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News and Notices

Existing Classics Club 600 members have until next Tuesday, January 23rd to rejoin for the 2018 draws. After this date the Classics Club 600 Committee reserve the right to replace those who have not taken up the invitation to rejoin with names from the waiting list. Remember you can renew your membership online this year through the ICC website (up to midnight on Tuesday 23rd January) or in the normal way. Thank you to the 520+ members who have rejoined so far.
Whilst the committee love to see existing members rejoin, they do want to make it known that there is a long list of people anxious to become members. So, if anyone wishes to opt out or take a break for a year or two simply e-mail or ring Eugene @ 052 6188508. 


We are delighted to report that the Coursing Bus will be back in action for the 2018 National Meeting and our sincere thanks to the O’Sullivan family for providing this wonderful service. For full details on how to book your seat and the timetable click here.


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.

€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.


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Leaderboards 2017-18

As it turns out, Touch Of Class (pictured) did not need to run at Sevenhouses this weekend to secure her place in the line-up for the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes at Clonmel next month. However not only will her owners The Nomads Syndicate & trainer John Kiely have derived great joy from watching their Oaks quarter-finalist win the Seamus Hughes Memorial Cup but they will also be thrilled that she now goes into the record books as the highest points scorer for the 2017/18 season, a remarkable achievement considering the quality of All Age Bitches on show. Hanging on to the eighth and final qualifying spot at the moment is Straightlegs who appears in the draw for Macroom as does 12th placed Iberostar and 16th placed Daydream Lady.

Last season’s Kevin Smith Champion Stakes runner-up Kyle Mozart will have a few familiar faces around him once again as he heads to slips for the 2018 renewal. Like twelve months ago he will be joined by his litter brother Domain King and now following his victory in the Ulster Cup his kennelmate Kyle Alex will be there too. This also means that their sire Kyle Basil will have three of the eight runners in the All Age Dog Classic as will Newinn Wonder (Kilkillogue, Ballygerald Buzz, Barefoot Marine).  Incidentally Adios Alonso breeding dominates the All Age Bitch Classic with five of the current top eight by the champion sire.

A terrific battle has been going on in the Sporting Press Fantasy competition all season but this may be the first time that we have had a six way tie for the lead in the middle of January. Looking through the selections of the six leaders it is remarkable that Patrick O’Donovan has the four top points scoring bitches but only has Skellig Shane to represent him in the Champion Dog Stake. All six co-leaders look like having five runners each in Clonmel (mixture of dogs & bitches) but some of the greyhounds waiting in the wings like Floating Victor, Wi Can Riki & Trillainminella would strengthen their hand if they got in. Mary Guiney remains in the lead for the Fantasy Charity prize but the victory of Touch Of Class today brought Caoimhe Cullen & Liam McAuliffe back into contention. There is a long way to go yet before we know who will be picking up these cheques at the ICC Awards in Limerick on Saturday April 14th.

  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Kilkillogue 18.5 4,700
2 Ballygerald Buzz 18 6,800
3 Blades Of Fire 17 6,000
4 Skellig Shane 15 6,700
5 Kyle Alex 15 4,900
6 Kyle Mozart 14 3,650
7 Domain King 13 4,700
8 Barefoot Marine 13 4,500
9 Floating Victor 12 4,050
10 Wi Can Riki 12 3,750
11 Shanballa Joe 12 3,550
Jt 12 Chicago Shuffle 11 3,500
Jt 12 Reikers Island 11 3,500
  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Touch Of Class 16 5,000
2 Dicks Bimbo 15 4,900
3 Bexhill Anna 15 4,600
4 Tree Top Kerry 14 4,200
5 Kingsmill Ariel 13.5 3,700
6 Do It Chubbys 12.5 3,450
7 Babes Cottage 11 2,950
8 Straightlegs 10.5 2,630
9 Trillainminella 10 3,250
10 Gripwell Nancy 10 3,050
11 Legally Brindle 10 3,000
12 Iberostar 10 2,630
Jt 1 Leo Walsh & Denis Daly Donabate 570
Jt 1 Conor Flynn Tarbert 570
Jt 1 Patrick J O’Donovan Dunmanway 570
Jt 1 Sean Doyle Ennis 570
Jt 1 Sean Doyle Ennis 570
Jt 1 Vincent Morrissey Johnstown 570
1 Mary Guiney Enniscouch 500
2 Caoimhe Cullen Kilkenny 490
Jt 3 Shane Curtin Tournafulla 480
Jt 3 Paddy McGhee Ballindrait 480
Jt 3 Liam McAuliffe Athea 480





