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Dublin, Ireland - James and Derek Delaney, the owners of Oakwood Stud and the founders of the Ladbroke's Vincent Delaney Memorial Series, the richest harness horse race in all of Ireland and the UK, announced today that this year's charity for the race weekend, August 7, 8 & 9, is the "Saving Dylan" Fund.   Two-year-old Dylan, son of Alan and Michelle Finglas, was diagnosed with a clinically devastating condition called Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD) five months ago. Alan and Michelle are hoping that a campaign, centred around a short YouTube video entitled ‘This video will save a little boy’s life’, will encourage the public to donate money to develop research and find a cure to save lives throughout the world, including their own son Dylan’s research fund, an urgent mission to save lives   The website is at www.SavingDylan.com.    "I was at Portmarnock Raceway last week," explained Derek Delaney, "and a man working plastering a wall was doing a sponsor card and asked me would I like to sponsor "Saving Dylan". He told me all about it and over breakfast I decided this was the cause were going to donate money to this year. No parent should have to go through what they have to and I admire the family for setting up there own charity to make sure every penny from there fund raising goes straight to research and trying to devolop the drugs to threat MSD."   MSD is an ultra-rare genetic condition which results in an enzyme deficiency that attacks the central nervous system and the brain. The condition is ultimately fatal, and without treatment, MSD usually results in death before the age of 10. Although Dylan is relatively healthy and has the appearance of a happy two year old, it is unclear when his condition will deteriorate at some stage in the near future.   "During the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial we are going to have Dylan and his parents in attendance for the whole weekend." Delaney said, "We will have a fundraising day at the track just for Dylan and have some fantastic other events to raise awareness and funds for the charity. In just one week I have spoken from fellow horsemen here and in the USA who are all going to help Dylan out, so I know we will raise a substantial figure from now through the race weekend August 7, 8 & 9th!"   Recent developments in research have given rise to a sense of optimism that a cure for MSD can be developed. Scientists at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine in Napoli, Italy have successfully cured the disease in lab tests. The next step is to fund research to develop this treatment for humans.   Time is of the essence for MSD patients all over the world, including young Dylan. SavingDylan.com aims to accelerate research and development of MSD treatment for humans and increase awareness of this devastating disease.   Please visit www.SavingDylan.com for more information and to watch and share the video ‘This video will save a little boy’s life’.   by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Annaghmore, County Armagh, Ireland - Seamus Corey is usually associated with the great pacers he developed over the years, but Wednesday at Annaghmore, he showed he has the hands for a square goer. Corey broke the record for the “oldest winning driver” under NISA rules. The 73-year-old was sportingly cheered by former record holder Tommy Beattie, Corey’s friend, racing rival and North Belfast neighbour. Amitie Briangault and Seamus were a 3.17 winner over the one and a half mile race from Typhee (G. Murdock) and Verdie de Crouay (N. Lucas), which did not get an easy trip. The highest class pace on the card went to Rhyds Hall Star ( G. Murdock) who won easier than the head margin would suggest over the game Donegal runner Greentree Free Gift. The clock being 2:02 on a track reckoned to be a second or two “off”. “He’s done that well‘’ said JP Murdock, spokesman for the owners. “This will set him up nicely for Appleby.” Murdock also confirmed that all the big meetings in the UK are on the agenda this year for the gelded son of the Welsh based winner factory (Hasty Hall from the USA). Elsewhere the Patrick Kane Jr.  took the famous red and black colours to the winners circle as so often before. His charge Meadowbranch Dewey, showed a good turn – of – foot to see off Camden Vito (L Stewart) and Joe Sheridan’s Springhill Beauty (Martin Loughran). In the opener Garvagh man Nigel Quigley caused something of an upset with his own Western Lover when he comprehensively dismissed the gambled on Springhill KG and Wingman. 2:04 was the winner’s time. Alex Patterson has worked hard to invigorate the Ulster racing scene. Alex told Harnesslink.com that the meeting had drawn runners from 6 counties. The Annaghmore surface was immaculate considering the recent weather. Horsemen throughout Ireland are consistent in their admiration for the Annaghmore track. Next meeting will be 20th May 7.00 pm. By Dan Carlin, for Harnesslink.com

Dublin, Ireland – Portmarnock Raceway, featuring its richest harness racing stakes season ever, a new covered grandstand, teletimer/photo finish system, and other special improvements, opens its 2015 race meet Saturday, April 18. Ireland’s top harness racing track gets underway with first race post time at 4:00 pm, the facility opens at 1:00 pm with its renovated bar/restaurant. The trotters own the limelight for the opening program with three divisions for all grades. The top class, the A/B French-bred Open has seven starters headed by Recklin Pelerin, Secret de Star and Rocky Atout, the A Class highsteppers, who must start at a handicap of ten yards each. They go against B Class Silvana Bello, Tornao Josslyn, Socrate Du Noyer and Rohen en Thirons. “The track is in super order and we are really looking forward to tomorrow's stepping stone meeting,” said track committeemanr Derek Delaney. “It's a small start to what's to be a massive season for stakes racing In Ireland.” With opening day, the track will debut its renovated bar/restaurant, new covered grandstand, new permanent teletimer/photo finish and children’s playground area. The racetrack has also been redone with the track purchase of a new grader and horsemen have said it has never been in better shape for racing. This season Portmarnock is hosting the first ever Sire Stakes Ireland Series in additional to the prestigious Vincent Delaney Memorial, the richest stakes race in all of Ireland and the UK. Other major stakes include the Oakwood Stud, the Paul Mirtagh Memorial, the Irish American Open, The Painted Mile (for colored horses),  plus the Barney Joyce Memorial and the inaugural Red John Memorial. For the first time Portmarnock is featuring simulcasting in the bar/restaurant of live horse racing and some of the major football (soccer) matches in the UK/Ireland. “With Ireland's first ever Sire Stakes program,” Delaney added, the Vincent Delaney Memorial, Oakwood Stud Open plus other major stakes including the Le Trot Series with 130 races to take place at Portmarnock, our prize money this season will be the richest ever. “We cannot wait to get this bumper season underway,” Delaney said. “We really want to show off our new facility in what is going to be a record attendance and race season in 2015.” Parking is free, children are admitted free and the cost for admission to the races is €10. The new restaurant/bar opens at 1:00 pm and first race post time is 4:00 pm. For more information go to www.portmarnockraceway.ie.   By Steve Wolf

