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Bereavement Notice

FEW people scaled the heights in coursing achieved by John Curtin, of Sandville, Castleisland, and there is much sadness, especially amongst those fortunate enough to have known him, at news of his death last Saturday.

For many decades the greyhounds carrying the ‘Quite’ prefix were to be feared up the coursing field, with Quite Dandy & Quite Protected in particular part of coursing folklore.
John also regularly attended Tralee greyhound stadium over the years and he had a great grádh for the track game too, owning and training some very good greyhounds. However, for sure, the fame he achieved in coursing in particular rested on the most modest and noble of shoulders.

Pre-deceased by his wife Betty. Our sincere sympathy to his sons Michael, Derry, Shane & Kevin and to the extended Curtin family.

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland today (Monday 16th July) from 5pm to 7pm followed by removal to Castleisland Parish Church. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am with burial immediately afterwards in St John’s Cemetery.

May he Rest In Peace.

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National Meeting 2019

The Executive Committee of the Irish Coursing Club have announced that the 2019 National Coursing Meeting will take place in Clonmel from Sunday February 3rd to Tuesday February 5th.
This will be the 94th National Meeting.

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ICC Awards 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our 2018 Irish Coursing Club Awards, our Award sponsors for their generosity, the hotel management & staff for looking after us so well and our 320 guests who made it a very special night. Our main photo shows Sean Browne receiving his Hall of Fame Award from sponsors Brian & Noelle Divilly and surrounded by family & friends. Other photos below.

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ICC Greyhound of the Year 2017/18
SILENT WHISPER  
Award Sponsor : Greyhound & Pet World

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ICC Bitch of the Year 2017/18
DICKS BIMBO
Award Sponsor: Flaherty Markets

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ICC Brood Bitch of the Year 2017/18
SILENT BELLE
Award Sponsor: Event Power Ltd

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ICC Stud Dog of the Year 2017/18
NEWINN WONDER
Award Sponsor: National Meeting Bookmakers

 

Testing Notice

All samples taken at the National Meeting and Irish Cup meeting 2018 are reported negative.

 This concludes testing for the 2017/18 coursing season.

 Thanks to all owners and trainers for their full co-operation.

 

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Fantasy – A three way divide

For the first time in the 24 year history of our Sporting Press Fantasy Coursing competition we had three selections equal on points (805) on top of the leaderboard at the finish. Technically that is the case but the Roll of Honour will only show two names because Michael McMahon from Ballybunion is in the fortunate position of being in there twice. In recent seasons Michael often got a mention for being on top or near the top of the leaderboard but we think this is the first time that he has collected a prize. The total prizemoney fund was €7,000 (€5,000 – €1,500 – €500) so Michael will receive 2/3 of this amount which equates to €4,700. The other 1/3 €2,350 goes to a young man who was on the podium back in 2009, Ian Bourke from Oola. Since then we have often engaged Ian to give us his National Meeting & Irish Cup predictions for the Sporting Press and he is never too far away. Michael & Ian will now be invited to the Irish Coursing Club Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick on April 14th to accept their cheques.
As has occasionally happened in the past there was little or no movement on the Fantasy leaderboard at the Irish Cup meeting. Two pups made it into the final of the Irish Cup itself and another pup won the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake. The only worry Michael & Ian had was that Jamess Treasure might win as that would have a massive result for Stephen Gollogly, Armagh on 720 points. How often must Stephen have watched the re-run of that exciting semi-final between Watchman & Jamess Treasure. A good few near the top of the leaderboard had Jamaica Judy but for most of them she was the one which wasn’t counting (only seven of the eight selections count) as the 2017 Oaks semi-finalist had no points going to Limerick. Therefore even if she had won the final against Mad Decision it wouldn’t have had a major effect on the result.
There was another very close finish to our Fantasy Coursing for Charity competition with Co Carlow coursing club’s Caoimhe Cullen (630 points) just hanging on to victory by 10 points over Shane Curtin (Abbeyfeale) and Mary Guiney (Rathkeale). We will be presenting Caoimhe with a cheque for €1,000 to give to her chosen charity at the ICC Awards. Our sincere thanks to an anonymous sponsor for this lovely prize which is always much appreciated by the winner. Caoimhe was still unsure of her victory heading to Limerick racecourse on the Sunday as Grainne Herbert (Kilflynn) with 580 points still had two selections, Ashmore Rocket & Dromtullabeg, running extremely well in the Irish Cup. However by the first interval we knew our winner. Many thanks to all those who agreed to participate in the separate ‘charity’ competition this season.
Our photo shows Dicks Bimbo which amassed 190 Fantasy Points followed by Kyle Mozart on 170.

