Day At The Track

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    

A world record in harness racing was achieved at York Raceway, in York, England Saturday when Evenwood Sunofagun paced the mile in 1:57.3, a record for pacers under saddle on a half mile track. Owned by Raymond Hushka and trained by Alexis Laidler, the five-year-old gelding by The Firepan, out of the mare, I’m The Last, was also ridden on the day by the UK’s leading trainer, Alexis Laidler. Quickly asserting themselves at the start of the race, Evenwood Sunofagun kept up the blistering pace, cutting fractions of :29, :58, 1:27 and burnt off his rivals one by one to score by more than six lengths in 1:57.3 – a certified new world record. Race favourite, Rhyds Design, was second whilst Afan Romeo and Burning Dust claimed the remaining places. The previous world record was held by Darla Frakes (nee Conklin) who clocked 2:00 in July 1998 at Northfield Park in the USA with the gelding, Highly Rated. Amid chaotic scenes in the winner’s enclosure, Alexis Laidler was surrounded by scores of family and friends and thanked race organizers Lisa Farrelly, Lauren Moran and Sarah Thomas for staging the contest and giving her the opportunity of entering the history books. “He's such a dream horse,” Laidler added about Evenwood Sonofagun. “And I can't believe he has achieved this. Was such a fab day.” Asked about how she came to ride pacers, Laidler stated that she always rode ponies as a child, and in recent years she started taking out the saddle again with some of her aged pacers in order to “sweeten them up” and introduce something different into their training regime. Laidler, is an eight-time Leading Trainer in the UK alongside her husband, William “Rocker” Laidler”, who won that title twice himself, so between them, Great Britain’s power couple have won the last ten trainers titles, an achievement that Alexis is rightly proud off. And now she can add world record holder to her burgeoning resume. When asked about her future ambitions, eclipsing her previous total of 102 winners in a single season, is next on the agenda and some classic race winners along the way are always an added bonus. On hearing the news, previous holder of the record, Darla Frakes, was quickly onto connections of the winner, expressing her congratulations and stated that she never thought her world record would stand for almost 20 years, and she looked forward to seeing some pics and official video of the occasion.   An emotional and overwhelmed Mick Welling, owner and promoter of York Raceway, commented that he never thought in a million years that a world record in harness racing would find a home at the venue, his pride and joy. Heavily involved in the sport in the UK, Welling also runs Camden Stud, which is situated adjacent to York Raceway and currently stands stallions Art Professor, My Panmar, Eagle Luck, Stonebridge Galaxy and Yankee Lariot and is a boutique breeder himself with a dozen or so select broodmares, whose progeny all run under the Camden prefix. To view the world record under saddle mile, click on this link. https://www.facebook.com/scottishharnessracingclub/videos/825934210914763/ By Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

YORK, UK - Come this Saturday afternoon there will be an attempt to break the all-age world record for harness racing Under Saddle on a half mile track at York Harness Raceway in England. The current world record holder is Santo Domingo, who at age 8 in 2015, set the mark for jockey Marita Volstad with a 1:59.3 clocking at Flamboro Downs in Canada. The early favorite is Teresa Haythornwaite's Rhyds Design, who has already won at York with a sulky in 1:57. Rhyds Design will be ridden by Lauren Moran. Another major contender who could set the record is Rocker Laidler's Evenwood Sonofagun, who will be ridden by the Rocker's wife, Alexis Laidler. Rocker said he feels that the record can be broken on Saturday. There are six horses entered in the race. Post positions are drawn the day of the event. Also entered from the Nicholson Stable are Burning Dust and Afan Romeo and the Laidler Stable is also entering JMs Hallstar and Rhyds Solution. The race will be featured live on Facebook from Craig Stevenson. By Craig Stevenson, for York Harness Raceway  

