucky next Sunday   RESULTS   Race 1: Grade E Trot. The O Mearas Bar Cup 1st: Brywins One Off, D. Goggin 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A Mc Carthy. DIST 3L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot Div 1. The Twins Memorial Cup 1st: Newtown Amber, D. Goggin 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley. DIST SH 12L Race 3: Grade D Trot Div 2. The Frank & Anna Goggin Memorial Cup 1st: Dreamfair I'd Say, J. Hurley 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Garths Sheragar, C. O' Driscoll DIST SH 4L Race 4: Grade C / D Trot. The Fastnet Bar Cup 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. The Lobster Pot Bar Cup 1st: Ghengis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 3rd: Kestrelsdotsammy, J. O' Driscoll 4th: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary. DIST 3L 1/2L

West Cork, Ireland - Saunders Picasso made it four wins from as many starts when landing The Tim Cooper Kelleher Memorial Top Grade Pace at the annual Skibbereen Memorial Day on Sunday.   Rhyds Solution and Kestrels Dot Sammy set the early fractions to the opening turn.   At the inside turn the order remained the same with Saunders Picasso turning badly along with race favorite Ghengis Pride .As they headed to the final turn Saunders Picasso was still five lengths off the leaders.   Heading for home Rhyds Solution had three lengths to spare and Saunders Picasso now second began to close Passing the fish factory it was a battle royal with Saunders Picasso getting his nose in front in the final stride to win by a short head with Rhyds solution loosing nothing in defeat and Ghengis Pride running on to finish third.   This was Saunders Picasso first run in the top grade and will be a force to reckon with, It was a family affair as Mike Goggin Jnr owns the winner who is trained by his father Mike Snr and ridden by sister Deirdre.   Matthew O Reilly was leading jockey on the day with two wins.   Billycoan Colt, who changed ownership since Ballygurteen, but is still trained by Chris O Reilly and Coalford Bruce were market leaders but Matthew O Reilly on Billycoan Colt had always his rival in sight and ran on to a six length winning margin.   O Eeilly doubled up on Diplomatist who is owned by his father Tadhg. Captain Morgan set a scorching pace but again O Reilly reeled in the leader and had three lengths to spare at the finish.   The Grade C saw punters opinions differ between Lets Party and Dreamfair I Say and the bookmakers nearly got the "Result" with Rhyds Dilemma leading to the final 100 yards before Lets Party came with a late challenge to win by a length.   A stewards inquiry was called but the result stood.   Splash The Cash and The Red Rebel have had some great battles since the opening of the year and again served up another thriller with Splash The Cash coming out on top this time by a length.   Next on the calendar is Barnahulla on the 9th February and with different winners in the top grade for the past few meetings it promises to be a day not to be missed.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Novice / Grade E Trot. 1st: Splash the Cash, J. Hurley 2nd: Red Rebel, J. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, D. Goggin 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll. Grade C Trot. 1st: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Dreamfair I'd Say, J. Hurley. N/R Camden Jimmy, M. Moloney. Grade D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin 4th: Newtown Amber, T. O' Leary. Grade E Trot. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Captain Morgan, J. Hurley 3rd: Brywins One Off, D. Goggin 4th: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Ghengis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 4th: Kestreldotdsammy, J. O' Driscoll    

Blue Top Gun, who changed ownership and trainer since Durrus on New Years Day, took the top grade pace at Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races on Sunday.   Rhyds Solution set the early fractions with Blue Top Gun in company.The order remained to the first and second turns where market leader Ghengis Pride took a bad turn and lost ground. At the final turn Rhyds Solution and Blue Top Gun were locked in battle .   On the run to the finish it was all to play for but Jamie Hurley on Blue Top Gun got the upper hand and won by a length. There was pandemonium in the winners circle as joint owner Ger Cooke was carried shoulder high by the partisan local supporters who flooded in for the presentation .   "Myself and Ger Cooke bought him after Durrus and we changed tactics by using him earlier in the race and it worked a treat. We celebrate tonight and look forward to Skibbereen in two weeks time"said winning jockey and joint owner Jamie Hurley.   Deirdre Goggin was leading jockey on the day after riding a brace of winners.   Newtown Amber upset the odds in the Novice & Grade E Pace upstaging hotpot Captain Morgan by three lengths.   Goggin completed her double in the Grade C & D Pace on Saunders Picasso who had a facile victory making it three wins from as many starts leading home Lets Party by five lengths.   Billycoan Colt was another to have things his own way in the Grade D Pace .Garths Sharegar put it up to his more fancied rival but Matthew O Reilly always had the leader in his sights and took up the running after the last turn and eased down to an eight length win.The winner is owned by Dublin based Ned Stafford and trained locally by Chris O Reilly.   There was drama aplenty in the Grade E Pace. Coalford Bruce was away to a quick start and joint favorite Diplomatist went off stride in the early stages .Coalford Bruse led at both turns .Turning for home he remained clear but Diplomatist began to close and actually led with 200 meters to go but again lost stride and lost ground allowing Coalford Bruce to win by a length.   Next on the calendar is The Big Skibbereen Memorial Raceday on Sunday 26th January and already race goers are eagerly awaiting the top grade pace where Saunders Picasso will join the big boys in The Tim Cooper Kelleher Memorial Top Grade Pace.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Novice / Grade E Trot. 1st: Newtown Amber, D. Goggin 2nd: Captain Morgan, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Cool Direct, T. Moloney 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll DIST 3L 6L Race 2: Grade E Trot. 1st: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Splash the Cash, J. Hurley 4th: The Red Rebel, J. O' Driscoll DIST 1L 4L Race 3: Grade D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Garths Sharegar, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin DIST 8L 8L Race 4: Grade C Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 3rd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney DIST 5L 10L Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Blue Top Gun, J. Hurley 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Ghenghis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 4th: Kestrel Dot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll. DIST 1L 6L

