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Anthony McCarthy comes of age at Ballineen

WEST CORK, Ireland - In a year when the younger generation of our sport have excelled, Anthony McCarthy joined the list of up and coming stars when landing the final of The Willie Bradfield Memorial Classic on Fairdays Bret at the Ballineen Races held at the famous "Cornfield Oval" in Manch on Sunday . Three elimination heats were ran with three to qualify from each to the grand final. Heat one saw a titanic battle between Hillside Aurelius and Lakeview Panam. Both fought it out to the line with "Aurelius holding off by a head with Springhill Doyle only half a length third. Heat two went the way of Alert Code who followed up on his win in Bandon to lead home Fairdays Bret with The Hitman just holding on for third to book his place in the final. Heat three produced one of the best finishes ever at the famous grass oval with six horses crossing the line at the finish with Camden Corleone holding off long time leader Rhyds Hearbeat by a neck with Hail Spartacus only a short head back in third .This gave Matt O'Reilly a driving double as he also drove Alert Code. In the final 9 pacers went to post with Alert Code the punters choice . Lakeview Panam renewed her battle with Hillside Aurelius, setting a break neck pace up front. They went :29 seconds to the quarter and 1:00 to the half mile pole . Hitting the three quarter pole, Lakeview had poached a three length lead, but now the posse beagan to close. Turning for home Anthony McCarthy produced Fairdays Bret through a wall of horses to win by a length from The Hitman with Hail Spartacus (off a 30 yard trail) a half a length behind. The meets handicapper must have been pleased with his work with only eight lengths between first and last. The winner is owned by Derry McCarthy (no relation of the winning driver) from Drimoleague . IB Coyote winner of the 2016 VDM fillies division for two year olds had a facile win in the Grade G & G1 pace This daughter of Share The Delight and Jill & Jones is co owned by USA owner Bill Donovan, the main sponsor of the upcoming Red John Memorial Weekend. Meadowbranch Demon, fresh from winning in the FFA Pace at the Barney Joyce weekend, continued his rich vein of form holding off Cruise Howard by half a length in the top grade pace. It was an emotional win for the Kelleher family as they collected the trophy in memory of their late parents Tim and Hannah. Sean Kane made the six hour round trip from his base in County Meath for the drive on Ecrin De Bussieres in the three-year-old Le Trot race and landed the odds with consumate ease, beating Extase Des Epines by six lengths . In the Le Trot All Aged race, Cupido De Breteil made all the running to hold off Silvao Bello by two lengths. The winner will now be aimed at The Maven Trotting derby at Lyre on Red John Memorial weekend. The Under Saddle Race went the way of King Wills Arrival with Oisin Quill in the plate .He saw off the early challenges of both Brywins Picasso and Sunnyside Kildare to record a two length winning margin . Racing next week moves to a new venue at Fishers Cross with a 2 30 start time at the venue which is located near Owenahincha Beach. By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS The Willie Bradfield Memorial Classic  Heat One 1st P Hill HILLSIDE AURELIUS Owner 2nd J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM Jamie Hurley 3rd S O'Reilly SPRINGHILL DOYLE M O Reilly DIST HD 1/2L TIME 2.08.4 8 Ran   Heat Two 1st R Joyce ALERT CODE M O'Reilly 2nd D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 3rd J Hill THE HITMAN K Sheehy DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.07.9 8 Ran   Heat Three 1st O'Reilly/Hurley CAMDEN CORLEONE M O'Reilly 2nd A & M Hurley RHYDS HEARTBEAT D Murphy 3rd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher DIST NK NK TIME 2.09.1 8 Ran   Final 1st D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 2nd J Hill THE HITMAN K SheehyP Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher DIST 1L 1/2L TIME 2.04.1 9 Ran   Grade G & G1 Pace (THE WEST END GARAGE CUP) 1st B Donovan/ IB Stables IB COYOTE D Murphy 2nd O'Farrell/Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Kelleher 3rd L O'Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST 4L 1 1/2L TIME 2.08.4 5 Ran   LE TROT 3 Year Old 1st O'Mahony/Crowley/O'Brien ECRIN DE BUSSIERES S Kane 2nd Kelleher Bros EXTASE DES EPINES M Kelleher 3rd P Manning EBENE DES BROUETS Owner DIST 6l DIST TIME 3.37.4 3 Ran   LE TROT AGED RACE (THE TOMMY O'BRIEN MEMORIAL CUP) 1st J Shanahan CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher 2nd Inishford Syn SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 3rd O'Sullivan/Goggin VAILLANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr DIST 2L 3L TIME 3.23.1 6 Ran   FREE FOR ALL PACE (THE TIM & HANNAH "COOPER" KELLEHER MEMORIAL) 1st Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher 2nd C O'Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 3rd K Sheehy KESTRELS DOT SAMMY Owner DIST 1/2L 3L TIME 2.03.3 3 Ran   SADDLE RACE (THE P J KEOHANE MEMORIAL CUP) 1st F Quill KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 2nd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE E Murphy 3rd O'Farrell/ Kelleher BRYWINS PICASSO L Kelleher DIST 2L 3L TIME 2.07.0 3 Ran    

