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North Wales, UK - The fields are set for the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland harness races at Tir Prince Raceway on Tuesday evening, August 2. It's the tenth anniversary of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland and Tir Prince is rolling out the red carpet for the big race card.   Featured will be Breeders Crown finals for UK or Irish bred two, three and four-year-old pacers, the inaugural American-bred Filly Pace for two-year-old's plus the Ephie Mather Memorial Trot for the top rated LeTrot Series high steppers along with a power-packed racing card.   In addition to the live harness racing there will be live music, plenty of food and beverages available and children under age 16 are admitted free. The Tir Prince Fairground is just across the way from the track for pre-race fun, and, of course, plenty of bookies to take wagers. "I am looking forward to what promises to be one of the most entertaining Breeders Crown we have ever staged." Said David Wilson, president of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. "It will also be grand having world driving champion Dexter Dunn from New Zealand driving Breeders Crown night. There will be great racing and entertainment for everyone."   Harness racing fan Elizabeth O'Neil recently did this video for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on Facebook.   All eyes will be on the track for the three-year-old colt division of the BC to watch the top colt Miraculous perform. This son of Arts Conquest, winner of the Vincent Delaney Memorial last year, has only improved in 2016 for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. and trainer Sally Teeboon. Just last week at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Miraculous rewrote the track record two days in a row, the fastest last Sunday with a lifetime mark of 1:55.90. Miraculous was also the 2015 Breeders Crown UK & Ireland champion two-year-old in 2015. The Ephie Mather Memorial Trot will be just a sprint for everyone in the eight-horse field. The distance of the race is at one mile but most of these LeTrot Series top horses have been racing at 1.5 miles.   The morning line favorite is Sulky Du Blequin for owner/trainer John Foy who is giving up the lines on this drive and has listed New Zealand's Dexter Dunn to be in the sulky. The ten-year-old Sulky Du Blequin has been razor sharp for Foy this year, recently winning the Malcolm Ali Memorial Silver LeTrot at Wolverhampton. Another Arts Conquest sired foal, Jessie's Conquest, is the headliner for the BC three-year-old filly pace. The homebred is owned, trained and driven by Marc Thomas Jones and has been the top competitor on the circuit this season.   Jessie's Conquest recent took her lifetime mark of 2:00.30 right at Tir Prince on July 16. The BC four-year-old mares will be slugging it out with ten entered headlined by Shesgotanattitude for owner, breeder and driver John Richardson. The Kikikolt mare has come into her own this season but faces some stiff competition. Kickass Katie comes into the race off a lifetime best 2:00.40 triumph last week at Portmarnock and will have Dexter Dunn in the sulky as this mare, also sired by Kikikolt, is also bred and owned by John Richardson. Another contender is Frisco Frisk for driver Alan Haythornthwaite, a recent 2:00.90 winner.  A full program of eleven top flight harness racing, live entertainment for both young and old, great food and drink plus bookmakers on site awaits everyone who comes out to Tir Prince Raceway Tuesday evening. First race post time is 6:00 pm. By Steve Wolf, for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland    

With the Breeders Cup UK & Ireland just a few days away, the racing action at Tir Prince was heated up this past Tuesday with the North Wales Owners Association 4YO Pace, the LeTrot Series and Crock Of Gold heat headlining the action packed program. Here is the recap of the nine-race program. Race 1 Saw nine maiden 2 year olds go to post and Patrick Kane led out with Springhill Glory he was taken on for the lead by Rhyds Voodoo and the pair clocked a very fast quarter of 30.7. As they turned into the straight Shane Lee made a huge move on Boos Fury who had broken stride early on she got to the lead at the half and tried to pull away in the back straight but Patrick Kane had the move covered on Springhill Glory cruising up alongside the leader leaving Richard Haythornwaite trapped on the rail on Rhyds Voodoo. Voodoo was so full of running she tried to run over the top of the leader and broke stride putting paid to her chances. Springhill Glory hit the front and quickly put the race to bed with Boos Fury staying on for second and Rhyds Rockstar running into third, the winning time was 2.08.4 and the distances were two lengths and a head. Race 2 was a ten runner maiden and novice affair and Gassy T led out with a very sharp 30 second first quarter, Blytheview Peach was the first to come out of the pack to challenge and seemed to be making some headway in the back straight getting within a length of the leader. At the three quarter pole Irish raider Triplicate showed a great turn of foot in making a bid for the front and striding away to win in a time of 2.04.9 with Rhyds Gem in second and Wellfield Ginger in third the distances were four lengths and half a length. Race 3 was a Le Trot Race and Univers De Crennes led from start to finish to under a confident Jason Podmore drive when interviewed post race Podmore said "We knew if he led out he would take some catching" He sure did! After a slow start to the season Podmore has now driven 5 winners in two weeks and is well and truly off the cold list! Vif Du Layon caught the eye running into second place off a twenty yard trail and Alza La Belle stayed on for third. Race 4 was a conditions race for horses grade 1 to 4 without a win in their last five starts. Ystwyth Valley lead out comfortably and at the half it looked like it would win comfortably under a trademark Rocker Laidler front running drive but as they hit the three quarter pole the challengers were stacking up in behind and it was Oakview Duke under the drive who C Class Driver Catherine Lord who got up in the straight to win from AllAmericanBounty in second and Ystwyth Valley stayed on for third. This was Catherine's first win in the sulky and massive congratulations are due for a fine drive well done Catherine. Race 5 Was the last heat of The Crock Of Gold and the runners were vying for a place in The Northern Trading Cumbria Crock Of Gold Final which takes place on Saturday 20th August. Porterstown Chris drew one and led out of the gate he was pressed by Lyons Eryl Hall but would not give up the top spot for anything clocking the first quarter in 27.3 seconds and the half mile in 57.7 seconds! Lyons Eryl Hall tried to make an impression on the leader as they went up the back straight but couldn't get any nearer than his tail as Porterstown Chris showed that he is a true free for all horse winning by five lengths in 1.57.5 with Lyons Eryl Hall staying on for second and Stoneriggs Mystery running into third and clocking the last half in 57 seconds after being drawn eight forced him to be taken to the back of the field. Bath Lane also ran well in fourth place. The 20th August promises to be some race so don't miss out. Race 6 Saw the closest finish of the night as Sam's Teatime sat parked out the whole trip eventually tackling long time leader Rhyds Merlin at the three quarter pole he was challenged in the straight by favourite Ayr Trooper they crossed the line together and there was a long delay in the winner being called as the stewards analysed the stills in the commentary box it transpired that Sam's Teatime on the inside had just held on by a