Wednesday, Thursday 17th & 18th January
Judge: Liam Kelly
Slipper: David O’Connor
Start 12.00 noon both days.
WEDNESDAY: Twice through Reserve Derby TS & Oaks TS.
THURSDAY: Start with Duffer Stake, Castle Hotel All Age Cup and complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 20th, 21st January
Judge: John O’Connell
Slipper: Shane O’Brien
Saturday: Meet at Bweeng Village at 9.30am sharp. Once through both stakes.
Sunday: Meet at Ballymacoda Village at 9.30am sharp. Complete card.

Sunday 21st January
Judge: Eugene Doyle
Slipper: Alan Kelly
Meet at Old Connell Stud at 11.00am
First brace in slips 11.30am

In the centre Brian Divilly presents the Donal Breen Memorial Cup to  Mike Raele from Bruff Co.Limerick after winning the Reserve Derby Trial Stake at the South Clare Coursing Meeting. Also included are from the left Kevin Callinan,Kavin  Connolly,Pat Raele Tom Raele,D.J.Histon,Gerry Hoilan and Murt Harvey in front are Ciaran Connolly,Ethain Moloney withK NOCKDERG FLYER and David Casey.

Reserve Trial Stakes

At the 2018 National Coursing Meeting there will be two Consolation Stakes.
The Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes for 32 bitches eliminated in the first round of the Oaks.
The Stockproof Fencing Products T. A. Morris Stakes for 32 dogs eliminated in the first round of the Derby.
In the event of these stakes not being filled by those eliminated from the first round of the Oaks/Derby the remaining places will be allocated to reserves in the Oaks/Derby which did not get called to run in those stakes.
These reserves must have run a non-competitive course at the end of the first round of the Oaks/Derby.
A new draw will be made to determine which reserves are to receive the remaining places in the Consolation Stakes and which reserves are to be listed as Reserves A,B,C and D for the Consolation Stakes.
The draw for the Consolation Stakes will then take place.
The first round of the Kitty Butler Stakes will take place at the end of coursing on the first day of the National Meeting.
The first round of the TA Morris Stakes will take place at the start of coursing on the second day of the National Meeting.

Reserves for Oaks & Derby (Draw Order)
1 East Donegal (2) Central Maid
2 Mallow Priory Jess
3 Mooncoin Keep Wondering
4 Trim Paramaddan Dream
5 Dundalk & D’Hill Benefit Biddy
6 Mitchelstown & Dist Easy Maureen
7 Co Kerry Knockane Gracie
8 Gorey Gentstown
9 Borris in Ossory Mulboy Nelly
10 Bandon & Careys X Chetwynd Belle
11 Tipperary Strand Road
  Ballyheigue & Dist N/A. Won Full TS
  Newcastlewest N/A. Won Full TS
1 South Clare Knockderk Flyer
2 Sevenhouses Byron 
3 Johnstown & Url Graigues Heyday
4 Waterford & Dist Honey Smokey
5 Ennis Clarecastle Right About That
6 Doon Candied Peel
7 Kilflynn Barrack Bruce
8 Balbriggan Gingerbread Duke
9 Dungannon Fidget Spinner
10 Macroom  
11 Cappoquin Clogheen Creggane Magic
12 Killimer Kilrush Treatuinchawkes 
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Many congratulations to Tim & Master Marc Nolan, Castleisland who are joint owners of 2017 Corn Na Feile Derby winner Silent Whisper and to Darragh & Evan Morrissey, Graigue, Rathdowney who are joint owners of 2017 Corn Na Feile Oaks winner Graigues Legacy. Well done also to the host club who had to overcome a first day postponement but then ran a most enjoyable meeting in front of a huge crowd both days. The appetite is now well and truly whetted for the National Meeting in February.

