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Dublin, Ireland - As the curtains come down on Sunday evening at Portmarnock it has been an extraordinary season for harness racing with records made and records broken in all departments. Total prize money (including Dundalk) has seen a 70% increase on the 2014 figure of €200,000 to in excess of €340,000 for 2015. With a total of 217 races for the season the Pacers account for 112 races (52%) with approx €144,000 in purse distribution and the Trotters with 105 (48%) with an allocation of approx €196,000. Pacer of the year goes to President who has stretched the field with a tally of 7 wins for owner, trainer driver Shane Howard and takes on the top guns again on Sunday afternoon in pursuit of another win. The Trotter of the year was settled last Sunday with Vichy De Moem overhauling Silvano Bello in the stretch for home notching up his 9th win of the season with Cork raider on 7 wins. With both horses on 20 runs each for the season and both expected to top the €9k earnings each, this pair will do battle again this Sunday afternoon with Joe Caffrey’s Romalus Augenaies for another throw of the dice but it might well be the Solicitor from Coleraine who makes the final ruling. With the Jury still out on the Driver of the year it’s a battle royal between John Richardson and Billy Roche and the photo finish camera it appears can’t separate this pair. Billy Roche and William Flanagan are both on a tight rope for trainer of the year and both without a safety net as it all goes to the wire for the grand finale. With the Trotteur Francais program having completed its second season the winning strike rate of 66% with 48 individual winners from the 72 horses that raced in 2015. As leading Driver in 2015 Billy Roche will represent Ireland at the International meeting in Paris Vincennes on the 5th December and Ricky Hanson as leading owner will collect his award at Gala Awards Banquet in Paris on December 4th. 2016 now looks an interesting prospect…with Dundalk set to catapult Ireland on to the world stage….. From the Irish Harness Racing Association

Portmarknock, Ireland - All roads lead to Portmarnock this weekend for the inaugural Barney Joyce Memorial Festival of harness racing, where over 100 horses have been entered to compete for a prizefund in excess of €40,000. Eight races will be held on both days catering for all grades of pacer and trotter, culminating in the Barney Joyce Memorial Final for 3 year olds, where the lucky winner will take home €10,000. This event has captivated the imagination of harness enthusiasts right across the UK and Ireland in recent weeks and has not been without its fair share of drama. Ante Post favourite Rewrite History was a shock defector through injury and even more of a surprise was the late supplementary entry of Welsh trained raider Coalford Tetrick, winner of the Little Welsh Dragon at Tregaron a fortnight ago. His addition to the line-up seen a seismic shift in the betting and renowned bookie, Dan Carlin, now posts the Steve Lees driven colt as an even money favourite to win the final after some frenzied betting activity in recent days. Another quandary facing punters is the “will she or wont she run” dilemma posed to owners James and Derek Delaney's Carmel Camden, who picked up a slight injury during the week and was doubtful to make the line up in the heats. As final declarations don’t have to be made until 2pm on raceday, the Delaney brothers are now locked in a race against time to get Carmel back in shape to do herself justice. With Tetrick and Carmel grabbing all the headlines and filling up the social media threads its left the other live contenders to creep in under the radar and those must not be underestimated. Earnies Dream springs to mind as having a big chance for trainer Gavin Murdock, whilst Lyons Premier is also slightly underrated, and slightly over priced in the betting according some shrewd judges who are sure to plunge late on the John Richardson trained colt. Streamside Star has shown some decent form earlier on in the year whilst Showtime Big Cigar, Ontop Jeremes Jet, Springhill Ruby, Meadowbranch Millie and Frisco Frisk are the other contenders in the heats that cannot be written off lightly The Barney Joyce Memorial 3 Year Old Classic is not the only big race over this bumper weekend. There is also a €4,000 Top Class Free For all that sees the welcome return of Bath Lane, who will be all out to lower his track record of 1:55.2, whilst €3,000 is up for grabs in the Top Class French Bred Le Trot free for all where Vichy De Moem will start a warm order favourite to try and make it 9 wins for the season. A Junior free for all on the Saturday boasts a €1,500 pot whilst qualifying heats will also take place on Saturday for pacers graded E to B with the grand final being held as the penultimate race on Sunday also for €1,500. Theres yet another €1,500 on offer for 4 year old pacers and the SHRI have ensured that all other supporting races will have added prizemoney. All told, it promises to be a memorable weekend at Portmarnock, and with music in the bar on both nights theres unlimited opportunities to meet old friends, enjoy some top class racing and dance the night away with some winnings in your pocket ! Racing starts both days at 3pm. by Thomas Bennett

Portmarnock, Ireland – It was announced Sunday by the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee that starting in 2016 there will be an “Oaks” division for fillies. The Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers had been an “open” series for both colts and fillies the past four years. It has developed into the richest stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. According to committee chairman, Derek Delaney, “With an increase every year in fillies nominating to the event, we have decided to create an Oaks division. “The committee is also very grateful to USA’s Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm,” Delaney said, “as they have come forward and are now the official sponsor of the Oaks division. If not for their sponsorship we may not have been able to come up with a separate filly division for next year.” Delaney said that the committee is now restructuring the Vincent Delaney Memorial for 2016 and that there will be some big changes coming forth for the series. “This coming year we will have nearly €45,000 in total purse money,” Delaney explained. “And we will divide it up into advance prep races throughout Ireland and the UK, then the elimination heat races and for the finals. “We calculated that in 2016,” Delaney said, “both the colt and the filly finals could each go for €15,000 and maybe more depending on the number of horses entered in each division.” Delaney said that the committee will most likely drop the consolation race that was held in 2015 and will consider adding a late supplemental fee to the conditions of the race. “We are working diligently at redoing our race conditions for 2016,” Delaney said. “As we want all the breeders and owners aware of what is taking place in our series before the yearling sales. There has been tremendous growth in our breeding program these past years and now perspective owners and breeders can look forward to our race as an extra incentive to buy a filly or colt.” Next year’s Vincent Delaney Memorial will take place Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2016. “We have interest now from owners and breeders in not just Ireland and the UK,” said Delaney, “but also in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The growth of this series and its popularity world-wide in the harness racing industry is tremendous and we want to work at making it the best for everyone with these changes.” For more information check out By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial 

Dublin, Ireland - Harness racing fans throughout Ireland and the UK will want to get ready to head to Portmarnock Raceway the weekend of September 12 and 13 for the Barney Joyce Memorial Weekend. There will be exciting racing that weekend with approximetly €40,000  in  prize  money  over the two  days! There is €15,000 guaranteed  to the  3yo Barney Joyce Memorial Final winner!  The race will have heats on the Saturday and the final on Sunday. The race is sponsored by the Joyce Family and M50 Skip Hire. For more information and a list of featured races please visit our site here. From the Portmarnock Racing Committee

