ICC offices closing 11am

Please note the offices of the Irish Coursing Club and Sporting Press will be closing today (Monday) at 11.00am due to deteriorating weather conditions and will re-open on Tuesday at 9.00am .  

FOR THE PARISH Derby trial stales

Wednesday finals at Ballyheigue

Please note that the third and concluding day of the Ballyheigue coursing meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 18th commencing at 11.30am. 





Finals Day – Wednesday 18th Oct.
Judge: Philip Buckey
Slipper: David Galvin; Asst Slipper: Kieran Houlihan
Start 11.30am
WEDNESDAY: Commence with Two Course Duffer, Working Members No Course, Working Members Two Course, Inter Club Stake, All Age Bitch Stake, Reserve Oaks TS, Derby TS, White Sands Hotel Cup and complete card.


Portane Ash 1

News and Notices

48 OAKS TS at ABBEYDORNEY  –  With permission of the ICC, the Oaks Trial Stake at Abbeydorney will now be for 48 bitch pups and will be run over three days Friday 20th October – Sunday 22nd October 2017. The draw takes place on Sunday 15th October.

48 DERBY TS at EDENDERRY –  With permission of the ICC, the Derby Trial Stake at Edenderry will now be for 48 dog pups and will be run over three days Friday 20th October – Sunday 22nd October 2017. The draw takes place on Saturday 14th October.

48 OAKS TS at LOUGHREA  –  With permission of the ICC, the Oaks Trial Stake at Loughrea will now be for 48 bitch pups and will be run over three days Friday 20th October – Sunday 22nd October 2017. The draw takes place on Sunday 15th October.

CHAMPION STAKES POINTS  –  A number of people have been in touch asking us to refresh their memory of the new Champion Stakes points structure which was introduced last season and will be in operation again in 2017/18. It means of course that Desmond Cup winner Portane Ash (pictured) is the early leader on the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes leaderboard with 9 points.

€1000-€1499 4 2 0
€1500-€1999 5 2.5 0
€2000-or > 6 3 0
€2000-€2999 7 4 2
€3000-€3999 8 5 2.5
  €4000- or > 9 6 3


TESTING NOTICE –  Owners and Trainers please be advised that a public draw will take place after the last final at all provincial coursing meetings this season. The Winners of Two of the following events will be selected for testing as per Rule 88 of the ICC:

  • All Age Dog winner
  • All Age Bitch winner
  • Derby Trial Stake winner
  • Oaks Trial Stake winner
  • Other prominent stake as decided by Executive Committee

VOTING RIGHTS FOR COURSING GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR AWARDS – Similar to last season, voting rights will be extended to all subscribed members of the ICC Web Site. To have a vote you must be a subscribed member by December 31, 2017.  Watch out too for our 2018 National Meeting Tipster Competition which will be confined to subscribed members.


Barefoot Marine 1

Fantasy Coursing

A big thank you to all those who participated in this season’s Fantasy Coursing competition, either online or via postal entry, best of luck with your selections. We must now  input the postal entries which takes a little bit of time. We hope to have them in the system by Friday week October 13th and then the first leaderboard of the season will be published here on Tuesday 17th October and in the Sporting Press of that week also.

Congratulations if you included Barefoot Marine (pictured), Boynepark Josh, Nikies Betty and/or Gripwell Nancy in your entry. You are off to the perfect start. Kyle Mozart was a popular choice too and earns 25 points for running-up the Fuller Cup. However there is a long long way to go.

Barrack Bruce 1

Reserve Trial Stakes

The following clubs will hold Reserve Trial Stakes in the 2017/18 season.  Our photo shows Barrack Bruce, the first Reserve trial stake winner of the season (Derby – Kilflynn), with winning connections.    

Reserves for Derby and Oaks

(Club alphabetical)

1 Ballyheigue & Dist   1 Balbriggan
2 Bandon & Careys X   2 Cappoquin Clogheen
3 Borris in Ossory   3 Doon
4 Co Kerry   4 Dungannon
5 Dundalk & D’Hill   5 Ennis Clarecastle
6 East Donegal (2)   6 Johnstown Url
7 Gorey   7 Kilflynn
8 Mallow   8 Killimer Kilrush
9 Mitchelstown & Dist   9 Macroom
10 Mooncoin   10 Sevenhouses
11 Newcastlewest   11 South Clare
12 Tipperary   12 Waterford & Dist
13 Trim    



A few things to remember

As excitement mounts ahead of the opening meetings of the 2017/18 Coursing Season we thought we should remind Club Secretaries & Receivers of Entries of a few important rules & directives. Owners and Trainers should also take note. 