DUBLIN, IRELAND - The inaugural Sire Stakes Ireland series is set to take place on Sunday 16th August at Portmarnock Raceway this summer and committee chairman James Delany has revealed that the new series also has a main sponsor, Doyle Air Cargo out of Dundas, Ontario in Canada. Commenting on his sponsorship, Brian Doyle, the managing director of Doyle Air Cargo quipped that “having been solely responsible for importing virtually all the sires and dams represented in the series it’s great to give something back to the breeders. Some of whom are clients of long standing. It is an honour to sponsor the series and it hallmarks our commitment to seeing harness racing develop and prosper in Ireland” Doyle Air Cargo is synonymous for the importation of Standardbreds into the British Isles including stallions, broodmares and yearlings. His firm has built up a reputation honed over two decades delivering a professional service to all UK and Irish clients ensuring repeat business year after year with Harrisburg his busiest period of the calendar. They can be reached here. Nine first season pacers have been staked up for the 2-year-olds Ireland Sire Stakes division where 3 separate sires are represented. Of these, Kikikolt (Western Hanover/Katies Lucky Lady), is the overwhelming dominant sire with five runners followed by Crown Manhattan (Northern Luck/Wild Proposition) with three and new sire to the ranks, Urban Guy (Artiscape/Tiburon Jane). Six of the nine are in training with John Richardson and Willy Flanagan of the renowned Meadowbranch facility in Oldtown. Among those is Meadowbranch Queen out of Churchill Queen, arguably the most prolific broodmare of the last decade in Ireland boasting classic winners Romeo, Frank, Liath, Gigolo, Josh and Demon with all bearing the famed Meadowbranch prefix. In the 3-year-old division five different sires are represented including Kikicolt, Earned Income (Dream Away/Kleen Acquisition), Share The Delight (Bettors Delight/Angels Share), Best Sunshine (Cambest/Matts Sunshine) and Galiano (Astreos/Whats The Buzz). Another interesting statistic is that 8 of the 13 three-year-olds engaged to run in the series are from US imported dams. Again the Meadowbranch training operation are mob-handed staking no less than five runners including the first four in the ante post betting, Meadowbranch Matt, Meadowbranch Millie, Kickasskatie and Shesgotanattitude. By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com

Dublin, Ireland - Just over a month ago John O’Donovan, better known as “Red John” amongst harness racing circles died, as a result of a freak accident outside his home in West Cork at the young age of 27. Red John was an immensely popular man who trained and raced pacers with increasing success over the past decade and had a bright future in the sport lay ahead for the young man who made his name aboard such stalwarts as Twenty 4 Seven, Mr Security, Bonkerstotallynuts and more recently the Irish Trotting & Harness Racing Federation Mare Of The Year award winner, Blazing Bad Zulu. Following an unprecedented outpouring of grief across the British Isles and throughout the harness racing world, some close friends of Red John got together recently to discuss how to derive something positive and memorable for all the right reasons from the tragedy for a man that lived for his harness racing. It was quickly agreed that a fitting tribute would be to run a Memorial Cup race in his honour every year from 2015 onwards to keep the spirit of Red John O’Donovan alive in the hearts and minds of those involved in the sport in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.  A small committee has now been formed and headed by Scotland’s Alan Greenhorn, assisted in Ireland locally by Rachael Bousfield, with the intention of setting up a memorial fund to enable harness racing fans world-wide touched by the tragedy to donate to the fund which will be used to purchase a memorial cup, a rug and to go towards a purse for the race. Now, as a result of negotiations with Derek Delaney, chief organiser of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend Memorial, last week fund administrator Alan Greenhorn highlighted his intention to run the inaugural event on Sunday, August 9th at Portmarnock Raceway in conjunction with the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend. The race conditions will be a junior free-for-all to be staged on the Sunday program. It is expected the purse money will reach €3000 with any additional funds being secured towards the 2016 running onwards. Donations to the fund are starting to flow in, but more are needed to ensure that this memorial race is an unparalleled success, honouring the man that helped out so many owners, breeders and fellow trainers in his short life For those interested in contributing to the Red John Memorial Fund, donations can be made worldwide using the following bank account:  RED JOHN MEMORIAL FUND Sort Code: 83-16-03 Account # 00621936 IBAN: GB55RBOS83160300621936 IBAN VIC: RBOSGB2L RBS, Bannockburn For any additional information please contact Alan Scott Greenhorn via email at bigscottishal@hotmail.com. By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com