In a busy 10 days for Scottish harness racing, victories for Scottish horses were recorded both at home and away at major events across the UK and Ireland.   Kicking things off on Thursday 6th August was the John Mailey Snr Memorial meeting at Corbiewood.   Billy and Angela Sives' Mrs Doubtfire was an impressive winner of the first elimination and followed it up with a second placed finish in the final. Mr Yewkay in the hands of George Drysdale took the second elimination in the fastest time of the night (2.04.13).   Sureamhasty recorded her first win in the maiden pace by a neck from Billy Sives' other runner on the night, Millie May West. K and M Red Pandana, who had finished second in the first elimination to Mrs Doubtfire, reversed the placings in the John Mailey Snr Memorial to take home the top prize and trophy for the Cassells stable.   The night however belonged once again to Grant Cullen who won three on the bounce (Y Not Wait N C - novice pace; Springfield Gem - Grade 1 pace; and Camden Casper - Grade 1 & 2 Pace), and in doing so reached his centenary of winning drives (on Springfield Gem) at the tender age of 22.   From there, racing headed to Ireland for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend on the 8th and 9th August, which was a truly international affair. Rewrite History for the Gilvear stables of Stirling carried the full support of Scotland across the Irish Sea, and the supporters were not left disappointed as the Sportswriter colt romped to victory in the elimination of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby on the Saturday in a 3YO track record-breaking time. Gordon Gilvear returned to the winner's circle on the Sunday, along with half of Scotland, as the colt landed the spoils in the final and in doing so broke his own record for the one and one-half mile race in 3:01.6.   On Tuesday 11th August it was the turn of Tir Prince, north Wales. Brian Gilvear, not wanting to be outdone by his cousin Gordon, made the long journey south with his two charges, Dreamfair I Say and Bestinthewest. His journey was not made in vain as both horses won in style in the Grade 1 and Grade 4 - 6 races respectively.   Having travelled the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland, Scottish harness racing fans returned to the citadel on Thursday 13th August for a six-race card at Corbiewood.   Greentree Shorty in the hands of the experienced William Drysdale took out the first from Shes Some Deal who has been consistently placed since restarting her career in Scotland. Camden Casper and Grant Cullen repeated their form from the previous week to win the second in the fastest time of the night (2.04.94) with an 8 length winning margin to go with it.   Mrs Doubtfire also retained her good form to return to victory in the hands of owner Billy Sives for race three. The fourth race saw three horses pass the post with only just over a length between them, but it was Sureamsomething who came out n top with Alan Scot second and Dreamfair Dancer improving for third.   The maiden and novice pace was won by Wild Bill Hickok and John Smart who had to battle every inch to the line off a 10 yard trail against Howards Countess. The official distance was given as a nose but there was more like a whisker in it as the six year old gelding on behalf of the Smart stables ensured that he has finished in the first two with every run this season. The final race of the evening belonged to the Cattigan stables' Mayrita who came out on top in a thrilling five-way blanket finish, giving her her first career victory.   Rounding off the 10 days was the two day PACT Charity meeting at York Harness Raceway, England.   The most notable Scottish performers came in the form of Rewrite History and Gordon Gilvear, who won an elimination for the 3YO Rising Starzzz on the Saturday under pressure from the markedly improved Coalford Tetrick (Steve Lees).   Upon return the following day for the final, the betting market was heavily tipped in 'Sporty's' favour, however Steve Lees showed the crowds why he is still one of the greatest drivers in British history when putting the race to Rewrite History on Coalford Tetrick, and in a major upset took the £10,000 top prize back to Wales for the winning connections.   This is only the second time in Rewrite History's career that he has been beaten, both times finishing second. The Mackenzie stables (Callam & Dougie) also tasted victory over the weekend when winning with their novice, Evenwood Sonofagun in a sub-2 minute mile, and with ease. This will be one to watch wherever they head to next.   On a final note, I would like to mention the recipient of the BHRC Special Contribution Award (2014), Mrs Karen Kennedy. Karen received her award at York on Sunday from the snooker player and TV personality, John Parrott and BHRC Chairman, Roy Sheedy.   This award is so well deserved to Karen for her contribution to the sport after being nominated by a number of individuals. Karen is responsible for taking entries, race framing,producing start sheets, race cards, publishing results and making rosettes not only in Scotland, but also for a number of other tracks across the UK.   Furthermore, every Thursday evening at Corbiewood she can be found in the office, keeping things running smoothly so that all of us can race our horses. Most of this work is done on a voluntary basis and with little or no thanks at times, and the award was a way of thanking her for all that she does behind the scenes to keep racing going.   The next race meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 20th August, first race 7pm.   by Sarah Thomas, for

Irish harness racing champ Meadowbranch D J made mincemeat of his opposition in Sunday’s final Inter Dominion heat at Portmarnock on Sunday, smashing the mile and a half track record (2:57.3) in the process of his astonishing 17 length victory. Working hard early he took the lead after half a lap and was never out of second gear. His major rival Brywinsmagicpotion who was two points ahead of him going into the race, chased valiantly but to no avail, winding up second but losing the Aussie invite on a countback as DJ won two heats to Magicpotion’s one. An amazing series has captured the hearts of all British and Irish fans and resulted in track records in each of the four heats. Owner Mark Flanagan was one of the instigators of the UK/Ireland series and deserved the success. Driver John Richardson later smashed the Portmarnock mile record on Bath lane with a 1.55.2 clocking to upset Britain’s best Free For Aller Stoneriggs Mystery. The Delaney weekend drew a bumper crowd where ace Kiwi Dexter Dunn wowed them with four winners while top US driver George Brennan won the big four year old race and Canadian Jody Jamieson flew in for the day and was runner up at his only drive. Despite having many outstanding horsemen and plenty of well bred stock, the sport is little known to most people in the UK, Ireland and abroad but is making great inroads and starting to generate the recognition it so richly deserves. Bill Hutchison. Interdominion Final - Portmarnock 2015

