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Steve Dunne left Dublin, Ireland as a young boy and emigrated to Australia with his mother and father and family like many before and after him . . He said that Dublin never left his heart and he always vowed to return . On what was to be his journey back to his home country as a young man on a stopover in New Zealand, he met Theresa ,the love of his life . And that was that!. He remained in NewZealand with Theresa for almost 60 years .   In New Zealand he was involved in harness racing and it was here that Donal Murphy of IB Stables in Baltimore West Cork met him whilst on a placement as a young UCD student on a farm adjoining Steve's property.   Donal spent almost all of his 9 months there with Steve and his family jogging out his horses and racing with him . This overwhelming generosity he showed Donal he showed again to the Quill family In 2009.   Finbar Quill had the pleasure of meeting Steve on a trip to New Zealand. Finbarr and Rosemarie and their 4 sons will never forget the incredible kindness he showed to them. He sacrificed precious time with his own family during the Christmas holidays to ensure that they could visit all the stud farms and training centers into which we could not have gained entry without his help .. he even insisted they stay in his beautiful family home on the beach front as his family was in their holiday home . .. Steve was a gentleman, the likes of whom you seldom meet in a lifetime.   On a number of occasions in recent years he sought Seamus out having heard his name at various race meetings over there . Seamus was lucky enough to be at a track by chance where Steve was celebrating a birthday last year and he hugged Seamus when he saw him and invited him in .Always beyond kind.   He attended a race m eeting in Portmarnock Racetrack only a few years ago. He had vivid memories of some old names involved in racing in Portmarnock from his fathers generation now long since dead and gone.   The highlight of that day at the races for Steve was the wonderful exchange of stories he had with Mary Wallace. Dublin city born and bred like himself,his joy was palpable speaking with her of bye gone days. She relayed fascinating old stories of her mother, who owned and ran various shops on Moore street and in other familiar historical locations in the Dublin that Steve had never forgotten from his childhood. And how he would laugh at the story of the close shave her own family had with picking up a family ticket themselves for the boat to Australia.   Without harness racing we would never have had the pleasure of meeting Steve Dunne and for this we are truly grateful . A sincere humble kind gentleman . May he Rest In Peace!   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink  

WEST CORK, IE - The curtain came down on the 2020 West Cork harness racing season in Dunmanway on Saturday afternoon and it was a case of the generation game with drivers in their teens , twenties ,thirties , forties and seventies all driving winners on the day.   It was a case of Deja Vu from last week when "Elder Statesman " John Boyle at 74 years young landing the top-grade pace with Supreme Sunshine .Only four went to post but this was a cracking renewal .Indie Hanover a winner last week led at the start but in a battle Supreme Sunshine hit the front after 2 furlongs of the mile and 300 yards contest.   The order remained the same heading out on the final circuit where Awesome Dude joined the leaders but went off stride and lost his place .On the run to the line Supreme Sunshine was still in front but Indie Hanover closed but failed by a neck to haul back the leader.   As with last week John Boyle got a rapturous reception when the result was called.   "It was a great finish and I wasn't sure whether I had won or not. Derek Jennings the driver of Indie Hanover looked at me and neither of us knew who had won .The lads gave me a great reception in the paddock when the result was called and it means a lot," Boyle was quoted after racing.   "Look, we came to Cork three times this year and have won two and finished second so not too bad, " Derek Jennings said "I wasn't sure of the result but who could begrudge John his win he's a real nice man and the lads were joking that a 74 year old man had beat me .I couldn't believe it he looks no older than fifty."   Oisin Quill only recently turned 18 but this youngster has "an old head on young shoulders " and himself and Hail Spartacus ran riot in the finish of the grade F Pace, Jay Bee and Mahogany Dreamer shared leadership but Quill was "waiting in the wings" and took up the running on the final lap and ran out an 8-length winner.   This was the pairs 4th success of the shortened season who is trained by Michael O Donovan for Hillside Farms and gave him West Cork Pacer of The Year.   Sean Kane made all the running in the Mares Trot with Dinah Washington and Freedom Well came with a storming late challenge but failed by a nose to peg back thew winner with Belkalinja third .Kane based in the Moorside Stud in County Meath comes in his late twenties in the generation game.   IB Paddington jointly owned by Bill Donovan from Florida and the Murphy Bros from Baltimore looks a horse with a real bright future .The three-year son of Foreclosure N was never too far off the pace and hit the front with an eighth of a mile to pace and won by 3 1/2 lengths from Pan Cam Income who would have been closer only for traffic but the winner was never for catching.   "He holds entries in the IHRA Juvenile series in Annaghmore and the Sire Stakes in Portmarnock so we keep him going until the end of the National season," Winning driver Donal Murphy (Late 40s) told the media.   When asked would the home bred be a candidate for export to the USA Muphy smiled.   Brutenor a former winner of The Maven Trot Took the aged handicap.He came from off the pace and a 20-yard handicap to take the honours. Bella Despina and Banderillero Piya shared the lead but Patrick Hill always had matters in hand and won by a length .Hill clocks in the thirty ish age group.   So after the late start to the season there were 10 local meetings in West Cork with a special thanks to the Ballabuidhe Committee owners of the track in Dunmanway where 7 meetings were held .Lyre had two meetings on Ger. Hegartys track and thanks to Derry McCarthy owner of Bishopsland Raceway   Racing continues at Portmarnock and Annaghmore Raceway until November.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS   GRADE G & G1 Pace 1 Mile 300 Yards 1,IB PADDINGTON D Murphy 2..PAN CAM INCOME L Kelleher 3.MOORSIDE MYRA J O'Mahony DIST 3 1/2L NK TIME 2.33.7   MARES TROT 1 Mile 600 Yards 1,DINAH WASHINGTON S Kane 2.FREEDOM WELL L Kelleher 3.BELKALINJA D Murphy DIST NS 3/4L TIME 3.28.7   GRADE E D & C PACE 1 mile 300 Yards 1.SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 2.INDIE HANOVER D Jennings 3.AWESOME DUDE S Quill DIST NK 3 1/2L TIME 2.28.6   GRADE F E & D TROT 1 Mile 600 Yards 1.BRUTENOR P Hill 2.BANDERILLERO PIYA D Murphy 3.DESTIN DE LARRE F Quill Jnr DIST 1L 3/4L TIME 3.33.7   GRADE F PACE 1 Mile 300 Yards 1.HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 2.JAYBEE P McInerney 3.FRANKIE CAMDEN D McCarthy DIST 8L 8 1/2L TIME 2,32,5