nose. The Apprentice came from a long way back to finish third in a great race. The time was 2.03.9 and the distances were a nose and one and a half lengths. Race 7 Was on Open Preferred Handicap for Grade 5 to 8 horses and Lyons Mischief led from start to finish in a tough front running performance the son of Hasty Hall has been slightly disappointing since winning at Appleby in the Spring but bounced back to form here and never ever looked like being headed. Blue Incredible caught the eye running into second and Serrano Hall ran well enough in third. Democrat broke at the start and never really featured. The time was 2.01.5 and the distances were 3 lengths and 1/2 a length. Race 8 was the Mares division of The NWHOA 4 Year Old Championship and four runners went to post in a very open betting heat. Shaba Hanover led out from the one draw and was challenged by stable mate Articulation Hall but Steve Lees on Shaba was not interested in giving up the top spot and clocked 28.2 to the quarter and 59 seconds to the half! As they reached the three quarter pole Articulation Hall tried to make her move again however it was Frisco Frisk coming three wide who swept passed them both to win by lengths in a time of 2.00.9 amazingly the other three runners crossed the line together resulting in a triple dead heat which has never been se en at the track before. Race 9 was one of the most eagerly awaited races of the 2016 season as the top four year olds went to post in The North Wales Horse Owners Association. Rewrite History led out clocking a 28 second first quarter he maintained his lead to the half and as they went into the back straight Lyons Premier tried to strike a blow on the leader but it was Sports Trick and Alan Haythornthwaite who came three wide to glide past the leader and quickly put good distance between himself and the rest of the field. As he turned for home the result was never in doubt as this son of Sportswriter showed real class to put a quality field to the sword in a time of 1.59. The performance was even more impressive given the fact that he was produced from the five draw! Mikey Camden was second and Rewrite History was back in third. The good news is that most of this field should be back again for The Stobart's 4 Year Old Championship on Saturday 20th August. by Eric Witherspoon, for Tir Prince Raceway

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

Anyone who are attended Tir Prince Raceway Towyn on Saturday night was treated to a top class display of harness racing that will live long in the memory. The showers that had fallen earlier in the day had dampened the track nicely leaving it extremely fast come race time. Ayr Trooper took the opener for Mrs Wilma Morton he was produced in the straight by driver Mick Lord overtaking long time leader Rhyds Firebird to win by half a length in a time of 2.02.8. A Kind Of Magic stayed on for third. Kikis Boy rewarded favourite backers in race 2 leading from pillar to post under a confident Stevie Lees drive. 2 Year Old Boos Fury came with a very impressive late run to finish second with Elsa Camden back in third the winning time was 2.04.9 the distances were half a length and a length and a half. Race 3 saw the Silver division of The George Dixon Memorial Le Trot and things really became interesting as Sire Pazenais broke the track record for the 1.5 Mile Trot coming home in 3.08.5 with Paul Mather Snr in the sulky. Titan De Prelong was second with Alza La Belle in third. Paul Mather,Jr. co-owns Sire Pazenais with Simon Elvin of Kinmel Clwyd, UK. Connections of the winner faced an anxious wait to see whether they would collect the £1000 bonus for breaking the track record as the gold division of the race was yet to come and if a faster time was clocked then the winner of that race would collect the bonus. The previous record of 3.09.1 had stood for over 24 years so this was no mean feat by the 10 year old French Trotter. Setting the old record in 1992 was the Swedish trotter, Ideal Key in 3:09.2.. Click here to view the track record race. Next up was The Vincent Delaney Memorial Prep Race Fillies Division,  and Rhyds Mystique and driver Vicky Gill made it three out of three with a performance that simply said "I'm the boss bring on Dublin!" Marc Elvin bought this filly for £3000 with every intention of giving her John Gill to break in and then bring her home to train himself when John Gill phoned Marc in December and insisted that this filly had to stay with him as she was special he definitely was speaking the truth! Rhyds Vodoo and Greenhill Debatable filled the places. The race time was an impressive 2.03.5 and this performance will no doubt leave Rhyds Mystique firm favourite for the VDM Fillies Division. Click here to see the Diamond Creek Farm VDM Filly Prep The Gold Division of the George Dixon Memorial Le Trot saw Sulky De Blequin come from the clouds to clinch victory from Showbusiness in one of the closest finishes seen at the track for many many years. The gasps of the spectators around the finishing line told you all you needed to know about the quality of the finish to this race. They crossed the line in 3.08.9 meaning that the winner of the Silver Division collected the £1000 bonus which was kindly put up by Billy Dixon in memory of his late brother. Race 6 saw the Colts and Geldings division of the Ladbrokes VDM Prep Race go to post, hot favourite Tyrion Hanover broke at the start of the race and lost over 100 yards, this left Rhyds Decoy  and trainer/driver Andrew Cairns to lead out and he never looked like relinquishing the lead coming home in 2.05.8 from Share A Smile in second and Ladyford Express in third. Tyrion Hanover made up a lot of ground and finished fourth. Race 7 was the Crock Of Gold Heat and Porterstown Road took full advantage of his gate position leading out from the two hole he clocked the first quarter in 27.9 and then hit the half in 57.4 anyone who was expecting him to come back to the field after setting such a fast pace to the half was left dumfounded as he extended his lead clocking the three quarters in 1.26.7 he ran out the eight lengths winner in a very impressive time of 1.57.3. Tarawood Messi stayed on for second clocking a time of 1.59.7 with Bath Lane back in third in a time of 1.59.9. The winner was very impressive and has now booked his place in the final on 20th August. Race 8 was The Oakwood Stud Grey Free For All and Wellfield Ghost caused an upset by retaining his crown as the top Grey in the UK with a gutsy front running performance under a superb Patrick Kane drive. Favourite Shades Of Grey never really travelled and it was left to Blue Incredible and Coalford Chief to fight out the places with the former just getting up at the death to claim second. The time of the race was 2.00.6 and the distances were three lengths and half a length. Click here to see the Oakwood Stud Grey FFA Pace  Race 9 was the fillies division of the North Wales Horse Owners Association Three Year Old Championship and Jessie's Conquest lived up to her billing as hot favourite with a fantastic front running performance breaking the track record for three year old fillies in the process! The previous record was 2.01.20 and this was smashed as the daughter of Arts Conquest came home in 2.00.30 to win by seven lengths from Porcelain Seelster in second and Greenhill Gracie in third. Owner Trainer and Driver Marc Jones paid an emotional tribute to the horse in the winners enclosure at the end of the race and we look forward to seeing her return to race here in the Breeders Crown Meeting on Tuesday 2nd August. Race 10 was the colts division of the North Wales Horse Owners Three Year Old Championship. Billed as a 2 horse race between Miraculous and Party At The Spa it didn't disappoint as Miraculous led out clocking his first quarter in 28.5, Alan Haythornwaite on Party At The Spa chose to stalk the leader, Patrick Kane then cannily slowed the pace reaching the half mile in 1.01.3. As they turned into the back straight the race was on as Party made his move Miraculous had it covered though fending him off as they came around the final bend, Party seemed to me getting there momentarily but then Miraculous kicked on again to win by 2 lengths from Party At The Spa with Rockin Mambo a further 10 lengths back in third. The quality of this race just left you wanting these two horses to race each other every week and I for one cannot wait to see them do battle again. A great night was had by all see you on Tuesday 26th July when the third and final Crock Of Gold Heat takes place. Please see current standings below; Brywinsmagicpotion - Qualified Porterstown Road - Qualified Imjustalittleguy - 16 Points Tarawood Messi - 12 Points Bath Lane - 9 Points Meadowbranch Josh - 9 Points Lyons Mischief - 7 Points Fool Around - 7 Points Ayr Regal - 6 Points Stoneriggs Mystery - 5 Points Lyons Eryl Hall - 5 Points Stamp Hill - 4 Points by Eric Witherspood, for Tir Prince Raceway