Starzapan, harness racing

Starzpan takes 4th leg of Oakwood Series

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - On Thursday, 13th July, Corbiewood played host to the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series and once again it was another different winner in the form of last year's Scottish Horse of the Year, Starzapan. The 7-year-old daughter of Genghis Pan led out from the widest gate position after an early battle with Lady Mary (William Drysdale) and set the fastest fractions witnessed so far in the series and on the night on a track which had succumbed to heavy rainfall prior to racing. It was evident that driver Stuart MacKenzie had a forceful drive in mind as they went through the half in just over a minute with no signs of letting up the pace. It wasn't outside the realms of possibility that the winner would come off the pace with the leader setting such strong fractions, however Starzapan was not for stopping and as the challenge came down the back stretch for the final time from Lady Mary, the leader showed her class to go away from the field and win decisively. Lady Mary finished second, with San Diego (Angus Kyle) running on well for third. All three lowered their personal best times at the track in the fastest leg of the series so far. The top grade handicap featuring the eight highest graded horses saw old-timer Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie Jnr) lead out, quickly challenged by Camden Casper (Grant Cullen). The duo had a ding dong battle throughout until the three quarter marker when Camden Casper took up the running. The energy expelled in the tussle with Jasper Hill left him vulnerable to a strong finisher, and it was Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) who came with the first challenge as they rounded the final turn, quickly followed by American Gigolo (William Drysdale) however Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) went widest of all and got up close home under a calculated drive. The first race of the night saw an all-the-way victory for Littlemill Jo who won impressively when losing her maiden tag. The homebred filly's win was a real family affair, with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Steven Henderson's two children, Jamie (7) and Emma (5) both assisting with the training at home in the build up to the race whilst on school holidays. This was the first winner for the family's homebred stallion, Littlemill Rogue, the current 3YO track record holder. After some bad luck in previous starts, Merringtonmoonlite got off the mark for the season for Corbiewood-based duo Karen & Mark Kennedy with a well-timed, three wide challenge under Gordon Gilvear. Stephen Cairney sent Porterstown Keith to the lead in race three, and despite the field appearing to queue up behind him with various horses looking threatening at one stage or another, no challenge was forthcoming and the long-time leader sailed to victory. Corbiewood stalwart K And M Redpandana notched up his first win of the season after numerous consistent runs, having been sent to the front by Hugh Menzies, he dictated sensible fractions and ran out a comfortable winner. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 20th July on the eve of the two day festival of harness racing at Musselburgh Racecourse, featuring a C Class drivers event. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836916743149843/ 1st Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 2nd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 3rd Bettorbybest (Pro Bono Best-Bettorbynine) - Stuart MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.09.35 Dist: 3 3/4L & Neck Race 2- https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836917606483090/ 1st Merringtonmoonlite (Check On Jack-What A Commotion) - G Gilvear 2nd Dynamic Ace (Windsong Dynamite-Dillys Red Ace) - W Greenhorn 3rd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - H Menzies 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.25 Dist: 2L & 1/2L Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836919196482931/ 1st Porterstown Keith (The Panderosa-The Pana Sutra) - S Cairney 2nd Y Not Wait N C (Todays Man-Riverbank Mybatross) - G Cullen 3rd Greentree Destiny (Rogue Hall-Ultramarine) - W Drysdale 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.23 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920043149513/ 1st K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 2nd GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 3rd Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) - S MacKenzie 6 Ran Time: 2.09.25 Dist: 2L & Nose Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836920979816086/ 1st Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray 3rd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 8 Ran   Time: 2.06.63 Dist: 3/4L & Head Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/836922399815944/ 1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 2nd Lady Mary (Playwithafulldeck-Marys Solitaire) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - A Kyle 5 Ran  Time: 2.03.86 Dist: 2 1/4L & Neck  

Dan Noble, harness racing

USA's Dan Noble coming to Ireland for the VDM

The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to announce today that one of North America's top drivers, Dan Noble, has committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend, August 12 & 13, 2017. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Noble, "I was so surprised and pleased to be asked to come over. I was talking with Aaron Merriman about it and he told what a good time I will have. I've heard about what a great race weekend it is and now I'm gonna be part of it." Dan has been following the footsteps of his late father, top driver and trainer, Chip Noble. Dan first started driving in 1999 with just eight wins and now sports nearly 4,700 victories and is fast approaching earnings with the horses he has driver at $25 million. His banner year was 2011, when Dan won 773 races and was the leading dash winner in all of harness racing. He was the leading driver at both Northfield Park and Scioto Downs. That year Dan was also honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with the Dan Patch Rising Star Award. "How great it will be that Dan is coming over to Ireland for our brother's race," Said Derek Delaney, founder of the VDM with his brother James. The race is named after their younger brother who tragically passed away in 2011. "Not only is Dan a world class horseman, but he also drives Drunk On Your Love, perhaps the best 3-year-old in Ohio this year, who is sired by Foreclosure N, who we have standing at Oakwood Stud in Ireland." "Dan is a world-class driver," Delaney added, "And we are sure to show him a great time here both on and off the track. He will be sure to have some good drives at Portmarnock Raceway on Saturday and Sunday." The Vincent Delaney Memorial is the most grueling test in harness racing for two-year-old pacers with elimination divisions on Saturday and the finals the very next day on Sunday. The colt division is sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farm and the filly division by Diamond Creek Farm. Also on the program that weekend is the Alabar/Oakwood Stud Derby, the Yirribee Stud Australia Paul Murtagh, Sr. Derby, PJI Engineering FFA Pace, the Elvin/Delaney FFA Trot plus other big stakes events. Dan Noble says he does not think he has any Irish heritage in his bloodlines. "Not a drop that I know of," Noble laughed. "But I am sure it will not stop me from having a great time and meeting lots of great people there. "I'm bringing my girlfriend Christi Rae and my mom is also coming with us," Noble said. "I've got good help to take care of the 20 horses in my stable while we are away. Can't miss this chance. It will be a hellva experience." The list of special guests who are coming to Ireland this year for the VDM reads like a Who's Who of harness racing from around the world. Also attending are Murray Brown from Hanover Shoe Farm, Brett Coffey from Alabar Stud in Australia, Heather Vitale of Post Time and sister Susan Looney, Roger Huston will be calling the races again, Klaus Koch of Sweden's Elitloop fame, Rachel Keeney and Caroline Vazquez from Diamond Creek Farm, Clive and Anne Dalton from Australia, Mike Carter of the Mike & Mike Show, Australian promoter and publicist Bill Hutchison, Belgium breeder Filip Van Hauwermeiren, Dean Hoffman, former Hoof Beats editor, prominent USA owners Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco of the USA, who is bringing a group of ten people over. For more information about the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. From the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee  