WEST CORK, IE - Road trotting holds a special place in the hearts of people in West Cork, Ireland and at Durrus on New Years day the harness racing crowds flocked to this tiny hamlet on the Sheeps Head Peninsula.   Those that attended were treated to some fantastic racing and it was jockey Matthew O'Reilly who stole the headlines riding thrtee winners on the day.   As it was last day out in Drimoleague, O'Reilly kicked off his treble aboard Captain Morgan in the Novice Pace. This well bred type was away in front early doors and had too much in hand for Fire Fly Z who again had the bridesmaid tag as there was six lengths the winning margin.   The meeting of The Red Rebel and last weeks winner Splash The Cash was well touted as a match race .Kentucky Finale, who was friendless in the market almost caused a huge upse,t but Matthew O'Reilly was not to not to be denied sending The Red Rebel to the front in the final eighth of a mile and ran out a three length winner.   O'Reilly completed his treble in the second division of the Grade E.    Punters waged into Coalford Bruce and the smart money seemed to be well invested as Coalford Bruce led early and was three lengths in front at the turning point, but as in previous races Matthew O'Reilly played it cool on Diplomatist and got up on the line to collar Coalford Bruce by a short head. Matthew O Reilly may have stole the headlines but the lady jockeys wer not to be out done .   Firstly Deirdre Goggin followed up on her win in Drimoleague aboard Sunders Picasso to land another win in the Grade C & D.   Billycoan Colt tried to make all and looked a winner but Goggin produced the victory in the final 150 yards and was a 2 length winner.   Chelsie O'Driscoll, another of the female brigade, is as good as any one and was seen to her brilliant best in the top Grade Pace on Ghengis Pride. Rhyds Solution and Im Impartial set out the running but at the final turn in a true run rave Kestrels Dot Sammy and Ghengis Pride had overtaken the front running pair.   As like in Drimoleague the pair slugged it out for the last half mile with Ghengis Pride prevailing again.   Great credit is due to the local committee for staging the event which was well planned and this scribe met visitors from the UK, Florida, West Virginia, San Diego, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Thailand.   Many were amazed by this unique sport and were also taken aback by the welcome they got in Durrus. Next on the Winter season is in Ballingurteen on Sunday 12th Jan.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade Novice / E Trot. 1st: Captain Morgan, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Fire Fly Z, D. Goggin 3rd: Cool Direct, T. Moloney 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll. Race 2: Grade E Trot Division 1. 1st: The Red Rebel, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley Race 3: Grade E Trot Division 2. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin 4th: Newtown Amber, M. Moloney Race 4: Grade C / D Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 4th: Garths Sharegar, T. Moloney Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Ghenghis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 2nd: Kestrelsdotsammy, J. O' Driscoll 3rd: Blue Top Gun, T. O' Leary 4th: Rhyds Solution, J. Hurley.        