On Tuesday, August 2 at Tir Prince Raceway in Wales, UK, the fastest dirt track in all the UK & Ireland will play host to the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. Featured on the race card will be many of the best two, three and four-year-old pacing fillies, mares and horses bred in both the UK and Ireland and it will also be the tenth anniversary of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. Tir Prince is one of the premier half mile, night time hard tracks in all of the UK and Ireland. But who is the man behind the organization that has setup and run the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland since its inception? That honor goes to none other than Dave Wilson of West Linton, Scotland. Wilson, who has been involved in harness racing for more than 60 years, owns,  which is the premier on-line harness and horse supply tack shop throughout the UK and Ireland and also sells worldwide. Before venturing into the tack shop business in 1979, Dave Wilson got his training in harness racing as a youngster. “I first got into it when I was a child around 1952.” Wilson explained, “Mucked out stalls, groomed and walked and jogged horses for a year at a local track called Stenhouse Stadium in Edinburgh, before I was allowed to drive in a race. I think I was about 11 or 12 when I first drove in a race and went on to win a lot of races up until 1965. “My father, a self-made man,” Wilson explained. “started out as a horse dealer and later ended up with three quarries, a transport business and a fleet of vehicles. His grandfather was a horse dealer and my grandfather on my mother’s side were horse dealers, so it was inevitable I would end up doing something with horses. I learned a lot at Stenhouse Stadium by watching the old professionals like Jim Young whose brother Rab Young was a famous driver in New Zealand. “My grandmothers brother was the top trainer of trotting and pacing horses,” Wilson said. “He also raced horses guideless (tacked up with overcheck and turned and let loose to race against other horses round the track) and his name was Baker Waldie, this would be in the mid-1800s. So when did Dave Wilson end up with Dave Wilson Harness/Tack business?” “Around 1979, after I first got back in to harness racing after a long break.” Wilson said. “I quit racing horses in 1965 after winning a heat and the final of the famous Musselburgh Trot on an imported German stallion called Calif by Scotland’s Comet (USA). I had quit to concentrate on the family business. Over the years Dave Wilson has owned, bred and raced a goodly amount of horses. “You can say I've owned a lot, bred a lot, and raced a lot.” Wilson explained. “When I got back into it in 1979, I bought three yearlings in the USA which were bred in Pennsylvania by the Amish man Levi Stoltzfus at Conestoga Farms right next to Hanover Shoe Farm. “They were sent to Hawkensville to get broken in.” Wilson said. “We brought the three back to Scotland but only one made it to the races. He was called Battle Cry by Battleground (Meadow Skipper oo Belle Acton). Out of a very consistent mare who raced until she was 12. The filly was Conestoga Starlite (changed to Meadow Starlite) and she was big and beautiful but her legs let her down. She did breed some good winners for us including Meadow Reba, who won a heat and final of the Dave Finlayson Memorial at Musselburgh as a 3-year-old. “This was in 1986,” Wilson added, “and we still have her here, she is now 33 and looking good! I've also had a few stallions here, namely Skippers Subject, who is bred by Meadow Skipper oo Timely Subject, and he produced some good offspring in USA and here, also Fame (Albatross oo Passing Glance), who won half million as a 2-year-old but flipped a palate in the Woodrow Wilson or would have won over a million at age 2. He too bred some good ones and we still have a few retired here who won some great races for us.” How did Dave Wilson get from racing horses to harness and tack shop owner, to president of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland? “After coming back from this long absence from racing I felt a bit ashamed knowing I could have made a better effort in promoting, breeding and racing the sport in the UK,” Wilson said. “Noel Simpson made a big impression on me in the early '60s when he opened Prestayn Raceway with the help of Roosevelt Raceway’s George Morton Levy, along with some other New Zealand and Australian investors. “Apart from the raceway, Simpson used Prestayne as a quarantine country for stallions coming from the USA and going to AU and NZ.” Wilson explained. “These were all stallions with records which were used in the UK while in quarantine and they had a big impact on breeding of Standardbreds in UK. The progeny of these stallions in later years were exported to Canada and the USA. “That was an industry created overnight.” Wilson said. “Years later after the quarantine regulations were eased, the UK went back into breeding unraced imported stallions, although reasonably well-bred, they produced very little, with the odd minor stallion proving himself worthwhile. It was then in 1980 at a BHRC meeting, I suggested horses of better quality should be bred and proven stallions should be used. “This fell upon deaf ears, Wilson explained, “and only one committee member acknowledged the merit in it. I later drew up papers for a proposed Sire Stakes and Arthur Slack a well-known breeder of Standardbreds, submitted on my behalf, which initiated the British Harness Racing Club’s Sire Stakes program. For various reasons this was never the success I wanted it to be. After drawing up the papers I had no further input into the Sire Stakes other than entering horses. “Now fast forward to 26 years later,” Wilson said, “and I had some mares I hadn't bred for years as the stallions here were not attractive enough to me. Then low and behold out of the blue along came Alabar Stud with frozen semen from some top stallions. I took the opportunity to breed three mares using the frozen semen from Safely Kept, and Village Jasper. “I wanted to enter them in the Sire Stakes program, but was refused,” Wilson added, “and that is how the Breeders Crown UK and Ireland came about. I looked at the Sire Stakes program and could see why it was on the wane and not flourishing like it should have. “I took this refusal as a negative view for breeding going forward,” Wilson said, “and consequently got in touch with Alabar, who got me started by entering all of their stallions so the foals would be eligible to race in the BC, which moved from track to track and got people and breeders interested who had not really raced 2-year-olds before. The BC