Mahogany Oleg, harness racing

Mahogany Oleg unstoppable in NAF Pace

The 3-year-old conditioned pace, kindly sponsored by the equine product manufacturer NAF, took place at the Allensmore track this past Sunday and was once again a tremendous success. The race was set up to give three-year olds who were perhaps overshadowed by the superstars in their age divisions the chance to win a quality race for substantial prizemoney. To be eligible for the event entrants must not won more than £150 in prize money at the time of nomination and the majority of horses came into the race as maiden or novices making it a very fair contest. With only four fillies remaining after final declarations conditions stated that the races would be ran as mixed heats with the fillies getting the preferential draws. Olivia Camden who has been progressing this season was a notable withdrawal on the day along with Kiwi leaving both Brywins Beachlight and Finley Wells to get the pole position in each of their respective heats. Hugh Menzies made the long journey from Scotland for the race and did not go home empty handed taking out heat one comfortably with Dynaramic in a time of 2.12.68. The first four from each heat would make it into the final meaning Ithon Orbit, Wye Joels Best and Lanehouse Yankee secured their place. The filly Brywins Beachlight was slightly unlucky breaking stride coming into the final bend losing all chance of making it into the top four. David Bevan’s only had Mahogany Oleg for a week but he proved to be a good buy for owner Alan Davies. He took up the running going around the first bend in heat two to lead the whole way in a time of 2.11.62, with Finley Wells in second place, Sper Buggy in third and Brywins Magicbeach taking the remaining spot in the final. In the all-important final Magohany Oleg showed some tremendous gate speed from an outside draw to lead Finley Wells into the first turn. Turning for home it was a battle up the straight between Wye Joels Best and Mahogany Oleg with the latter coming out on top in a thrilling finish. Third place went to Finley Wells with race favourite Sper Buggy in fourth. The race showcased some up and coming talent and there are certainly a few names to look out for in the future. The 3-year-old conditioned pace, kindly sponsored by NAF, took place at the Allensmore track this past Sunday and was once again a tremendous success. The race was set up to give three-year olds who were perhaps overshadowed by the superstars in their age divisions the chance to win a quality race for substantial prizemoney. To be eligible for the event entrants must not won more than £150 in prize money at the time of nomination and the majority of horses came into the race as maiden or novices making it a very fair contest. With only four fillies remaining after final declarations conditions stated that the races would be ran as mixed heats with the fillies getting the preferential draws. Olivia Camden who has been progressing this season was a notable withdrawal on the day along with Kiwi leaving both Brywins Beachlight and Finley Wells to get the pole position in each of their respective heats. Hugh Menzies made the long journey from Scotland for the race and did not go home empty handed taking out heat one comfortably with Dynaramic in a time of 2.12.68. The first four from each heat would make it into the final meaning Ithon Orbit, Wye Joels Best and Lanehouse Yankee secured their place. The filly Brywins Beachlight was slightly unlucky breaking stride coming into the final bend losing all chance of making it into the top four. David Bevan’s only had Mahogany Oleg for a week but he proved to be a good buy for owner Alan Davies. He took up the running going around the first bend in heat two to lead the whole way in a time of 2.11.62, with Finley Wells in second place, Sper Buggy in third and Brywins Magicbeach taking the remaining spot in the final. In the all-important final Magohany Oleg showed some tremendous gate speed from an outside draw to lead Finley Wells into the first turn. Turning for home it was a battle up the straight between Wye Joels Best and Mahogany Oleg with the latter coming out on top in a thrilling finish. Third place went to Finley Wells with race favourite Sper Buggy in fourth. The race showcased some up and coming talent and there are certainly a few names to look out for in the future. by Kayleigh Evans, for the Ceredigion Trotting Club

BANNOCKBURN, Scotland - The Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series saw the third different winner in as many legs on Thursday 6th July at Corbiewood, when STAGBI Future Broodmares winner Loriznitestar bounced back to form. A maximum field of eight faced the starter in leg three, in which San Diego (John Allan) assumed control of the early fractions. As the race progressed, the leader seemed content bowling along in front and slipped the field by six open lengths, looking to be in control. However, as the leader swung into the stretch the complexion of the race altered dramatically as three chasing horses gradually closed the gap with San Diego's stride shortening. Lorizenitestar (Grant Cullen), Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) and Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) all came into contention simultaneously, challenging San Diego from all sides. The four horses thundered to the line in a pulsating finish, in which Loriznitestar showed great tenacity to get up by half a length from Sureamsomething, with Porcelain Seelster half a length behind in third, and San Diego beaten a neck into fourth. A steward's enquiry followed, in which Sureamsomething was disqualified for a pylon violation rendering Porcelain Seelster the runner up, and San Diego placed for the third consecutive week. In the high grade OPH, Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Vyrnwy Smoke (Lauren Moran) became embroiled in an early speed duel, with the latter going off stride into the first bend. This allowed Indie Hanover to assume a comfortable lead, until Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) circumnavigated the field to join the leader and race stride for stride until the three quarter marker. As the challenger faded, Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Robhall (Grant Cullen) emerged from the pack as the most likely dangers, however the leader, despite being all out, managed to hold on. Camden Massino (William Greenhorn) finished strong when finding racing room to deny Robhall third place. The first race of the night saw a very impressive debutante in the homebred DKs Happy Forever (Richard Thomson) who led from pillar to post and won in effortless fashion. This two-year-old looks to have a bright future for the Corbiewood-based Moncrieff/Moore barn. Cole Connection (William Greenhorn) was another all-the-way maiden winner on his seasonal debut. Valentine Camden (William Drysdale) came off the pace with a four wide challenge down the stretch to run down the betting favourite Cash (Richard Haythornthwaite) in the closing stages of the Grade 1 & 2 OPH. The Grade 2 to 4 OPH saw back to back wins for Camden Rocco, who came from off the pace to take up the running off the final bend and won going away in an impressive time of 2.04.22. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 13th July, featuring the fourth leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink RESULTS Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd7jBtuuJWw 1st DKs Happy Forever (Soulofthematter-DK Happy Moments) - R Thomson 2nd Daylon Vacation (Daylon Alert-Coalford Quest) - W Greenhorn 3rd Rogue Comet (Rogue Hall-Angelas Cosmo) - G Cullen 4 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 2 3/4L & 1L Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR-Jhv17QMI 1st Cole Connection (Horselaughter-Hot Connection) - W Greenhorn 2nd Mooreside Watson (Harmony P-Wayside Lady) - R Thomson 3rd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderon 4 Ran  Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJeMeEoWNFI 1st Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale 2nd Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies 7 Ran  Time: 2.07.76 Dist: 1L & 2L Race 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdqHZC0jKV4 1st Loriznitestar (Dreamfair Vogel-Starry Nite) - G Cullen 2nd Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 8 Ran   Time: 2.05.91 Dist: 1L & Neck Race 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEHXGdCxNoM&t=6s 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Greenhorn 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 3rd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) - D McKenzie 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.22 Dist: 4L & 1 3/4L Race 6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk8gGtDzeh8 1st Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pan-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - W Greenhorn 8 Ran  Time: 2.04.20 Dist: 1/2L & Nose      