Evenjobb, UK - With summer in full flow the Old Radnor trotting races at Evenjobb provided a wonderful afternoon of harness racing entertainment. The public with racecard in one hand and icecream in the other witnessed superb racing, as the speedy horses responded to top of the ground conditions. Three nursery races preceded the serious races, in the first Kentucky Roam belonging to the Perks family from Presteigne enhanced his growing reputation with another win. In the second race it was Bets All Off (Sargeant Llandrindod) on his first time on the track who claimed first place, while in the third nursery another one with a few runs on the books Immortal Storm (Meaney Merthyr) was first passed the post. The Novice section is very competitive at the moment and this week was no exception as the backmarker Lakeview Meg (Atherton Rees, Narberth) with Debbie Hitchcock on board stormed to victory in the first heat in front of Fronfelen Duchess (Preece Llanbister) with Tyssul Pennylane (Broome, Bromfield) in third. In the second Novice heat Evenwood Thumps Up (Lewis, Llanyre) romped away to victory with Mel Langford at the controls in front of the fast finishing Fantasizing (Havard, Dinmore) while the ever reliable Lanehouse Patch (Thomas, Merthyr) was third. In the first Grade B the in-form George Gentle despite his ten yard handicap claimed an heroic victory for his young owner, trainer, driver Zak Lewis from Welshpool, in second was Arctic Prince (Gwatkin Evenjobb) with Tyssul Pearl (Thomas, Llanbister) in third. Meadowland Maverick with owner, trainer Oliver (OJ) Jones from Evenjobb on board produced a classy run to take the second Grade B heat from the handsome Ayr Ontario (Weigle Llanddewi Velfrey) while Tillies Larg (Evans, Brecon) ran on well to be third. In the first Baby Novice the newly promoted Cool Ice (Gething, Ewyas Harold) partnered by her trainer Derek Pritchard ran a mature race to win from the well respected Talavary Zara (Jones, Evenjobb) with newcomer The Chancer on his first time with Mid Wales racing (Knox, Pandy) was third. Universal Soldier belonging to long time trotting enthusiasts David & Marion Powell from Merthyr Cynog and driven by his trainer Oliver (OJ) Jones won the second Baby Novice race ahead of Rhyds Panalulah (Gething, Ewyas Harold) while Ook Whos Coming (Evans, Brecon) was third. After the break the racing continued with a saddle race where five jockeys battled it out, the spoils going to the experienced Jayne Bevan on No Mercy (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) with Habberley Haste (Lloyd, New Radnor) in second and Nia Patrol (Williams, Ludlow) in third. Four juniors lined up in the next race with experience counting as Ellie Tromans driving Makemeamilliaonayr (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) was first passed the post in front of the hard pulling Wellfield Wally (Bevan, Builth Wells) driven by Rachel Bevan-Thomas while the striking Camden Lock (Lloyd & Samuel, Painscastle) ridden by Jess Samuel was third. The Novice final saw another display of speed from Evenwood Thumps Up (Lewis, Llanyre) as Mel Langford urged him to the front where he remained, despite the efforts of his pursuers, again Fantasizing (Havard, Dinmore) finished strongly in second while Fronfelen Duchess (Preece, Llanbister) was third. The Grade B Final produced another fine run by the much respected George Gentle with his nineteen year old, owner Zak Lewis at the controls beating Ayr Ontario (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) into second while Fold the Notes (Perks, Presteigne) ran on well to be third. The final race of the day was the Grade A, with nine horses lined up, it was Best of the Fleet with owner Matt Lewis from Welshpool claiming a thrilling victory from Chinatown Kolt (Jones, Llanllwni) with Ithon Inmate (Price, Brecon) finishing in third. The Lewis family from Welshpool registering a significant double by winning both the Grade A with Matt Lewis driving and the Grade B with son Zak driving. Next week is the prestigious Presteigne races held on Broadheath common on Saturday, June 24 starting at 1.30 pm. By Brecon and Radnor Reporter in Equine Reprinted with permission of The Brecon And Radnor Express