The career of Irish bred coloured pacing sensation Cinderella Man has been nothing short of stellar since he hit the track as a 3 year old back in May of 2014. Following a couple of placed efforts the son of Who Who Gives A Toss out of Wellfield Jet finally hit the target at the third time of asking in June, winning at Dublin venue Portmarnock in 2:00.8, a record in Europe for coloured pacers. The winning time demonstrated that Cinderella Man was no ordinary performer and connections started to dream about just how far they could go with the strikingly marked colt. Having finished off the season with another win, this time on the turf track Aberystwyth in Wales, he was brought back into training this January and hopes are high that his 4 year old campaign will bring more glory in the shape of his ultimate aim, the world record for a mile for coloured standardbred pacers. The record is currently held by White Fire who paced a mile rate of 1:58 in New Zealand almost a decade ago. With improvement expected from 3 to 4, Cinderella Man will be targeted all season at lowering this mark and into the history books as the fastest coloured pacer of all time. Cinderella Man is owned by the Boylan Brothers and his trainer and driver is the top reinsman Alan Wallace. So where does the colour come from in his breeding? It starts with his sire Who Who Gives a Toss (NZ).  Who Who Gives A Toss is by the skewbald stallion Wilkies Wonder out of top class producing New Zealand bay mare Philosophy. In addition to Who Who Gives A Toss, Philosophy also produced a New Zealand Derby victor and million dollar winner The Court Owl. Wilkies Wonder, born back in 1976 traces directly back to his dam White Christmas (1971) her dam Christmas Snow (1959) her dam Elegant (1951) preceded by her Snowflake (1943) and foundation mare Silk Stockings back in the 1930’s. All were skewbald in colour and this dynasty now forms, and is universally recognised, as the backbone of the most successful line of coloured pacers in the world. Who Who Gives A Toss, the sire of Cinderella Man was imported into Ireland at the turn of the millennium and so far there are currently over 65 registered foals by him in the British Isles. In 2010 Who Who Gives a Toss was bred to the grey mare Wellfield Jet and the resultant offspring born in 2011 was subsequently named Cinderella Man. On the dam side of Cinderella Man, Wellfield Jet is by US sire Jet Laag. The striking US bred grey paced 1:49 on a half mile track, a world record at the time whilst winning over $1 million dollars in his career on the track. Wellfield Jet is out of Upfrontnbustnloose a Western Hanover mare who was imported into the UK by Roy Sheedy of the Wellfield Stud in Wales whilst in foal to Jet Laag, hence the name – Wellfield Jet. Courtesy of the internet and via his very own Facebook page, word has spread of his achievements on the track sparking interest from mare owners worldwide. They were aware that he is likely be in high demand as a prospective stallion for those seeking something out of the ordinary. The connections spent the winter of 2014 subjecting him to the required quarantine regulations in order to officially and legally export frozen semen throughout the world for all purposes. Part owner Derek Boylan confirmed that demand has been phenomenal so far and has exceeded expectations with interest from the US and Canada right down to Australia and New Zealand where there is a core following for coloured or pinto pacers as they are more widely known. For those interested in seeing the phenomenon that is Cinderella Man, check out his Facebook page CinderellaMan Dublin. by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com          

With a record number of sophomore pacers nominated to the 2015 Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby, Dublin’s Portmarnock Raceway will be the scene of a possible great match up come August 9 in Ireland. Last year just 19 three-year-olds entered the Oakwood Stud mile race but what a turnaround a year makes as a record 38 have entered this year’s event. That is just over a 100% increase and a pretty amazing statistic for the stakes event. The list could still grow as horses can be supplemented up to August 1 to the race. Featured will be the two top colts from 2014, Roy Sheedy, John and Vicky Gill’s Titanium, who swept last year’s Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial versus Steven Gilvear’s Rewrite History, who closed out the 2014 season with three impressive victories. Now these two titans of harness racing in Ireland/UK are set to finally get down and dirty with each other for the first time ever in the Oakwood Stud 3 Year Old Derby, the perfect appetiser to the weekend’s main course, the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup. which will be held at Dublin’s Portmarnock Raceway on August 8th & 9th. One has had a carefully choreographed unbeaten run of 3 starts in 2014 whilst the other has danced every dance, racing 7 times, winning ugly if needed to, on his way to the very top. Their contrasting campaigns have polarised opinions between pundits as to whom is the better horse and all the speculation and talking will finally stop when Portmarnock stages one almighty clash between the pair on August 9th. Bookie Dan Carlin in his future wagers on the Oakwood Stud Derby, has made Titanium the early favourite at 4/5 or Rewrite History, who is at 5/2. “It was a dead heat right at the start,” Dan Carlin said. “But as the flow of wagers came in the boys are leaning towards Titanium over Rewrite History, but that can change and I am sure it will as they begin racing this Spring.” It’s often said that sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight and whilst Titanium and Rewrite History will be in the eye of the storm that weekend, there’s anyone of a dozen other rivals who can potentially prove to be the fly in the ointment and steal the crown in broad daylight. Of these, top UK owners Shane and Claire Fletcher intend going mob-handed into the event staking a trio potentials in an all out effort to upstage the principal pair. Sportstrick is an exciting US import by sire of the moment Sportswriter and will be joined by £27,000 purchase Tommy Camden and homebred Lady Claires Best (Pro Bono Best) Alexis Laidler, Britain’s top trainer, fields a brace of pacers in Articulation Hall and Mikey Camden whilst others that caught the eye in 2014 and may have matured significantly to be a serious player. Other game campaigners include Lyons Premier and ATM. With the prize almost certain to travel back across the water to the UK, the home team will valiantly attempt to repel all borders with Meadowbranch Ideal heading the defence augmented by last years champion filly, Carmel Camden, On Top and Fair Enough. The “tale of the tape” for the event reveals some very interesting statistics. There are a total of 38 entries, with 24 of these by different sires and 17 staked by UK based trainers. For those who love their US and Canadian Standardbred breeding there are offspring by Sportswriter, Somebeachsomewhere, Western Ideal, Shark Gesture, Well Said, Jeremie’s Jet and Camluck staked to take their chance.  Others that must be deemed serious contenders based on breeding, connections or indeed both include Somedatesomewhere, Frisco Frisk, Porterstown Courage and Streamside Art. Will it be the more established pairing of Rewrite History and Titanium fighting out the finish of the 2015 renewal of the Oakwood Stud 3 Year Old Derby or will it be one of those flying below the radar having kept their gunpowder dry all last season? Portmarnock Trotting Track outside of Dublin on August 8th & 9th will be the place to be and the real winners will be the fans as we are in for one hell of a showdown!    By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com Here are the early wagering morning line from bookie Dan Carlin in Belfast for those with confidence on who will win the Oakwood Cup come August 9. Those wishing to make a wager can contact Dan Carlin at 07808 395812 and all major credit and debit cards accepted Afam AM 28 Amy Camden 25 Articulation Hall 16 ATM 8 Ayr Desire 16 Ayr Major 20 Carmel Camden 8 Cathal Donnellys 40 Chinatown Samuel 33 Coalford Affection 25 Earnies Dream 25 Fair Enough 28 Frisco Frisk 25 Greentree Paddiano 14 IB Mc Gregor 14 Its My Check 16 JMs Hallstar 20 John Barley 25 Lady Claires Best 10 Lyons Premiere 12 Lyons Starlight 20 Meadowbranch Ideal 12 Meadowbranch Milli 33 Mikey Camden 16 On Top Jeremys Jet 25 Porterstown Courage 7 Rewrite History 5/2  Sarahs Gift 28 Saunders Jubilee 50 Showtime Big Cigar 50 14 Somedate Somewhere 7/2  Sportstrick 6 Springhill Bucks 50 Streamside Art  16 Streamside Star 12 Titanium 4/5 Tommy Camden 12