WEST CORK, Ireland - Harness racing returned to the Showgrounds in Bandon after a thirty year lapse for The Old Chapel Meeting which saw a presentation made to Stella McGrath a local girl who was badly injured in a fall in a thoroghbred race last November but ison the road to recovery . It has certainly been a great weekend for Sinead O'Reilly .Firstly her Soocrate Du Noyer won in Portmarnock on Saturday and today Ringo Lady who she owns with husband Timmy, kept the ball rolling in the Grade F & E Pace. The race turned into a battle between Timmy O'Reilly on Ringo Lady and his brother Chris on last weeks winner Lyons Stallone . Brotherly love went out the window in this and Ringo Lady eventually getting the upper hand by half a length. "There are no prisoners taken out there even if my younger brother is involved" said O'Reilly after the race. Cousins Luke Kelleher on Meadowbranch Matt and Patrick Hill on Hillside Aurelius couldnt be separated in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace. Matt led from the start and saw off the early intentions of I told You So .Heading out on the final circuit Hillside Aurelius loomed large and both drivers were all out at the finish and after a photo finish a dead heat was the judges call. There was local success in the Grade F & E Pace. Mr Security and Hell Boy were to the fore for the opening two laps and with two furlongs to pace veteran Mr Security had gone two lengths clear but Alert Code and Jason O Reilly were tracking the leader and swooped in the home straight to pull five lengths clear at the finish. The winner is owned by Richard Joyce a member of the Old Chapel committee . Tarnao Josselyn has been a model of consistency all season and racked up another win in the Le Trot French Trotters race. Cupidon De Breteil led for most of the race but was reeled in by "TJ" going out on the final circuit and was an easy three length winner . Racing concluded with a win for Meadowbranch Demon in the Grade C B & A Pace. Rhyds Destiny made the running from Sunnyside Kildare . Out on the final lap Mike Kelleher produced "Demon" and the pair were not for catching and sent punters home happy as he was favourite in the betting ring . With The Barney Joyce Memorial weekend in Portmarnock next weekend there is no loacl action but on Sunday 23rd July The "Cornfield Oval" in Manch is the venue for the annual Ballineen Races by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G & G1 PACE The Brian Wilson Cup (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st P Hill HILLSIDE AURELIUS Owner & O'Farrell 2nd Healy MEADOWBRANCH MATT L Keleher 3rd L O'Reagan I TOLD YOU SO M Goggin Jnr DIST DEAD HEAT 6l TIME 2.52.7 7 Ran   GRADE F & E PACE The Paddy Desmond & Jerry O Mahony Memorial ( 1 Mile 350 yards) 1st S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O'Reilly 2nd C O'Reilly LYONS STALLONE Owner 3rd J Hurley LAKEVIEW PANAM J Hurley DIST 1/2l 1l TIME 2.46.1 8 Ran   GRADE F & E PACE The Noel Ryan Trophy (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st R Joyce ALERT CODE M O'Reilly 2nd M O'Donovan MR SECURITY Owner 3rd M O'Brien HELL BOY Owner DIST 5l 2l TIME 2.48.3 7 Ran   GRADE D & C PACE The Mick Twomey & Donie Barry Memorial (1 Mile 350 yards) 1st M O'Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 2nd D McCarthy RHYDS DILEMMA Owner 3rd C O'Reilly RHYDS PANACHE Owner DIST 1l 1/2l TIME 2.45.6 7 Ran   LE TROT The P J Collins Memorial Cup ( 1 Mile 1000 yards) 1st F Quill TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 2nd J Shanahan CUPIDON DE BRETEIL M Kelleher 3r J O'Mahony UN BOSS J O'Mahony DIST 3l 3l TIME 3.51.3 7 Ran   GRADE C B & A PACE The John D Crowley Memorial ( 1 Mile 350 yards ) 1st Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON M KelleherShanahan 2nd M Cock RHYDS DESTINY T O'Leary 3rd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE T Murphy DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.41.2 6 Ran          

Alexandra Park’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Joel Reichardt, says while the Park is steeped in harness racing history, it also boasts a proud historic connection to a critical Lions encounter over a century ago. Alexandra Park says its role in providing accommodation and hospitality for rugby fans this weekend might just be a good omen for the All Blacks as they take on The British & Irish Lions for the all-important third Test decider at Eden Park. Mr Reichardt has dusted off the history books which show the All Blacks beating the touring Anglo-Welsh Lions by 29-0 when they played at Alexandra Park, known then as Potters Paddock, on 25 July 1908. Twelve thousand people reportedly attended the Alexandra Park Test match which marked the last of the New Zealand tour. What’s more, it was the third Test and series decider after the Lions drew 3-3 with the All Blacks in Wellington the month before. “The fact that we’ve been given an official role this weekend as a pop-up campervan site builds on Alexandra Park’s long connections to rugby. “Let’s not forget the Auckland Blues’ training headquarters is based here and of course they were victorious against the Lions at Eden Park on 7 June. So, we’re all hoping the Alexandra Park rugby association bodes well for another positive result this Saturday.” Mr Reichardt says they’re receiving more campervan bookings for this weekend than they did for the first Test. Fans are paying $100 per self-contained campervan per night for two people, with an extra $15 for each additional guest. Facilities available to campers at Alexandra Park’s non-powered sites include plenty of toilets and showers, dumping facilities, charging stations, on-site security, a pop-up information centre and 24/7 telephone helpline. Plenty of atmosphere is also guaranteed with access to the newly-upgraded Alex Bar & Eatery, specific food and beverage deals, and of course free entry to Alexandra Park’s iconic Friday night trots. “I suspect after hearing about Alexandra Park’s legendary role in such a critical Test match over a century ago, Lions fans will probably be keener to stay with us to see if some of our magic can rub off on them,” says Joel Reichardt. For more information on the 1908 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia click here For further information on the campervan sites, or bookings, contact Danielle Upton (booking co-ordinator) on (027) 808-2362 or danielle.upton@alexandrapark.nz or visit https://www.alexandrapark.co.nz/rugby-tour-campervan-parking www.alexandrapark.co.nz For further information contact: Joel Reichardt: (021) 786-034