West Cork, IE - The 2020 Winter Road Racing season had its traditional start on St Stephens Day in Drimoleague and despite terrible weather conditions there was a good Bank Holiday crowd in attendance.   It was a special day for the Drimoleague committee as they were celebrating their 150th anniversary with harness racing records dating back to 1870 of road racing at the venue.   Jockey Matthew O'Reilly took the riding honours riding two winners on the day.   In the opening Novice Pace O'Reilly sent the well bred Captain Morgan to the front of this one mile event and was never in any danger coming home a distance clear of newcomer Fire Fly Z.   His brace of winners was completed by Billycoan Colt in the second division of the Grade E Pace. Coalford Bruce set the early fractions and led to the first turn but was not as fluent at the turn allowing Billycoan Colt to take over and he won by six lengths. The winner is trained by Chris O'Reilly for Dublin owner Ned Stafford.   The top grade A & B Pace attracted only four runners but produced plenty of drama .The quartet set a snails pace to through the first mile .Going to the final turn all four were still in contention with Blue Top Gun and Im Impartial Too vying for leadership.   At the final turning point Kestrels Dot Sammy was best off the sand and opened up a five length advantage heading for home. With 200 yards to go he still was four lengths to the good but Ghenghis Pride was closing and he wore down his rival to win by a length much to the delight of the passionate home crowd .The winner was ridden by Chelsie O'Driscoll.   Deirdre Goggin one of our best female jockeys was seen at her best aboard Saunders Picasso when landing the Grade C & D Pace. The pair had success in 2019 and the winning run continued as they were never headed in an eight length winning run.   Jamie Hurley also got on he score sheet in the opening division of the Grade E Pace. The Red Rebel was in control early but Hurley was oozing in confidence aboard Splash the Cash taking up the running with two furlongs to race and ran out to a five length victory.   The action moves to Durrus on New Years Day Jan 1st 2020 for their annual fixture.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   Race 1: Novice Pace 1st: Captain Morgan, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Fire Fly Z, D. Goggin 3rd: Hint Of Mist, C. O' Driscoll Race 2: Grade E Pace Division 1 1st: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley 2nd: The Red Rebel, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin 4th: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll Race 3: Grade E Pace Division 2 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Newtown Amber, M. Moloney 3rd: Coalford Bruce, C. O' Driscoll N/R Lakeview Panam, J. Hurley Race 4: Grade C/D Pace 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Garths Sharegar, T. Moloney 4th: DreamFair I'd Say, J. Hurley Race 5: Grade A/B Pace 1st: Ghenghis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 2nd: Kestrels Dot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll 3rd: I'm Impartial Too, J. Hurley 4th: Blue Top Gun, T. O' Leary  

Silvano Bello, who was crowned best Trotteur Francais horse in Ireland for 2019, was honored at the awards ceremony organised by International Department of Le Trot in Mons Belgium.    He has been a dream horse since he set foot in Ireland for the Murphy family from Inishbeg Baltimore back in the winter of 2016. In his first year after being imported under the Le Trot  program from France, he gave Dexter Dunn, the world renowned New Zealand born harness racing driver, the thrill of breaking the track record on International VDM day in Portmarnock Raceway More success came in 2018 when this imposing chestnut trotter won The Maven Trot (The most valuable event for trotters in Ireland & The UK) at the hugely prestigious Red John Memorial Festival in Lyre. This past season his highlights as well as winning 8 times both on grass and hard tracks was claiming The Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap at the Ballabuidhe Festival in Dunmanway in August This past season was his fifth season racing in West Cork and has racked up over 30 wins and over €30,000 in purse money. The veteran trotter turns 14 in January but Donal & Tadgh Murphy owners plan to race him in 2020. "Look he may be getting on in years," Donal Murphy said, "but he's healthy and fit and enjoying life so we will race him next summer. "Eoin (Tadgh & Christine son) jogs him all the time at home will drive him next year. He's as safe and sure footed as you can get and will give Eoin plenty experience and fun" said Donal who has been at the centre of Silvanos success over the years. "I suppose Silvano has become the family pet at home," added Tadgh. So success comes on the International stage for Harness Racing in West Cork and just around the corner on St Stephens Day in Drimoleague, the Winter Road Racing season kicks off . by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink  