BANNOCK, Scotland - On Friday 16th June, Corbiewood played host to the prestigious SHRC 3YO Derby, with Grant Cullen partnering the winners of both the fillies division and the colts and geldings division on a night that saw him record a hat trick of driving wins. Victoria Camden put in an impressive performance to reverse last year's SHRC 2YO Futurity placings when beating old rival Crosshill Ace (Andrew Cairns). She overcame a bad draw to take up the running just after the 3/4 marker, with long-time leader Crosshill Ace staying on for second and another Scottish-owned filly, She Be Rockin (Gordon Gilvear) taking the minor honours. Betting favourite Greenhilldebateable did not figure from the worst barrier draw. No Brakes led out and made all, although was tracked throughout by English raider All Good Hanover (Lee Fletcher). The latter could never get within striking distance of the all-the-way winner, who recorded an eye-catching personal best of 2.03.45 in victory. GDs Hazzard (Andrew Cairns) put in a good run to finish third. Betting favourite Tyrion Hanover finished fourth. Cullen's third win on the night came on board a non-winner in three seasons, Wellfield Alfie. Having not won since July 2014, the 8-year-old son of Village Connection debuted this year with a return to winning ways. He took up the running in the final quarter of the race and stayed on to win convincingly from the fast-finishing Camden Rocco (William Drysdale) and San Diego (John Allan). The high grade handicap attracted top quality competitors and what looked like a fantastic race on paper turned out to be even better in reality. Stoneriggs Banner (Ian Hay) led the field through the half in 59 seconds, the fastest this year, and then was forced to fend off several challenges. First challenge came from Camden Casper (Grant Cullen), then Ayr Majesty (Hugh Menzies) as the field stacked up behind them. Approaching the final bend with an eighth of a mile to go, a blanket covered the field and it was Robhall (Stuart Mackenzie) with a four-wide challenge who emerged from the pack to win impressively, with the grey Coalford Chief (Mick Lord) who had faltered early to find himself detached from the field, finishing second. The mare, Sureamsomething (William Greenhorn) found a gap on the rail in the stretch to snatch third. The beginning of the evening saw the first winner of the year for the O'Neil stables from Ayr, with their debutante Ayr Bird (Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr) who took up the running at the quarter marker and never looked back. Springhill Catch (William Greenhorn) wore down the long-time leader Tarawood Kiki (Andrew Cairns) in the stretch to win the Maiden & Novice event. Vyrnwy Smoke returned to winning ways when partnered by SHRC Young Driver of the Year 2016, Lauren Moran, for the first time this year at Corbiewood, coming with a well-timed but bold challenge off the final turn to win from Ontop Accountable (Grant Cullen). The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 22nd June featuring the first leg of the Oakwood Stud Mares Pacing Series. First race at 7.30pm. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink Race 1 1st Ayr Bird (Dreamfair Vogel-Grinfromayrtoayr) - H O'Neil Jnr Jnr 2nd Red Romeo (Daylon Alert-Red Sarah) - W Drysdale 3rd Beach Blizzard (Radiant King-Jennas Desire) - S Murray Time: 2.06.45 Dist: 4L & 2L  5 Ran Race 2 1st Springhill Catch (Best Sunshine-Springhill Kate) - W Greenhorn 2nd Tarawood Kiki (Kikikolt-One Mile Meg) - A Cairns 3rd Cardigan Flashman (Doonbeg-Ayr Flight) - R Haythornthwaite Time: 2.06.05 Dist: 1L & Neck  5 Ran   Race 3 1st Wellfield Alfie (Village Connection-Garys Advice) - G Cullen 2nd Camden Rocco (Arts Conquest-Magical Sign) - W Drysdale 3rd San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - J Allan Time: 2.05.28 Dist: 5L & 1/2L  7 Ran Race 4 1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran 2nd Ontop Accountable (The Preacher Pan-Accountable Joe) - G Cullen 3rd K And M Redpandana (The Firepan-Rosy Red) - H Menzies Time: 2.06.79 Dist: 1 1/2L & 1L   7 Ran