So you might have made a few dollars on future wagers on the Kentucky Derby, the Ascot or the Little Brown Jug over the years, well how about trying your luck on unraced two-year-old pacers? Not a problem if you are one of Ireland’s top bookies named Dan Carlin from Belfast. Carlin has just come out with the future wagers for the 2015 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial that will be take place the weekend of August 8 and 9 at Portmarnock Trotting Track in Dublin. He won’t accept a check and no credit will be issued, but if you are looking for the best odds you can imagine on unraced two-year-olds who still have four months to go before they begin racing, then Dan’s the man. The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is the richest stakes event in all of Ireland the UK and Dan says he is ready for some wagering action. "Imports Indie Hanover (owned by Claire Fletcher) and John Gilvear’s Rhyds Megastar by perennial UK leading sire Hasty Hall have been installed as the 7/2 joint favourites,” Dan said.  “We laid Titanium as big as 25-1 last year and he paid off for some big time when he won the Delaney Memorial. “Now is the time to seek the value before the Big Hitters put one away.” Carlin said. “Gilvear’s other horse New London Hanover, 6/1, then Shane Fletcher’s Party at The Spa, 8/1; Miraculous which is from the same bloodlines as two previous winners, Carlin explained. “The aforementioned are colts. Ladyford Carmel reared in the North of England at 10/1 and Thomas Bennet’s well related Westend Dakota at 12/1 are amongst the favourites of the ladies – with fillies getting the plum draw should they make the final.”  Carlin touted that the Murdock stable of Belfast will have high hopes for their homebred JM’s Macy Hall Star, the dam of which (Camden Lover) was a top 3-year-old. With 2-years-olds from Pro Bono Best, Rocknroll Hanover, the ever present Hasty Hall and the new kid on the block, Kikikolt, the race should live up to its billing. All the top Irish stables are represented, Newtown Stud, the organisers Oakwood Stud, Brenda Hudson with her brother Gregory Dean and they will rub shoulders with the UK yards of Haythornthwaite, Teebon and Maw amongst others. 2015 will see the first prep races to be run at both Tir Prince in Wales and Corbie Wood in Scotland some weeks in advance of the Grand Final. “There are horses in there at 50/1, 60/1 and 100/1,” Carlin added tongue-in-cheek, “because bookies don’t believe in fairy tales.” Dan Carlin that the usual conditions apply and this is an Ante Post Book – All In Run Or Not. Ante Post Rules will apply until One Hour before the final at which time track rules regarding withdrawals will apply. Betting assumes Mixed Sex Final – with fillies getting preferential draw in the final (and possibly heats – organisers will clarify). Any changes in this format and all bets will be void. The breeding of all the horses and who their owners are can be found byclicking here. Each Way Laid 1/5 odds 1,2,3, No Credit – all Major Credit and Debit Cards accepted. Any horse laid to lose £4,000. Dan Carlin can be reached via Facebook or by phone at 07808 395812. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com Here are the morning line odds for future wagers on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial. Final is Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Portmarnock Trotting Track in Dublin, Ireland. Alicolt 22/1 Ayr Tycoon 25/1 Ayrosmith 10/1 Bonny Jane 100/1 Brother Joe 60/1 Bywins Beachead 33/1 Brywins Magician 8/1 Caenwood Classic 25/1 Chinatown Jess 33/1 Coalford Bruce 12/1 Coalford Chris 12/1 Coalford Dawn 16/1 Elsa Camden 20/1 Enter The Dragon 33/1 Fairdays Dixie 60/1 Gabriella Camden 16/1 Hard Earned 14/1 Howards Right Sexy 25/1 Imogen Camden 20/1 Indie Hanover 7/2 JK Believe in Magic 10/1 JMs Macy Hall Star 16/1 Kelsey Camden 20/1 Kick On 25/1 Lady best 20/1 Ladyford Carmel 10/1 Ladyford Phoenix 33/1 Major Jemmy 12/1 Hoppers Surprise Package 50/1 Mayfellden Hetty 33/1 Meadowbranch  Queen 14/1 Medowbranch Roman 14/1 Meadowbranch Titus 10/1 Miraculous 8/1 New London Hanover 5/1 Newtown Major 10/1 Newtown Onyx 14/1 Newtown Rock 10/1 No Joking 16/1 No Stopping 12/1 Oakwood Destiny 14/1 Pan Cam Mystery 28/1 Party At The Spa 6/1 Rhyds Gem 14/1 Rhyds Girl Power 20/1 Rhyds Megastar 7/2 Rhyds Snowbird 12/1 Rogue Comet 33/1 Sands Phoenix 60/1 Sexy Legs 40/1 Shes Mine 16/1 Springhill Ali 25/1 Springhill Artiste 25/1 Springhill Catch 20/1 Tarawood Joy 16/1 Merrington Moonlite 33/1 Westend Dakota 12/1 Westend Phoenix 40/1 Wottenbridge Beauty 22/1

