Michael McMahon fantasy

Fantasy Coursing entry now open

The final list of runners with codes for the 2018/19 Fantasy Coursing Competition is published on this week’s Sporting Press Sept 13th and will appear for the next two weeks also.
There is an Entry Form beside the list of runners or you can enter Online by clicking on ‘Fantasy League Entry’ in the drop down menu under ‘Coursing’.
Closing date for Online entry will be midnight on Friday 28th September but postal entries must be received in Davis Road no later than 5pm on Thursday 27th September.

Our photo shows Sean Alyward of the Sporting Press (on right) presenting a cheque to last season’s joint-winner Micheal McMahon, Ballybunion. The other joint winner was Ian Bourke of Oola.

The competition was first run during the 1994/95 season and continues to be a great source of enjoyment for many.
Give it a go this year !!!


Reserve Trial Stakes 2018/19

Reserves for Derby and Oaks 2018/19

(Club alphabetical)

1 Ballyheigue & Dist   1 Ballinagar
2 Borris in Ossory   2 Cappoquin Clogheen
3 Cork   3 Co Cavan
4 East Donegal (2)   4 Doon
5 Freshford   5 Ennis Clarecastle
6 Mallow   6 Johnstown & Url
7 Mitchelstown & Dist   7 Kilflynn
8 Nenagh   8 Killimer Kilrush
9 North Kilkenny   9 Macroom
10 Rathcormac   10 Sevenhouses
11 Tipperary   11 South Clare
12 Trim   12 Waterford & Dist
13 Westmeath United    


At the 2019 National Coursing Meeting there will be two Consolation Stakes.
The Kitty Butler Stakes for 32 bitches eliminated in the first round of the Oaks.
The 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.


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2018 Hare Seminar

A huge thank you to our guest speakers and to the 134 delegates from over 60 clubs who attended the 2018 Hare Husbandry Seminar at Powerstown Park, Clonmel last Saturday, September 8th. 

We know that hare husbandry is top priority with all coursing clubs and we hope that Saturday’s event was of benefit to those who travelled from near & far.


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Gerry is the new ICC President

A proud moment for Gerry Meehan (centre), Club Rep for Millstreet CC and a native of Co Clare as he receives the chain of office from retiring ICC President, Brian Divilly, (Galway & Oranmore CC), at the AGM of the Irish Coursing Club on Wednesday 8th August.
Brian had been President since 2008 making him the longest serving President in the 102 year history of the Club. Many tributes were paid to Brian and he in turn wished his successor every success. On left is DJ Histon CEO and remarkably Gerry will only be the second President that DJ has worked with since taking up his position at Davis Road in the autumn of 2008.

Way to

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.

Silent Whisper 1

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

Dicks Bimbo 1

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

Silent Belle 1

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

Stud Dog 1

ICC Stud Dog of the Year 2017/18
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.