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Big finish at Ballygurteen in Grade E Pace

02:32 AM 16 Jan 2018 NZDT
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Van Helsing and jockey Patrick O'Brien, winner of the Grade E Pace
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Saunders Paris and Deirdre Goggin make it three wins for the year
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Fair Enough winner of the Grade D with Matthew O'Reilly
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Connections of Fair Enough winner of the Grade D Pace
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IB Tweedy and Jamie Hurley in full flight at Ballygurteen
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Shanes Income winner of the Novice Pace
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WEST CORK, IR - Van Helsing with was a popular winner of the Grade E Pace at the annual Ballygurteen Road Trotting races on Sunday. The race produced the best finish of the five race program with four horses crossing the line in a blanket finish.

Hillside Aurelius, who was having his first outing in the grade, led early in this mile contest .Turning for home Van Helsing and Fairdays Bret joined the leader and in a sprint to the line Van Helsing got the nod by half a length.

This was a real family occasion with the winner bred by Paddy O'Brien from Schull and is owned and trained by his son Micheal and ridden by another son Patrick. "He got a slight knock in Drimoleague which meant he missed Durrus but was spot on for today, " added Micheal O'Brien in the post race media briefing.

Maitha Buachaill and Rhyds Ponder went "at it again" in the top grade pace and this time the pendulum swung the way of Maitha Buachaill.

Rhyds Ponder set the early fractions with the winner never more than a length in arrears .At The final turn the two big guns were joined by Tactician Du Lys and with all guns blazing the trio were spread across the road.

Entering the last eighth Maitha Buachaill just got the upper hand and led home Tactician Du Lys by a length with Rhyds Ponder another length third.

"He gets bone lazy in front so i had to bide my time before going to the front," said winning jockey Jamie Hurley.

Saunders Paris continued her unbeaten run in the Grade B & C with a facile win.This was her first run over the maximum two mile trip and finished strong and Deidre Goggin played down the hype about her running against the big guns in Grade A.

"We cant be but happy with her first time over the distance and look Ponder and Buachaill are another matter completely," said Goggin, whose cheeky smile couldnt hide her delight.

Fair Enough took out a competitive Grade D pace. Sunnyside Kildare was the punters choice in his first outing in Grade D and his cause wasnt helped by a bad first turn. But to be fair Matthew O'Reilly was never in danger on the winner eventually seeing off "Kildare" by two lengths.

"I bought him out of the Newtown Stud in Dublin and he had a few small niggles, but I think we have him in the right frame now," said owner Chris O'Reilly, who dove a winner at Pompano Park Florida in 2016.

Shanes Income has been knocking at the door in the Novice grade for the last few days and finally got the win he deserved today. The son of Earned Income led from start to finish and was not for catching.

The Big Skibbereen Memorial Day is next on the circuit on Sunday 28th January and this meeting attracts a large infux of visitors from Dublin,.Scotland, Wales and The UK.

by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

Details of entries on www.harnessracingcork.com

RESULTS

NOVICE PACE

1st McCarthy/Daly SHANES INCOME A McCarthy

2nd Kane / Crowley / O Mahony MOORSIDE CAPTAIN T O Leary

3rd D McCarthy KENTUCKY FINALE D Goggin

DIST 8L 10L 3 Ran

GRADE E PACE (The Denis Dullea Memorial Cup)

1st M O'Brien VAN HELSING P O'Brien

2nd D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy

3rd L O'Brien HILLSIDE AURELIUS J Hurley

DIST 1/2L 1/2L 5 Ran

GRADE D (The Jeremiah Keohane Memorial Cup)

1st C O'Reilly FAIR ENOUGH M O'Reilly

2nd S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE T O'Leary

3rd Cuigear Racing HILLSIDE MUSTANG J Healy

DIST 2L 4L 6 Ran

GRADE B & C (The William O Sullivan Memorial Cup)

1st M Goggin Jnr SAUNDERS PARIS D Goggin

2nd D McCarthy RHYDS DILEMMA A McCarthy

3rd G Cooke MEADOWBRANCH ROMEO M O'Reilly

DIST 10L 1L 3 Ran

GRADE A (The Paddy Keohane Memorial Cup)

1st Hegarty / Hurley MAITHA BUACHAILL J Hurley

2nd G Kane TACTICIAN DU LYS T O'Leary

3rd N Forbes RHYDS PONDER D Goggin

DIST 1L 1L 3 Ran

 

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