Ceredigion Trotting Club’s popular two-day harness racing event held over the weekend was once again a huge success, as the sun shone for the hard working committee, creating a well-deserved electric atmosphere for the outstanding equine athletes. Local connections had good success at the meeting, with Rhys Evans from Tregaron winning on both Enter The Dragon and Equilea Du Hauty on day one. Others who had success on Saturday were Penuwch-based trainers Michael O’Mahony, with Meldoon, who won a heat of the Travis Perkins Handicap, and Mike Evans, with Enez Leman, who is now two from two and a strong contender in the French-bred three year old division. On Sunday, Colin Bevan’s drive home back to Builth Wells was made shorter after qualifying two horses for the final, winning on Bucklands Fox Trot and placing second on Masquerade Avenue. In the three year old races Rhyds Mystique won the fillies division and has yet to put a foot wrong this season. Springhill Glory, a progressive type, was the winner of the colts and geldings division, but it was a hard fought battle to the line - first having to take on the game My Buddy in the hands of Alan Jones, and then having to fend off the challenge from Sper Buggy and Richard Haythornthwaite. One of the highlights of the weekend was 16 year-old Lee Wakefield making his first ever drive a winning one on Forest Drifter, both his parents are respected drivers and after his performance on the big stage he could be claiming a few more drives over the remainder of the season. The free for all was undoubtedly race of the meeting. Six of the best went to post with Miraculous in the hands of Patrick Kane Jnr, coming out on top from the gallant 11 year-old Stoneriggs Mystery and the Irish contender Porterstown Chris. Only a length separated the first three and it was phenomenal to watch the top quality individuals being cheered home. The half-brother to Miraculous, Matticulous looked incredibly impressive in the two year-old event for Andrew Cairns and his connections. Partly owned Vince and Shon Morgans he is a top prospect for the future and will be sure to return to the winner enclosure several time this season. Another notable moment of the weekend was seeing Heulwen Bulman get presented with her special contribution to harness racing award. The driving force behind the meeting won her award in February, and it was extremely fitting that she was presented with it at a meeting where she works so hard at. Heulwen is most deserving of the award, having worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to create a meeting which could rival any meeting over the UK and Ireland. Ultimately, the weekend belonged to the Laidler camp and they won seven of the races over the weekend with the likes of Happy Hands, Frankie Camden and Rockies First. They also won both finals with Jack Swagger and Evenwood Sonofagun respectively. The two were hugely impressive, winning comfortably and once again cementing Alexis Laidler as leading trainer of the meeting. by Kayleigh Evans, for the Ceredigion Trotting Club

Bannock, Scotland - On Thursday 29th June, five mares faced the starter in the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series at Corbiewood. Track conditions were less than ideal following persistent heavy rain throughout the course of the day however the track held up reasonably well for the seven-race card. Last week's long-time leader GDs Baby (William Drysdale) once again showed good gate speed to take up the running in the early stages of the race. Yokalady (William Greenhorn) found herself parked and endured a tough trip throughout whilst keeping the leader under sustained pressure.   San Diego (John Allan) and Starzapan (Stuart MacKenzie) travelled through the race sitting on the rail and approaching the three quarter marker as Yokalady began to tire, both both mares looked to mount a challenge. It was San Diego who emerged as the leader's biggest danger as she drew alongside GDs Baby in the final eighth and perhaps looked the likely winner considering the outcome of last week's race; however, Drysdale had kept something in reserve and asked his mare to quicken.   She dug deep and went on to win by three quarters of a length. Starzapan delivered her challenge three wide and although never threatening the winner will no doubt strip fitter for her seasonal reappearance and last year's SHRC Horse of the Year is expected to be competitive in the remainder of the series. The top grade handicap saw Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) lead from pillar to post where he held off a determined challenge from American Gigolo (William Drysdale) by a neck in an exciting finish. This victory was a first driving win for Ian Hay in over 10 years having semi-retired from the sulky; a regular groom for the stable, he is called up for driving duties on occasion when required and it was clear to see his delight at returning to the winner's circle. The evening began with a maiden pace featuring an all-the-way victory for Johnny Cash and Gordon Gilvear. Regular driver Logan Fowler was forced to cheer on from the sidelines following an accident which will see him on "box rest" for a number of weeks.   The second race went the way of Royal Mint Howard (G Cullen), who finally overcame long-time leader Littlemill Jo (Stephen Henderson) in the stretch to notch up his second win of the season. The runner-up lost nothing in defeat and looks sure to go one better in the coming weeks.   The Grade 1 and Grade 2 races were both won by horses who were victorious at the first meet: Millie May West (John Allan) streaked clear in the closing stages to record her second win of the year; Wellfield Alfie (George Drysdale) led out, made all and cruised home in the fastest time of the night in what was a very impressive performance. There seems no reason why either of these can't win again.   Another impressive winner was the eight-year-old mare, Ayr Pandemic (William Greenhorn), who recorded her 16th lifetime win in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH, in a career that has spanned almost 7 seasons. The manner in which she blazed to victory would suggest she is as good as ever. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 6th July, featuring the third leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm.   by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Johnny Cash (Soulofthematter-Halfabootie) - G Gilvear 2nd Ayr Caledonia (Hasty Hall-Ayr Wing) - G Keith 3rd Hawthorns Melinda (Pierce Seelster-Dot Comm) - R Leary 6 Ran  Time: 2.08.82 Dist: 2 1/4L & 1L Race 2 1st Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen 2nd Littlemill Jo (Littlemill Rogue-Hendos Star) - S Henderson 3rd I Live To Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 5 Ran  Time: 2.07.87 Dist: 1L & 11L Race 3 1st Millie May West (Hasty Hall-Aprilmaywest) - J Allan 2nd Miami Seelster (Pierce Seelster-Miamicrombie) - R Leary 3rd Live In Toyboy - (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 6 Ran  Time: 2.06.96 Dist: 3 3/4L & 1 1/2L Race 4 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 2nd Camden Candyman (Yankee Lariat-Tacambaro) - W Greenhorn 3rd Caraghs Comet (Soulofthematter-Flyers Comet) - T MacKenzie Jr 7 Ran  Time: 2.04.37 Dist: 2L & 2L Race 5 1st Ayr Pandemic (Daylon Alert-Poudine Du Pan) - W Greenhorn) 2nd West End Alf (The Cammissioner-Red Emilie) - G Drysdale 3rd Ladyford Lad (Hasty Hall-Just Disraeli) - L Moran 7 Ran  Time: 2.05.3 Dist: 4L & 1 1/4L Race 6 1st GDs Baby (Daylon Alert-GDs Twin) - W Drysdale 2nd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan 3rd Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S MacKenzie 5 Ran  Time: 2.08.11 Dist: 3/4L & 1/4L Race 7 1st Stoneriggs Banner (Banner Yankee-Thepansquickrnthei) - I Hay 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Camden Massino (Art Major-Sheeza Sakra) - G Cullen 7 Ran Time: 2.05.5 Dist: Neck & 3 3/4L Video replay's are below: Race 1 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829296210578563/ Race 2 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829301053911412/ Race 3 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829305633910954/ Race 4 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 5 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829327827242068/ Race 6 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829330617241789/ Race 7 - https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/829337797241071/