West Cork, IE - The picturesque Cornfield Oval in Manch was the setting for the second "Premium Meeting" of the year in West Cork and organizers were blessed with fantastic weather and the harness racing was of the highest quality.   The feature was The Red Mills Cornfield Oval Handicap. Four elimination heats (raced over 1 1/4 miles) sent two from each into the final. The scene was set in the opening heat for a day of thrills and spills.   A Kind Of Magic was sent to post a favorite and led his five rivals away from the start. With four furlongs to pace he was joined by IB A Magician and the pair battled it out to the line with IB Magician prevailing by two lengths.   There was another titantic battle in heat two. Armoured Bear drew pole position and led No Big deal for the opening 6 furlongs. Then Earnies Umpire joined the pair and we were set for another dramatic finish.   Armoured Bear with 76-year-old John Boyle in the bike looked to have done enough but Jamie Hurley got Earnies Umpire up in the final strides to win by half a length. The winner was a recent purchase for new owners James Hurley and Pat Carberry.   Hail Spartacus was all the rage in the third heat but Fairdays Bret came with a wet sail to deny stable companion Rhyds Dilemma by two lengths.   Rhyds Destiny the recent Grand Prix winner was the punters pick in the final heat and the veteran came off a twenty yard handicap to lead home King wills Arrival by two lengths.   So, on to the final and again A Kind Of Magic set a seering pace followed by IB A Magican. The pair were three lengths clear entering the final circuit and all the while the field were closing in in the final eighth of a mile   IB A Magician got the upper hand and ran out a four length winner from King Wills, who stayed on late to finish second with Fairdays Bret a half a length back in third .   There were jubilant scenes in the presentation area as winning owner/driver Wayne Mc Nevin from Lucan Co Dublin was carried shoulder high by his supporters.   "I only bought the horse in early August and he's won at Annaghmore and twice today. I'm thrilled and its great coming to Cork and winning at a fantastic meeting. Fair play to the organizers." McNevin said at the post race press briefing.   There was further glory for the final winner as Benny Camden who Mc Nevin also owns and is trained in West Cork took out the fifth heat of the All Ireland Pace series.   Fairdays western led the four horse field until the final lap. Then Benny Camden hit the front and was followed by Sarahs Gift .Again we witnessed another epic battle with Benny Camden just coming out on top by 3/4 length.   "He won the low Grade Final at The Red John Meeting in Lyre and has improved in leaps and bounds .i dont think we have seen the best of him just yet" were the words of winning driver Donal Murphy and he takes his place in the series final in Portmarnock in late September.   The All Ireland Trot series also had its final heat today .Brooklyn Trixie led Vigo De Bassiere early with Aubade a Helene in third .This remained the order on the final lap Aubade A Helene threw down her challenge and when "Vigo" went off stride her task was made easier but general consensus was she would have won either way.   Oisin Quill drove two winners on the day both on trotters .Firstly Ariane Des Tithais looked in danger with a lap to go but out sprinted Empereur Souverain to win by eight lengths.   The double was completed in the very next race when Vallanzanna won a race which had so may leaders had the crowd almost asking what had won .   Another novice driver Jamie Hurley also drove two winners. IB A Warrior despite been drawn number eight made light work of his seven rivals winning by 11 lengths was the second winner for Hurley who won earlier on Earnies Umpire.   Dynamite Brouets since joining the Co Meath based Moorside Stables has sen a rejuvenated career and took to the Oval well and waas five lengths clear of Destin De Larre at the finish.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS ALL RACES RUN OVER 1 1/4 Miles UNLESS STATED   RACE ONE Heat One 1,IB A MAGICIAN W McNevin 2.A KIND OF MAGIC A Wallace 3.BEAT THE CLOCK J Richardson DIST 2L 16L TIME 2.41.9   RACE TWO Heat Two 1. EARNIES UMPIRE J Hurley 2.ARMOURED BEAR J Boyle 3.NO BIG DEAL S Kane DIST 1/2L 5L TIME 2.45.1   RACE THREE Heat Three 1.FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 2.RHYDS DILEMMA C O Driscoll 3.HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill DIST 2L 5L TIME 2.42.8   RACE FOUR Heat Four 1. RHYDS DESTINY T O Leary 2.KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 3.SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle DIST 2L 3L TIME 2.42.8   RACE FIVE 1.IB A WARRIOR J Hurley 2.MOORSIDE MYRA S Kane 3.MOORSIDE JOSEPH J O Mahony DIST 11L 2L TIME 2.47.3   RACE SIX 1 1/2 Miles 1.DYNAMITE BROUETS S Kane 2.DESTIN DE LARRE F Quill Jnr 3.BELLA DESPANA L Kelleher DIST 2L 2L TIME 3.27.4   RACE SEVEN 1 1/2 Miles 1.ARIANE DES TITHAIS O Quill 2.EMPEREUR SOUVERAIN D O Reilly 3.ANTINGO D Murphy DIST 8L 3/4L TIME 3.23.3   RACE EIGHT 1 1/2 Miles 1.VALLANZANA O Quill 2.BRUTENOR P Hill 3.BATMAN DU RELAIS A Wallace DIST 1 1/2L NK TIME 3.25.8   RACE NINE All Ireland Pace Series 1.BENNY CAMDEN D Murphy 2.SARAHS GIFT J Cowden 3.FAIRDAYS WESTERN A Walace DIST 3/4L 12L TIME 2.44.1   RACE TEN All Ireland Trot Series 1 1/2 Miles 1. AUBADE A HELENE P Hill 2. BROOKLYN TRIXIE S Kane 3. VIGO DE BASSIERE D Murphy DIST 3 1/2L 1L TIME 3.22.1   RACE ELEVEN The Red Mills Cornfield Oval Handicap Final 1.IB A MAGICIAN W McNevin 2.KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 3.FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy DIST 4L 1/2L TIME: 2:44.1  