A record 59 royally bred 2-year-old harness racing pacers have now staked their claim on the 4th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup weekend, following the closing of entries on February 6th. A first prize of €12,000 for the grand final and an additional €4000 consolation race has attracted an unprecedented number of entries for the event, the richest in Europe for pacers and all eyes will be on Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin the weekend of Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 to see who scoops this year’s renewal. The increase in nominations was a very positive 13% over last year. Although a filly has never won the most prestigious event in the British Isles, the fairer sex are responsible for almost half the entries this year and with preference on the gate in the final, this could be the year a filly finally breaks the deadlock. The most popular sire in the line up is Kikcolt with 10 representatives followed by Hasty Hall with 8, Rogue Hall with 6 and Pro Bono Best the next most popular sire with 5 prospective runners. Standardbred breeding aficionados are always frothing at the mouth in anticipation at the entries list being published and this year has proven to be no exception. Imported yearlings by sires Well Said, Rocknroll Hanover, Santanna Blue Chip, Dragon Again and Western Terror were all nominated in a year which also features the progeny of first season sires Star On The Beach, Urban Guy and Share The Delight. Trends are also beginning to emerge after three runnings of the event with the previous three winning sires all represented and also the dam of last year’s winner too. In 2012, Frisco Fiddler took the inaugural Delaney Memorial and his sire, Arts Conquest, has sired Miraculous, whose dam Another Mattie, was responsible for last years winner, Titanium. Oddsmaker Dan Carlin, who is soon to release a book and its certain that this colt will feature high up in the betting. Yankee Lariat, the sire of Camden Tino, the winner of 2013’s Delaney renewal, has just a single nomination in Kick On, but this is out of Stakes winning mare Coalford Virtue and trained by Brenda Hudson, a formidable female trainer and driver of many classic winners spanning almost 4 decades. Top UK trainer Alexis Laider has signalled her intentions to go all out this campaign to land the spoils and she has entered a total of six including the most expensive yearling ever purchased in Britain, Rhyds Megastar, which fetched an eye-watering £51,000 at Builth Wells Sale in Wales back in October 2014. Megastar is out of the UK’s most prodigious broodmare Tonda Star, who has been responsible for some of the most stellar performers over recent years, including Stars Dragon, Rhyds Hallstar and the recently deceased Rhyds Five Star. The Irish have seen the lions share of the prize money travel back across to the UK in all three running’s of the Delaney Memorial so far and this time around the home team are intending to put up their strongest defence ever in an effort to keep the distribution of the weekend’s total prize money of €29,000 euros local. Willy Flanagan and the mighty Meadowbranch Stud along with Alan Wallace and the Newtown Stud will lead this charge with three runners each with all three Meadowbranchs runners by siring sensation Kikicolt and Newtown’s are all imports by the mighty Rocknroll Hanover. Brothers James and Derek Delaney, chief organisers and main backers of the memorial series ran in memory of late younger brother Vincent, have entered two pacers themselves in this years renewal, a colt and a filly. Having gone so close in 2014 with Carmel Camden, a heat winner, they have entered up the syndicated colt Brywins Magician and the aptly named filly, Oakwood Destiny, in an effort to win the final and create a fairy tale ending to a race that’s captured the world’s imagination since its inaugural running back in 2012.   Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin on August 8th and 9th is the place to be and thousands of patrons are expected from across the globe to converge on the venue in Ireland, traditionally dubbed as the land of a thousand welcomes. By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink.com Listed below are the nominees for the 2015 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial -  denotes GB owned     Name of foal Breeding Owner(s) ALICOLT M.KIKIKOLT - LYONS ALLISON S.DUGGAN AYR TYCOON * M.YENGHIS PAN - AYR WING D.MAHON AYROSMITH* M.DAYON ALERT - OUT IN THE OPAN B.HALL BONNY JANE * F.DAYLON ALERT - DENTON JANE J.SHEENAGH -DAVIE BROTHER JOE M.KIKIOLT - LONG ISLAND ARTIST C.FORAN BRYWINS BEACHAHEAD * M.STAR ON THE BEACH - SPRINT AHEAD MS K.KENNEDY BRYWINS MAGICIAN SHARE THE DELIGHT - LIFES MAGIC GIRL OAKWOOD SYND CAENWOOD CLASSIC* F.HASTY HALL - ARTRIBUTE J.DUGGAN CHINATOWN JESS* F. KIKIKOLT - BON BONITA A.DICKINSON COALFORD BRUCE * M.ROGUE HALL -BLACKWELL MINOGUE COALFORD STUD COALFORD CHRIS * M.ROGUE HALL - COALFORD AMORETTO COALFORD STUD COALFORD DAWN * F.ROGUE HALL - SWEET TAHOMA COALFORD STUD ELSA CAMDEN * F. BONO BEST - ANTHOLOGY P. JOHNSTON ENTER THE DRAGON * M.N.CONNORS DRAGON - CAROUSEL H.EVANS FAIRDAYS DIXIE M.JIMMY LONG - BLACKWELL TARAKING G.DEAN GABRIELLA CAMDEN  * F.PRO BONO BEST - SEVEN SEAS P.ANDERSON HARD EARNED M.EARNED INCOME - QUERELLE HANOVER T.RICHARDSON HOWARDS RITE SEXY * F.URBAN GUY - HOWARDS CAMISTRESS J.HOWARD IMOGEN CAMDEN * F.PRO BONO BEST - ROARIN GOODTIME P.JOHNSTON INDIE HANOVER * M.WELL SAID - INCREDIBLE MARGIE MRS C.FLETCHER JK BELIEVEINMAGIC *  M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - JK WITCHCRAFT S.GILVEAR JM'S MACY HALLSTAR F.HASTY HALL - CAMDEN LOVER J.MURDOCK KELSEY CAMDEN F. PRO BONO BEST - LETS ALL BOOGIE J.DUNNE KICK ON M.YANKEE LARIAT - COALFORD VIRTUE MRS B.HUDSON LADY BEST F.PRO BONO BEST - LADY LEAH E.MC DONAGH LADYFORD CARMEL * F.Santanna Blue Chip – Three Men Dreamin J.STEWART LADYFORD PHOENIX * F.THE PREACHER PAN - STAR HALL R.RALPH MAJOR JEMMY M.ROGUE HALL - PRETTY SPECIAL R.BARRY UN-NAMED F.KIKIKOLT - SASSY COW GIRL C.FORAN MAYFELLDEN HETTY * F.CHECK ON JACK - MAYFELLDEN AMBER G.DENT MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN MEADOWBRANCH STUD Meadownbranch Roman M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH NICHE JP.O'CALLAGHAN MEADOWBRANCH TITUS M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH GIGLO MEADOWBRANCH STUD MIRACULOUS * M.ARTS CONQUEST - ANOTHER MATTIE S.A.FLOWER NEW LONDON HANOVER* M.DRAGON AGAIN - NATURAL PARADISE S.GILVEAR NEWTOWN MAJOR M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - MAJORED IN LOVE NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ONYX F.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - ONYX KILLEAN NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ROCK M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - HANNA M NEWTOWN STUD NO JOKING * M.HASTY HALL -ARTNSOUL J.DUGGAN NO STOPPIN * M.HASTY HALL - PANAMA CANAL R.Huschka/A. T. Racing OAKWOOD DESTINY F.WESTERN TERROR - OLYMPIC SIGN OAKWOOD SYND PAN CAM MYSTERY M. JUDGE CAM - STONERIGGS VANITY KELLEHER BROS PARTY AT THE SPA * M.DRAGON AGAIN - UNION AND LUDLOW MRS C.FLETCHER RHYDS GEM * F.HASTY HALL - CPR MS K.ADDISS RHYDS GIRL POWER * F.HASTY HALL - JEANNINES GIRL J.HOWARD RHYDS MEGASTAR * M.HASTY HALL - TONDA STAR R.Huschka/A.T. Racing RHYDS SNOWBIRD * F.HASTY HALL - KENTUCKY SUNSHINE J.HOWARD ROGUE COMET * M.ROGUE HALL - ANGELAS COSMOC Y-NOT-STABLES SANDS PHOENIX F.SABLE MATTERS - PARTY LIZ MRS B.KELLY SEXY LEGS * F.VILLAGE MARQUIS - RIGHTEOUS BUNNY J.HOWARD SHE'S MINE * F.ROGUE HALL - TRIPLE DARE R.WALKER SPRINGHILL ALI F.BEST SUNSHINE - CAMDEN TOWN SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL ARTISTE F.PLAYWITHAFULLDECK - ARTISCAPE ARTISTE SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL CATCH M.BEST SUNSHINE - SPRINGHILL KATE SPRINGHILL STUD TARAWOOD JOY KIKIKOLT -ONE MEG MILE TARAWOOD STUD MERRINGTONMOONLITE* M.CHECK ON JACK - WHAT A CAMOTION MERRINGTON ST WESTEND DAKOTA F.KIKIKOLT - MAGICAL BELL T.BENNETT WESTEND PHOENIX * F. HOPPING HIGH - WESTEND SUKI G.SMITH WOTTENBRIDGEBEAUTY F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH MEG D.JOYCE