WEST CORK, IE - Supreme Sunshine with John Boyle in the bike were popular harness racing winners of the high-grade pace at Dunmanway on Sunday.   Boyle at 74 years of age has a no-nonsense approach when driving his pacers "Go for the lead and Catch me if you can" and the popular veteran reinsman showed them all a clean pair of heels from the start and despite the late rally from King Wills Arrival he was not for catching holding on for a half a length victory.   "The mare (Supreme Sunshine) has been running well all year and has been close every day and today she battled on gamely." Boyle was quoted after the race and there was a queue to congratulate the Mallow based Bayle who holds very high respect in the sport.   The Kane family have been ardent supporters of racing in West Cork for many a year and they had a profitable visit today. Sean Kane took the 3-year-old trot on Homer Oakwood who had to dig deep to beat Hianca HA who went off stride when in a challenging position.   Kanes Cousin Patrick is one of the best drivers in Ireland and the UK and he was at his brilliant best aboard Oakwood Maestro in the Conditional Pace .Two Left Feet made all and was challenged by Frankie Camden in the first lap, IB Felicity was next to take on the leader. All the while Oakwood Maestro was tracking the leading pair and in a perfectly timed run collared Two Left Feet by a neck on the line.   Luke Kelleher had things all his own way in the opening Grade G & G1 pace with Pan Cam Income .Hail Spartacus led for a lap but Kelleher was not hanging about and sent this son of Earned Income to the front and came home 18 lengths a winner.   " He would have won in Bishopsland last week but we got a puncture .I really like this fellow .He's had a few niggling problems and hopefully there sorted .I think he could be a very nice horse next year " Kelleher told the press briefing.   Kelleher looked to be on for a second win with Freedom Well in the F E & D Trot who led all the way and went off stride with 200 yards to go .Donal Murphy grabbed the lead on Banderillo Piya who finished five lengths in front of stable mate Belkalinja.   Harry & Mary Bennett have a nice trotter in Amende De Cosse who won for them for the second time in three outings Trained at the track here in Dunmanway, this striking chestnut made all the running and was 2 lengths in front at the line from Bella D,Espana .   "Hes a lovely horse to deal with a gentleman and hopefully the good run continues " Harry Bennett said .   Derek Jennings made the 7 hour round trip from Dublin with Indie Hanover and went home with a winner Jay Bee led early but Jennings send this son of Well Said to the front on the second lap and won "With his head in his chest" and on this performance may still be a bit ahead of the handicapper.   Racing next week is again at Dunmanway on Saturday 19th @ 2.30 PM   RESULTS   Pace Grade G & G1 1 1/4 Miles 1.PAN CAM INCOME L Kelleher 2.HAIL CAESAR P Hill 3.MEADOWBRANCH ROMANCE C O Driscoll DIST 18L 8L TIME 2.32.9   IHRA 3-YEAR-OLD TROT 1 1/2Miles 1.HOMER OAKWOOD S Kane 2.HIANCA H A K Sheehy DIST 2 3/4L TIME 3.43   Pace Grade F & E 1 1/4 Miles 1.INDIE HANOVER D Jennings 2.HAIL SPARTACUS M O Donovan 3.IB A WARRIOR R Kingson DIST 8L 1/2L   Trot Grade G & F 1 1/4 Miles 1.AMENDE DE COSSE K Sheehy 2.BELLA D"ESPANA L Kelleher 3.ETOILE QUICK O Quill DIST 2 1/4L 4L TIME 2.38.7   Pace Conditional 1 1/4 Miles 1.OAKWOOD MAESTRO P Kane Jnr 2.TWO LEFT FEET J Hurley 3.IB FELICITY J Boyle DIST NK 1 3/4L TIME 2.33.9   Trot Grade F E & D 1 1/4 Miles 1.BANDERILLERO PIYA D Murphy 2.BELKALINJA T Murphy 3.BRUTENOR P Hill DIST 2L 1 3/4L TIME 2.37.5   Pace Grade D & C 1 1/4 Miles 1.SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 2.KING WILLS ARRIVAL O Quill 3.AWESOME DUDE S Quill DIST 1/2L 2 3/4L TIME 2.29.4   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink

WEST CORK, IE - Another young driver, 17-year-old Dan O'Mahony, left his mark on the West Cork harness racing scene with a drive that belied his tender years at the well-presented Bishopsland venue on Saturday.   Five went to post in the Top-Grade pace this week over the minimum 1 mile distance.   Vallanzana and Valiant Forgion were the pace setters in the opening lap heading out for the final half mile all five were in with a shout. With a quarter of a mile to trot Brutenor took over and looked a winner but O'Mahony produced Devoument Absolu with a perfectly timed run to land the spoils by a half a length from Brutenor.   "We bought him at the fall of the year an myself and my brother John train him with our father Jeremiah .This is my second career win and I just waited until turning for home and he flew up the straight." said Dan O'Mahony.   The Buster and Jamie show might sound like a Hollywood comedian duo but Philip "Buster" Gilligan and Jamie Hurley both drove two winners on the afternoon.   Hurley kicked off his brace on IB A Warrior who has been knocking at the door without success but today was his day in a fiercely competitive Grade F Pace. Just a Promise led the first lap IB Felicity and Frankie Camden also were in front on the final circuit but IB A Warrior came with a storming run and had 2 lengths to spare over IB Felicity with Frankie Camden a neck back in third.   The winner is owned by The One For The Road Syndicate and spokesman Timmy O'Donovan commented" He runs to his merits every day and today we got the breaks and got our winner."   Earnies Umpire was the second winner for Hurley .He led off the gate and in a blanket finish held off Hail Spartacus and Fairdays Bret.   Buster Gilligan based in Dublin has been doing the eight hour round trip to Cork every week and it has been paying rich dividends with another two wins today .Pan Cam Income looked set for victory in the opener but Gilligan and Sugar Kane Howard pounced in the last 199 yards to win by a length.   Honor Code has been a revelation all season and today got his fourth win of the campaign. This son of Well Said imported from the US a a yearling made all the running and eventually had six and a half lengths on the second Awesome Dude.   The second trot of the day was also over a mile and it produced the best finish of the day Belkalinja Bella Despana and Destin De Larre were involved in a three way battle on the home straight with Belkalinja just getting the verdict by 3/4 length.   In this scribes opinion the shorter trot distance should be utilised more often especially on the grass curcuits in Cork.   Racing continues next Sunday in Dunmanway.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS (Races timed over 1 mile 50 yards   GRADE G & G1 PACE 1.Sugar Kane Howard P Gilligan 2.Pan Can Income L Kelleher 3. Moorside Myra J O'Mahony DIST 1L 3/4L TIME 2.17.2   Conditioned Trot 1.Belkalinja D Murphy 2.Bella Despana L Kelleher 3. Destin De Larre F Quill DIST 3/4L 1/2L TIME 2.20.1   Grade F Pace 1.IB A Warrior J Hurley 2.IB Felicity J Boyle 3.Frankie Camden D McCarthy DIST 2L NK TIME 2.22.5   Grade D Pace 1.Honor Code P Gilligan 2.Awesome Dude S Quill 3.Supreme Sunshine J Boyle DIST 6 1/2L 7 1/4L TIME 2.13.6   Grade F & E Pace 1.Earnies Umpire J Hurley 2.Hail Spartacus M O'Donovan 3.Fairdays Bret A McCarthy DIST 3/4L 6 3/4L TIME 2.20.0   Grade F E & D Trot 1.Devoument Absolu D O'Mahony 2.Brutenot P Hill 3.Vallanzana O Quill DIST 1/2L 1/2L TIME 2.20.9