Dublin, Ireland – With near perfect weather and the strongest harness racing program in the history of Portmarnock Raceway, seven track records were set on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial race card. Nearly 2,000 race fans jammed the half mile oval and all were treated to a spectacular exhibition of horse racing and horsemanship. The feature race was the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, the richest race in all of the British Isles at 18,500 euros and what a battle it was. Miraculous, fresh off his track record setting performance the day before in 2:00.9, went straight out to the lead for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. with Party At The Spa (Alan Waythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter in :29.7. Cutting the mile to the half in 1:00.2, Miraculous was the strong horse but Newtown Rock and Jody Jamieson was not going to sit still and came first-over to challenge, then dropped into the two-hole by the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Then on the turn for home, Jamieson moved again with Newtown Rock and came after Miraculous, but in the stretch Kane let out another notch and they pulled away from Newtown Rock to win by two and one-half lengths. Newtown Rock held for second with Party At The Spa third. The time of the race was 1:59.9, the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old in all of Ireland the UK. “My colt had two hard trips these past two day but he was up for it,” Said driver Patrick Kane, Jr. “Since I first raced him this year I knew he was something special and he showed it today. He is the best two-year-old I have ever sat behind.” Sired by Arts Conquest, Miraculous now has won the Delaney Memorial and the Breeders Crown UK/Ireland in a sensational first season of racing for owner Amie Flower and trainer Sally Teeboon. To watch the video of the race click here. The day started off with a bang in the third race final leg of the Inter Dominion Series for pacers. On the line to the winner was a free trip to compete in the Inter Dominion Series in Perth, Australia come this November. Someone must have told Meadowbranch DJ about the free trip down under as the seven-year-old son of Real Artist crushed the field for driver John Richardson. Stablemate Meadowbranch Romeo (Noel Ryan) got to the lead first out of the gate with Brywinsmagicpotion (Alan Haythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot. Meadowbranch Romeo cut the first quarter in :28.6 and the half mile in :56.2. It was at the half mile marker that Richardson got Meadowbranch DJ into high gear on the outside and before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 they shot to the lead and the race was over from there. Holding the field at bay, Meadowbranch DJ hit the mile in 1:56, then opened up to a ten length lead by the one and quarter mile mark in 2:26.4 and then laid it on to win by seventeen lengths in 2:57.3. Brywinsmagicotion was second with Astounding (Gordon Gilvear), rebounding from an early break, finishing third. That was the fastest 1.5 mile race ever in Ireland/UK and just one second off the world record. “I have never been to Australia,” said driver John Richardson, “And if he (Meadowbranch DJ) can keep his form like he did today I think we will make some heads turn. I am not familiar with the horses down under so we will have to look into it now. I never dreamed we would get an opportunity like this. “He had been going some strong miles,” Richardson explained, “so we took him to the beach and that helped him recover for this big mile today.” USA’s George Brennan won his first race on Irish soil in the Paul Murtagh Memorial 4YO Derby. Brennan led from start to finish with Porterstown Chris in 3:00.1 for the one and one-half mile race. That was the fastest mile ever for a four-year-old at that distance. He is trained and owned by Geoff Dunne, whose brother Jonathan competes against Brennan in the USA. “It feels great to win here,” Brennan said. “I finally got to start a race on the gate and that made such a difference. This horse was so strong today. It is great to win a race for Johnny (Dunne) and his family. Johnny and I are really good friends. He hangs with me at my house when he comes over. And the people here really love their racing. I am glad I took the opportunity to come over here.”28.5, The Irish-American Cup FFA Pace was a major highlight of the afternoon card as the All-Age Track record and the fastest mile ever in the British Isles was set by Bath Lane and driver John Richardson in 1:55.2. Heart Of Steel (Jody Jamieson) was first on the lead with Stoneriggs Mystery (Mick Lord) following in second with Bath Lane waiting in third place. They raced Indian-style through fractions of :28.5 and :57.1 and then in the backstretch Lord made his move with Stoneriggs Mystery at the three-quarters in 1:26.8. And following Stoneriggs Mystery was Bath Lane. With every stride down the stretch Bath Lane kept on gaining on Stoneriggs Mystery and then by the wire the upset winner prevailed with Bath Lane scoring by a neck. The five-year-old gelded son of Kikikolt is owned by John Richardson and is trained by William Flanagan. Track Notes: Hall of Famer Roger Huston’s call in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Final, the last race on the card, was Huston’s 170,000th career race call. The inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Pace saw Tarawood Messi and driver Alan Richardson wire the field in 1:57.4. Nearly 100 well-wishers came on the track for the winner’s presentation. In the Delaney Memorial consolation race, Springhill Ali and driver Gavin Murdock wired the field in 2:01.1. One of only three fillies in the field of eight, Springhill Ali’s time set a track record for her age and gait. The Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby saw Rewrite History and driver Gordon Galvear once again rewrote his own track record from Saturday, winning the final for the one and one-half mile race in 3:01.6. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn scored his fourth winner of the weekend on Sunday capturing the Prix De Elvin & Delaney FFA Trot at one and one-half miles with the French import Silvano Bello in track record time of 3:03.8. Driver Jody Jamieson came over Sunday morning from Toronto, Canada to Ireland just to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Memorial. It was not disclosed if the horse was purchased to race in North America. The charity received a check from the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee Sunday for 19,000 euros in their month-long fund raising drive. By Steven Wolf

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Dublin, Ireland – Canada’s leading driver, Jody Jamieson, will be at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday afternoon to drive in the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial. “I’m coming over to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Final,” Jamieson said late Saturday night via email, “Look forward to seeing you all there!” Jamieson did not elaborate on this late breaking move. Speculation is that he is trying the colt for perspective buyers who could want to bring Newtown Rock over to North America to race. Sired in the USA by Rocknroll Hanover from the No Pan Intended mare, Hannah M, Newtown Rock is her first foal. Trained by Alan Wallace, Sr. and owned by Liam Wallace, Newtown Rock has been sensational in his debut season. On Saturday he led from start to finish in his elimination division of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, cutting the mile and winning with ease by three open lengths in 2:01 over the half mile oval. His clocking was just one-fifth of a second from the track record for two-year-olds at Portmarnock that was set earlier in the day by Breeders Crown UK/Ireland winner, Miraculous, in 2:00.9. These two top colts will most certainly be going head and head in the Delaney Final Sunday. Jamieson will be joining two other world class drivers who have come to Ireland to race in the Delaney Memorial, New Zealander Dexter Dunn, who put on a show Saturday at Portmarnock, winning three races on the program, plus USA’s great reinsman, George Brennan, who was winless Saturday in his debut in Ireland. Jody Jamieson has of 7,153 career wins and purses won by the horses he has driven totaling nearly $102 million. Post time at Portmarnock Sunday is 2:00 pm. The Delaney Memorial is scheduled as the last of 12 races on the program and with a purse of 18,500 euros, is the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK. By Steve Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – New Zealander Dexter Dunn made his presence known in Ireland and the UK as the visiting harness racing reinsman won three races at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday. In addition, there