  1. You may have 2 x Reserves in an 8 Dog Stake, 4 x Reserves in a 16 or 32 Dog Stake and 6 x Reserves in a 64 Dog Stake.
  2. 48 runner trial stakes must now be drawn with 24 runners in each half. At quarter-final stage with six greyhounds remaining, the 3rd greyhound in each half gets a Bye resulting in four dogs remaining on the final day.
  3. No Owner/Partnership/Syndicate may have a runner AND a reserve in the same stake, however they are allowed to have two runners in the same stake (must be guarded in the draw).
  4. If a greyhound appears in the draw for two All Age events which are due to run concurrently it will not be allowed to run in either and shall be penalised for 12 days.
  5. If a greyhound is absent from any stake or withdrawn from any stake it will not be allowed to compete for 12 Days. (Subject to Rule 122).  If such authorisation is not granted and the greyhound competes,  it shall be disqualified and forfeit all trophies & prizemoney won. As a rule of thumb we count the final day of the meeting where it was absent/withdrawn as Day 1 of the 12.
  6. Directive No 16 covers Prizemoney Ratios in All Age Cup and All Age Bitch events. In a 32 Cup the ratio is 10:3:1 so for every ten units to the Winner, the Runner-Up must receive at least three units and the beaten semi-finalists at least one unit each (E.G Winner €1800 – RunnerUp €540 – Semi-Finalists €180 each).  In a 16 Cup the ratio is 10:3 so for every ten units to the Winner, the Runner-Up must receive at least three units (E.G Winner €1,400 – RunnerUp €420).
  7. Winner’s prizemoney for All Age Cups and All Age Bitch Stakes cannot be changed from that which appeared in the Sporting Press prior to the draw.
  8. The Entry Fee for ALL 32/48/64 runner trial stakes is now €50.  Winner to receive €1.500 (32) or €2,000 (48/64).  There is no change to 16 runner trial stakes which will continue to have an Entry Fee of €40 and winner’s prize of €600.
regional coursing 24;
Donie Quinn, presenting the Andrew Hickey Memorial Stake Michael and Gerard Mcheney, Lurgan to Michael and Gerard Mcheney, Lurgan, whose dog 'Annabel Magic' won the Andrew Hickey Memorial working members  Stake at the Regional Coursing.Also in photo are working members and friends. pic Declan hehir

Regional to host Tradaree

Members: President: Brian Divilly, Treasurer: John Egan ; Berkie Browne, Glen Healy, Jack Mahony, Damien Matthews & D.J. Histon

REQUEST: Tradaree C.C. requested to schedule a joint meeting with the Regional C.C. conducted over three days commencing on Friday October 13th, 2017.

CONSIDERATION: The Fixtures Committee noted that prior to Week 3 two Clare meetings will have concluded and that all Dog Trial Stakes in Co. Clare will be completed by Week 3 if the request is granted. It noted that Tradaree have made the request for one year only and they intend scheduling a stand -alone meeting next season. The Committee took note of the proximity of the Regional to Tradaree and the high standard achieved by that club annually. The Regional C.C. have agreed to accommodate Tradaree subject to Fixtures Committee approval.

OUTCOME: The Fixtures Committee agreed to Tradaree’s request with the following proviso: Tradaree to notify the Fixtures Committee as to their date and venue for next season by March 1, 2018. A date similar to their traditional date of early December or January would be considered. This will strengthen the coursing programme and ensure an even spread of Dog Trial Stakes within Co. Clare.

Both meetings will be advertised on this week’s Sporting Press


Renewing your Membership

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All web site members who joined in September 2016 through the special Sporting Press subscription offer will see their membership expire on 11th September*.  (* 9th October for those who availed of the special offer in early October 2016).  Details of our 2017 Sporting Press subscription offer can be found on last week’s paper and will also appear on this week’s edition.



Report from AGM of ICC

There was a large attendance when the AGM of the Irish Coursing Club took place at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co Tipperary on Wednesday 16th August. A full report & photos will appear on next week’s Sporting Press (edition of Thursday 24th August). 

Ten motions were listed for discussion. Nine were passed by members and the tenth (concerning 48 runner trial stakes) was amended following representation from the Co Kerry clubs and this too was subsequently passed. These are now subject to ratification by Bord na gCon (under the Greyhound Industry Act of 1958) before they become rule changes.

As stated previously full details of all these motions will be included in our Sporting Press report next week but a brief summary of some of them is shown below.

Prizemoney for Trial Stakes :  All 32 runner trial stakes to have an Entry Fee of €50 and a winner’s prize of €1,500; All 64 & 48 runner trial stakes to have an Entry Fee of €50 and a winner’s prize of €2,000. No change to 16 runner trial stakes which will continue to have an Entry Fee of €40 and a winner’s prize of €600

48 runner Trial Stakes :  These will now be deemed to have 24 runners in the top half and 24 runners in the bottom half.  The greyhound on the red collar in the second quarter-final will run a Natural Bye and the greyhound on the red collar in the fourth quarter-final will run a Natural Bye. This will give four semi-finalists. (Last season these stakes were drawn with 32 runners in top half and 16 runners in bottom half and it was the greyhound on the red collar in the second semi-final which received the Natural Bye).

Guarding in Derby and Oaks at National Meeting :   As before (a) An owner or partnership may win an unlimited number of trial stakes but (b) An owner or partnership cannot have more than two entries in the Derby or Oaks in the same name so therefore to satisfy this rule they must execute a change a ownership if they have more than two entries . Members at AGM passed the motion that two greyhounds in the same ownership shall now be guarded only if they are registered in that same ownership at the time of first registration or are in that same ownership before the commencement of the coursing season or are subject to compulsory transfer to comply with the rule of only having two entries in the same name (provided they were in that same ownership at first registration or before season commenced).

Finals at National Meeting:   ALL finals at the National Meeting must now be run out irrespective of Ownership status.

12 Day Rule (Greyhounds Absent or Withdrawn) :   Where a greyhound competes in a coursing event but is subsequently found to have been in breach of the 12 Day Rule it stands disqualified from the event, forfeits all prizemoney & trophies won and all greyhounds beaten by the disqualified greyhound are promoted by one round & entitled to the benefits associated with revision of placings.

Other motions passed at the AGM concerned Rule 88 (Adverse Analytical Finding Publication), Rule 88 (Sanctions), Club Insurance, Establishment of a Forfeit List, Registration of Litters and the Establishment of a Fixtures Committee.

The 2017/18 Fixtures List was ratified and can now be viewed under