Day At The Track

West Cork race season opens at Inchadoney Beach

12:30 AM 19 May 2018 NZST
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Indian file at Inchydoney Beach racing
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Racing action on Inchadoney Beach
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Keltic Panda in full stride on Inchadoney Beach
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WEST CORK, IE - The 2018 West Cork Harness Racing season opens on Sunday next at the beautiful Inchadoney Beach at 3.30 PM

Described by the purists of the sport as one of the best venues to be found anywhere in the world

Around 1pm on Sunday The Great Atlantic Ocean tide will be begin to turn outwards and a hippodrome for harness racing will begin to uncover at this Blue Flag Beach (An award only given to the cleanest beaches in Ireland) .

Committee members will then mark out the track ,a temporary judges box will be driven on to the beach and at 3.30 racing begins

A seven race program is on offer with a mix of three pacing races ,three races for trotters and one saddle race .

"Everyone helps setting up the track owners ,drivers and even the race day officials "added Donal Murphy

" Its a race against time in every manner firstly setting up the track then getting through the card and finally taking down the track and of course timing all the races " according to Timmy O Donovan a member of the ITHRF (The Irish Trotting and Harness Racing Federation) one of the clubs which make up the Irish Harness Racing Club.

" With South West winds due lunch time on Sunday the beach should be at its very best with a half mile oval "coming out of the sands" it is one of our show piece meetings and I have sun glasses ready for the good weather which is forecast" said O Donovan

This scribe through the medium of social media had contact from Canada from people who "had it on their bucket list " to make it to the famous beach and will be guests on the day and will enjoy the famous West Cork hospitality .

So 3.30 pm at Inhadoney Beach is the place to be and remember TIME NOT TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN!

By Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

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