West Cork, IE - Rhyds Destiny and driver Timmy O'Leary were worthy winners of the 2019 Murphys/Hurley & White Grand Prix at a wet Ballabuidhe on bank holiday Monday.   Four elimination heats were held with two qualifiers from each heat.   In the opening heat Gamblers Gold a winner on his previous two starts tried to make all the running but was collared on the run in by IB A Magician.   In the second heat Just a promise led for most of the testing trip but Fairdays Bret made a race winning move with two furlongs to go and ran out an easy winner.   The third heat was settled in the stewards room .Hail Spartacus passed the post first but was found to have interfered with the runner up Coalford Bruce and the placings were reversed.   In the concluding heat Rhyds Destiny was all the rage in the betting and never gave his supporters any anxious moments and ran out to a four length winning marginIn the final punters again latched on to Rhyds Destiny despite a thirty yard handicap.   Fairdays Bret and Coalford Bruce were the pace setters on a track that was now running very heavy. Rhyds Destiny was slowly bringing down the handicap and Timmy O Leary made his move with four furlongs to pace and was not for catching winning by four lengths from IB A Magician with King Wills Arrival third .   The winner is owned by John Shanahan and UK dairy farmer John Mycock from Derby.   Shanahan and driver O'Leary had four winners on the day with American Rebel joining Rhyds Destiny heat and final and Coalford Bruce another heat winner in the winners circle.   O'Leary completed a five timer of wins when landing the maiden aboard Moorside Myra who has shown promise and got her day in the Sun today.   The other feature was The Paddy Connolly Memorial for trotters and here it was Silvano Bello and Donal Murphy who made all the running to win from Batman Du Relais with Vallanzanna back in third. Silvano Bello a former winner of The Maven Trot added another notch to his impressive CV.   In the consolation final for pacers John Boyle at 76 years of age steered home his own mare Supreme Sunshine to beat recent Red John Memorial winner Rhyds Panache while in the tro consolation Banialouka who hated the going on Sunday made amends when winning easy from Brutenor and Tarnao Josselyn.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   Grand Prix final 1.Rhyds Destiny T O'Leary 2.IB A Magician D Murphy 3.King Wills Arrival O Quill DIST 4L 1L 7 Ran   Grand Prix Heat winners IB A Magician D Murphy Fairdays Bret A McCarthy Coalford Bruce T O'Leary RhydsDestiny T O'Leary   Paddy Connolly Memorial Final 1.Silvano Bello D Murphy 2.Batman Du Relais S Quill 3.Vallanzanna O Quill DIST 3L 1L 5 Ran   Consolation Grand Prix 1.Supreme Sunshine J Boyle 2.Rhyds Panache C O'Reilly 3.Sunnyside Kildare D Murphy DIST 2L 2L 4 Ran   Consolation Trot 1.Banialouka K Sheehy 2.Brutenor P Hill 3.Tarnao Josselyn S Quill DIST 4L 2L 7 Ran   Maiden Pace 1.Moorside Myra T O'Leary 2.Talented Girl S Jennings Jnr 3.The Red Rebel M Goggin Snr DIST 3L 2L 6 ran   Grade G1 Pace 1.American Rebel T O'Leary 2.Moorside Captain J O Mahony 3.Brywins One Off M Goggin Snr DIST 12L 12L 4 ran  

West Cork, IE - Following an early morning inspection, racing just about went ahead at the annual Ballabuidhe Festival.   Three elimination heats heats of The Paddy Connolly Memorial for Trotters saw two qualify for the Bank Holiday Monday Final.   In the opening heat Silvano Bello and Donal Murphy were all the rage in the betting market and this pair toyed with their rivals and despite being challenged by Ariane Des Tithais for most of the mile and a half ran out for an easy 2 length victory.   The second heat was rather a messy affair and after early mistakes it was Batman Du Relais who led home Antingo with Brutemor a remote third .The winner is owned and trained by Finbarr Quill.   In the final heat Banialouka a winner on her previous two starts was the punters choice but the ever consistent Vallanzana was not for catching giving owner Finbarr Quill his second win of the day and driver Seanus Quill a driving double .Amende De Cosse capturing the second qualifying spot .   The weather took a turn for the worse after this heat and promoters cancelled the remainder of the card.   The plan is to start at 1 Pm on Monday with the four elimination heats of the Grand Prix followed by two graded paces and then the Connolly Memorial Final and consolation Final followed by the Grand Prix Consolation and finishing off with the Grand Prix Final   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   Paddy Connolly Memorial Heat One 1.SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 2.ARIANE DES TITHAIS F Quiil Jnr 3.BELLA DESPANA L Kelleher DIST 2L 1 1/2L 6 Ran   Heat Two 1.BATNAN DU RELAIS S Quill 2.ANTINGO D Murphy 3.BRUTENOR P Hill DIST 3L 12L 4 Ran   Heat Three 1.VALLANZANA S Quill 2.AMENDE DE COSSE E Kane 3.BANIALOUKA K Sheehy DIST 1/2L 1L 5 Ran   Rain caused cancelation of the remaining race card