were two track records set at Portmarnock Saturday. One in an elimination division of the Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers and the other in an elimination division of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby. It didn’t take Dexter Dunn long to find the winner’s circle at Portmarnock, it came in the second race on the program, a one and half mile handicap trot with the six-year-old French mare, Valse De Fourches. “She was on the bit,” Dunn said, “and she did all the work.” Getting right to the front, Valse De Fourches led every step of the way, scoring by two lengths in 3:09.5. Sired by Ipson De Mormal, Valse De Fourches is trained and owned by Sean Kane. “It’s so great to be here,” Dunn said. “This first race was so easy as she is a good mare.” New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety put it best. “He has silk hands,” Dalgety said of Dexter Dunn. “Dexter is use to these extra distance races. It looked like he just held the mare together and Dexter put a little extra polish on her.” Dunn then added his second straight win with Carmel Camden in the first of two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud eliminations The filly division, going one and one-half miles, saw Dunn and Carmel Camden wire the field with ease in 3:06.7, romping by six open lengths. The daughter of No Pan Intended is trained and co-owned by James Delaney with his brother Derek. “This was the first time that she (Carmel Camden) ever went an extra distance race and Dexter did great with her.” James Delaney said. “If she races like that tomorrow in the final for Dexter we will be in the hunt for sure.” The third win on the day for Dexter Dunn came in the last race, the Fletcher Metals FFA Pace. Dunn once again sent the top pacer Dean’s Alibi to the front and never looked back, wiring the field in 1:56.8. Sitting on his back the entire mile was the grey, Oakwood Outlaw with USA’s George Brennan in the bike but they could not keep up in the stretch as Dean’s Alibi won with ease by four lengths. One of the top three-year-old pacers in Great Britain, Rewrite History, rewrote another track record as he won his division of the Oakwood Stud for colts at one and one-half miles in 3:03.8. Driven by Gordon Gilvear, Rewrite History also wired the field. The son of Sportswriter is trained by John Gilvear and is owned by Steven Gilvear. John and Steven are brothers and Gordon is John's son. The first track record on the day was in the first of three eliminations divisions of the Vincent Delaney Memorial. The colt division saw Miraculous and driver Patrick Kane, Jr. sit patiently in third place as Meadowbranch Titus (John Richardson) cut the mile and Party At The Spa (Alan Haythornthwaite) was in second place. The action picked up at the three-quarter mile marker as Haythornthwaite came first-over with Party At The Spa and Miraculous followed the outside flow, then tipped three-wide on the turn and then was able to collar both horses in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.9. That clocking rewrote the track and stakes record of 2:01.7 set last year by the top colt, Titanium. Miraculous is sired by Arts Conquest and is trained by Sally Teebook and owned by Amie Flower. The second colt division saw the impressive Newtown Rock and driver Alan Wallace, Jr. wire the field by a half-length in 2:01. The filly elimination division was a hotly contested battle between race favorite Gabriela Camden (Hugh Menzies) and Meadowbranch Queen (John Richardson). Gabriella Camden cut most of the mile but in the backstretch the second time, Meadowbranch Queen moved to the lead but broke stride on the final turn for home. Alertly driver John Richardson was able to get his filly back on stride and she went on to win by a half-length in 2:04.9. Meadowbranch Queen is sired by Kikikolt and is trained by Wiliam Flanagan for the Meadowbranch Stable. Track Notes: On a sad note it was reported this afternoon that the top three-year-old pacer, Titanium, was put down this morning. The 2014 winner of the Vincent Delaney Memorial and the all-time fastest three-year-old in the UK, had an emergency colic operation and did not survive.  Saturday attendance was the best in track history with a reported crowd of over 1,500 in attendance. Sunday’s post time for the 12 race program is 2:00 pm and featured will not only be the finals of both the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial and the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby, but the final Inter-Dominion heat to decide who will represent the UK/Ireland in Australia. Visiting guest announcer, Hall of Famer Roger Huston of the USA, will call his 170,000th career race Sunday at Portmarnock. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – More than 200 guests attended a gala fundraiser-dinner dance Friday evening to kick-off the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Festival weekend. The sold-out dinner took place at the Dublin Airport Hilton Hotel. Harnesslink’s Steve Wolf was the Master of Ceremony for the event that featured a huge live auction for charity, an exhibition of live Irish Dancing, a live band, great food, plenty of drink and a good time had by all in attendance. More than 11,000 euros was raised during the live auction that will go to the Some of the items included a UFO race bike donated by George Brennan himself along with a set of race autographed race colors that was the auction topper brought 4,000 euros. There were sets of autographed race colors from John Campbell, Cat Manzi, Dexter Dunn, David Miller and other drivers, a Beyer Horse (Foiled Again) autographed by Yannick Gingras, a Tim Tetrick gift basket with bobble head, autographed racing gloves, photos, t-shirt, autographed Rugby jerseys and other select items. Auctioneer Jason Delaney did a fabulous job and he was assisted by USA’s Heather Vitale and Ireland’s Thomas Bennett. The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee made a special presentation of appreciation to Derek Delaney for his untiring work in the development of the race festival that has grown with world-wide prominence over the past two years. The special guest list included drivers George Brennan (USA), Dexter Dunn (NZ), trainers John McDermott (USA) and Cran Dalegty (NZ), Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston (USA), Grand National & UK announcer Darren Owen (UK), Sky TV’s Gareth Hall (AU), Post Time TV’s Heather Vitale (USA), International Publicist Bill Hutchison (AU) and David Wilson (UK) Chairman of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland. “What a great evening this was,” said Derek Delaney, “I think most everyone had a grand time. We raised good money for a well-deserved charity, the food was excellent, and the Irish Folk Dancing was just super. The band is still playing and the bar is open. This is the right way to kick-off my late brother’s festival weekend. I know he would be proud of it all. “Even Mother Nature seems to be shining down on us,” Delaney added, “as the forecast for the weekend is sunny and warm. We have 24 super races Saturday and Sunday at Portmarnock Raceway and I think everyone is really excited about this weekend of racing. I hope we ordered enough race programs!” By Steve Wolf, for