Jamie Hurley took the driving honors when winning two races at his "local harness racing track" in Lyre on Sunday.   There was an eerie feeling at this splendid venue as racing was taking place behind closed doors due to Covid 19 protocols which were adhered to and despite the lack of atmosphere there was some cracking racing.   With Philip Gilligan in Tir Prince Jamie Hurley came in for the "catch" drive on Sugar Cane Howard and this son of Village Marquis has been knocking on the door the last few weeks and today he got his day in the sun coning home a six-length winner from Moorside Myra.   Hurley completed his brace later in the afternoon aboard Earnies Umpire . Himself and stable companion IB A Warrior were in front from the start and Earnies Umpire eventually going on to an easy 11 length winning margin.   "We bought him at the end of last season and to be fair he met a few good ones in his outings this year and got his win today" winning driver told the press briefing.   Harry Bennett from Dunmanway has been involved in the sport for many years and although he has been a lover of the pacers his first venture into owning a trotter proved a winning one. Amende De Cosse was purchased during the week and this striking chestnut led home Bella Despana by 3/4 length.   "I'm a pacing man at heart but I said why not try one of the French Trotters for a change and low and behold we get a winner from our first start.   All the family are involved, my wife Mary Valarie our daughter Valarie and the grand kids love the horses so its nice that we call all enjoy our day out" Bennett quoted after racing.   Awesome Dude and Hail Spartacus have been involved in battles against each other in the last few weeks and the Quill Brothers who drive them forget family ties when on the track.   This week it was Seamus Quill on Awesome Dude who got the better of his brother Oisin on Hail Spartacus the winning margin 3/4 length.   Oisin Quill gained some consolation from that defeat when landing the High-Grade Trot on Vallanzana. This one has been a model of consistency all year and led home Dinah Washington.   Devoument Absolu was seen to good effect in the Grade F Trot. Leading early in the race he never surrendered the advantage and seemed to appreciate the wide expanses of the Lyre venue and eventually came home 3 and 1/2 lengths in front of Etoile Quick.   Racing concluded with a three runner High Grade pace and Llwyns Delight was all class here.   Coming off a 40-yard handicap he reeled in Supreme Sunshine and won by a flattering 3 and 1/2 lengths.   Racing continues next Saturday at Bishopsland   RESULTS GRADE G & G1 Pace 1 Mile 50 yards SUGAR CANE HOWARD J Hurley MOORSIDE MYRA J O Mahony HAIL CAESAR L Kelleher DIST 6 1/2L 12 1/2L TIME 2.21.7   GRADE G & F TROT 1 1/4 Miles DEVOUMENT ABSOLU J O Mahony ETOILE QUICK O Quill VAILLANT FORGION J Hurley DIST 3 1/2L 2 1/2L TIME 3.03.0   GRADE F PACE 1 Mile 50 Yards EARNIES UMPIRE J HurleyI B A WARRIOR R Kingston IB FELICITY J Boyle DIST 11 1/4L NK TIME 2.18.3   CONDITIONED TROT 1 1/4 Miles AMENDE DE COSSE K Sheehy BELLA DESPANA L Kelleher BELKALINJA D Murphy DIST 3/4L 7 1/4L TIME 3.02.1   GRADE E PACE 1 Mile 50 Yards AWESOME DUDE S Quill HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill FAIRDAYS BRET A McCarthy DIST 3/4L 12 3/4L TIME 2.17.1   GRADE E D C & A TROT 1 1/4 Miles VALLANZANA O Quill DINAH WASHINGTON J O Mahony BANDERILLERO PIYA D Murphy DIST 1 3/4L 1 1/2L TIME 3.00.7   GRADE D & A PACE 1 Mile 50 Yards LLWYNS DELIGHT J Manning Jnr SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle LETS PARTY A McCarthy DIST 3 3/4L 11 3/4L TIME 2.17.2   Tim Kelleher  

WEST CORK, IE - Benny Camden in The Red John Memorial Pace and Aubade A Helene in The Maven Trot were the big harness racing winners at the 2020 Red John Memorial Festival in Lyre, Clonakilty.   Due to heavy rain on Friday night the committee took the decision to run all 21 races (11 from Saturday and 10 on Sunday) on Sunday and the rains stayed away with the card completed.   The Red John Memorial for pacers and The Maven Cup for trotters both had two elimination heats with four horses from each going forward to the final.   In the Red John Rhyds Rival ran them ragged winning the opening heat with a front running driver for John Richardson leading home Benny Camden by two and a half lengths with 2019 winner Rhyds Panache and Porterstown Courage also qualifying.   The second heat was also won in convincing fashion by Master Plan who led home Newtown Major and Llwyns Delight with Ayr Majesty securing the final ticket.   In the Final Ayr Majesty led out but Rhyds Rival took up the running after a circuit. Heading out on the final lap Llwyns Delight took on the leader and led down the back Rhyds Rival was still not finished and entering the final quarter overtook his rival and went for glory, all the while Benny Camden was closing and on the run to line got to and outstayed Rhys Rival to win by 1/2 length.   Winning driver Donal Murphy was full of emotion " Red John was one of us and to be honest this is the one we always wanted to win and ranks as one of my greatest achievements in the sport".   The Maven Trot Bian Luis Porsguen and Emperor Souverain had a rare old tussle in the opening heat with the former getting the nod by 1 1/4 lengths with Besame Mucho and Vallanzana going through to the final.   In the second eliminator Abraham came from last to first to win beating Aubade A Helene by 3/4 length winth Bingo Du Connee and Coumbaya Wind also getting "The Golden Tickets".   in the Final Abraham was sent off favourite and led from the start. Aubade A Helene joined him after the opening half mile and a war of attrition ensued .They were neck and neck for the remainder of the race and Abraham looked a winner but Patrick Hill on Aubade A Helene dug deep and eventually won by two and a half lengths.   "This is my second time winning the Maven (Brutenor in 2018) and I never thought Id get a second chance of winning. I grew up with Red John and it means so much to win this weekend" added Hill in the winners circle.   Gavin Murdock from Belfast took the driving honours for the Festival with three winning drives .The Gypsy Queen won the two year fillies with All Bets Are Off landing the three year old fillies division. Murdock who trains out of Annaghmore Raceway completed his treble with the gambled on Elski.   Three drivers managed doubles on the marathon program .Timmy O'Leary drove Resolute Diamond to win the three year old colts and geldings and later on American Rebel both who are owned by London based Denis Shanahan and trained by his brother John from Leap.   Philip " Buster" Gilligan has being making successful raids to Cork from his Dublin base in the past few weeks and drove Bain Luis Porsquen and Honor Code to victory.   Darren Timlin from Co Fermanagh is having a good year and Flatteur and Big Mac Delight were both on the score sheet during the day.   Alan Wallace Junior was the third to drive two winners . Indie Hanover and the recently purchased Eva Dairpet both owned by Derek Jennings were both impressive in their races.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   Main Results   RED JOHN MEMORIAL FINAL 1 1/4 Miles 1st - Benny Camden D Murphy 2nd - Rhyds Rival J Richardson 3rd - Rhyds Panache C O'Reilly TIME 2.52.6 DIST 1/2L 5 3/4L   THE MAVEN CUP TROT FINAL 1 1/2 Miles 1st - Aubade A Helene P Hill 2nd - Abraham S Duggan 3rd - Coumbaya Wind C Kerrigan TIME 3.43.3 DIST 2 1/2L 3 1/4L