Gerry wins Clonmel Tipster prize
We had a seven way tie on 40 points in our ICC website Clonmel Tipster competition.
All seven names went into a hat and in the bookmakers ring during the second interval on the final day of the Irish Cup we asked Sarah Jane Doyle from Ennis to pick out a winner.
The name drawn was Gerry Meehan from Kiskeam, Co Cork.
Gerry was thrilled to hear he had won and opted for the prize of a 12 month subscription to the Sporting Press.
For the record his selections for Clonmel were: Silent Whisper – Silent Wonder- Kyle Mozart – Bexhill Anna
A big thank you to all who participated.

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Finals Day at Irish Cup

Since moving to Limerick racecourse in 2004 the Irish Cup has consistently produced a top class winner and the latest addition to the roll of honour, Watchman, is no exception. Owned by Basil Holian & his wife Bernie Diskin-Holian, Kilcolgan, Galway: trained by Kevin Barry near the famed Ballydoyle stables outside Rosegreen; nominated by Pat Savage in Slane. His closest call came in the semi-final where judge Paul Horan was called into action with little between himself and Jamess Treasure. However back on the favoured red collar he was soon in control in the final against the gallant Always Inthe Run which totally belied his starting odds of 40/1. Watchman won the Edenderry trial stake in October and was regarded as a huge Derby contender only to go unsighted in the first round. Adding to the delight of the Holian’s must be that fact that this son of Newinn Wonder was bred from their own 2013 Champion Bitch Stake winner Bossa Nova Babe.

Compensation for connections of Always Inthe Run came in the Bill Chawke Irish Plate when his litter brother Clash Bruno proved too good for Rosskeen Colonel. It was a fantastic turnaround in luck for this dog as he had gone wrong when leading in the Gorey Derby TS final in December. A great training performance too from Ian Murray & Sean O’Hanlon.

Chooseyourweapon had to be withdrawn from the Cup final at Sevenhouses last month after a heavy hunt but he too was compensated when he took the Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse for Darren Holmes & Nick McDowell. The early pace of Askcharlesoliver upset him in the Irish Cup on Friday but he ran terrific throughout the Purse leading Bagsy The Front all the way in the final.

And in keeping with the theme of compensation for greyhounds unlucky on their previous outing, the cap certainly fits with Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake winner Mad Decision. Clearly on her way to victory in the third round of the Oaks two weeks ago today when the hare swung right leaving her unsighted, she was an outstanding winner today of this very competitive event over Jamaica Judy. Congrats to the Windfarm Syndicate c/o Michael Eustace and trainer Pat Curtin. Remarkably Mad Decision won her Oaks TS at Edenderry so how hot were those two trial stakes !!!.

It was written in the stars that Lawlee Four would win the Earl Of Dunraven Kilgobbin Puppy Stake and the loudest cheer of the day came when this Mike Lawlee owned pup came upfield in front. As everyone knows Mike passed away a few days after Clonmel and much has been written since about the great character he was. No doubt he was looking down as Dan Brassil brought his charge to slips this afternoon for the final against kennel-mate Rockanes Steel.

The Kyle Invitational Champion Working Members Stake with a first prize of €2,000 is a great attraction at this meeting and the honours for 2018 went to the Co Kerry representative Lisloose Wonder, bred in the purple with an Irish Cup winning sire and an Oaks winning dam. Congrats to Liam Lynch and Seamus Begley who of course won the Oaks in 2010 with her dam Lisloose Accord. Liam is very active with Co Kerry CC and Seamus is the hardworking secretary at Wexford CC so this success is richly deserved. The runner-up was the Ballyheigue representative Gracor Tank.

And so concluded a most successful Irish Cup meeting, possibly the best since coming to this venue. The field was in great condition and the hares an absolute credit to the hare husbandry committee. It’s not easy to get it right every year, and there is certainly no place in our sport for us to be turning on each other when things don’t go right on the odd occasion, but Co Limerick CC members take a bow for sending us all home very happy this evening and counting down the days to the opening of the new season. # Long Live Coursing. 

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Day 2 at Irish Cup

There was some great coursing at Patrickswell again today, especially in the morning session, and Co Limerick CC are to be congratulated on the fare produced so far. Here’s hoping for more of the same tomorrow. The phrase ‘there on merit’ is possibly overused but it certainly applies to the eight greyhounds remaining in contention for the 2018 Irish Cup. It may not be the ‘last eight’ we expected but each of them has got to Day 3 thanks to top class performances and no such thing as a fluke or being lucky.