Dublin, Ireland - A total of 10 have been declared to run in this year’s renewal of the Paul Murtagh Memorial 4 Year Old Classic at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday as part of the superb race card on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend. There will now be no heats for this event and all 10 will go to post in a straight race on the half mile oval for the full prizemoney pot. The inaugural running of this event was won by Charlie Bennett’s Tarawood Messi and driven by Noel Ryan last year in a track record of 3:03.4 for the 1 ½ mile trip. Messi has subsequently clocked 1:58 twice and proved himself of free-for-all standard, so it’s envisaged that it will take a pacer of this calibre to land the spoils this time around. Ayr Regal Early ante-post favourite for the contest, Ayr Regal, which has a 1:58.7 record under his belt amongst numerous classic race wins and over €40,000 in winnings racked up. Although having not visited the winners enclosure so far in 2015, he has been placed in his last 5 races and although now graded 12, he has taken on the best free-for-allers in the business every time out and this race could actually be considered a drop in class now in against his own age group hence the position in the betting market. A big run is expected from Ayr Regal at what has been a happy hunting ground for his syndicate of owners in the past. Camden Tino He has won virtually every classic race for 2 year olds back in 2013 for John Gill culminating in the Vincent Delaney Memorial that year. A year in the wilderness in 2014 was soon forgotten about when the pacer came out this season and has been nothing short of stellar in his performances to date. Now in training with Gavin Murdock the Eamonn Crane owned gelding has won a high grade heat in Aberyswyth and followed this up with a comfortable success in the Breeders Crown 4 Year Olds Division a fortnight later. Confidence is building with each passing day that Camden Tino will now make a triumphant return to the scene of his greatest victory of his career. Rob Hall He advertised his recent wellbeing with wins in both heat and grand finale of Bells Field last Sunday. Winning £4500 sterling on the day and defeating older and higher graded rivals the Bob Craw owned is another who will welcome the drop in class to face his own age group. Now with 9 red rosettes from 17 starts pinned up outside his stable door Rob Hall will carry the hopes of Scotland and popular trainer Hamish Muirhead has vowed to wear a kilt in the Portmarnock Bar after party should this one be victorious! Lyons Mischief Although only 3 lifetime wins to its name Lyons Mischief still has a 2:00.3 record and has been placed in another 11 races, many of these classic events justifying owners The Mound Brothers from Wales to stand their ground and enter the gelding for the Paul Murtagh Memorial. An intriguing development has recently come to the fore with Lyons Mischief now under the trainership of John Richardson and the all-conquering Meadowbranch Stable, so if there is improvement to come from Mischief it will arguably this Sunday afternoon when it matters most. Imjustalittleguy This is a small horse with the biggest heart. Always knocking on the door and threatening to win a big handicap, the Preacher Pan bred colt finally came of age at Aberystwyth in July winning the Travis Perkins Classic. Throw in BHRC Sire Stakes final wins at both 3 and 4 and owner Richard Walker has a genuine contender on is hands. He remains low profile and comes into the race under the radar but with a 1:58.1 lifetime mark he may just prove to be the fly in the ointment to his more fancied rivals. Springhill CJ A homebred by Best Sunshine out of top US broodmare Springhill Fiddle. Improving with every start, the very lightly raced colt is likely to still find this level of competition too stiff but with such fantastic prizemoney on offer even for places, owner Joe Sheridan is quite entitled to enter the ring in an effort to secure a chunk of euros. Frisco Hold Up A towering bay gelding by Hasty Hall out of Come Closer and has needed time to fill into his giant frame. Although placed numerous times augmented by the odd win, it is only in recent weeks that the penny has really seemed to drop and his run at Annaghmore last Saturday when beaten a fast finishing length in 1:59.9. Walter Stewart is a past master at training classic winners and Hold Up could run a very big race at very rewarding odds. Rhyds Design Again just a winner of 3 races in his career but 2 of these were in juvenile Classic races including a win in the York Rising Starzz 3 Year Old Derby when he paced the mile in a lightning fast 1.57.2. Owned by David Gibbons who likes to target this meeting every year Design is trained by Alan Haythornthwaite who knows how to tee one up for a big performance. Although not having won since September 2014, this colt cannot be underestimated if bouncing back to his best form. Rhyds Art Having win half of her 20 completed starts, this filly is arguably the best in the British Isles right now. Shes accumulated almost £15,000 in winnings and a personal best clock of 1:58.1. A winner of her last 3 starts she comes here in top form and is most shrewd pundit’s choice as the likely victor of her biggest challenge to date hence her short price in the ante post betting. Porterstown Chris By the immortal Doonbeg out of the Saunders Pleasure dynasty Porterstown Chris is a multiple winner in both Ireland and the UK with a personal best of 1:59.6. Although a bit to find on form with the market principals the Geoff Dunne trained colt is still improving and it would be foolish to write him off as an also ran. A lively outsider. Here are bookmaker Dan Carlin's early wagering odds on the race. Stop by his booth Saturday at Portmarnock to get an advance wager in! Ayr Regal 4 Camden Tino  5/2   Frisco Hold Up 20 Im Just a Little Guy 4 Lyons Mischief 7 Porterstown Chris 7/4 Rhyds Art 3 Rhyds Design 7 Robhall 4 Springhill CJ 10 By Thomas Bennett, for

Dublin, Ireland - A record total of 19 two-year-old colts and filly pacers have declared for the 4th annual Ladbrokes sponsored Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup and its envisaged this year’s competition will take the form of two colt heats and one filly heat. Developed by Derek and James Delaney of Oakwood Stud as a tribute to their younger brother Vincent, who tragically passed away in 2011, the memorial now stands as the richest Standardbred race in all of Ireland and the UK. The youngsters will race in their respective elimination divisions on Saturday with the first and second place finishers in each heat plus the fastest two third place finishers, returning on Sunday for the €18,500 final. Last year’s winner Titanium has gone on to have a stellar career and is rapidly heading towards the €30,000 prizemoney marker and has a personal best of 1.56.4, a national record for 3 year olds in the UK (June 2015 at York). Featured in this year’s Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup are the following horses: ALICOLT Although beaten by 2 lengths in 2:06 by Springhill Catch last Sunday at Portmarnock Alicolt has been impressing in qualifiers and has been timed in 2:03 so connections will be hopeful of qualifying at least for Sundays final. Still has to find improvement but is well capable of doing so. AYROSMITH Was a winner on debut at York on the 27th June when he took the York Futurity Bronze Division and has come 3rd three times since. With a personal best time of 2:04.5 he does not look good enough to be a contender on paper but is trained by UK champion Alexis Laidler so it would be foolish to write this one off just yet. FAIRDAYS DIXIE Ran unplaced on debut last Sunday at Portmarnock behind Springhill Catch and has been campaigned very lightly in qualifiers in the run up to this event. May come up short in this through inexperience and is likely to make a better 3 year old at this stage. INDIE HANOVER impeccably bred and imported from the USA, this 2 year old has just 2 runs under his belt so far this season and both were unplaced efforts. Has been punted ante post into co-favouritism but really needs to pull something out of the bag if he’s to justify this support in the betting. With top trainer Alan Haythornthwaite but still has a mountain to climb.   KICK ON Owned and trained by Brenda Dean, Kick On is another lightly campaigned colt who has just one qualifier and one unplaced run under his belt. This would suggest time has run out for this one and inexperience rather than ability will hamper this one’s chances MEADOWBRANCH ROMAN Finished 3rd on its debut performance last week at Portmarnock behind Springhill Catch in 2:06 but was hand timed in a qualifier in 2:04 back in July. Is another who has a bright future but this big heat and final occasion may just some too quick for him. MEADOWBRANCH TITUS Remains a maiden after 3 starts but has already clocked 2:01.6 so is entitled to be considered a live contender. Placed every time out, Miraculous has been the victor every time they have clashed at UK tracks Tir Prince and York but trainer John Richardson must be hopeful of turning the tables on his arch nemesis now they finally meet in own backyard. Needs to improve but has been trained with this event specifically in mind and is very much one to be considered as a potential winner.  