Race 5 1st Robhall (Dreamfair Vogel-Yoko Hall) - S MacKenzie 2nd Coalford Chief (Coalford Laag-Life Signs Image) - M Lord 3rd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Sureamsmart) - W Greenhorn Time: 2.03.95 Dist: 2L & 2L   8 Ran Race 6 1st Victoria Camden (Mypanmar-Penn Kinki Touch) - G Cullen 2nd Crosshill Ace (Cams Card Shark-Vain In Spain) - A Cairns 3rd She Be Rockin (Rocknroll Hanover-Utopia Hanover) - G Gilvear Time: 2.06.10 Dist: 2L & 1 3/4L  8 Ran Race 7 1st No Brakes (Hasty Hall-Panama Canal) - G Cullen 2nd All Good Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-All Tucked Up) - L Fletcher 3rd GDs Hazzard (Mypanmar-Jambo Cam) - A Cairns Time: 2.03.45 Dist: 2 1/2L & 4L  6 Ran  

WEST CORK, Ireland - The wealth of talent in the French Trotters division held by the IB Stables was clearly on display at Dunmanway on Sunday where the Baltimore based yard took both divisions of the Le Trot. Bolero De La Fye the newest recruit to IB looked head and shoulders above his four rivals in the Grade F & E Un Boss and Blanpain De Fol both shared the lead for the first six furlongs but Donal Murphy was oozing with confidence on the winner taking it up and the winning margin of two lengths flattered his rivals . The winner is owned by Aidan Hayes who organises the transport logistics for IB. For good measure the second Murphy runner Silvano Bello finished second. The second win came in the high grade trot. Tarnao Josselyn was sent off favourite in the betting bureau but found Alinka Darche a winner in Portmarnock last week was again waiting in the wings striking a blow with two furlongs to trot and again had two lengths in hand. Chelsie O Driscoll rode her first winner under rules in the saddle race. King Wills Arrival tried to make all here but was reeled in by Fairdays Bret who was having his first run for new owner Derry McCarthy in the final 100 yards to give 16 year old Chelsie her first winner . It was a good day for Derry McCarthy who turned out Rhyds Dilemma to land the Grade D & C Pace. Llywns Allstar set a blistering pace and looked to have shaken off all comers but Mc Carthy produced Rhyds Dilemma in the final furlong to win by a head in a blanket finish. Cruise Howard returned to winning ways in the top Grade pace .IB Mohican led early doors . Hail Spartacus had edged closer and led heading out for the final circuit .All the while Timmy O Leary was waiting for the moment to mount his challenge and done so in the final eighth to win by two lengts. Brywins Starship with Mike Healy in the bike made his seasonal debut a winning one . Healy who trains adjacent to the track led from the start and the winner looks like a very decent type. Alert Code took the opening Grade G & G1Pace . Meadowbranch Matt led for most of the race but surrendered that lead to the winner with Heather Breeze running on to finish second . Next week the action moves to Drimoleague one of the best run meetings on the circuit. by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink RESULTS GRADE G & G1 PACE 1st - R Joyce ALERT CODE M O'Reilly 2nd - S Jennings HEATHER BREEZE Owner 3rd - P Hill HILLSIDE AURAILEUS Owner DIST 1/2L 1/2L TIME 2.38.8 5 Ran GRADE F & E TROT 1st - A Hayes BOLERO DE LA FYE D Murphy 2nd - Innishford Syn SILVANO BELLO T Murphy 3rd - J O'Mahony UN BOSS Owner DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.38.6 5 Ran GRADE F & E PACE 1st - M Healu BRYWINS STARSHIP Owner 2nd - M O'Brien HELLBOY Owner 3rd - T O'Reilly RINGO LADY Owner DIST 1/2L HD TIME 2.37.8 7 Ran UNDER SADDLE 1st - D McCarthy FAIRDAYS BRET C O'Driscoll 2nd - F Quill KING WILLS ARRIVAL O'Quill 3rd - S Buckley SUNNYSIDE KILDARE E Murphy DIST 1/2L 1L TIME 2.26.8 5 Ran GRADE D & C PACE 1st - D McCarthy RHYDS DILEMMA Owner 2nd - M O Brien LLYWNS ALLSTAR Owner 3rd - J Hill THE HITMAN M Goggin Jnr DIST HD 1L TIME 2.36.2 6 Ran GRADE D C & A TROT 1st - D Finn ALINKA DARCHE D Murphy 2nd - F Quill TARNAO JOSSELYN S Quill 3rd - IB Stables TENOR MESLOIS T Murphy DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.36.1 5 Ran GRADE C B & APACE 1st - C O'Brien CRUISE HOWARD T O'Leary 2nd - P Hill HAIL SPARTACUS L Kelleher 3rd - F Quill IB MOHICAN S Quill DIST 2L 2L TIME 2.32.0 6 Ran