has never looked back since and gets more popular each year with prize money increasing along with numbers of horses entering. The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland’s motto is to promote, to support and to improve the quality of breeding and harness racing throughout Great Britain and Ireland. “We strive to encourage and expand the positive image of harness racing through media and marketing.” Wilson added. “We support current owners and those interested in harness racing by providing comprehensive information about our series and how people can get involved in breeding, owning and racing horses. And we strongly advocate the use of only proven stallions and mares in our breeding in order to continually improve the quality of our horses.” Wilson is supported by a lot of suppliers who either give products to raise funds or sponsor us, or from people who also believe in what I am doing. Without them the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland would not exist. "I also have to say," Wilson added, "that I have a right hand man (woman), who has been with me for many years and is a superb help in both departments and keeps me on the straight and narrow. Jacqui Mann is the General Manager of Dave Wilson Harness and she is secretary for the Breeders Crown and she is a major help in making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible." Just a year ago Wilson commissioned a professional graphic artists and a webmaster to re-create and polish off their website, www.breederscrownuk& with great success. “We are very proud of our website,” Wilson said. “It’s top notch, easy to navigate, super photos and all the information and contacts everyone needs to stay abreast of what is happening.” “David Wilson is a pleasure to work with his experience in harness racing is second to none,” said Eric Witherspoon, Director of Racing at Tir Prince. “He is committed to taking the sport forward in the UK. The Breeders Crown is a truly top juvenile event and we are delighted to be holding it at Tir Prince for the next three years.” So what is Dave Wilson excited the most about for this year’s Breeders Crown night? “I would say getting the news that New Zealand driving star, Dexter Dunn, will be driving at Tir Prince on Breeders Crown night.” Wilson beamed. “Having Dexter coming to drive is just fabulous. He showed everyone at Portmarnock (Ireland) last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I know his services will be in much demand from trainers and owners alike. “I’m also excited that we are able to add the inaugural All American-bred Filly Pace for two-year-olds this year,” Wilson added, “plus a bumper crop of horses eligible for the Breeders Crown. And we have a large tour group from Australia, Harness Racing TravelWorld, engineered by a long term friend of mine, Bill Hutchison, which will not only take in the Breeders Crown in Wales but also the Edinburgh Festival and the Vincent Delaney Memorial in Dublin Ireland. “It’s all top notch great news,” Wilson smiled. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The first heat of the 2016 Crock Of Gold Series took place at Tir Prince Raceway Towyn on Saturday 18th June. The Crock Of Gold Series is traditionally for the top Free For All horses in the UK and Ireland and has seen a few different formats over the years including multiple heats being held all over the UK and heats and finals on the same night in a Little Brown Jug style format. In 2015 the series went back to multiple heats and a final on 20th August all held at Tir Prince. 2016 has seen the system tweaked again with all of the heats being run as Preferred Free For All's with the top eight horses in the handicap qualifying drawn from one to eight on the gate with the lower handicapped horses receiving a better draw. The thinking behind the change in format is that there is a very small pool of top grade horses and the feeling last year was that the heats became a little repetitive with the same horses running against each other time after time in the heats and then again in the final. The new format was designed to entice horses who are in the top third of the handicap system to enter the heats on the basis that they know they will receive a favourable draw against those at the top of the handicap. Early signs are that this plan is working as Imjustalittleguy, Lyons Eryl Hall and Lyons Mischief who are all grade eight horses competed in the heat on Saturday with Imjustalittleguy picking up a cheque in third. Another change was that heat winners automatically qualify and are unable to compete in another heat after winning, this means we are guaranteed three different heat winners which hopefully should encourage horse owners to enter. So who are the main protagonists? Stoneriggs Mystery has to be the starting point for any top grade event in the UK and Ireland. He missed the first heat only going down as a reserve after entering late but all things being well he is full expected to make an appearance in the next heat which takes place on the 16th July. A two times Crock Of Gold winner he will be strong favourite for any race he starts in and has a quite phenomenal record at Tir Prince. The winner of the first heat, Brywinsmagicpotion, is now guaranteed a place in the final and should have a strong chance if he gets a decent draw. He clocked the half mile in 58 seconds on Saturday and won in 1.58.1 so showed that he is a genuine free for all horse, add to this the fact that The Haythornwaite stable look to be on the crest of a wave and this horse is a serious contender. Porterstown Road started Saturday as favourite for the heat but couldn't make up the ground required to catch Brywinsmagicpotion he stayed on for second though and currently tops the table of the best of the rest with twelve points. This horse is highly thought of by his connections and should come on for Saturday's run, the big question is whether he can keep on improving as he started last year as a grade four and his meteoric rise now sees him competing with the best of the best. There is no guarantee that Bath Lane will come from Ireland to compete, but the series will be better if he does appear as he is a top class animal who beat Stoneriggs Mystery at Portmarnock last year. Another one who could make the trip from Ireland is Total Truth but I guess we will just have to wait and see whether his connections make it a priority. Meadowbranch Josh won two of the heats last year and regularly competes in Free For All races. He has changed stables this year and is almost guaranteed to be a regular competitor in the heats and if he gets a favourable draw in a heat then he would be strongly fancied. Only one four year old has ever won The Crock Of Gold which proves it is a big ask however Coalford Tetrick and Rewrite History, both very good horses who are high enough in the handicap to be able to compete, and it will be interesting to see whether they decide to take a punt. The above list is by no means exhaustive and the likes of Ayr Majesty, Ayr Regal, Stamp Hill, Shades Of Grey, Saunders Mach 3, Fool Around, Imjustalittleguy, Lyons Eryl Hall Lyons Mischief and many others will all be throwing their hat into the ring. The final will be a draw for position Free For All held on Saturday 20th August 2016 and is being kindly sponsored by Northern Trading Cumbria. Other races which are planned for that night are The Stobart Four Year Old Championship, The Stagbi Broodmares Race, Tir Prince Le Trot Races and many many more. Northern Trading Cumbria and their business associates are sponsoring the whole evening which means that bumper prize money will be on offer. The night will also be a charity night with Ty Gobaith a North Wales Children's hospice being the beneficiary so all in all it promises to be a night to remember. Meanwhile the next heat is due to take place at Tir Prince on Saturday 16th July with the final heat taking place on Tuesday 26th July. Current Crock Of Gold Placings Qualified - Brywinsmagicpotion 1st Porterstown Road  12 Points 2nd Imjustalittleguy 9 points 3rd Lyons Mischief 7 points 4th Meadowbranch Josh 6 points 5th Lyons Eryl Hall 5 points 6th Stamp Hill 4 points 7th Fool Around 3 points by Eric Witherspoon, for Tir Prince Raceway  