Cool Ice took victory in the latest round of the Mid Wales and Border Counties Harness Racing series. Presteigne races is one of the traditional meetings of the season, held on Broadheath Common reflecting the ancestry of this local sport. In the Baby Novice category Cool Ice just stuck his nose out to claim victory for his trainer/driver Derek Pritchard, from Ewyas Harold, to take victory from Universal Soldier. In the novice category Fantasizing, from Dinmore, finished second in its heat and then repeated the result in the final. The Grade B first heat saw Becky Williams, from Presteigne, finish second on Fold the Notes before repeating the result in the next heat riding Ithon Hannah. In the Grade B dash Tantalizing, from Dinmore, was in hot pursuit of the winner but finished in second. Finally in the Baby Novice from Rhyds Panalulah, from Ewyas Harold, finished second. By Ben Goddard Reprinted with permission of The Hereford Times

Aberystwyth, UK - One of the highlights of the UK harness racing season is set to take place this Saturday and Sunday at the beautiful seaside location one mile south of Aberystwyth. The Ceredigion Trotting Club is renowned for providing top quality racing and this year is no different having attracted competitors from far and wide. 28 races are set to take place over the weekend and there are a number of highlights to look forward to. Saddle racing has seen a boost in support this year and world record holding jockey Alexis Laidler will start the likely favourite with Happy Hands on day one. Two trotting races also feature on the card on Saturday and Une Pebe will be looking to hold on to her title in the aged division for local trainer Mike Evans. Five heats will determine the runners for the all-important low-grade final on the Saturday and there are some top quality names to pick a winner from including recent Carlisle and Pickhall final winners Billy Wilk and Lakeside Paddy, the consistent It's My Check, local fillies Mattriach and Meldoon, the improving Lakeside Bono and Jack Swagger for the mighty Laidler team to name just a few. It is however Porterstown Stud's Triplicate who is likely to start the anti-post favourite having recently won the €8,000 Grendon Memorial in Portmarnock. The Dunne family have a high success rate at the meeting as do Meadowbranch Stud who take on Triplicate with Meadowbranch Ideal in the final heat. We could see a clash of the Irish titans on day one. A high point on day two will be the Free for All where six of the best pacers in the UK and Ireland go head to head. Porterstown Chris fly's the flag for Ireland, whilst the small but mighty Coalford Tetrick has captured hearts and will be the peoples favourite on the day but will either of them be good enough to overcome the all-conquering Miraculous? Four heats will be ran for the high grade final with the first two in each making it to the main event. In heat one Greentree Serenity takes a step up in class after her victory in the Appleby Spring final. Heat two sees last year's low grade final winner Sunglasses Ron take on Evenwood Sunofagun, the horse who gave Alexis Laidler her world record under saddle last weekend. Heat 3 pits some classy Scottish contenders against each other in Dreamfair I Say and Master Plan whilst heat four gives us Party At The Spa, Rewrite History and Jessie's Conquest. Whether you're an avid harness racing fan or just like a bet and a relaxed drink in the bar whilst watching these supreme equine athletes strut their stuff there is nowhere better to be this weekend than Rhydyfelin. by Kayleigh Evans, for the Ceredigion Trotting Club   