From the moment the draw was made on St Stephen’s Night the experts predicted that Silent Whisper and Outoftheshadow would progress to meet in the final of Corn Na Feile Derby and that was exactly how it worked out. However whilst Silent Whisper was beating very decent dogs in independent fashion it was Outoftheshadow who was grabbing all the attention with some amazing clocks. And so it was the latter who went to slips for the decider as the very warm favourite. In a most exciting finale to the meeting Silent Whisper came away best and held on by the narrowest of margins to gain the Judge’s decision. Outoftheshadow lost nothing in defeat and both greyhounds will be fancied to go a long way in Powerstown and perhaps even emulate last season’s Corn Na Feile winner Reikers Island.

For the first time in many years there was a separate Corn Na Feile Oaks for 16 Oaks qualifiers and it proved an outstanding addition to the programme. Graigues Legacy caught the eye of many shrewd judges in the first round but still had to overcome more fancied runners in the second & third rounds. This she did admirably and then ran out a comfortable winner in the final over the local hope Cill Ide Bliss. Her semi-final clock in particular stood out and will have her youthful owners dreaming of Clonmel success for the next six weeks.

There was only ever going to be one winner of the Corn Na Feile All Age and not only does Blades Of Fire now share a place on the Abbeyfeale roll of honour with his litter brother Reikers Island but he is also guaranteed a place in the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes where he is likely to start a very short favourite. It was a good day too though for the runner-up Straightlegs who has now jumped to fifth place on the Champion Bitch Stakes leaderboard, a remarkable achievement considering she started the season by winning a three course duffer in Kilflynn (incidentally the runner-up in that Duffer was Set Sail who last Wednesday won the Cork Cup !!).

Congratulations also to Noel Browne, owner of Derby TS winner Coolavanny Juno, who must be delighted to be heading to Clonmel with a Derby qualifier by his own 2016 Derby Champion and to Ger Kerins & James Lowe, owners of Oaks TS winner Hows Mrs Foley who will now be joining her litter brothers Kyle Steel & Goodbye Venice at Powerstown Park on February 10th.


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.

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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

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National Coursing Meeting 2018

Following their meeting today, July 6th, the Executive Committee of the ICC have announced that the 2018 National Coursing Meeting will be held on Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th and Monday 12th February (subject to ratification of all fixtures for the 2017/18 season by the members at their AGM on Wednesday 16th August).


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Great night at ICC Awards

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance at the Charleville Park Hotel on Saturday 1st April. Sincere thanks to our Award Sponsors: Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale; Flaherty Markets Galway; Event Power Ltd Thurles; National Meeting Bookmakers; Brian & Noelle Divilly; Michael Horgan Mitchelstown; Bridget Byrne Surrey.

Of course it is the attendees who also make this night so special and we were thrilled to have over 300 once again for what was the 15th Annual Awards Night. Westmeath, Kilkenny, Cork and Limerick were very well represented this year as were the Abbeydorney coursing club who held their field development draw during the evening. The biggest cheer (and standing ovation) was reserved for Hall of Fame recipient Jimmy Darcy and his wife Anna. However for us Tipperary people the most memorable moment was the emotional rendition of Slievenamon from two other Kilkenny men Brian Doyle & Tommy Norton on Sunday morning.

We would also like to pay tribute to our superb band who suffered a very close family bereavement just a few days earlier but honoured the booking despite how difficult it must have been for them all. Thank You.

Our photo shows owners Dr Paddy & Mary O’Kelly, trainer Gerry Holian and breeder Denis Guiney receiving their trophies from Kathleen & Liam Murphy of Greyhound and Pet World after Reikers Island was announced the ICC Greyhound of the Year.

More photos on this week’s Sporting Press (April 13th).