WEST CORK, IE - Philip "Buster" Gilligan was the man in form when driving two harness racing winners at Dunmanway on Saturday evening.   Jaybee recently purchased by Ned Stafford set the ball rolling for Gilligan who made the three-hour journey down from Dublin.   This was a cracking contest with IB A Warrior Jaybee and IB Felicity all trading blows throughout the contest and turning for home it was still wide open but Jaybee stayed on the best of the three to win by a neck from IB A Warrior.   Honor Code completed the brace of winners for Gilligan in the Grade F E &D Pace .   This time around Awesome Dude a winner last week set the early fractions .Honor Code then took over on the second lap but surrendered the lead again on the final circuit .With an eighth of a mile to race the pair were locked in battle and on the run in Honor Code found more to win by a length and a half .   "I'm having a great run at the moment my horses are running well and I'm falling in for a few spare drives. Cork has been lucky for me this year and let's hope that continues next week at the Red John Memorial Meeting in Lyre," added Gilligan who trains out of Portmarnock Raceway in North County Dublin.   Like last week his brother-in-law Sean Kane made the trip down from County Meath and went home with a winner .The top-grade trot looked a real wide-open affair .Dinah Washington drew pole position on the gate and used the advantage to lead away from Brutenor .It remained the same formation all through the race and it looked like a sprint finish would settle it and this was the case with Sean Kane pulling away in the final 100 yards to win by two lengths from Brutenor with Aubade A Helene back in third.   "This fellow is trained here on the track in Dunmanway and knows his way around here. It's good to have a winner for the connections who are good sportsmen," commented Kane after the race.   Valliant Forgion has been knocking on the door in his last few outings and was at his very best today when leading for most of the mile and a quater giving driver Jamie Hurley an overdue success.   "We think he is best over a mile and a quarter and all along the races have been a mile and a half so the drop in distance today suited .I'm delighted for his owner John O'Sullivan who is a good patron of mine. The horse is easy to manage and he run in Lyre next week," winning driver Hurley quoted after racing.   Benny Camden enhanced his ever-growing reputation when taking the top-grade pace for Donal Murphy.   Punters sided with Rhyds Panache and this multiple winner this season led out from Supreme Sunshine but to be fair Murphy on Benny Camden was waiting in the wings and it was only a case of when we would be in front and he waited until the final 100 yards to swoop by his rivals and won "going away".   Shrewd judges in the crowd were talking him up as favotite for the Red John Memorial next week.   As mentioned in this column last week Right of Redemption would "win sooner rather than later" and today was the day for this three-year-old son of Foreclosure N showed guts when getting up in the shadow of the post in a blanket finish. " I raced him last year as a two-year-old and maybe it came a bit soon for him. He grew in the Winter and has matured well" Chris O'Reilly winning owner trainer and driver said after.   Next week Lyre stages the Red John Memorial the highlight of the 2020 season in Cork but with Covid 19 restrictions it may be ran "Behind Closed Doors" Mre details to follow.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Grade F Pace 1st - JAYBEE P Gilligan 2nd - IB A WARRIOR R Kingston 3rd - IB FELICITY J Boyle DIST NK 1 1/4L TIME 2.39.2   Grade F Trot 1st - VALLIANT FORGION J Hurley 2nd - SILVANO BELLO D Murphy 3rd - BELLA DESPANA L Kelleher DIST 3/4L 2L TIME 2.40.2   Grade F E & D Pace 1st - HONOR CODE P Gilligan 2nd - AWESOME DUDE S Quill 3rd - JUST A PROMISE P McInerney DIST 1 2/4L 14L TIME 2.31.9   Grade F E D & C Trot 1st - DINAH WASHINGTON S Kane 2nd - BRUTENOR P Hill 3rd - AUBADE A HELENE L Kelleher DIST 2L 1 1/2L 2.36.8   Grade D C & B Pace 1st - BENNY CAMDEN D Murphy 2nd - RHYDS PANACHE C O'Reilly 3rd - SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle DIST 1 3/4L 5 3/4L TIME 2.30.9   Grade G & G1 Pace 1st - RIGHT OF REDEMPTION C O'Reilly  2nd - HAIL CAESAR P Hill 3rd - DARKHILL JOHN J M O Reilly    DIST 1L 1 1/2L TIME 2.40.1 