Bannock, Scotland - The visiting mare Porcelain Seelster was the first to score in Corbiewood's inaugural mares series on Thursday 22nd June in a competitive affair which saw the first six horses cross the wire with less than a second separating them. It was GDs Baby (William Drysdale) who was first to show as the field settled into Indian file by the first quarter, with the leader coasting through the half and three quarters in good fractions. It was at this stage that the race came alive, with San Diego (John Allan), who had closely tracked the long-time leader, first to mount a serious challenge. Entering the home stretch San Diego nosed in front, yet as soon as she had taken up the running Porcelain Seelster (James Haythornthwaite) had reached top gear and delivered a well-timed challenge along with Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) who by this stage was having to challenge four wide. As they crossed the line in a pulsating finish, it was Porcelain Seelster who came out on top. Dontstoptheparty snatched second with San Diego in third. The other feature race of the night was billed as a match between the previous two top grade OPH winners from the first two meetings of the season: Indie Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Robhall (Stuart MacKenzie). The former led out, as his anticipated early rival Stoneriggs Banner (Hugh Menzies) made a break, gifting him an uncontested lead. They headed through the half in 1.02, which compared to last week's sizzling 59 seconds seemed pedestrian. Approaching the three quarter marker there were three obvious dangers: American Gigolo (William Drysdale), Bayrigg Millionayr (Dougie McKenzie) and Camden Massino (Grant Cullen). Of the three, Bayrigg Millionayr emerged from the chasing pack and despite his best efforts, Indie Hanover could not shake off his challenger as Bayrigg Millionayr sprinted to victory. American Gigolo got up for second with the long-time leader finishing third. GDs Hazzard was the first of two wins for English driver Andrew Cairns when going off a hot favourite in the maiden race, following on from his third placed run in the SHRC 3YO Derby the week prior. Cairns' second win came from a catch drive on Camden Rocco in the Grade 1 for Corbiewood-based trainer Alex Taylor. Another winning catch drive secured victory in the maiden and novice combined race, when Richard Haythornthwaite steered the Gregor Menzies-trained Cash home in front. Live In Toyboy (Grant Cullen) made his second start of the season a winning one in the Grade 1 -3 OPH and the multi-disciplined Jasper Hill (Thomas MacKenzie) returned to winning ways in the Grade 3 & 4 OPH. The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 29th June, first race 7.30pm. Featuring the second leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VhxnmwgjKE 1st GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns 2nd Lets Party (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.05.48 Dist: 4 1/2L & 6L Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDlbrcHcNA 1st Cash (Hasty Hall-Cherokee) - R Haythornthwaite 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Royal Mint Howard (Village Marquis-Gold Sovereign) - G Cullen Time: 2.08.81 Dist: 6 1/2L & Neck Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHO1_NqNyE0 1st Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - A Cairns 2nd Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) - S MacKenzie 3rd Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.06.49 Dist: 10L & 3/4L Race 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_efJfFyKZI 1st Live In Toyboy (Village Jasper-Live In Lover) - G Cullen 2nd Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Drysdale 3rd Valentine Camden (Pro Bono Best-Lets All Boogie) - W Drysdale Time: 2.05.77 Dist: 2L & 1 1/2L Race 5 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfvBWrJ44GM 1st Jasper Hill (Village Jasper-Eyes Wide Open) - T MacKenzie Jnr 2nd Camden Casper (Yankee Lariat-Lets All Boogie) - G Cullen 3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.07.33 Dist: 3/4 & 3/4L Race 6 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n79hmxmTyWM 1st Bayrigg Millionayr (Genghis Pa-Ayr Millennium) - D McKenzie 2nd American Gigolo (Village Jasper-American Beauty) - W Drysdale 3rd Indie Hanover (Well Said-Incredible Margie) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.04.46 Dist: 1L & 1 1/4L Race 7 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ0L32XyHZc 1st Porcelain Seelster (Camluck-Pantecostal) - J Haythornthwaite 2nd Dontstoptheparty (Dreamfair Vogel-Party West) - B Gilvear 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.06.91 Dist: Neck & 3/4L  

YORK, UK - Last Saturday York Raceway in York, United Kingdom staged its 14th annual Derby and Oaks festival for 3 year old colts and fillies with a bumper attendance witnessing some top class harness racing. Sixteen of the UK’s best bred colts and geldings lined up in 2 heats of the Derby with the first heat going to the Irish bred Springhill Glory for trainer/driver combination of Sally Teeboon and Patrick Kane in 1:59.5 with Frankie Camden and Rhyds Decoy filling the minor placings. The second heat went to Irish trained raider Benny Camden who comfortably disposed of his nine rivals to win by a distance in 2:00.5. Father Ted and Rhyds Rock Star filled the frame and the scene was now set for an epic final. The Oaks also featured twelve of the UKs finest bred fillies and the opening heat went to Viccy Elvin’s phenomenal female Rhyds Mystique in 2:00.3. Driven by her trainer Vicky Gill the partnership defeated Coalford Honey and Crosshill Ace in 2:00.3. The remaining heat was won by Olivia Camden who held on to defeat a fast finishing Greenhill Debatable and Teatime Preacher in 2:02.9.      In the final of the Oaks, Rhyds Mystique tracked Olivia Camden in the opening quarter before assuming command and from there on in never seen another rival, striding out purposefully to score in 2:01.4 from a rapidly closing Greenhill Debatable and Crosshill Ace. The winner, by Hasty Hall out of CPs Village Jigsaw now remains unbeaten in the UK against her own sex and will continue the one they all have to beat in all the big classics coming up for fillies in 2017.    The Derby final was a much more competitive affair with heat winner Springhill Glory grabbing the rail and setting a blistering pace. Odds on favourite Benny Camden was content to sit in behind the leader at this stage but as the race progressed Rhyds Cocoa flashed up alongside Springhill Glory boxing Benny Camden in. Just as it looked as if he was in a hopeless position trapped in behind a wall of horses, Benny Camden’s driver Alan Richardson sensed that Richard Haythornthwaite was struggling to hold his position aboard Rhyds Cocoa and then the gap finally opened in the stretch Benny Camden shot through it to win rather cheekily in 1:59.5. A big crowd of Irish converged on the winners enclosure including owner Clive Kavanagh and trainer Christy “Hopper” Foran who had a spell as assistant trainer in the US back in the 1960’s and is still considered a master trainer of juveniles in Ireland despite being in the twilight of his career.  When interview, driver Alan Richardson joked he always had the race in the bag and it was all relieved smiles in the winners photograph. The biggest smile of the day however was reserved for Mick Welling, both owner of York Raceway and Camden Stud the breeder of Benny Camden. Established over a decade ago Camden Stud is the home of 6 stallions - Eagle Luck, My Panmar, Art Professor, Stonebridge Galaxy, Arts Conquest and Yankee Lariat aswell as a dozen or so select broodmares where all progeny carry the Camden prefix. Pro Bono Best (now deceased) was one of the Camden Studs founding sires and is the sire of Camden Benny. His dam is the million dollar winner Electrical Art p,3,1:51 and one of Camden’s proven producers. A beaming Welling confirmed on the day that Electrical Art now has a yearling by Eagle Luck currently being prepped for this years sale which will be held, as always, in October at the York venue.  To view the colts final on video click here.  To view the fillies final on video click here.  by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