West Cork, IE - Rhyds Destiny with "Cool Hands" Timmy O Leary in the bike took the featured Willie Bradfield Memorial Cup at The Cornfield Oval in Manch on Sunday as racing was of top notch at the Duggan family owned oval.   Sunnyside Kildare set the early fractions in the feature with Rhyds Destiny and Supreme Sunshine sitting in behind. Then with two furlongs to pace O Leary made his move on the veteran Rhyds Destiny and ran out a two length winner from Supreme Sunshine who lost nothing in defeat.   The winner who has been a great servant of owners John Shanahan and UK based owner John Mycock is a former winner of the Red John Memorial back in 2018.   Jamie Hurley, who works for the Mike Kennedy national hunt yard in Upton, drove his first double . IB A Warrior initiated the brace when landing the opener. Hurley sent this four year old son of Arts Conquest to the front and had to battle on to beat the late finishing Cushenstown Rocky by two and a half lengths.   Moorside Myra who finished third was one that will go into the notebook for the future.   Lakeview Panam followed up on her Lisangle win and completed the double for Hurley .Again the novice driver was not waiting around for his rivals and had three lengths in hand on Armoured Bear with IB A Magician back in third.   "My Dad James and my brother Conor look after the show at home and the lads who own IB A Warrior are around the yard most days so I think we might have a few drinks to celebrate and look ahead to the Ballabuidhe Festival for both of these" Hurley told the press briefing.   Hail Spartacus has been another great servant to the Hill Family and Oisin Quill always seems to get a good tune out of the former Grand Prix winner. He showed tenacious battling qualities today.   Western Dreamer, Just A Promise and Coalford Bruce all had a "rattle" off the front runner and they threw everything at him bar the kitchen sink, but he was not for passing.   There were two trots on the card. Banialouka, a mare with tremendous ability, has been knocking at the door all year and showed her true colours this afternoon.   Trained by Micheal Duggan and John Hurley for the DHK partnership she never put a foot wrong and led home Vallanzana and Bella Despana.   "We always knew she had ability and has just been a bit unlucky," added co trainer Duggan.   Banderillero Piya is another one that has found the winning ways .A winner in Portmarnock last Sunday, he put in another perfect round accounting for stable companion Tenor Meslos with Brutenor back in third.   With the all Ireland series continuing at The Premium meeting in Annaghmore next week there is no local action until the two day Ballabuidhe Festival in Dunmanway on the August Bank holiday weekend.Details of entries can be got on www.irishharnessracing.com.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink       RESULTS   RACE ONE 1.IB A WRRIOR J Hurley 2.CUSHENSTOWN ROCKY O Quill 3.MOORSIDE MYRA T O Leary DIST 2 1/2L 1/2L TIME 2.39.9   RACE TWO 1.LAKEVIEW PANAM J Hurley 2.ARMOURED BEAR J Boyle 3.IB A MAGICIAN D Murphy DIST 3L 2L TIME 2.37.1   RACE THREE 1.BANIALOUKA K Sheehy 2.VALLANZANA O Quill 3.BELLA DESPANA L Kelleher DIST 4L NS TIME 2.45.6   RACE FOUR 1.RHYDS DESTINY T O Leary 2.SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 3.RHYDS PANACHE C O Reilly DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.34.8   RACE FIVE 1.HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 2.COALFORD BRUCE T O Leary 3.JUST A PROMISE P McInerney DIST 2L 1L TIME 2.38.7   RACE SIX 1.BANDERILLERO PIYA D Murphy 2.TENOR MESLOS O Quill 3 BRUTENOE P Hill DIST 3L 1L