A super nights racing took place at Tir Prince Raceway in Towyn North Wales where a very competitive nine runner card enticed a bumper crowd to attend. The weather was kind and the sun shone the stage was set and Coalford Ollie got us off to a flyer taking the maiden and novice event winning a shade cosily off a 10 yard trail with Joe Maw doing the driving for The Coalford Stud. Soldier Stanley stayed on for second whilst Reeds Scarlett ran into third. Race two saw Irish horse Breakwater start as warm favourite but he could only finish third behind winner Elysium Thunder and runner up Itsmycheck. The winner ran well when third at the track in May and then was runner up at Wolverhampton so it was nice to see him get in the winners enclosure with a fast time of 2.03.5. Race three was the first of two Tir Prince Let Trot Races over a mile an a quarter and Alza La Belle won by three lengths from Univers De Crennes in second and Tenor D'Ouville in third in a time of 2.39.6.  Owned by Paul Mather the mare was very impressive as she pulled away in the straight and it would be no surprise to see her win again in the near future. Race four was the two year old fillies championship Coalford Honey was warm favourite in the betting ring but Rhyds Mystique stole the show with an eye catching last to first move from Vicky Gill in the final quarter to win in 2.06.5 by half a length from Boo's Fury with Greenhill Debatable back in third. Rhyds Mystique showed a real turn of foot as she was stone last for most of the race and she looks like being a very promising fillies for connections. Race five never took place as only ten two year old colts declared to race so it was straight onto race six. Patrick Kane got to the front with Springhill Glory and turned the race into a very tactical affair slowing the pace to the half it was therefore always going to be a sprint finish and it was Rhyds Ideal who quickened best of all to win by a length in 2.08.4 from Springhill Glory in second and No Brakes in third. Race seven was the first Crock Of Gold heat of 2016 the heats are now run as open preferred handicaps and I'm justalittlleguy led out from his one draw, Brywinsmagicpotion soon took him on though and Meadowbranch Josh also got involved in the speed duel with the horses clocking a lighting quick first half mile of fifty eight seconds. Alan Haythornwaite steadied the pace marginally and then came the challenge of hot favourite Portestown Road as they faced the sea breeze favourite backers readied themselves to cheer home the good thing but Alan had saved plenty to come home with and Brywinsmagicpotion won by four lengths in a very impressive time of 1.58.5. Porterstown Road stayed on for second and Imjustalittleguy finished a very respectable third. Race eight was the second Tir Prince Le Trot race and Tenor Melois and Sulky De Blequin had a real battle with John Foy working hard to get past Rhys Evan's charge, as they swung for home though Tenor Melois showed that he is a real high quality individual to get back up and win by two and a half lengths. This won't be the last that these two horses see of one another and a few more battles should be on the cards before the end of the season. Race nine saw one of the best performances seen at Tir Prince in modern times from three year old filly Jessie's Conquest drawn eight the hot favourite was almost taken out of the race by Oakview Duke on the first turn she carried on pacing despite losing at least 25 lengths and the pace she showed in the back straight on the second circuit was quite phenomenal eventually running out a two and a half length winner from the game Rhyds Merlin in second and Someonelikeyou in third. The last race of the night finished with drama Ayr Mission was first passed the post however his driver Marc Elvin was deemed to have taken Shaba Hanover out of the race earlier on and he was disqualified leaving runner up Rhyds Design to take the spoils with Hollie Oaks in second and Coalford Chief in third. Next meeting is Saturday 16th July. by Eric Witherspoon, for Tir Prince Raceway

Seven members of TROTBritain have been selected by the committee to compete in the May 21 French/British Challenge at Amiens Racecourse in France. The evening program will feature the Prix De Grande-Bretagne event with a purse of 16,000 euros and the race will be held on Course E at a distance of 2,400 meters. Representing TROTBritain in the 14 horse field will be Mike Evans, John Foy, Paul Mathers, Jr., Gregor Menzies, Phil O'Neill, Ian Pimlott and Joseph Ripley. The drivers were selected for their personal commitment to the TROTBritain/LeTrot partnership since its inception. All of the participants have driven, trained and mostly owned French trotters that have competed in the UK in LeTrot races. Pimlott, the oldest driver of the group at 66, had the top trotter Solicitor last season in the LeTrot series. He has driven in races around the world and has been driving trotters since he was 14. Since 2014, TrotBritain and LeTrot have worked together in setting up LeTrot races throughout Great Britain along with the purchase of French trotters and broodmares to help startup the breeding program in Great Britain and Ireland. The French drivers will be coming to Great Britain to drive against the TROTBritain crew at a later date. The LeTrot Series in the UK gets underway on Saturday night with a ten horse field at Tir Prince and also on Sunday at Amman Valley with a six horse field. The series takes place at UK tracks through October this year. Ireland also has its own LeTrot Series. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

World champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn has confirmed that he will be coming to drive in Wales, UK for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 at Tir Prince and to return to the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland August 13 and 14. Dunn, the reigning World Champion driver from New Zealand, took Ireland by storm last year and now is setting his sights on the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland at Tir Prince. “When Derek Delaney contacted me about coming back this summer to Ireland and if I was interested in also including the Breeders Crown in Wales, Dunn said, “It fit in good with my racing calendar and there wasn’t much hesitation in saying yes!” David Wilson, chairman of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland that will take place at Tir Prince in Wales, August 2, was ecstatic when he heard the Dexter Dunn was coming. “This is the tenth anniversary of the BC and what fantastic news to have,” Wilson beamed, “Dexter Dunn showed everyone at Portmarnock last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I am sure his services on Breeders Crown Day will be much in demand from trainers and owners alike. “Having Dexter coming is fabulous,” Wilson added, “We have the inaugural All American Bred Filly Pace for two-year-olds this year, a bumper crop of horses eligible for the Breeders Crown and purses that could exceed £35,000, harness racing tour groups coming from around the world and now the news that Dexter Dunn will be driving on the program is just great.” “I had such a blast in Ireland last year,” Dunn said, “It was such a great experience and now I am going to enhance it by driving at Tir Prince on their Breeders