West Cork, IE - Seamus Quill repeated the harness racing feat of his brother Oisin last week when he drove two winners at the Bank Holiday Monday meeting in Dunmanway on Monday.   The Quills who are based in Kenmare and run a chain of Clothing Shops had seen their flagship shop in Kenmare flooded over the weekend and a change in luck was wanted.   Destin De Larre seems to have plenty of ability but has been unlucky in his last few outings but he done the job well this time round. Seamus Quill sent him about his business early in the contest and he was always a winner running out to beat Silvano Bello.   The brace of winners was notched up in the very next race aboard Awesome Dude.   Hail Spartacus was looking to make it four wins on the bounce and it was Fairdays Bret who set the early fractions .Going out on the final circuit Awesome Dude led with Hail Spartacus on his tail .It looked as if Hail Spartacus would prevail but Awesome Dude found more and ran out a winner by a neck.   "We had bad luck with the flood in the shop at home but Im sure Dad (Finbarr owner and trainer of both winners) will enjoy tonight," added Quill after racing.   Benny Camden who was a star last season made his belated 2020 debut a winning one in the Grade D & C Pace.   Lets Party won the battle for pole position to the opening corner. The pace here was sedate with no driver committing. Heading out on the final circuit Chris O'Reilly on Rhyds Panache made his move and was followed by Benny Camden. Turning for home Donal Murphy moved wide and swept past Rhyds Panache and won impressively.   "This fella had a few minor issues and we think a lot of him and didn't want to rush him so we are delighted on how he ran today. He goes for The Red John Memorial in Lyre in two weeks and he won the low grade heat and final there last year so we be hoping for more of the same" Tadhg Murphy trainer of the winner told the press briefing.   It was a good weekend for the Murphy Bros as on Saturday Bequest jointly owned by Donal Murphy and Bill Donovan from Florida took the second leg of the Irish Juvenile series for two year old colts and now boasts two wins from his two starts .Exciting times ahead for the Irish/American partnership.   Only two went to post in the Top grade Pace with Porterstown Courage a non runner but Meadowbranch Demon and Llwyns Delight served up a rip roaring contest. Demon led for most of the contest with Llwyns Delight badgering him for most of the race and just got the better of the veteran in the final 50 yards.   Hail Caesar gave Patrick Hill a timely boost when landing the opener a Grade G & G1 Pace. This four year old is closely related to Hail Spartacus and Hill got the better of Right Of Redemption who will most certainly win sooner rather than later.   Sean Kane made the long journey down from his County Meath base with Duccio to land the spoils in the Grade E & D trot. Third in his last outing this seven year old son of Nahar De Beval led home Bibi Dairpet and last weeks winner Vallanzana.   Philip "Buster" Gilligan a brother in law of Kane had as long a journey from Dublin to the Dunmanway venue and he also got his name on the score sheet .Honor Code has been playing bridesmaid in his previous runs but came home a winner today out staying IB A Warrior   Racing returns to Dunmanway next Saturday and the following week all roads lead to Lyre for the two day Red John Memorial Festival.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS All races 1 1/4 Miles unless stated   Race 1: Grade G / G1 Pace 1. Hail Caesar, P. Hill 2. Right of Redemption, C. O' Reilly 3. Mooreside Myra, S.Kane. TIME 2.38.2 DIST 1 1/4L 1 3/4L Race 2: Grade F Pace 1. Honor Code, P. Gilligan 2. IB A Warrior, R. Kingston 3. IB Felicity, J. Boyle. TIME 2.28.8 DIST 4 1/4L 4 1/2L Race 3: Grade F Trot 1 1/2 Miles 1. Destin De Larre, S. Quill 2. Silvano Bello, D. Murphy 3. Amende De Cosse, S. Kane. TIME 3.31.4 DIST 5L NK Race 4: Grade E Pace 1. Awesome Dude, S. Quill 2. Hail Spartacus, O. Quill 3. Fairdays Bret, A. Mc Carthy TIME 2.35.7 DIST NK 15L Race 5: Grade E / D Trot 1 1/2 Miles 1. Duccio, S. Kane 2. Bibi Dairpet, D. Murphy 3. Vallanzana, O. Quill TIME 3.25.7 DIST 2 1/2L 3/4L Race 6: Grade D / C Pace 1. Benny Camden, D. Murphy 2. Rhyds Panache, C. O' Reilly 3. Supreme Sunshine, J. Boyle. TIME 2.36.6 DIST 1/2L 2 3/4L Race 7: Preferred FFA Pace 1. Llwyns Delight, J. Manning Jr 2. Meadowbranch Demon, L. Kelleher TIME 2.27.6 DIST 2L

West Cork, IR - Oisin Quill is on the crest of a wave at present and the Kenmare Co Kerry based teenager drove two winners at the Dunmanway harness races Sunday.   Quill has forged a great partnership with Hail Spartacus and this eleven year old son of Swingman was recording his third victory in a row in the Grade F Pace.   The pair drew pole position and led from the start with American Rebel who was well supported in the market chasing on. The order remained the same going out on the final circuit .All the while Honor Code crept into the race and at "The Road Crossing" was on terms with the leaders.   Turning for home it was between the two with Hail Spartacus holding on by a neck to deny Honor Code. In the resulting stewards enquiry the placings remained as they past the post.   "He loves it around here and I knew I had them all covered once he led in the final straight" said Quill of the winner.   Quill completed his double in The Apprentice series Trot.   Bella D'Espana was away quickly here with Valiant Forgion tagging on in second. With a quarter of a mile to race Quill made his move on Vallanzana going three wide down the back straight and hit the front turning for home and ran on to a 2 1/2 length win. This took the career earnings to just shy of 50,000.   Rhyds Panache, like Hail Spartacus, made it three wins from three in the Grade F E & D Pace. Springhill Doyle set the early fractions with IB Felicity. On the Bell Lap IB Felicity led and looked a winner but Chris O'Reilly was quietly creeping into contention and hit the front with 300 yards to go and ran out to a resounding 7 1/2 length victory.   "The plan was try and work our way up the handicap and go back to Lyre in August for The Red John Memorial which we won last year" O'Reilly briefed the media post race.   John Shanahan seems to have a nice horse in the making in Resolute Diamond who landed the odds in the Grade G & G1 Pace. This three year old son of Foreclosure N in only his second ever start was really impressive and made ever yard of the running under the confident drive of "Cool Hands" Timmy O'Leary and never looked in any danger winning by two lengths.   "He ran well in Portmarnock last week on his first ever start in the three year old series and today will bring him on a lot. My brother Denis who is based in London owns him and we always thought a lot of him" said winning trainer John Shanahan.   The top grade pace was full of drama. Rhyds Destiny "a catch drive" for Jamie Hurley was away quickly and had a right set too with Supreme Sunshine. With this battle probably taking its toll, Llwyns Delight was next to challenge and led with a quarter to race but went off stride turning for home but John Manning Jnr got him foot perfect and won by 2 2/4 lengths from the staying on King Wills Arrival.   Patrick Hill gave Brutenor a text book drive in the top Grade trot. Destin De Larre and Devoument Absolu shared the lead but Hill on the winner was never too far away and this consistent nine year old was 1 1/2 lengths in front at the finish.   The Next local meeting is on Tuesday 4th August back in Dunmanway.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS All races 1 1/4 Miles   GRADE F PACE 1st - Hail Spartacus O Quill 2nd - Honor Code P Gilligan 3rd - American Rebel T O'Leary DIST NK 3/4L TIME 2.28.6   GRADE G & G1 PACE 1st - Resolute Diamond T O'Leary 2nd - Sugar Cane Howard P Gilligan 3rd - Darkhill John J M O Reilly DIST 2L 6L TIME 2.32.5   IHRA APPRENTICE CHAMPIONSHIP 1st - Vallanzana O Quill 2nd - Bella D'Espana L Kelleher 3rd - Vaillant Forgion J Hurley DIST 2 1/2L 5 1/4L TIME 2.33.6   GRADE C & A PACE 1st - Llwyns Delight J Manning Jnr 2nd - King Wills Arrival O Quill 3rd - Supreme Sunshine J Boyle DIST 2 3/4L 2L TIME 2.28.0   GRADE F E & C TROT 1st - Brutenor P Hill 2nd - Devoument Absolu J O'Mahony 3rd - Destin De Larre S Quill DIST 1 1/2L 3/4L TIME 2.33.8   GRADE F E & D PACE 1st - Rhyds Panache C O'Reilly 2nd - IB Felicity J Boyle 3rd - Coalford Bruce D McCarthy DIST 7 3/4L 1 1/2L TIME 2.27.0            