MIRACULOUS The most experienced and most consistent in the line-up with 5 starts so far in 2015 and has either won or been placed in all of them. He’s the fastest personal best of all the runners having won in 2:01.4 in York and ticks all the boxes. He’s already racked up over £5,000 in winnings and looks set fair to be one of the brightest new stars in the sport over the coming years. Could this half-brother to last year’s winner Titanium land the spoils in this year’s fourth renewal? The bookmakers seem to think so and are running scared.  NEWTOWN ROCK Had done nothing wrong up until last Sunday when only finishing 4th in a muddling affair behind Springhill Catch in 2:06. Before that he had been unbeaten and impressed with wins at Annaghmore in 2:03.1 and Portmarnock in 2:04.3. The Rock is a big scopey 2 year old who is immensely talented and it would be no surprise to this Rock N Roll Hanover bred win both his heat and grand final for Liam Wallaces legendary Newtown Stud.   NO STOPPING Has now raced and been placed 4 times showing a level of consistency and has clocked 2:02.6 at York but needs to improve significantly if he’s to trouble the main market principals. Nevertheless he’s a likeable well-bred sort who will run well this weekend but looks an outsider on all racing form shown so far. PARTY AT THE SPA Has had 3 races and won 2 of them in impressive fashion. He’s the only colt to have inflicted a defeat upon Miraculous (twice and at both Tir Prince) Clocking 2:02.6 he is a colt with a very big future. Although Miraculous has the fastest time of all the runners Party At the Spa appears the type to have the most scope for improvement at this stage and the shrewdest of pundits are predicting this is the one to be holding an ante post betting docket for!   SPRINGHILL CATCH Has been impressing in workouts and qualifiers before finally demonstrating his talent with a win at Portmarnock last Sunday in 2:06. Although the time could be considered as slow, he could do no more than win and he lowered the colours of the previously unbeaten Newtown Rock and the well-touted Alicolt. Connections will be confident of big run from this colt who could just be the surprise package of the whole weekend. GABRIELLE CAMDEN Hailing from Scotland this Pro Bono Best filly has had 4 starts and won 2 of these including a Vincent Delaney Prep race at Corbie Wood and also the Breeders Crown Fillies Final at Tir Prince in July. She has done nothing wrong so far and must be considered as having a live chance of making the final at least. JMS MACY HALLSTAR Has ran 5 times and been paced twice but has so far struggled to hit the heights of her full brother JMs Hallstar. Has been aiming high by targeting all the big fillies classic races so must be showing connections something that’s making them persevere. Trainer Mick Lord is a master at bringing a young filly to their peak but this would be his ultimate achievement if this filly were to win the overall final from what shes shown on the track to date. MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN The aptly named filly is the fastest female in the line-up with a personal best of 2:02.4 under her belt. She’s now on 2 wins out of 3 starts including York 2 Year Old Futurity (Silver) and BHRC Sire Stakes Fillies. If qualifying for the final, she is assured of a gate draw and this will be a distinct advantage and it will then be a case of catch-me-if-you-can to the colts in the second line. MERRINGTON MOONLITE Has only had 2 lifetime starts and failed to trouble the judge in both. Hails from the UKs top trainer Alexis Laidler however and therefore improvement could be forthcoming. Still on all known form, this filly by Check On Jack must be considered an outsider for this event. PORCELAIN SEELSTER Well-bred USA import. Although failing to win in her 5 lifetime starts this striking grey filly has been placed 3 times and has shown great promise. Her run behind Meadowbranch Queen was particularly pleasing and she clocked 2.03.5 today and won’t need to improve much to be a realistic contender.  SPRINGHILL ALI The second of Joe Sheridans entries Ali was first to race and impressed on her debut with a 3rd place finish behind Newtown Rock and Oakwood Destiny. Has been quietly prepped by Gavin Murdock since and could be the one to spring a big surprise amongst the more exposed fillies in the race. SPRINGHILL ARTIST The last of Joe Sheridan’s trio of entries, Springhill Artiste has been the slowest to come to hand and although impeccably bred, she’s more likely to make a better 3 year old so anything she wins this weekend is a bonus. The Oakwood Stud 3 Year Old Derby A total of 12 runners have declared for the 2015 Oakwood Stud 3 Year old Derby on Saturday and as a result this event will be run with two elimination divisions with the top four finishers in each division returning on Sunday for the grand finale. Last year’s winner, Rhyds Rainbow, clocked 3:04.2 for the 1 ½ mile trip and was a winner of 7 races in her debut season, including the York 3 Year Old Derby, The BHRC Sire Stakes and The Breeders Crown pacing to a lifetime best of 1:57.3. ATM A winner of 2 classics and placed 8 times from a total of 14 starts this filly has a personal lifetime best of 2:01.6. Owner and trainer Hamish Muirhead is would not be bringing her all the way from Scotland without good reason. Still, she has a lot to find on form with the betting market principals and a place finish appears to be her best hope in this event. AYR MAJOR Having only earned a single red rosette in its career so far Ayr Major should not be underestimated and is still a force to be reckoned with when taking into account the colt has a personal lifetime best of 1:59.6, however the William “Rocker” Laidler trained inmate will still need to pull out all the stops if he is to qualify for the grand final based on recent performances. CARMEL CAMDEN Arguably one of the best 3 year old fillies in the British Isles she has a personal lifetime winning best of 2:00 flat but was narrowly beaten at Portmarnock Raceway last week in 1:58.5 demonstrating her current re-hot form. Tackling the colts in this event will be a difficult proposition for her however and although improving, she will need to improve again if she’s to win the grand final for sponsors James & Derek Delaney’s Oakwood Stud. FRISCO FRISK This beautifully bred filly has only been unplaced once in 10 starts demonstrating her rock solid consistency. Her 2 wins came on turf tracks Tregaron and Pike Hall and her hard track personal lifetime best is 2:02.3 leaving her something to find if she is to qualify for the grand final for trainer Alan Haythornthwaite and owners Fools Who Dream syndicate. JMS HALLSTAR Owned and named after Jim Murdock this colt has 2 wins and 3 places from just 6 lifetime starts and a personal lifetime best of 1:59.7. he showed he is a force to be reckoned with at Tir Prince in Wales on 28th July when winning the Breeders Crown 3 Year Old Final and lowering the colours of the mighty Titanium in the process. His shrewd trainer Mick Lord will have primed the offspring out of the famed Camden Lover to perfection and another big run is expected in the quest to claim the scalp of Rewrite History. LYONS PREMIER A winner of the York Futurity Silver Division and the Breeders Crown as a 2 year old on its first ever 2 starts, the colt has subsequently struggled to find the winning vein since. Although performing creditably without getting his head in front, connections has tried to change their luck by switching trainers and John Richardson and Meadowbranch have been tasked with turning around this talented colts fortunes. A lively outsider. MEADOWBRANCH MILLIE A bit slow to get off the mark as a 2 year old, this improving filly has racked up over €5000 in winnings so far this season and posted a personal lifetime best of 2:00.2 when breaking her maiden at Portmarnock on 28th June. Out of Meadowbranch Gigolo, Millie is guaranteed to put up a bold showing in this event and whilst maybe not winning it outright she is sure to emerge from this with credit. REWRITE HISTORY A winner of 9 of his 10 races so far, the Scottish raider will start odds on to win both his heat and the grand finale of this event and justifiably so. He has only been beaten once, and he still clocked 1.56.7 on that occasion so he ticks all the boxes on both race mile times and current form. Prizemoney of over €20,000 has been racked up so far in his short career and hes sure to go on to be one of the superstars of the sport for many years to come. Superlatives cannot adequately describe his abundant talent and purists await his Irish debut with baited breath. There’s no such thing as a racing certainty but Rewrite History is as near as they come in this year’s event. SPORTSTRICK Imported into the UK over the winter Sportstrick made an eye-catching debut victory at York back in May before fluffing his lines later that month at Tir Prince when displaying inexperience and finishing an unlucky runner up. Never been out of the first 3 and with a 1:57.9 mile on his CV the Alan Haythornthwaite trained colt is one of the sports up and coming stars but one wonders if he has enough experience at this stage of his career to upstage Rewite History. Still he deserves this opportunity and his game owners will be all out to create the upset of the whole weekend. SPRINGHILL RUBY A very lightly raced filly who has paced 2:01.5 this season but has been struggling to recapture that form in recent starts. She will make a very good race mare in time but this event just looks to hot on paper for her to be considered a contender based on her current form. STREAMSIDE STAR One of the revelations of the season, this colt has impressed more and more with every single start. Now a winner of 4 starts in 2015 he paced 1.59.9 at Annaghmore last week and there looked to be plenty left in the locker. The all-conquering Newtown Stud are in red hot form at present and although he may not lower the colours of Rewrite History this time, Alan Wallace won be afraid to go toe-to-toe with the British champion and Streamside Star won’t go down without a real dogfight. WATCH YOUR BACK A winner at 2 and has just recently hit form but the Christy Foran owned and trained gelding still looks to have his work cut out if hes to figure here. Will make a nice racehorse in time but not currently operating at the level needed to trouble the main market principals. By Thomas Bennett, for

The following is a race-by-race preview and top choice selection for Saturday's Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend 12-race program at Portmarnock Raceway. Preview by Thomas Bennett and race lines provided by Dan Carlin. Race 1 The opening race of the weekend for maidens looks like one for the bookmakers with no real standout performer in the line-up. Cool Dragon ran his best race for some time at Annaghmore last Saturday and could finally get his head in front as could Lucky Cam who is another with experience and Brenda Hudsons able assistance. Debutante KICKASS KATIE is a tentative choice however based on her breeding, her trainer/driver combination and her appearances in qualifiers. One to swerve for betting purposes Race 2 A full field of 10 French bred trotters face the starter in this Class E&F Handicap with URBANO DE SELLES the most likely victor based on its last winning effort in a very fast time. Hence he is a confident choice. Viking Du Layon can give the selection most to do whilst Adagio Du Cebe is another that must come into the reckoning. Races 3 & 5 – Split into 2 heats Twelve of the very best 2 year old colts in the British Isles face the starter over 2 heats and the ones to concentrate on based on current form are Meadowbranch Titus, Miraculous, Newtown Rock and Party At The Spa. These principal 4 look sure to qualify for Sundays final with the other 8 set to battle it out for the remaining places. Here are Dan Carlin's early wagering odds. Alicolt 4/1 Ayrosmith 8/1 Fairdays Dixie 28/1 Gabriella Camden 8/1 Indie Hanover 5/2 JMs Macy Hall Star 12/1 Kick On 20/1 Meadowbranch  Queen 4/1 Meadowbranch Roman 12/1 Meadowbranch Titus 4/1 Miraculous 5/2 Newtown Rock 2/1 No Stopping 20/1 Party At The Spa  5/2 Porcelain Seelster  6/1 Springhill Ali 22/1 Springhill Artiste  28/1 Springhill Catch 14/1 Merrington Moonlite 10/1 Race 4 Seven of the very best 2 year old fillies in the British Isles will take each other on in the scramble for qualifying places and the ones to concentrate on are Gabrielle Camden, Porcelain Seelster and MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN. The latter is selected to win this based on her recent performances at York and Tir Prince which make her the clear pick on form. Porcelain Seelster and Gabrielle Camden are improving sorts but will need to improve again if they are to dethrone the Queen in this Race 6 Another wide open French bred trotters event for Classes C&D where all 9 runners are very evenly matched. Simosa and Tsar Du Caieu are solid performers whilst Rohan De Thirons is another who has been knocking on the door in recent weeks and is due a win. VENUS DE ZENITH however is chosen to take this and driver Sean Kane is likely to come late and fast to spoil the party and land the spoils Race 7 Eight grade F pacers go to post in this and any one of the runners could end up with the red rosette. Fantastic Fella won last Sunday at Portmarnock and is a rapidly improving sort. Camden Vito ran well at Annaghmore last Saturday and is also one to consider. King Wills Arrival is consistent but EARNIES DREAM is the one that makes most appeal. Hes been kept under the radar since his win at Aberystwyth and he could be anything Races 8 & 9 – Split into 2 heats Twelve of the very best 3 year olds in the British isles and out of the colts the ones to concentrate on are REWRITE HISTORY, JMs Hallstar, and Streamside Star. The former is a superstar with a 1:56 clock to his name already in his short career and will win whatever heat he contests. Out of the fillies, CARMEL CAMDEN, Meadowbranch Millie and ATM are the most likeliest qualifiers on all known form. Here are Dan Carlin's early wagering odds. Ayr Major 14 Carmel Camden 7 Frisco Frisk  10 JMs Hallstar 9/4 Lyons Premiere 10 Meadowbranch Milli 12 Rewrite History 1/4 Sportstrick 3 Springhill Ruby 20 Streamside Star 5 Watch Your Back 14 Race 10 VALLANZANA has been an ultra-consistent performer all season and can win the Class B & C le trot handicap for resident bookmaker John Griffin. Shes a multiple winner this term and looks as if theres still more to come. The Cork and Kerry trained raiders Socrate Du Noyer and Tornao Josselyn are others to consider whilst Typhee would make them all run if putting in a clear round of trotting Race 11 Mochart is a very interesting UK raider who will make them all run from the front in this. Chinatown Kolt is another that’s travelled over on the ferry and is one to who will be doing all his best work at the end. Maximus Lad is due a change of fortune having been runner up numerous times this season but LYONS NANT HALL is the one to be on. Hes a proven winner at the track but is lightly campaigned suggesting hes only being kept for big occasions. One to watch in the betting Race 12 DEANS ALIBI with a 1.57.5 win under his belt on his most recent start makes him the obvious selection. He hasn’t been raced since and will be in primed to perfection to take this out. Meadowbranch Demon is another big contender with regular consistent 1:58 miles on the clock. Oakwood Outlaw won at Annaghmore last week in 1:59 and always gives a good account of himself. The draw is all important however and that could affect the likely outcome. Thomas Bennett is a longtime Standardbred breeder, owner and racing broadcaster and journalist. Dan Carlin of Belfast is a premier bookmaker in Ireland. Dan Carlin is taking advance wagers on the races and can be reached at 07808 395812.