Crown program. It will be awesome to get back over and catch up with all the nice people over there that treated me so well last year, and of course, to have a few beverages as well!” “We are both delighted and honoured to have a world class driver such as Dexter come to Tir Prince to drive,” said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince. “I had the pleasure of being at Portmarnock last year and like everyone else who was present I was in awe of his reinsmanship. We cannot wait to see him on the track. “On 2nd August Breeders Crown night,  it is one of the most eagerly anticipated nights of the year,” Witherspoon explained, “when the very best juveniles from Britain and Ireland compete for top prize money, the racing will be top class and Dexter’s attendance will be the cherry on the cake. We also have the Ephie Mather Memorial Trot which is a Free For All Trot For International Trotters.” Witherspoon noted that Dexter Dunn will also be in attendance on Tuesday 9th August at Tir Prince when the track hosts the 2 mile Free For All Pace that is being sponsored by John Howard. Track management hopes that the track record for 2 miles will be shattered on this night and with Dunn’s experience in long distance races makes him someone to not bet against him driving the record breaker. Dunn then returns to Dublin, Ireland for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend the 13th and 14th of August and race committee head, Derek Delaney, see’s Dunn’s return as a major boost to the weekend. “I have kept in contact with Dexter during the off-season,” Delaney said. “And he was keen to come back for the VDM and to drive at Tir Prince. So much so that he bought in as part of a syndicate on the two-year-old filly, Oakwood’s Dragoness. “Dexter, along with Cran Delgaty, Clive and Anne Dalton, Mick Harvey, Oakwood Stud, Lee Edwards, Dean Russell, Simon Elvin and Paul Johnson,” Delaney said, “are all in and this filly is eligible to the new American bred pace at Tir Prince. Wouldn’t that be great if Dexter could win that race with her?” It would seem that Dexter Dunn has his work cut out for him while on holiday this summer in the UK and Ireland. “It’s not work at all driving horses,” Dunn said, “I hope I have a drive in every race. I love it.” Will there be some traveling for Dunn this August? “Yeah, I’m looking to do a bit of tripping around while I am over,” Dunn said. “I haven’t planned what or where yet through. I had such a super time last year.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Manchester, England - It would most certainly be an understatement that harness racing has been a lifelong passion for over 65 years for one family from Manchester. The Mather family. Trainer/driver Paul Mather (age 62) and his brothers Peter and George were introduced at a young age to the trotters and pacers by their late father, Frederick Ephraim Mather. Frederick was a harness racing enthusiast who owned and trained many horses and also brought his sons into the sports. At the age of 16, Paul was racing and training pacers, but there came a turning point for Paul that would see him turn away from pacers to trotters. A special horse he had named 'Star Trade', was very successful and won many races as a pacer, but Star Trade would often trot when jogging so Paul decided to convert him to a trotter and it turned out very well as he went on to win 13 trot races, including the two classics, the Prakas and the Roosevelt. Paul has never owned a pacing horse since, although pacers are still in the stable as Paul's brother Peter, continues to train and race them. Paul has imported many trotters from France and Belgium over the years and also owns British bred trotters to specifically compete in the 'Prakas' which is for British bred horses only, and that he won most recently in 2015 with Wildcat Supreme. Paul is a committee member of the TROTBritain group formed 20 years ago to enable trotting in Britain to begin to grow. TROTBritain is dedicated to the progression of trotting in Great Britain. Since 2014 and the beginnings of The 'Le Trot' agreement, Paul, his son Paul, Jr. and his brother, Peter, now own and train four French trotting horses, one of which is named Show Business, who was drawn in the 2015 March sale. Show Business has shown to become above the rest racing 16 times, winning six times with three second place and one third place finish. He was awarded Trotter of the Year in 2015 and Paul won the Driver of the Year honors and was invited to Vincennes, France to receive his award and take part in the 'Prix de Internationals' race which saw drivers from 18 European countries take part. Paul lived his dream that day of driving at Vincennes. He may have finished 8th out of the 18 drivers in the field, but just being in the race was an honor to him. "I would have given good money for a drive on that track," Mather's said of Vincennes," and I was lucky enough to do it for free, a lifelong dream come true!" Show Business is 10 years old and is sired by Game Jet from the mare Ketty D'Epinay, who had a race record 1:14 over 2400m At Beaumont De Lomangne France. His first start in 2016 will be in May at Tir Prince. He races in the Gold Division, which is the same as an Invitational or Open Class in North America. "Show Business has been a real easy horse to work with," Mather explained. "He does exactly what is asked of him and puts in 110% from behind the gate. It is a pleasure to drive. I've thoroughly enjoyed the 2015 season with him and am counting the days for the 2016 season to begin. The horse makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and that's a result because I'm bald!" Currently the Mather Stable has seven horses in training. Other stars include Staz Hazelhaar, who broke the English record over one mile in 2:00, erasing a ten-year-old record. Wildcat Supreme currently holds the mile and one quarter 3yr old record for an English bred trotter while Sheila B'Devotion and Piece of Sleipner are both top performers. The future is looking very prosperous with the Le Trot deal as this is the third year of the special program. More than 15 horses are being selected from various parts of France commencing Monday 14th March and arriving in the UK hopefully the following week. All together in the first two years, 45+ horses/mares have been brought over from France with another 15 coming over soon. And for those looking to reap some of the purse money from the special LeTrot Series events, just remember, Show Business is once again eligible to the series and Paul Mather is ready to guide him to another Trotter of the Year season. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