Forafewdollarsmore, a 2005 son of The Panderosa out of Oh My Dear (Artsplace), bred in Ontario, Canada and exported to Ireland as a yearling has travelled the short distance across the Irish Sea to take up his residence at Ayr Standardbreds, Scotland for the forthcoming 2015 breeding season. This will be the first season at stud for the horse affectionately known as ‘Dollar’, who retired from racing at the end of the 2014 racing season. What do you write when a horse retires from racing? What do you write when a good horse retires from racing? What do you write when an exceptional horse retires from racing? Well, let’s start at the very beginning… Forafewdollarsmore made his first appearance in a qualifier at Tregaron during May 2008. As a 3-year-old he made an immediate impression in what was to become a resplendent career - winning a heat and final of the York Championship in June (completing both races in under 2 minutes on successive days). He then returned to shatter the UK record in the BHRC Derby at the same track in July (the time of 3:03.6 still remains intact for a mile and a half) and later in August, just to demonstrate his ability on grass, to convincingly win the Scottish Championship at Musselburgh Racecourse. He was already becoming a significant force to be reckoned with. Over the years he has been handled by the Meadowbranch and Porterstown stables in Ireland and some of the foremost drivers in the business have occupied the bike – these include John Richardson, Steve Lees, Jonathan Dunne and Walter Stewart. Oh, yes Walter deserves to be included and join in that company…..after all it was he who fancied this son of The Panderosa at the Forest City Sales in 2006. On his website www.fafdm12.wordpress.com/forafewdollarsmore (where you can access all of his career history) his breeder Mary Clarke from Inglewood, Ontario posted a comment in September 2013: “Someone approached me the other day and told me that I was the breeder of that famous horse.  My response was that I had never had a famous horse. Then I remembered the person was referring to Forafewdollarsmore. Honestly, the horse is a world star.” In 2009 racing was confined to a solitary appearance at Tir Prince whereat he clocked an impressive time of 1:57.8 but in the following year he showed his capability and his prominence became really apparent. He won one of the most celebrated races of his career in magnificent style at Musselburgh. Gordon Garnett the BHRC Chairman at the time was quoted as saying, “It’s the most important meeting of the year, it’s the oldest dating back to the 1890’s, and it’s the most difficult to win and generally the richest and most prestigious to win. The Famous Musselburgh Pace takes precedence over any other race.” If that wasn’t enough, later that year Forafewdollarsmore completed a noteworthy double by winning S4C’s televised final of their Crock of Gold series. It was an unforgettable night with a mammoth crowd who disregarded the atrocious weather and the track has never in its entire history experienced such jubilant post-race celebrations. Previously Forafewdollarsmore had already established a new track record of 1:56.2 in a heat of that particular race. Journalist Eric Haughan from Ireland has remarked in one of his articles that the winner of the Crock is the “Best of the Best”. It is a fact that all the best horses have raced at Tir Prince. As Forafewdollarsmore remains the quickest of them all around that circuit maybe he really is, “the Best of the Best.” He continued to enjoy further success during 2011, 2012 and 2013 and in that latter year came away with the spoils in a showcase FFA at the renowned venue of Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton. During that meeting the owner’s wife Carmel Stewart was presented with the 2012 BHRC Overseas Horse of the Year trophy. This was also a great tribute to Walter Stewart as he had trained and driven his horse throughout that season. Forafewdollarsmore was a frequent visitor to race at BHRC fixtures and was voted Overseas Horse of the Year on two other occasions – viz. 2008 & 2013. During a very distinguished career he has been a very special horse producing remarkable performances in all four home countries but he has also been a very special family horse to Walter, Carmel, Jimmy, Watty and Lawrence Stewart. There has been considerable hard work, passion, self-sacrifice and input into this horse to ensure he remained competitive to the very end. They were all well rewarded when he came home in a time of 1:57.8 in his last outing at Portmarnock, Ireland on October 5th 2014 and it was a very fitting ending to his career that he should lift the James Stewart Memorial Challenge Cup in memory of Walter’s father. Besides his character and personality he has shown power, strength and determination wherever he has raced and his progeny will undoubtedly inherit all these fine qualities and just like their sire, be regular visitors to the winners enclosures in the UK and Ireland.” For enquiries regarding Forafewdollarsmore standing at stud, please contact Hugh or Ryan O’Neil at 01292 263374. By Graham Rees, for Harnesslink.com