WEST CORK, IR - Hail Spartacus and Rhyds Panache both winners at the venue the previous Sunday continued on their winning runs on a night of close finishes and top class action at Dunmanway on Friday evening.   Rhyds Panache last years Red John Memorial winner was quick to leave the start followed by Coalford Bruce and Supreme Sunshine. Heading out on the final circuit Rhyds Destiny began to close in on the leaders but Chris O'Reilly on the winner had all moves covered and ran out an easy four length winner.   "Like everyone my preparations have been interrupted and after his second place in Portmarnock a few weeks back I knew he was in good form. All going well he be back to defend his crown in the Red John at Lyre in august" said Chris O Reilly of his horse.   Hail Spartacus is still owned by the Hill family but has moved a mile down the road to be trained by Mike O'Donovan and his new trainer has found a good tune out of this veteran.   Oisin Quill gave him a masterly drive .he led out the gate and everyone seemed to want to have a "rattle" off the leader . Laneside Louis badgered the leader for a lap then IB A Warrior joined in on the fun but Hail Spartacus loves it around the Dunmanway venue and the former Grand Prix winner after all the best efforts of his rivals had a 3 1/2 length winning margin.   Racing opened with a win for the West Cork/Florida alliance of Donal Murphy and Bill Donovan. IB Notorious who enjoyed a stellar 2 year old campaign but lost his way a bit in 2019 bounced back to winning ways . Driver Donal Murphy sent him to the front early and despite a late challenge of Moorside Myra the 1/2 length winning distance could have been more.   American Rebel who ran in to all sorts of traffic problems on his last outing made no mistake tonight. Timmy O Leary sent this regally bred four year old to the front after a lap and despite being headed in the last two furlongs by IB Felicity he battled back and won by 3/4 length.   "My brother Denis owns him and he won The Little Welsh Dragon last year as an immature three year old and we think a lot of him." commented winning trainer John Shanahan.   Pan Cam Income is another who has taken time to come right and Luke Kelleher on the son of Earned Income had to be patient as the "gap" to get out didn't appear until the final straight but when he saw daylight he coasted to a 3 length win.   Jeremiah O'Mahony who trains his stock at the race field seems to have picked up a nice trotter in the shape of Devonment Absolu . Sean Kane made the long spin down from Co Meath to partner this one and Bella Despana had to play second fiddle to the winner in the mile and a half contest.   Credit must go to the IHRA and Ballabuidhe Race Committee who had all the social distancing procedures and Covid 19 protocols in place at the venue which will again stage racing on Sunday 26th July.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS All races 1 1/4 miles unless stated   GRADE G & G1 Pace 1st - IB NOTORIOUS D Murphy 2nd - MOORSIDE MYRA S Kane 3rd - HAIL CAESAR P Hill DIST 1/2L 1 1/4L TIME 2.31.8   GRADE F PACE 1st - AMERICAN REBEL T O'Leary 2nd - IB FELICITY J Boyle 3rd - HONOR CODE P Gilligan DIST 3/4L 4L TIME 2.26.8   GRADE G & G1 PACE 1st - PAN CAM INCOME L Kelleher 2nd - RIGHT OF REDEMPTION C O'Reilly 3rd - WESTERN OCEAN P Gilligan DIST 2 1/2L 3 1/2L TIME 2.28.0   GRADE D C & B PACE 1st - RHYDS PANACHE C O'Reilly 2nd - SUPREME SUNSHINE J Boyle 3rd - RHYDS DESTINY T O'Leary DIST 4L 1 1/2L TIME 2.24.1   GRADE F & E TROT 1 1/2 MILES 1st - DEVONMENT ABSOLU S Kane 2nd - BELLA D'ESPANA L Kelleher 3rd - BRUTENOE P Hill DIST 4L 1L TIME 3.24.4   GRADE F & E PACE 1st - HAIL SPARTACUS O Quill 2nd - LANESIDE LOUIS J Manning Jnr 3rd - IB A Warrior J Hurley DIST 3 1/2L 7 1/2L TIME 2.28.7

WEST CORK, IR - The West Cork Harness Racing season, curtailed like all sporting events in the country, kicked off last Sunday in Dunmanway and the men making the headlines were from two different sides of the age scale 76 years "young "John Boyle still enjoys his sport and drove his own IB Felicity to victory.   Right of Redemption mad most of the running but with four furlongs to pace Boyle gave his charge the office and the pair ran out easy four length winner.   Boyle originally from Co Donegal but living in Cork for over 60 years was cheered home by all in attendance and is one of the most respected and likeable characters in the sport.   Oisin Quill at 17 years of age is one of the brightest stars in racing and he drove a double on the afternoon.   Firstly, on the trotter Vallanzana Quill had early tussles with Belkalinja and after winning that duo had to fend off the late challenge of the fast finishing Aubade A Hellene but had a comfortable three lengths in ghand at the line .   The brace of winners was completed aboard pacer Hail Spartacus in the Grade F Pace.   This son of Swingman has been a loyal servant to the Hill Family and as on shrewd judge said to me "Hes almost impossible to beat around here when in front and He Stays longer Than the Mother In Law".   Another young driver John O'Mahony got a great spin out of Dinah Washington in the Grade F Trot . Trained on the track he bided his time and won going away. Eoin Murphy had his first "public" drive here on Silvano Bello and the 15 year old looks destined to follow in the footsteps of his father Tadgh and uncle Donal both able reins men.   Rhyds Panache winner of last years Red John Memorial got back to winning ways in the opener. Chris O'Reilly allowed his rivals to battle it out before creeping quietly to the front and won by 2 1/2 lengths.   IB Paddington another bred in the IB nursey in Baltimore looks to have a bright future. in only his third lifetime start he encountered a rouge passage but stayed on to beat Moorside Myra by a 1/4 length. He holds entries in all the major three year old stakes races.   Rhyds Destiny has lost none of his appetite for racing and was seen to good effect in the top grade pace .Coalford Bruce led for most of the journey but Timmy O'Leary had all moves covered and was never in danger. Bella Despana made every yard of the running in the Grade F Trot and held on for a deserved victory for driver Luke Kelleher.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade F / E Pace:  1st: Rhyds Panache, C. O' Reilly. 2nd: Two Left Feet, J. Hurley. 3rd: Fairdays Bret, A. Mc Carthy. Time: 2.29.5 DIST 2 1/2L 10 1/2L Race 2: Grade G / G1 Pace Div 1: 1st: IB Paddington, D. Murphy. 2nd: Mooreside Myra, S. Kane. 3rd: Pan Cam Income, L. Kelleher. Time: 2.33.3 DIST 1/4L 4 1/4L Race 3: Trot Grade F: 1st: Dinah Washington, J. O' Mahony. 2nd: Vaillant Forgion, J. Hurley. 3rd: Silvano Bello, E. Murphy. Time 2.33.6 DIST 5L 1/2L Race 4: Grade G / G1 Pace Div 2: 1st: IB Felicity, J. Boyle 2nd: Right Of Redemption, C. O' Reilly. 3rd: Meadowbranch Romance, C. O' Driscoll. Time 2.31.6 DIST 6l 3l Race 5: Trot Grade E / B. 1st: Vallanzana, O. Quill. 2nd: Aubade A Helene, P. Hill. 3rd: Belkalinja, D. Murphy. Time 2.31.3 DIST 3l 3/4L Race 6: Grade D - A1 Pace. 1st: Rhyds Destiny, T. O' Leary. 2nd: Coalford Bruce, D. Mc Carthy. 3rd: Tarawood CJ, P. Gilligan Time 2.26.9 DIST 3L 3L. Race 7: Grade F / E Trot. 1st: Bella D'Eespana, L. Kelleher. 2nd: Brutenor, P. Hill. 3rd: Epopee Du Layon, D. Murphy. Time 2.34.1 DIST 3L 1L Race 8: Grade F Pace. 1st: Hail Spartacus, O. Quill. 2nd: Earnies Umpire, J. Hurley. 3rd: Just a Promise, P. Mc Inerney. Time 2.29.1 DIST 2L 11L  