WALES, UK - The initial nominations for the Oakwood Stud BHRC Derby and the Rhyds Stud BHRC Futurity have been released and they make pleasant reading for harness racing fans as they show significant increases from 2015. Both Classics will be held at Tir Prince Raceway on Saturday 3rd September 2016. The Oakwood Derby has a total of 25 entries with 13 colts and 12 fillies being entered. This is up from 18 entries last year and shows a very creditable 38% increase. It was well publicized before nominations closed that colts and fillies will be split if the numbers were sufficient and this has definitely helped boost the number of fillies entered. Some familiar names from last year include Miraculous, winner of the Breeders Crown, the Vincent Delaney Memorial and the PACT 2 Year Old Race at York. Party At The Spar, who conquered the aforementioned Miraculous twice at Tir Prince last year, and Jacks Red, winner of the BHRC futurity in 2015 have been nominated. Irish hopes for the boys include Newtown Major and Newtown Rock. Amongst the fillies, Jessie's Conquest returns to the track where she is unbeaten, whilst Rhyds Snowbird was a winner on her only outing at Tir Prince last year. Other familiar names include Porcelian Seelster, owned by Claire Fletcher and the sponsors very own Oakwood Destiny, who had a promising juvenile campaign curtailed by an injury sustained in the paddock. A reminder that these races will be run over 1.5 miles where Cams Best's record of 3.04.4 has stood for 12 years. Are any of the current crop capable of breaking it? Time will tell as the raceway at Tir Prince is recognized as the toughest in the UK and Ireland and fact that the all age track record at the track is a mere 0.2 of a second quicker (Rhyds Hasty Affair 3.04.20) tells us all we need to know about how good Cams Best's record is. The Rhyds Futurity has a total of 42 entries with 23 colts and 19 fillies being entered. This is up from 16 entries last year and shows a fantastic 162% increase year on year. An increase was expected with the announcement that the sexes would be split, but it is fair to say that these figures are way above what was expected and both the BHRC and Tir Prince Raceway are delighted with the outcome so far. So who's entered? Well as expected there are a fair number of horses entered who made the journey over from North America as yearlings and in the colt's division they include All Good Hanover and Elmo Hanover. Some of the colts entered have some very successful siblings including Ladyford Express (full brother to Ladyford Indianna) Rhyds Rockstar (full brother to Rhyds Hallstar & Rhyds Fivestar) Rhyds Decoy (Full brother to Rhyds Desire and Rhyds Topaz) and Father Ted (full brother to Jessie's Conquest). £48k Buith Wells Purchase Rhyds Ideal is also amongst the nominees as is York Sale topper Rodney Camden. The fillies are every bit as well related with Teatime Preacher (half sister to Stamp Hill) sure to prove popular in any ante post market. On Her Way Again and She Be Rockin have been imported for the job whilst Mikala Camden was the top priced filly at the York sale fetching £10,000. Rhyds Stud are sponsoring the races and their Top UK Sire Hasty Hall is represented by Rhyds Mystique and Rhyds Hokey Cokey. "On behalf of Tir Prince Raceway and the BHRC," said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince, "many thanks to everyone who has entered these races. The 3rd September is one for the diary of any harness racing fan! The next sustaining fee of £50 for both the Derby and The Futurity are due on 1st April 2016." From Tir Prince Media Department The Oakwood Stud BHRC DERBY - COLTS & GELDINGS 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Arts Pace Hill 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Enter The Dragon 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Indie Hanover 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Jacks Red 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Miraculous 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Newtown Major 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Newtown Rock 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - No Stoppin 2016 NPD Nomination fee (colt) - Ontop Big C 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Party At The Spa 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Real Conquest 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Ring Of Fire 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (colt) - Rockin Mambo The Oakwood Stud BHRC DERBY FILLIES 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Best Of Class 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Caenwood Classic 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Dynamic Ace 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Frisco Jenna 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Gray Blizzard 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Jessies Conquest 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Newtown Onyx 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Oakwood Destiny 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Porcelain Seelster 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Rhyds Snowbird 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (Filly) - Rogue Diamond 2016 NPD Nomination Fee (filly) - Tarawood Joy The Rhyds Stud BHRC FUTURITY COLTS /GELDINGS 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - All Good Hanover 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Alpine Star 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Brywins Magicbeach 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Coalford Earl 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Coffee Mate 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Dreamfair Nadal 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Elmo Hanover 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Father Ted 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Frisco Stinger 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Johnny Camden 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Ladyford Express 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Lyons Comet 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Newtown Terror 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - No Brakes 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Oakwood Cisco 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Rhyds Cocoa 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Rhyds Decoy 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Rhyds Ideal 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Rhyds Rockstar 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Rodney Camden 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Someones Fantasy 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Springhill Glory 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (colt) - Tarawood Kiki The Rhyds Stud BHRC Futurity FILLIES 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Anglesey Debutante 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Boos Fury 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Coalford Honey 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Crosshill Ace 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Finley Wells 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Greenhilldebatable 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Hendre Breeze 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Lyons Ace Of Spades 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Lyons Lememay 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Mikala Camden 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Newtown Amber 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Olivia Camden 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - On Her Way Again 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Rhyds Hokey Cokey 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Rhyds Mystique 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Rhyds Voodoo 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Sheberockin 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Teatime Preacher 2016 NPF Nomination Fee (filly) - Theladieslovejim    

