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15-year-old Luke Kelleher wins Deane Memorial

12:00 AM 30 May 2017 NZST
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Getting ready for action in the High Grade Under Saddle race
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Over the road crossing in the Trotteur Francais race
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Action from the George Deane Final
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Gordon Deane presents the George Deane Memorial Trophy to connections of Hail Spartacus
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WEST CORK, Ireland - Hail Spartacus gave 15-year-old Luke Kelleher his first classic success when landing the George Deane Memorial at Dunmanway West Cork on Sunday writes Tim Kelleher.

Three elimination heats were held with two horses going forward to the final.

In the opening heat County Limerick raider Saunders Jubilee was "on the busses" in the betting ring and this son of Play With A Full Deck landed the odds but only just .He led from the start but just held on from Lyons Stallone who only saw daylight in the final 100 yards but the post came in time for Jubilee.

Heat two went to Llywns Allstar who loves the front and driver Mike O Brien kept this son of Hasty Hall about his business. Favourite Camden Corleone looked a winner with two furlongs to pace but "Allstar" pulled out a little bit extra two win by two lengths.

Cruise Howard second last week was the punters choice in the third heat and was put to sleep for most of the ten furlong contest by Timmy O'Leary and oozed to a comprehensive 3 length winning margin .

In the final Cruise Howard was again the punters fancy despite a 50 yard handicap .

Saunders Jubilee and Lyons Stallone led for the first mile of the contest. Cruise Howard and Hail Spartacus a 30 yard trailer soon joined issue and turning for home Hail Spartacus wore down his rival to give Luke Kelleher his first major success on the circuit .

The winner who won the Grand Prix at this venue last year a son of Swingman and Meadoebranch Katie was bred by his owners the Hill Family who run Hillside Farms one of the top breeding nurseries in Cork.

"He's as tough as nails and runs with his heart on his sleeve, " A delighted Pete Hill told the post race press briefing.

The Trotteur Francais race produced another epic battle.

Tarnao Josselyn second on the beach had everything bar the kitchen thrown at him by his six rivals but saw off all the challengers to win from lVaillant Forgion. Blanpain Le Fol led from the start but the winner took it up after two furlongs and was neverheaded.

King Wills Arrival made it a double for the Quill family when taking the low grade under saddle race .Sunnyside Kildare tried to take on king Wills Arrival after a lap, but Oisin Quill was not giving away the top spot and as Brywins Picasso also loomed large but the US import held on by a neck.

Meadowbranch Demon took the high grade under saddle race. Wellfield Ghost and Rhyds Destiny played battle up front but "The Iron Horse" showed why he earbned that name grinding down the pace setters to ease to a 3 length win.

Coalford Bruce took the Grade G & G1 Pace for catch driver Patrick Hill . This son of Rogue Hall has been "tough"to keep right but showed his true colours despite an early break

All roads lead to Dundalk Stadium next week for the big PMU meeting,

by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

RESULTS (ALL RACES 1 Mile 300 yards



1st M Shanahan SAUNDERS JUBILEE J Manning Jnr

2nd O'Driscoll / O'Reilly LYONS STALLONE C O'Reilly

3rd J Shanahan FAIRDAYS BRET M Kelleher

DIST 1/2l 3l TIME 2.38.5 6 Ran


1st M O'Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 

2nd  O'Reilly/Hurley CAMDEN CORLEONE M O'Reilly

3rd F Quill IB MOHICAN F Quill Jnr

DIST 2l NK TIME 2.37.8 5 Ran


1st C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary

2nd P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher

3rd C O'Reilly RHYDS PANACHE Owner

DIST 3l 2l TIME 2.39.8 5 Ran FINAL


1st P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher

2nd C O Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary

O'Reilly /Hurley CAMDEN CORLEONE M O'Reilly

DIST 3/4l 5l TIME 2.36.6 6 Ran



2nd O Farrell /Kelleher BRYWINS PICASSO L Kelleher

3rd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE E Murphy

DIST 1/2l 3l TIME 2.37.0 4 Ran


1st Kelleher Bros MEADOWBRANCH DEMON L Kelleher

2nd J Shanahan RHYDS DESTINY M R Shanahan

3rd J Manning WELLFIELD GHOST R Manning

DIST 3l 1/2l TIME 2.32.6 4 Ran


1st J Shanahan COALFORD BRUCE P Hill

2nd J Payne GET ROCKIN J Manning Jnr


Owner DIST 3l 3l TIME 2.39.8 8 Ran


1st F Quill TARNAO JOSSELYN F Quill Jnr

2nd O'Sullivan / Goggin VAILLANT FORGION M Goggin Jnr

3nd F Quill VA REINE DU PONT S Quill

DIST 2l 1/2l TIME 2.53.7 7 Ran












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