WEST CORK, IE - The curtain came down on the 2020 Winter Road Racing Season in West Cork on Sunday at Baurnahulla, Drimoleague.   Matthew O'Reilly took the headlines with three winners and this gave him the Jockey of The Year award.   Brywins One Off a winner in Goleen set the ball rolling for O'Reilly. He led from the start and despite a late challenge from Ketucky Finale, he eventually had six lengths to spare.   Next up for O'Reilly was Diplomatist who is owned by his father Tadhg. Newtown Amber led to the opening turn but over shot the bale .This left Rhyds Dilemma in front but he was only "A sitting Duck" with Diplomatist taking over approaching the final turn and was never in danger and ran out a ten length winner.   Billycoan Colt gave O'Reilly his third win of the day. Coalford Bruce really put it up to the winner leading at both turning points and an upset looked in the making, but O'Reilly as he did in Goleen, set his charge alight in the final eighth of a mile and ran on to a five length winning margin.   This win gave Billcoan Colt the Horse of the Year title with five wins.   Only three runners faced the starter in the Top Grade Pace and Ghenghis Pride was sent to post at prohibitive odds. Rhyds Solution set the early fractions but Ghenghis Pride took it up to the first turn .Both runners shared the lead between the next two turns with Kestrels Dot Sammy just off the pace.   At the final turn Ghenghis Pride eased into the lead and was not for catching winning by six lengths from Rhyds Solution.   The winner was presented with the Nora McCarthy Cup and the Cup "was staying at home" as the winner is trained by Derry McCarthy, a son of the Late Nora McCarthy.   Great credit is due to the local committee who had to cancel the races on two previous occasions due to Storm Denis .   So the Winter season concludes and was a resounding success. We look forward to the start of the 2020 Summer season which kicks off in April.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade E Trot. 1st: Brywins One Off, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A. Mc Carthy DIST 6L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Newtown Amber, T. O' Leary. DIST 10L DIST Race 3: Grade C / D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. DIST 5L 10L Race 4: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Ghenghis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Kestrelsdot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll. DIST 6L 2L  

Ghengis Pride returned to winning ways when landing "The Causeway Classic" at Goleen.   Much hype had surrounded the renewal of "The Classic" and harness racing spectators were served up with a race befitting the name.   Rhyds Solution made the running and unlike previous days Ghengis Pride was up with the running early in the 2 mile contest .Not much changed during the race with the tempo rising heading to the Lisagriven turn.   Turning off the final turn Rhyds Solution was still in front .Coming over the bridge Ghengis Pride and Saunders Picasso closed in along with Kestrels Dots Sammy .The final two furlongs saw Ghengis Pride stay on the best to win bt tjree lengths with Saunders Picasso just holding off Kestrels Dot Sammy   Deidre Goggin on her local track had a brace of winners   The Spectacular Backdrop at The Causeway Track in Goleen      --David Shine Photo   In The opener Brywins One Off (third in Skibbereen) saw off a late challenge from Kentucky Finale to lad the spoils for the Goggin family who the leading lights behind the races in Goleen   Goggin secured her second winner aboard Newtown Amber who set a blistering pace and held on by a short head to beat favorite Diplomatist. She collected leading jockey for those two wins   Micheal Collins TD presents Jockey Of The Day to Deirdre Goggin    --David Shine Photo   Matthew O Reilly who looks certain to be leading rider for the season gave Billycoan Colt his fourth win of the campaign. The pair looked in trouble crossing the bridge but O Reilly was only playing with his rivals and won by five lengths ,Chris O Reilly trains the winner for Hallie Kelleher.   The Grade D produced an epic finish between Dreamfair I Say and Rhyds Dilemma with Jamie Hurley getting the photo finish by a short head on Dreamfair I Say who is trained by Hurley and owned by Liam O Brien from Schull.   Winning connections of Dreamfair I Say winner of The Grade D Pace at Goleen     --David Shine Photo   Great credit is due to the hard working Goleen Committee who were rewarded with fantastic racing on a bright Spring Day in front of a good crowd   After two cancellations due to weather Barnahulla will hope for third time lucky next Sunday   RESULTS   Race 1: Grade E Trot. The O Mearas Bar Cup 1st: Brywins One Off, D. Goggin 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, A Mc Carthy. DIST 3L 8L Race 2: Grade D Trot Div 1. The Twins Memorial Cup 1st: Newtown Amber, D. Goggin 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley. DIST SH 12L Race 3: Grade D Trot Div 2. The Frank & Anna Goggin Memorial Cup 1st: Dreamfair I'd Say, J. Hurley 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Garths Sheragar, C. O' Driscoll DIST SH 4L Race 4: Grade C / D Trot. The Fastnet Bar Cup 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy. Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. The Lobster Pot Bar Cup 1st: Ghengis Pride, T. Moloney 2nd: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 3rd: Kestrelsdotsammy, J. O' Driscoll 4th: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary. DIST 3L 1/2L

West Cork, Ireland - Saunders Picasso made it four wins from as many starts when landing The Tim Cooper Kelleher Memorial Top Grade Pace at the annual Skibbereen Memorial Day on Sunday.   Rhyds Solution and Kestrels Dot Sammy set the early fractions to the opening turn.   At the inside turn the order remained the same with Saunders Picasso turning badly along with race favorite Ghengis Pride .As they headed to the final turn Saunders Picasso was still five lengths off the leaders.   Heading for home Rhyds Solution had three lengths to spare and Saunders Picasso now second began to close Passing the fish factory it was a battle royal with Saunders Picasso getting his nose in front in the final stride to win by a short head with Rhyds solution loosing nothing in defeat and Ghengis Pride running on to finish third.   This was Saunders Picasso first run in the top grade and will be a force to reckon with, It was a family affair as Mike Goggin Jnr owns the winner who is trained by his father Mike Snr and ridden by sister Deirdre.   Matthew O Reilly was leading jockey on the day with two wins.   Billycoan Colt, who changed ownership since Ballygurteen, but is still trained by Chris O Reilly and Coalford Bruce were market leaders but Matthew O Reilly on Billycoan Colt had always his rival in sight and ran on to a six length winning margin.   O Eeilly doubled up on Diplomatist who is owned by his father Tadhg. Captain Morgan set a scorching pace but again O Reilly reeled in the leader and had three lengths to spare at the finish.   The Grade C saw punters opinions differ between Lets Party and Dreamfair I Say and the bookmakers nearly got the "Result" with Rhyds Dilemma leading to the final 100 yards before Lets Party came with a late challenge to win by a length.   A stewards inquiry was called but the result stood.   Splash The Cash and The Red Rebel have had some great battles since the opening of the year and again served up another thriller with Splash The Cash coming out on top this time by a length.   Next on the calendar is Barnahulla on the 9th February and with different winners in the top grade for the past few meetings it promises to be a day not to be missed.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Novice / Grade E Trot. 1st: Splash the Cash, J. Hurley 2nd: Red Rebel, J. O' Driscoll 3rd: Fire Fly Z, D. Goggin 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll. Grade C Trot. 1st: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 2nd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney 3rd: Dreamfair I'd Say, J. Hurley. N/R Camden Jimmy, M. Moloney. Grade D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin 4th: Newtown Amber, T. O' Leary. Grade E Trot. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Captain Morgan, J. Hurley 3rd: Brywins One Off, D. Goggin 4th: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Ghengis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 4th: Kestreldotdsammy, J. O' Driscoll    