Offaly, Ireland - Management at Oakwood Stud have announced that they have reached an agreement with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms in Pennsylvania in the USA, to have semen shipped over from Sweet Lou, for breeding to pacers in Ireland and the UK. Sweet Lou is sired by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare Sweet Future. As a two-year-old, Sweet Lou set, and still holds, the world record on all sized tracks at 1:49. Sweet Lou currently holds the world record for older horses and the all-age mark on a five-eighths mile track in 1:47 with lifetime earnings of $3,478,894. In the summer of 2014 he won 10 consecutive races, with six consecutive wins in sub 1:48. He is the only pacer in harness racing history to achieve this feat. “It’s an honor for us at Oakwood Stud to be able to work on such a milestone project with Diamond Creek Farms,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “and make World Champion Sweet Lou available to breeders in Ireland & the UK via frozen semen for the 2018 Breeding season. Sweet Lou will be the fastest and richest stallion ever to stand in Ireland and the UK. “The timing of this could not have been better with the juvenile stakes racing at an all-time high with record purses in the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Sire Stakes Ireland Program and the Breeders Crown UK/IRE in 2017,” Delaney added. “This has encouraged breeders to import record numbers of broodmares from USA in 2016, bred to top US studs and now they will have the opportunity to breed their mares to World Champion bloodlines in their own back yard. This in turn will make for a very exciting and competitive racing opportunity in the future for both Ireland and the United Kingdom. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Bowden and all the team at Diamond Creek Farms,” Delaney said. “For their shared vision and forward thinking for the future of racing in both Ireland and the UK as we do at Oakwood Stud.”  There is no price yet set on how much breeding’s in Ireland and the UK will cost to Sweet Lou. For more information contact www.oakwoodstud.ie.   From Oakwood Stud

WEST CORK, Ireland - Chris O'Reilly took the driving honours when driving a double on his home track in Drimoleague on Sunday. O'Reilly is also is also a member of the Drimoleague Harness Racing Club who promoted the event as a fund raiser for Cancer Connect which provides transport for cancer patients to Cork Hospitals . Lyons Stallone set the ball rolling for O'Reilly in the grade F & E Pace. This son of Silky Stallone took up the running from a number one draw and was never headed seeing off a late challenge from Armoured Bear to win by three lengths. Later in the afternoon O'Reilly completed his brace on Rhyds Panachein the Grade D & C Pace. Again he employed front running tactics on this son of The One Night Pan .The Hitman joined issue with three furlongs remaining but Panache was never in any danger running out a three length winner. "My horses have been running well enough but lady luck has nor been on my side but I got a few breaks today and it keeps the show on the road, " said Chris, who last December became the first West Cork driver to win on US soil in Pompano Beach . Two of the younger generation of drivers on the circuit were on the score sheet today. Anthony Mc Carthy drove his first winner under rules on Fairdays Bret in the Grade F Pace. Ringo Lady and Mr Security had a battle royal for the opening two laps but McCarthy produced the winner on the run to the line and got the verdict by a length from Mr Security with Ringo Lady a head futher back in third. John O'Mahony gave Un Boss a peach of a drive in the Le Trot race for French Trotters. Teenager O'Mahony was quick off the gate and when his rivals lost ground he kept this nine year old at his game and was flattering his rivals with four lengths in hand at the wire. The top Grade Grade B & A Pace had only three runners but it turned out a fantastic renewal. Kestrels Dot Sammy took over from Sunnyside Kildare after a furlong. Normally these small field races tun into Cat and Mouse tactics but not this one. George Deane Memorial winner Hail Spartacus when to war with the leader and Sunnyside Kildare likewise . With two furlongs remaining Hail Spartacus looked a winner but Kieran Sheehy on Kestrels Dot Sammy had a little left in the locker and won by two lengths. Racing opened with a win for the Jennings family with their home bred Heather Breeze. Sam Jennings hit the front with this son of Best sunshine to win by four lengths. Next week the action moves to Lisangle with racing on Saturday evening having a 3.30 Start Time. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G & G1 PACE The Acorn Life Shield 1st S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner 2nd O'Mahony / O Brien FAME EARNED J O MahonyTJ 3rd O'Farrell MEADOWBRANCH MATT P Hill DIST 4l 10l TIME 2.21.7 5 Ran   GRADE F PACE The Timothy & Catherine O Reilly Cup   1st D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy 2nd M O'Donovan MR SECURITY Owner 3rd S & T O'Reilly RINGO LADY T O Reilly DIST 1l HD TIME 2.2.9 7 Ran   GRADE F & E PACE The Black Forest Cup 1st O'Reilly/ O Driscoll LYONS STALLONE C O Reilly 2nd J Boyle ARMOURED BEAR Owner 3rd M Healy BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.20.0 5 Ran   LE TROT GRADE E TO B 1st J O'Mahony UN BOSS J O'Mahony 2nd Inishford Syn SILVANO BELLO T Murphy 3rd D Finn ALINEKA DARCHE D Murphy DIST 4l 10l TIME 3.25.1 4 Ran   GRADE D & C PACE The Duggan Agri Contractor Cup 1st C O'Reilly RHYDS PANACHE Owner 2nd J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr 3rd Hegarty/Hurley MAITHA BUACHAILL J Hurley TIME 2.19.1 6 Ran   GRAD B & A PACE The James O Driscoll Memorial Cup 1st K Sheehy KESTRELS DOT SAMMY Owner 2nd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE D Murphy 3rd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS Owner DIST 2l 1l TIME 2.18.2    

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