JAMESS TREASURE: Very consistent all season and won Slaney Cup as well as very good run in Kingdom Cup. Trainer was very happy with his preparation for this and quietly fancied by some shrewd judges. Switched to red collar side very quickly in RD1 yesterday and best performance probably came this afternoon when on the red for first time. Blessed with good early pace and gamey like his dam Fives Treasure who was an Irish Cup quarter-finalist in 2013.

ASHMORE ROCKET: Made an early exit at paws of Skellig Shane in first round here last year but looking stronger this season. Only found Ballygerald Buzz & Reikers Island too good in the Cup finals at Edenderry & Johnstown. Finished his course with Ham And Inch very well this afternoon despite a bump in early part of course. Unsurprisingly he is now second favourite.

WATCHMAN: Reputation of this pup completely restored with two top class runs today including a best of meeting clock of 11.10. Long slips valid excuse for going unsighted at Clonmel & again temporarily here yesterday. Slight concern that his quarter-final opponent has brilliant early and could lead him out but showed in RD1 that he can come from behind too. Owners would be thrilled to see their Champion Bitch Stakes winner Bossa Nova Babe produce a Classic winner. New favourite.

ASKCHARLESOLIVER: Beautiful looking almost white greyhound came right back into form when winning Cup at Macroom in mid January and has improved again judging by three runs so far here. Blistering early caught Champion Stakes winner Kyle Mozart flat-footed this afternoon and then held determined late challenge. With another good start tomorrow morning he could put the favourite under pressure.

ALWAYS INTHE RUN: This pup is as genuine as they come and reminds one of 2013 winner Carricktobin Lad in a number of ways. The Moat bloodlines once again dominated the Derby & Oaks in Clonmel and this striking black & white makes the big treble possible. He was drawn in what looked the easier part of the draw but can only beat what he meets and clock this afternoon was impressive.

DROMTULLABEG: Regarded widely as one of the fastest in training and all season no one wanted to meet him in early rounds of the All Ages he contested. Latest outings before Irish Cup suggested his form was on the wane but maybe he only needed a rest and hasn’t put a paw wrong so far this weekend.

BARRACK BRUCE: Another which everyone expected to put in a few fast runs early and then drop away. Certainly didn’t drop away in time for Skellig Shane this afternoon and ensured a new name will go on Irish Cup tomorrow afternoon. Connections bred Dicks Bimbo but would love to win their own classic. Still very possible.

LONGWAY HOME: Representing the third season brigade very well. Won the Gold Cup at East Donegal the same day Foxhollow Lady qualified there for the Oaks. He then returned a few weeks later to win the Cup at their second meeting. Despite his age he could have the greater stamina in bottom half and a potential finalist.

In the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake we have some terrific quarter-finals in store tomorrow morning and it would be very brave to even attempt predicting the two finalists. Killucan Rose ran very well here last year just a few weeks after winning the Champion Bitch Stake at Clonmel. It would be an historic double were she to lift this prestigious stake but has dangers lurking in every course.

Ballinveala Yolo remains the one to beat in the Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse if the couple of tight wrenches this afternoon haven’t affected him. Dual Cup winner Chicago Shuffle ran one of his best courses in a while this afternoon and could be the biggest danger.

The Bill Chawke Irish Plate is also wide open with Barefoot Marine & Rosskeen Colonel taking on six pups. Central Preacher put in a very good performance against Wheres Mr Wilks in RD1 and might be worth a small wager at a decent price.

Coursing resumes at 11.30am tomorrow morning so make sure you are there to enjoy the final day of the 2017/18 season and what should be some very exciting coursing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 1 at Irish Cup

Having come out the right side of a thrilling RD1 course in which Judge Paul Horan could have flagged for either dog, Skellig Shane now looks to have an outstanding chance of back to back victories in the Irish Cup. To be fair if there had been a turn, last year’s Champion would almost certainly have had his neck out for it but even as it was the majority of those in the stand agreed with the decision. With Domain King defeated and You Amaze Me not setting the clock alight it is difficult to see the Skellig runner not making it out of the fourth quarter with any bit of luck in running. Eoin Abu might join him in the last eight.

The biggest upset today came with the emphatic defeat of Reikers Island by the unconsidered Business Yankee. Full credit to the winner which recorded the joint fastest clock of the day 11.33 but this was certainly not the dog we all enjoyed watching in the Derby 12 months ago. Even without him though the second quarter remains the hottest of the four and the RD2 buckle between Wheres Mr Wilks & Kyle Mozart promises to be one of tomorrow’s highlights. The winner will have a big say in the outcome of Q2 together possibly with Watchman. All eyes were on the latter today after what happened at Clonmel and sure enough he lost sight temporarily just as victory looked sealed. However he did show devastating pace to get back into the course again and he is a serious contender if he does things right.