In an historic agreement for the Inter Dominion, a runner from the United Kingdom or Ireland will contest the heats of the 2015 Perth TABtouch Inter Dominion, starting on Friday 27 November at Gloucester Park. A series of four heats (two in the UK and two in Ireland) were run over six weeks and will conclude on Sunday at Portmarnock, Ireland. Brywinsmagicpotion is the top points scorer on 20 points after a second-placed finish, behind runaway winner Astounding at York on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Scottish-trained Astounding missed the second round and cannot win the series. Meadowbranch DJ, which ran third in Saturday’s heat, is second overall and only two points behind Brywinsmagicpotion on 18 points, making Sunday’s final a two horse shoot-out for the trip to Perth. Brywinsmagicpotion, is a winner of numerous Free-for-alls, and victor in the last 2013 chapter of the Billy Williams FFA. Bred in Wales, Scottish owned and trained in North Yorkshire, ‘BMP’ is a true traveller and will be seen wherever the opportunity takes him. Meadowbranch DJ, is the great Irish hope, owned by Meadowbranch Stud and handled by top driver John Richardson. Meadowbranch DJ is a multiple FFA winner who’s been set for the series and will be improved by recent racing. The series so far has produced three track records, with Astounding lowering the York mark with his Victory. Points are distributed 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 in order of finish and the UK/Ireland Inter Dominion committee will early this week rule on what happens if the final points are tied. There is set to be great support for the European invader, with a large tour group set to follow the Inter Dominion contestant to Perth. UK/Ireland Inter Dominion Heat 4 1. Astounding 2. Brywinsmagicpotion 3. Meadowbranch DJ 4. Meadowbranch Romeo 5. Rhyds Destiny 6. Sepia Sands  For the latest Inter Dominion news visit 

Dublin, Ireland – This Saturday and Sunday the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial harness racing weekend at Portmarnock Raceway has developed into the biggest and richest race weekend in all of the Ireland and the UK. A record 169 horses were entered in the box for the two-day meet. Last year it was 136, a 22% increase.  Purses are at an all-time high at over €80,000 ($87,000 US), a 48% increase over prior year and the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is racing for a record €18,500 this year ($20,000 US), plus a €$4,000 ($4,350US) consolation race. Last year there was just a final for €12,000. “It just amazing how this race has grown,” said Derek Delaney, who with his brother James, had developed this race weekend in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically died in 2011. “This is just the fourth edition of the Delaney Memorial,” Delaney said. “And this Saturday we will have three elimination divisions. It’s just wonderful how big this weekend has grown in such a short time.” The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers. Of the three elimination divisions, one is for fillies and two are for colts. The top two finishers from each heat, plus the two fastest third place finisher, return for the final on Sunday. Fillies will draw for inside post positions on the half mile oval. In addition to the Delaney Memorial elims on Saturday there will be two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Open and on Sunday will be the finals of each of the series. Also Sunday, the inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Junior Pace that drew two full fields, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, the Inner-Dominion Trot and Irish-American FFA take place. A total of 24 races over the two day meet. “There is also more to this weekend than just racing,” Delaney added, “We will have special guests from around the world. Drivers George Brennan from the USA and Dexter Dunn from New Zealand will be competing, trainers John McDermott from the USA and Cran Dalgety from New Zealand are coming. “So is the great USA Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston coming back again to call the races,” Delaney added. “And other trainers and horse people from Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Belgium and Sweden are all coming over for my brother’s race weekend. It’s just too much for words.” Derek Delaney heads everything concerning the race weekend. He, along with his brother James, other volunteers and friends, make this weekend extra special for visiting guests. “We will be going on a carriage ride through Dublin on Thursday,” Delaney explained, “then a Viking Splash Tour ride of the city, followed by lunch at the worldly renowned Temple Bar. On Friday we have a tour bus taking everyone out to the country to Oakwood Stud Farm and training facility followed by lunch at a local pub. “Then Friday night, Delaney said, “We have a gala dinner to kick-off the weekend for more than 200 people. On Saturday and Sunday it’s all harness racing at Portmarnock.” And there is more, of course, as the entire weekend also features fund raising for the Saving Dylan Fund, which raises money to fight Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD), a genetic disease in children that is rapidly degenerative and fatal. Dylan and his family will be part of the festivities throughout the weekend. For more information go to So far more than €15,000 has been raised before the big race weekend. There will be exhibitions of Irish Dancing and music at the races, a ladies dress and hat competition. Plenty of bookies to take bets on the races and this year, due to matching grant funds, a permanent judges stand and announcer booth, a built-in electronic teletimer, new covered grandstand and a new playground area for the children. Considering harness racing was very stagnant for years in Ireland and the UK, the work that Derek Delaney and his crew have done over the past few years is astonishing. They have helped immensely in the revitalization of harness racing for the British Isles. Every year yearling prices have increased. More owners getting into the sport. Top of the line pacers from the USA and trotters from France are being imported for racing and breeding. With estimated crowds to be in the thousands this weekend, little Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland has been transposed into a Little Brown Jug/Elitloppet/Gold Cup & Saucer weekend of its very own. By Steven Wolf

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