WALES, UK – When it rains it pours and that seems to be the positive trend happening at Tir Prince Raceway as track management has announced a third major sponsor for their harness racing meet in 2016. Management is delighted to announce that the 2016 Sire Stakes program, which is being held at Tir Prince Raceway on Saturday 24th September 2016, is to be sponsored by PJI Engineering UK. The Durham based engineering firm is owned by harness racing enthusiast Paul Johnson and the track are very grateful for his kind offer of sponsorship and aim to make it a night to remember. The Sire Stakes program consists of 21 nominated Stallions whose progeny are automatically eligible for Stakes Races for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, the owners of the said horses have to make pay 3 sustaining fees to keep the horse in the series. This is the first time in many years that the event has been held at Tir Prince and to receive sponsorship from PJI Engineering is a major boost to both the track and the Sire Stakes program. The first sustaining fee of £40 for 2, 3 and 4 year olds is due on 31st March 2016 with further payments of £60 due by the 1st June and a final payment of £30 due by 9th September 2016. “Tir Prince Raceway are proud to be associated with PJI Engineering,” said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director. “To be holding the Sire Stakes with the quality of the stallions nominated, we are sure that racegoers will be treated to a top class harness racing bonanza.” Peviously, Tir Prince Raceway announced sponsors for some of their major stakes from Oakwood Stud and Northern Trading Combria.  For more information about the Sire Stakes contact Eric Witherspoon at From the Media Department at Tir Prince

WALES, UK - The Crock Of Gold Series will return once again to Tir Prince Raceway in 2016 and now sports a new sponsor for the finale of the series. A poll on a UK Harness Racing Debates site earlier in the year showed overwhelming support for the Crock Of Gold to remain as a series rather than be run as heats and a final on the same night. Some changes have been made with the series now consisting of 3 heats taking place on Saturday 18th June, Saturday 16th July and Tuesday 26th July, with the grand final being held on Saturday 20th August. The Final will be sponsored by Northern Trading Cumbria and the total purse for the final will be an estimated £5000. “We are delighted that Northern Trading Cumbria have agreed to sponsor the Crock Of Gold Final,” said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince.” And we are proud to be associated with them. We hope to make the 2016 Crock Of Gold Series the most exciting ever. We look forwarding to seeing as many of the staff and customers of Northern Trading Cumbria as possible on the Crock Of Gold Final night on 20th August, as it promises to be a memorable occasion.” The format of the heats has changed as they will be for the top ten horses entered on the night and will be run as an open preferred handicap with horses 9 and 10 following horses 7 and 8 on the gate. Heat winners will automatically qualify for the final and will not be allowed to compete in other heats. The Final will then be made up of the three heat winners and the 7 horses with the highest total of points from the heats. Points will be awarded as follows; 2nd place – 9 points plus 3 bonus points = 12 points 3rd place – 8 points plus 1 bonus point = 9 points 4th place – 7 points 5th place – 6 points 6th place – 5 points 7th place – 4 points 8th place – 3 points 9th place – 2 points 10th place – 1 point If less than 10 horses compete in a heat then the points will still be granted as though the race was a 10 runner race; for example a horse who finishes 8th in an 8 runner race will receive 3 points. However, it should be noted that any horse who starts a race but does not finish will automatically not be granted any points. Should any qualifying horse decline to run in the final the horse which is next in line on the final league table will qualify. The final will be run as a Free For All with the horses balloting for position and the horses who draw 9 and 10 will follow horses 1 and 2 on the gate. “We feel the tweaks that we have made to the series will make it more exciting.” Said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince. “Making the heats preferred will hopefully encourage the horses who are lower down the grades to enter as they will have a draw bias over horses who are higher in the handicap than them. “Cutting down to 3 heats condenses the action,” Witherspoon explained, “And makes it even more important for the horses to enter and bring their A game. We hope that with heat winner qualifying automatically and not being allowed to run in further heats will give more horses a chance and encourage more horses to enter.” For additional information contact Eric Witherspoon at From the Tir Prince Media Department

WALES, UK – Track management at Tir Prince Raceway has announced that an agreement has been reached with Oakwood Stud in Ireland to become the lead sponsor of the British Harness Racing Club’s(BHRC) Derby in 2016. Now to be called the Oakwood Stud BHRC Derby, the renamed classic will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016. First nomination payments are due on March 1. The Derby is for three-year-old pacers whose owners must make all four nomination payments. The distance for the race is one and one-half miles. With the support of Oakwood Stud, there will be both colt and filly separate division. “We at Tir Prince Raceway are delighted and honored that Oakwood Stud is sponsoring the BHRC Derby which is being held at our raceway on Saturday 3rd September,” said Racing Director Eric Witherspoon. “Derek and James Delaney are two of the most innovative, hardworking and professional people in harness racing in the UK and Ireland and we are proud to be associated with Oakwood Stud.” The first nomination fee of £100 is due payable by 1st March 2016. The first sustaining fee £50 payable by 1st April 2016; then £50 payable by 1st May 2016, 1st June £50, 1st July £50 and the final sustaining fee of 1st August £50.00. The estimated prize fund is £5,000. Horses can be supplemented into the race for £750 up to the 19th August 2016. “My brother James and I are dedicated to helping harness racing grow,” said Oakwood Stud’s Derek Delaney. We are proud in sponsoring the BHRC Derby. I think this will be the year that the track record for the Derby, 3.04.4 held by the great Cams Best, will be broken after twelve years. Wouldn’t that be grand?” For additional information contact Eric Witherspoon at By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink send kudos to the management and staff at Tir Prince in Wales, UK. They have just released their new promotional video and it is fantastic. Led by owner Adam Williams with new Racing Director Eric Witherspoon, the exceptional video covers the history of racing at Tir Prince, how the racing is an intergial part of the entire hugh complex that encompases a  huge flea maket, carnival and nearby giantic pier. Tir Prince features one of the best hard tracks in all of the UK and Ireland. They are a night time racetrack and this year are the host track of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 and they will feature six divisions of the LeTrot Series in 2016. Their website is  by Steve Wolf, for  

WALES, UK - Tir Prince Raceway management are delighted to announce that they will be holding six Le Trot races at Tir Prince in 2016. The Le Trot Series has been underway for three seasons now as both the UK and Ireland. Every year more and more trotters from France have been purchased to race in the series and continue to grow in numbers every year. The dates for the Le Trot Series at Tir Prince this season are: Saturday 18th June Tuesday 26th July Tuesday 9th August Saturday 20th August Saturday 3rd September Saturday 15th October “We at Tir Prince are really looking forward to seeing the trotters who are imported from France grace the track this season,” said Eric Witherspood, Racing Director. “We feel that the facility at Tir Prince gives them the ideal opportunity to showcase their talents. Roll on June! Or as The French would say "Rouler Su Juin!" Purses are estimated at £2,000 sterling ($3,000 US) depending on the number of entries each week. For more information visit by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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