The organisers behind the biggest juvenile event in the British and Irish racing calendar, the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial for 2YO pacing colts and fillies, have reached an agreement with the Scottish Harness Racing Club (‘SHRC’) to stage a prep race at Corbiewood Stadium, central Scotland. The race is scheduled to be staged on Thursday 2nd July 2015, and is open to all horses whose three sustaining fees for the main event have been paid. It is hoped that this initiative will attract Scottish entries to the event for the first time since its inception in 2012. The 2014 season saw top Scottish 2YOs such as Rewrite History (c, Sportswriter/Treat Me Good) and ATM (f, Genghis Pan/Yoko Hall) travel to York, England and Aberystwyth, Wales respectively, winning top juvenile events in the process. However, neither of these participated in the Vincent Delaney Memorial and it is hoped that with the planned prep race this year, that Scottish-trained horses will be encouraged to take part in the event and make the journey across the Irish Sea. The first sustaining fee for the Vincent Delaney Memorial is due by February 6th (€100). Please note that in 2015, for the first time, there will be a consolation final of €4,000. The total prize fund for the main event is €29,000. For more information and to register your two-year-old for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial click here.  by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink.com

Nominations are now due for all two-year-olds to be eligible to the richest pacing event in all of the United Kingdom and Ireland, the 4th annual Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial Series. The two-day series takes place Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland. This year the series will go for a record €29,000, nearly €4,000 more than in 2014. This year the race will also feature a consolation division for the top eight finishers not going in the final and will have a purse of €4,000. Ladbroke’s is the title sponsor of the series weekend. The first nomination payment is only €100. The Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial features elimination races on the Saturday with the top eight point earners going into the rich final on Sunday. Fillies will race in separate elimination divisions when possible and any fillies that make it to the final will draw for the inside post positions on Portmarnock’s half mile oval. It will be interesting to see who owner/driver Vickie Gill will be entering this year. She has won the last two Delaney Memorials with Titanium in 2014 and with Camden Tino in 2013. Both setting track records in the final. The inaugural Delaney Memorial was won by Frisco Fiddler and trainer/driver Alan Haythornewaite in 2012. The race is named for Vincent Delaney and was developed by his older brothers James and Derek of Dublin who own Oakwood Stud. Their younger brother was also involved in the racehorses and tragically died of a massive heart attack in 2011 at age 27.   Also that week the track will feature the Oakwood Stud 3-Year-old Derby with a guaranteed purse of €5,000 and the Paul Murtagh Senior 4-year-old championship for estimated purse €7,000. All nominations are due by 6th Feb. 2015. The entry forms are now available to download from the new website vincentdelaneymemorial.com and includes all information on rules, payments, etc. For more information contact Bernie Kelly at +353 (87) 633 0035 Please don’t forget the “Guess the Nominations” competition for the Vincent Delaney Memorial. That date will be published after entry closes on 6th Feb. Last year there were a record 52 colts and fillies nominated to the event Best of Irish luck to everyone who enters! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

DUBLIN, IRE - Standardbred Harness Racing Ireland (SHRI) is pleased to announce that a deal has been negotiated to allow the Club to take complete possession of Portmarnock Raceway on a full time basis. The new arrangement included the existing golf driving range facility also. The committee will meet in the coming week to conclude proposals for the members as to the workings and financing of the new arrangements. A full membership meeting will take place on Saturday 17th January at 3.00 pm sharp at the Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport to discuss the new arrangements including a racing calendar for 2015. Proposals for a new handicap system for Trotteur Francais Horses racing in Ireland is also on the agenda for discussion. From Standardbred Harness Racing Ireland