The first quarter is also full of potential winners, not least Barefoot Marine which skipped the Champion Stakes for this and is one of the freshest in the field. It is expected that he will meet Jamess Treasure in the third round and that could decide Q1. Having said that there was much to like about both Ham And Inch & Ashmore Rocket today and neither can be ruled out.

Roquefort Teddy recorded the other 11.33 but suffered a nasty looking tumble. For a dog nursing an injury all season it is the last thing he needed and hopefully he will be ok to run tomorrow. That section of four in which he finds himself in Q3 is quite competitive and whichever of them makes it into Day 3 will have earned their place. However at the top of the quarter we have four greyhounds which were 33/1 or better before coursing today and one of them is going to be pleasantly surprised to be coming back on Sunday.

In the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake the unluckiest loser was probably the fancied Finn Dancer which covered much more ground in pursuit of a wayward hare only to lose out when all three closed in near the escape. Misfortune too for the pup Nothing Fancy which impressed but was brought back towards slips and Win Or Else which got plenty of work from a short slip. However these were the only blips on a very enjoyable Day 1 which was much improved on the corresponding day last year and augurs well for the remainder of the weekend. The Select Bitch Stake will take plenty winning but at a guess Jamaica Judy, Skellig Honey, Mad Decision and Killucan Rose could be your semi-finalists.

Coursing resumes tomorrow morning at 11.00am and with fancied runners in action straight away make sure to get there early.  All of the Irish Cup clocks & latest betting can now be found in Quick Results.

 

 

 

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IRISH CUP 2018

IRISH CUP NON RUNNERS
Oola Prince which was due to meet last year’s Irish Plate winner For The Parish in the first round of the 2018 Irish Cup tomorrow has been declared a non-runner. This brings to three the number of official absentees as Needham Yippee and Ashmore Derby were already withdrawn. We also understand that Res A Patterdale Iarla will not be available to fill one of those places. In the Patsy Byrne Select All Age Bitch Stake the only official non-runner is Some Tonic.

IRISH CUP – SPORTING PRESS 
Make sure to read this week’s Sporting Press before heading to Patrickswell on Friday morning for the opening day of the 2018 Irish Cup meeting. Not surprisingly the three classic winners Skellig Shane, Reikers Island & Kyle Mozart figure prominently in the selections of those invited to give their prediction but Ashmore Rocket, Half The Odds, Jamess Treasure, Ballinveala Yolo, Domain King, Barefoot Marine, Roskeen Colonel, Longway Home, Ham And Inch, Shanballa Joe and the pups Roquefort Teddy, You Amaze Me, Watchman, Kyle Vivaldi & Ashmore Derby all get at least one vote to lift Ireland’s oldest coursing classic. The Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake will also be a hugely competitive event and here our experts plump for 2017 Champion Bitch Stake winner Killucan Rose as well as Derramore Chick, Finn Dancer, Gadget Eoin, Win Or Else & Jamaica Judy with nobody giving a squeak to any of the eleven pups which is interesting. (By the way we had a seven way tie on 40 points for the ICC website National Meeting Tipster Competition. Brendan Fealy, Gene Fitzgibbon, Ger Manley, Liam Farrell, Patrick O’Donovan, Gerry Meehan & Jason O’Dwyer. A draw will take place in the bookmakers ring during the second interval next Sunday to decide who wins the prize).

IRISH CUP BETTING
Damien Lonergan of BoyleSports reports that they have now slashed Post Graduate to 10/1 also following sustained interest at 14s and 12s. In the last 24 hours they have also noticed good money coming for Rosskeen Colonel & Jamess Treasure in the Irish Cup and Darling Daughter in the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake.
BoyleSports & Bet Browne have released their prices for the 2018 Irish Cup and it is certainly worth looking at both websites before you place your bet. They agree on the favourite, 2017 Derby divider Reikers Island, but BoyleSports currently offer the best price of 7/1. BoyleSports also offer the better odds of 9/1 on 2017 winner Skellig Shane and Berkie is taking no chances with Post Graduate which he has priced at only 10s (14s with BoyleSports).  Both firms offer 8/1 for the pups Roquefort Teddy & Watchman and also 10/1 for recent Kevin Smith Champion Stakes winner Kyle Mozart.
If you fancy a flutter on the pup You Amaze Me or on Slaney Cup winner Jamess Treasure then Bet Browne have the best value at 12/1 and 16/1 respectively. Ballinveala Yolo which meets Skellig Shane in the first round is also better priced with Bet Browne at 16/1 (14s with BoyleSports).
Looking through the prices in general one is surprised at how short some runners are and vice versa. The ‘shorter priced than expected’ ones are Wheres Mr Wilks (12/1), Ham And Inch (14/1), Kilkeale Magic (20/1). In contrast Rosskeen Colonel at 25s, Wi Can Riki, Ballarue Kyle & Chooseyourweapon at 33s and Set Sail at 40s look like good value for those who like a small punt at a big price.