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

West Cork, IE - Rhyds Panache with Chris O Reilly in the bike took the Red John Memorial Final at Lyre On Sunday. The harness racing final will go down as one of the greatest races ever to be held in Ireland . Rhyds Destiny, who impressed in the qualifying heat on Saturday, set a strong early pace. At the half way point of the mile and a quarter race Gentleman Jim joined the leader and with three furlongs to pace took up the running, all the while the "posse" were closing in.   Turning for home Gentleman Jim was still to the fore but the chasing pack were coming from all angles with Master Plan in the centre, Porterstown Courage on the outside and Rhyds Panache up the rail.   In the shadow of the post Rhyds Panache just got up by a neck to beat Porterstown Courage with Gentleman Jim a half length back.   Rhyds Panache winner of the 2019 RJM Final at Lyre          Nadina Ironia Photo   There were emotional scenes in the winners enclosure as driver Chris O'Reilly, a life long friend of Red John, was almost speechless.   "This is the one I always wanted to win and I think I must had got a little help from my friend John up there in heaven," O'Reilly explained. "There was no room turning for home but as the horses tired a small gap appeared and my horse ran on. He tries his heart out and we will enjoy tonight." added O'Reilly, his voice tinged with both sadness and joy.    Presentation of the RJM to winning connections of Rhyds Panache   Nadina Ironia Photo   The Maven Trot Final was another epic encounter.   Emeric Du Perreux was all the rage in the betting and punters bet this one as if defeat was not an option.   Those who wedged in looked happy as the 5 year old took up the running .With a mile to race Martin Loughran on Valliant De Gueham came long side the leader and for the remaining mile and hassled the leader.   Entering the final quarter mile "Emeric" looked the likely winner but Loughran was not done for and ran out a 3 length winner.   Martin Loughran winning the Maven Trot Final on Vaillant Du Gueham  Nadina Ironia Photo   This was the cue for a mass invasion of the winners enclosure as the Roche/Joyce /Mc Aleer families, who travel en mass to all meetings and were ten deep for the photo.   The winning driver, Martin Loughran, who hails from the Cooley Penninsula, and though diminutive in size seems to have "magical powers " when it comes to driving the trotters.   Winning connections of The Maven Trot   Nadina Ironia Photo   Tadgh Murphy, who was in the past has been Southern champion driver though in latter years, is the trainer at IB Stables and donned his silks for "a catch drive " in the PJI Engineering Handicap Final on Benny Camden, who got the better of Rhyds Rival in another epic battle.   " I think I go into retirement on a winning note," joked Murphy in the post race interview.   The meeting of Abraham and Vigo De Bassiere in the Free For All Trot was eagerly anticipated and they served up another thriller with "Vigo " coming out on top, but Beach De Bellouet almost stole the glory from his more famed rivals but his day will come.   American Rebel took the 3 year old Grass Championship and the winner looks destined for stardom In the consolation finals. King Wills Arrival with 16 year old Oisin Quill, Stakes On The Pan who ran terrible on day one in the heats but showed his true mettle and Besame Mucho who John Richardson described as the unluckiest drive he had in years in the heats, were all winners.   Competing drivers at The 2019 RJM          Nadina Ironia Photo   On a weekend of 23 races this scribe could write pages on the action which was top class on a venue that owner Ger Hegarty has done so much work on and was met with with universal approval.   The Red John Committee pulled out all the stops and were rewarded for their efforts, ROLL ON TO 2020!   Caroline Collins left (RJM Committee) making presentations to Bill Donovan & Family (Main sponsors)and to Gretta Cormican   On a sad note patrons on Sunday were told of the passing of Gerry Keenan from Dublin .Gerry was a Hall Of Fame member here in Ireland.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   RED JOHN MEMORIAL FINAL 1.Rhyds Panache C O Reilly 2. Porterstown Courage J Cowden 3. Gentleman Jim J Richardson DIST NK 1L Time 2.49.9   MAVEN TROT FINAL 1 Vaillant De Gueham M Loughran 2. Emeric Du Perreux J Richardson 3. Urbano De Selles B Roche DIST 3L 1L Time 3.17.7   PJI Engineering Handicap Final 1.Benny Camden T Murphy 2. Rhyds Rival B Roche 3. Newtown Major M McAleer DIST 1L 10L Time 2.41.0   M50 Skip Hire FFA Trot 1 Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy 2. Abraham S Duggan 3. Beach de Bellouet F Kavanagh Jnr DIST 2L 2L Time 3.24.3   Oakwood Stud/Keohane Readymix 3 Year old Grass Championship 1.American Rebel T O Leary 2. Elski P Kane Jnr 3. IB Notorious D Murphy DIST 7L 3L Time 2.50.4   RJM Consolation Final 1.King Wills Arrival O Quill 2.Coalford Bruce T O Leary 3.Streamside Star E Joyce DIST 1L 1L Time 2.46.8   PJI Engineering Consolation 1.Stakes On The Pan P Kane Jnr 2. IB McGregor F Kavanagh Jnr 3.Panam Colt L Kelleher DIST 4L 1/2L Time 2.51.1   Maven Consolation 1.Besame Mucho J Richardson 2.Banialouka K Sheehy 3. Tarnao Josselyn DIST 2L 2L Time 3.201.1  

West Cork, IE - Brywins Starship owned locally by Micheal Healy was a popular winner of the George Deane Memorial Final, the first of the big Summer Handicaps, which took place at Dunmanway on Sunday.   Three Elimination were held with two to qualify from each for the final.   In the opening heat Western Dreamer and Armoured Bear went to battle early and remained in front into the final quarter .Here Hurry Up Abi hit the front and led home Western dreamer by two lengths.   In the second heat Brywins Starship drew pole position and was never headed leading home Hail Spartacus by a length . In The final qualifier punters "waded into" Meadowbranch Demon and despite carrying a thirty yard handicap the veteran ran his rivals ragged and ran on a two length winner from Sunnyside Kidare.   In The final the "smart money " came for Brywins Starship .Hurry Up Abi led early from Sunnyside Kildare .With two furlongs to pace Brywins Starship was set alight Meadowbranch Demon this time on a 50 yard trail made his move but hit traffic on the final corner and Brywins Starship was not to be denied on his home track staying on to beat Hurry Up Abi by a length.   "My late father and George Deane were great friends and its a great honor to win here today .He takes a bit of a hit in the handicap but its full steam ahead to The Red John Memorial in two weeks, " winning owner Mike Healy said in the press briefing.   The winner was driven by his nephew Richard Kingston.   Waxies Dargle, who disappointed on his previous two starts, made amends in the Grade G /G1 Pace. This son of Connors Dragon led from the start and won by three lengths and landed some nice bets for connections and gave Ryan Manning his first winner under rules.   There was only one trot on the card and it was the ultra consistent Tarnao Josselyn who sat behind Un Boss for most of the mile and his five length winning margin could have been much more.   There is no local action next week so The Red John Memorial Festival is next for followers with over €100,000 in purse money on offer in Lyre.   By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS  Race One  Hurry Up Abi J Manning jnr Western Dreamer K Sheehy IB A Magician D Murphy  DIST 2L 4L TIME 2.07.1 7 Ran    Race Two  Brywins Starship R Kingston  Hail Spartacus P Hill Panam Colt L Kelleher  DIST 1L 1L TIME 2.06.2 6 Ran    Race Three  Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher  Sunnyside Kildare D Murphy  King Wills Arrival O Quill  DIST 2L 1/2L TIME 2.05.2 5 Ran    Race Four  Tarnao Josselyn S Quill  Vigo De Bassiere K Sheehy UN Boss D O Mahony  DIST 5L 2L Time 2.14.2 8 Ran    Race Five  Waxies Dargle R Manning  Cushenstown Rocky P Gilligan  Brywins One Off M Goggin Jnr  DIST 3L 1L TIME 2.10.9 7 Ran    Race six (Final)  Brywins Starship R Kingston  Hurry Up Abi J Manning Jnr  Meadowbranch Demon L Kelleher  DIST 1L NK TIME 2.05.2 6 Ran 