With Portmarnock Raceway staging their final meeting of a highly successful season this weekend and racing in Cork finished since September, you would think that harness racing followers in Ireland would put their feet up and slip into a winter hibernation. But no and a most definite no is the answer.  Winter may bring darker evenings, cold and wet weather, but it also signals that Road Racing under Saddle (A sport unique to Cork) swings into action . Drimoleague, where records of racing on tarmac date back over 130 years, will stage the opening fixture on St Stephens Day (Boxing Day for our UK friends) on Friday 26th December. Natives of this village deep in the heart of beautiful West Cork boasts that only twice in that time have the races being cancelled. Once in the 1960s with the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease which limited the movement of not only animals but also humans, and a few years ago when a foot of snow lay upon a frozen road surface. Hardy souls is another boast of Drimoleague residents who are also steeped in harness racing culture. On New Year’s Day the “Carnival” heads to another tiny hamlet, Durrus, which is located on the “Sheep’s Head Way” the Cork alternative to the famous Ring Of Kerry . Next up is Ballygurteen on January 11th followed by the big Memorial Day in Skibbereen on Sunday January 25th which sees a huge influx of fans from Dublin, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Wales, who for the past twenty years have made this fixture the highlight of a weekend in the town. The visitors sponsor the Paddy and Jason Kane Memorial Pace. The feature on the day is The Tim “Cooper” Kelleher Memorial Pace in memory of the late harness racing bookmaker and horse owner. Also The Jack “Pat “Collins Memorial Pace and The Michael O’Driscoll Memorial Pace are featured on the day. Moving into February Dunmanway is the next port of call on Sunday the 8th followed by Old Chapel on Sunday February 22nd. Colomane on March 8th is followed by the Big Palm Sunday meeting in Baltimore and the curtain comes down on Easter Sunday April 5th in Ballydehob. For those who have never seen this unique discipline,  a stretch of road is closed for the day with permission from the Cork County Council (The Regional Government Body). The track is a straight half mile with a turning point at each end of the half mile. From a standing flag start, horse’s race from the “Inside Bale to the outer marker (two round bales of silage lashed together) and turn here and race back. Sand is laid on the road at the turning points to ensure horses have a grip at the turn. Races vary in distance from one to two miles depending on grade with Grade A the top race over two miles along with Grade B. Grade C and D race over one and a half miles and Grade E and Novice racing over the mile . Jockeys must be 18 years of age to compete and must weigh nine stone. Leading riders on the circuit include David Brickley, Timmy “Cool Hands” O’Leary brothers Matthew and Jason O’Reilly,” Red” John O’Donovan and Patrick O’Brien to name a few. This may seem a male dominated sport but Deirdre Goggin and Marie “Funsize” Moloney are regular winners and are more than capable of slogging it out with the boys. The All Ireland Championships are held at a different venue each year and the date for this years “Big One” will be disclosed before opening day. So forget those winter blues and shake off the cobwebs and come and enjoy this unique equine showpiece where the sound of hoof beats and smell of horse shoes is within touching distance of all fans. To coin an old line from an Irish Ballad “Were on the one road.” All racing is ran under the rules of the ITHRF (Irish Trotting And Harness Racing Federation) which is the governing body in Cork and along with SHRI and NISA make up the IHRC (Irish Harness Racing Club) By Tim Kelleher

This Sunday is the last day of the 2014 harness racing meet at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin and the race program will have a “ghoulish” twist to it. Post time Sunday is 2:00 pm and featured on the race card will be the Christy Reid Memorial and the Dinny & Vera Hannon Memorial. During the race program there will be a children’s Halloween party in the bar with treats, Smyth’s vouchers and spot prizes for the best children’s costumes sponsored by Best Deals of Dublin, Thomas Bennett and Spot The Balls. There will also be a DJ in the bar after the races Sunday until late in the evening. And for the best adult costume during the day, the prize will be two tickets to the annual dinner-dance on Sunday, February 7. The dinner-dance will be held at the Kettles Country House Hotel in Lispopple, Swords, Dublin. Tickets are 50 euros for adults and 25 euros for children. For more information, hotel reservations and to purchase tickets for the Dinner-Dance go to www.portmarnockraceway.ie. That evening the band “Men In Black” will be performing along with a DJ until the wee hours of the morning! by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

As the famous saying goes “the older the fiddle the sweeter the tune” and there was never a truer word spoken at Portmarnock Raceway last Sunday when the annual “Legends” drivers race was held at the Dublin, Ireland venue. With an average age of 60, each driver, a harness hero in their respective heydays, paraded before the event in front of hundreds of adoring friends, family and fans all anxious to see these legends of the track all strut their stuff just one more time. As the starting car pulled away, a huge cheer rang out from the packed stands as Seamus Corey from Belfast locked horns with County Meaths Patrick Kane in an early battle for supremacy. With a circuit left to run, Joe Haide aboard Deans Alibi entered the fray and put the geldings devastating turn of foot to good use, quickly striding five lengths clear. Although Tom Richardson with Springhill Jack and Phillip Gilligan with Major Tom tried to launch race-winning challenges in the home stretch it was Deans Alibi who landed the spoils to the delight of the oldest driver in the racem Joe Haide.  The runners up spot fell to Mahogany Montana who performed creditably for Seamus Corey whilst Christy Bennett, a former pro who hasn’t drove competitively in a race in 20 years, finished third aboard favourite Oakwood Outlaw. Coy about his age when quizzed in the winners enclosure winning driver Joe admitted to be north of 70 years old, but to those there on the day he showed he had lost none of his prowess in the bike or indeed the ability to make a vital tack change when things are going wrong. Deans Alibi had ran poorly in his own race earlier on in the afternoon, seeming to hate the sloppy conditions. After having a quick consultation with the owner, a mesh face mask was obtained and produced which had the desired effect and Deans Alibi knuckled down to a gutsy win to the delight of Joes wife Peggy, and dozens of family members that had came along to see a true legend in action. Bragging rights were put to good use in the clubhouse after racing and a big party was held in honour of all participants who regaled patrons with anecdotes and tall tales of their exploits from the 1960s right through to this very day. The “Legends” race remains one of the highlights of the season at Portmarnock and it was great to see so many people turn out on the day to pay homage to those who gave their best years to the sport they love for our enjoyment. The last word must go to Joe Haide for when he was asked if he will be back in 2015 to defend his title he bellowed “Of course I’ll be back, there’s plenty of kicks still left in this mule!” By Thomas Bennett, for Portmarnock Raceway

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