Blue Top Gun, who changed ownership and trainer since Durrus on New Years Day, took the top grade pace at Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races on Sunday.   Rhyds Solution set the early fractions with Blue Top Gun in company.The order remained to the first and second turns where market leader Ghengis Pride took a bad turn and lost ground. At the final turn Rhyds Solution and Blue Top Gun were locked in battle .   On the run to the finish it was all to play for but Jamie Hurley on Blue Top Gun got the upper hand and won by a length. There was pandemonium in the winners circle as joint owner Ger Cooke was carried shoulder high by the partisan local supporters who flooded in for the presentation .   "Myself and Ger Cooke bought him after Durrus and we changed tactics by using him earlier in the race and it worked a treat. We celebrate tonight and look forward to Skibbereen in two weeks time"said winning jockey and joint owner Jamie Hurley.   Deirdre Goggin was leading jockey on the day after riding a brace of winners.   Newtown Amber upset the odds in the Novice & Grade E Pace upstaging hotpot Captain Morgan by three lengths.   Goggin completed her double in the Grade C & D Pace on Saunders Picasso who had a facile victory making it three wins from as many starts leading home Lets Party by five lengths.   Billycoan Colt was another to have things his own way in the Grade D Pace .Garths Sharegar put it up to his more fancied rival but Matthew O Reilly always had the leader in his sights and took up the running after the last turn and eased down to an eight length win.The winner is owned by Dublin based Ned Stafford and trained locally by Chris O Reilly.   There was drama aplenty in the Grade E Pace. Coalford Bruce was away to a quick start and joint favorite Diplomatist went off stride in the early stages .Coalford Bruse led at both turns .Turning for home he remained clear but Diplomatist began to close and actually led with 200 meters to go but again lost stride and lost ground allowing Coalford Bruce to win by a length.   Next on the calendar is The Big Skibbereen Memorial Raceday on Sunday 26th January and already race goers are eagerly awaiting the top grade pace where Saunders Picasso will join the big boys in The Tim Cooper Kelleher Memorial Top Grade Pace.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Novice / Grade E Trot. 1st: Newtown Amber, D. Goggin 2nd: Captain Morgan, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Cool Direct, T. Moloney 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll DIST 3L 6L Race 2: Grade E Trot. 1st: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 2nd: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Splash the Cash, J. Hurley 4th: The Red Rebel, J. O' Driscoll DIST 1L 4L Race 3: Grade D Trot. 1st: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Garths Sharegar, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin DIST 8L 8L Race 4: Grade C Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 3rd: Rhyds Dilemma, T. Moloney DIST 5L 10L Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Blue Top Gun, J. Hurley 2nd: Rhyds Solution, T. O' Leary 3rd: Ghenghis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 4th: Kestrel Dot Sammy, J. O' Driscoll. DIST 1L 6L

WEST CORK, IE - Road trotting holds a special place in the hearts of people in West Cork, Ireland and at Durrus on New Years day the harness racing crowds flocked to this tiny hamlet on the Sheeps Head Peninsula.   Those that attended were treated to some fantastic racing and it was jockey Matthew O'Reilly who stole the headlines riding thrtee winners on the day.   As it was last day out in Drimoleague, O'Reilly kicked off his treble aboard Captain Morgan in the Novice Pace. This well bred type was away in front early doors and had too much in hand for Fire Fly Z who again had the bridesmaid tag as there was six lengths the winning margin.   The meeting of The Red Rebel and last weeks winner Splash The Cash was well touted as a match race .Kentucky Finale, who was friendless in the market almost caused a huge upse,t but Matthew O'Reilly was not to not to be denied sending The Red Rebel to the front in the final eighth of a mile and ran out a three length winner.   O'Reilly completed his treble in the second division of the Grade E.    Punters waged into Coalford Bruce and the smart money seemed to be well invested as Coalford Bruce led early and was three lengths in front at the turning point, but as in previous races Matthew O'Reilly played it cool on Diplomatist and got up on the line to collar Coalford Bruce by a short head. Matthew O Reilly may have stole the headlines but the lady jockeys wer not to be out done .   Firstly Deirdre Goggin followed up on her win in Drimoleague aboard Sunders Picasso to land another win in the Grade C & D.   Billycoan Colt tried to make all and looked a winner but Goggin produced the victory in the final 150 yards and was a 2 length winner.   Chelsie O'Driscoll, another of the female brigade, is as good as any one and was seen to her brilliant best in the top Grade Pace on Ghengis Pride. Rhyds Solution and Im Impartial set out the running but at the final turn in a true run rave Kestrels Dot Sammy and Ghengis Pride had overtaken the front running pair.   As like in Drimoleague the pair slugged it out for the last half mile with Ghengis Pride prevailing again.   Great credit is due to the local committee for staging the event which was well planned and this scribe met visitors from the UK, Florida, West Virginia, San Diego, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Thailand.   Many were amazed by this unique sport and were also taken aback by the welcome they got in Durrus. Next on the Winter season is in Ballingurteen on Sunday 12th Jan.   by Tim Kelleher, for Harnesslink   RESULTS Race 1: Grade Novice / E Trot. 1st: Captain Morgan, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Fire Fly Z, D. Goggin 3rd: Cool Direct, T. Moloney 4th: Hint of Mist, C. O' Driscoll. Race 2: Grade E Trot Division 1. 1st: The Red Rebel, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Kentucky Finale, C. O' Driscoll 3rd: Splash The Cash, J. Hurley Race 3: Grade E Trot Division 2. 1st: Diplomatist, M. O' Reilly 2nd: Coalford Bruce, T. Moloney 3rd: Lyons Super Nova, D. Goggin 4th: Newtown Amber, M. Moloney Race 4: Grade C / D Trot. 1st: Saunders Picasso, D. Goggin 2nd: Billycoan Colt, M. O' Reilly 3rd: Lets Party, A. Mc Carthy 4th: Garths Sharegar, T. Moloney Race 5: Grade A / B Trot. 1st: Ghenghis Pride, C. O' Driscoll 2nd: Kestrelsdotsammy, J. O' Driscoll 3rd: Blue Top Gun, T. O' Leary 4th: Rhyds Solution, J. Hurley.        

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