The 2019 West Cork harness Racing season opened at the "Blue Flag" Inchadoney Beach on Sunday at it was veteran pacer Meadowbranch Demon who stole the headlines at this most beautiful of venues.   Rhyds Dilemma and Coalford Bruce led out the gate with Coalford Bruce leading after the first quarter .Sunnyside Kildare led at halfway and held that lead to the final turn .All the while Meadowbranch Demon was moving nearer and took up the running in the final eighth of a mile to lead home the fast finishing Rhyds Panache by four lengths,   " He might be 13 years young but is loving his racing and has been a great servant " commented winning driver Luke Kelleher .   Empereur Souverain drew pole position in the trot and was never headed .This five year old had been one of the leading four year old trotters last year and was unlucky in defeat last week in Portmarnock but Denis O Reilly had an armchair drive and his length and a half winning margin could have been more and plenty more winning days are in store.   IB Notorious who broke his maiden in Tir Prince at the end of last season took the low grade pace. This three year old son of Hasty Hall came home 12 lengths clear of Brywins One Off . winning driver Donal Murphy is part owner of the colt with Bill Donovan from Florida who is the main sponsor of the Red John Memorial Festival which takes place in Lyre On June 15th & 16th    "He will head for the Three Year Grass Championship in Lyre and is staked up for all the major three year old races both at home in the UK" said Murphy .   Oisin Quill has struck up a good partnership with Vallanzana and the pair were seen to good effect in the high grade trot .   Since his stable move to the Quills in Kenmare he had "paid The Bills" .Sixteen year old Oisin is one of the future stars of the sport .   Brywins Starship according to owner MiKe Healy"Takes time to come into form" but driver Richard Kingston a nephew of the owner had him in top shape coming of the back to win the Mid grade Pace.   "He is staked up  in the Red John and he suprised me today"    A large team of volunteers were on hand to erect and dismantle the track on the beach which drivers described as the best ever.   Next Sunday the action moves to The Cornfield Oval in Manch.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS    RACE ONE   IB NOTORIOUS D Murphy  BRYWINS ONE OFF M Goggin Jnr  JUST A PROMISE P McInerney  TIME 2.18.6 DIST 12L 4L RACE TWO  EMPEREUR SOURVERAIN D O Reilly  BRASSILA MATCH S Kane SILVANO BELLO D Murphy TIME 3.42.2 DIST 1 1/2L 3 1/2L RACE THREE  BRYWINS STARSHIP R Kingston  SPRINGHILL DOYLE C O Reilly WESTERN DREAMER S KANE TIME 2.16.1 4 1/2L 4L  RACE FOUR    VALLANZANNA O Quill  ANTIGO D Murphy  DESTINE DE LARRE S Quill TIME 3.25 1L 3/4L RACE FIVE  MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher RHYDS PANACHE C O Reilly COALFORD BRUCE T O Leary TIME 2.15.4 DIST 4L 1/2L  

A simple act of kindness by 29-year-old Watson Harrop Jnr from Durham in The North of England has become a major hit on harness racing social media both in the UK, Ireland and is spreading across the globe.   Harrop who is strongly involved in harness racing was passing the Food Bank in his local Tesco store.   "I noticed that the food bank never seemed to have a lot in it so off I went filled a trolley and saw it as a chance to do something for those less well off than myself," Harrop said.   "I knew the generosity of those involved in harness racing so I stuck up the video on Facebook nominating others to do the same . At first I thought it might get a few responses but to be honest it has ballooned and gone world wide.   "Harness Racing may be a minority sport here in the UK but people have connections worldwide and the biggest names in the sport on both sides of the Atlantic have got involved" added Harrop.   In the UK all the "faces" in the sport have come on board from top trainer Alexis Laidler to bookmaker Barry "Pinno"Pinnington, promoter Anthony Fettah and Mr Tir Prince Eric Witherspoon. ll The project has swept across the Irish Sea with leading reinsmen John "JR" Richardson ,Simon Duggan and Noel Ryan doing the challege along with Alan Wallace of the Newtown Stud and Derek Delaney from the Oakwood Stud. Leading Irish bookmaker Dan Carlin set a trend with a video well worth a view.   Next stop was the USA and Yannick Gringras Chris Oakes and Sean Bier were quickly off the mark to help.   It is hoped that the nominations will continue up to Christmas.   It is hoped that everyone will visit #foodbanknomination or Watson Harrop Jnr pages on Facebook and do a little to help those in need at Christmas.   by TIm Kelleher

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