Draw for 2018 Irish Cup

The following is the draw with nominators for the 2018 Irish Cup.  Full draw available to view now also on our Draws page.

IRISH CUP 2018
Number Nominator Dog   Number Nominator Dog
First Quarter  
1 Pat Horgan Souldern Street (p) V’s 2 John Egan Safe Wonder
3 Mike Mann Shanballa Joe V’s 4 Raymond Smith Jamess Treasure
5 Murty McMahon Ballarue Kyle V’s 6 Christy Murphy Kerry Abu
7 Mark Dilger Barefoot Marine V’s 8 Brendan Duffy Central Rocker (p)
9 Brendan Matthews Needham Yippee (p) V’s 10 Michael Horgan Ham and Inch
11 Tadg Sullivan Central Preacher (p) V’s 12 Tony Quinn Cuine Edge
13 John Wilson Wiseguy Mark V’s 14 Brian Divilly Crafty Destino (p)
15 John Boyle Ashmore Rocket V’s 16 Basil Holian Chigago Shuffle
Second Quarter            
17 Countess Dunraven & Lady Anna Johnston Oola Prince (p) V’s 18 Jack O’Rourke For The Parish
19 Pat Savage Watchman (p) V’s 20 John Roche & Michael Fitzpatrick Kingsmill Jasper
21 Dermot O’Shea Clareabbey Flyer (p) V’s 22 Matthew Ryan Half The Odds
23 Pat Pyne and Patsy Myers Business Yankee (p) V’s 24 Mary Fitzgerald Reikers Island
25 Eamonn Kiely Kilkeale Magic (p) V’s 26 Sir Mark Prescott Post Graduate
27 Patsy & Berkie Browne Askcharlesoliver V’s 28 Michael Spillane Killarney Chooseyourweapon
29 Brendan Keogh Wheres Mr Wilks V’s 30 Padraig and Conor Ryan Cooga Ocean
31 Marie Field Kyle Mozart V’s 32 Pat Dalton Kyle Alex
Third Quarter            
33 Una O’Sullivan Ashmore Derby (p) V’s 34 Luke Kilcoyne Ougham Wonder (p)
35 Peter O Loghlen Kyle Vivaldi (p) V’s 36 Fr. John Fitzgibbon Honey Smokey (p)
37 Francis Brooke Always Inthe Run (p) V’s 38 Pat Burke Sorry Not Sorry (p)
39 O. Comerford & J. Herbert Saleen Master (p) V’s 40 Brian Murphy Earl of Clare
41 Noel Collins Dromtullabeg V’s 42 May Doolin Larchill Ranger
43 Ned and Tommy Relihan Rosskeen Colonel V’s 44 M. O’Donovan Tipperary Hilark James
45 Tony Reddan Boynepark Josh V’s 46 Michael Spillane Bantry Clash Bruno (p)
47 Caroline Foran Roes Bank (b) V’s 48 Gerry Hughes and Pat Curtin Roquefort Teddy (p)
Fourth Quarter            
49 Charlie & Gerry Chawke Barrack Bruce (p) V’s 50 Matt Feheney Wi Can Riki
51 Noreen McManus You Amaze Me (p) V’s 52 John Flynn Dru Mac
53 Oliver Scallon Zizu (p) V’s 54 Brian & Laurence Jones Wazowski
55 Tim O’Driscoll Skellig Shane V’s 56 Vincent Purtill Ballinveala Yolo
57 Nora & Oliver Raleigh Eoin Abu V’s 58 Tomas Coolahan Tractorman
59 Brendan Farrelly Ballyglen Duke V’s 60 Leo Walsh Domain King
61 M. O’Donovan Killaloe Longway Home V’s 62 Liam & William Riordan Set Sail
63 Bridget Byrne Dream of Spring (p) V’s 64 John Garrahy Bagsy The Front (p)