LISTOWEL on Thurs & Fri

We can confirm that Listowel’s annual two day meeting will now go ahead tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday following an inspection of the field this afternoon. See Order of Running also.

Bereavement Notice

Just a short few months after his brother Harry the death has taken place of Thomas Barry, Baytown Park, Dunboyne, member of a well known coursing family who enjoyed much success back the years with their ‘Shady’ prefix and dad to Bernard, Tom & Yvonne who continue to be great supporters of our sport and are National Meeting bookmakers.
Our sincere sympathy to Thomas’s children Bernard, Yvonne, Mary, Phyllis, Geraldine, Jemma & Tom and to the extended Barry family.
Reposing at his son Tom’s residence Baytown Park, Summerhill Road, Dunboyne today (Tuesday 21st Nov) from 4pm to 8pm and tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2pm to 8pm with prayers at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am in the Church of St Peter & Paul, Dunboyne followed by burial in Rooske Cemetery.
May he Rest In Peace.

We extend our sincerest sympathy to Irish Coursing Club Executive Committee member Glen Healy (Roseberry Open) and to his heartbroken family on the death on Monday of Elizabeth (Lil) Healy, Roseberry, Newbridge.
Lil is survived by her husband Tom, her children Glen, Evelyn, Pat, Linda, Paul & Michelle and the extended Healy and Phelan families.
Reposing at her residence from 3.00pm on Wednesday (Nov 22nd) with prayers at 8.00pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.15pm for Requiem Mass at 11.00am in St Conleths Parish Church, Newbridge followed by burial in St Conleths cemetery.
May she Rest In Peace.

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News and Notices

2 x 48 TS at Lixnaw  –  With permission of the ICC both a 48 runner Derby Trial Stake and a 48 runner Oaks Trial Stake will be held at Lixnaw over three days commencing Friday 1st December.

48 Derby TS at East Donegal  –  With permission of the ICC a 48 runner Derby Trial Stake will be held at East Donegal over three days commencing Friday 1st December.

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.




Thursday, Friday 23rd & 24th November
Judge: Chris O’Connor
Slipper: Richie Quinn snr. Asst Slipper: Kieran Houlihan.
Start 11.30am both days.
THURSDAY :  Once through Derby TS, Oaks TS & All Age Bitch Stake. INTERVAL. Once through John Prendeville Memorial Cup and second round All Age Bitch Stake.
FRIDAY : Start with Maurice Cahill Stake, Jackie Hegarty Stake & complete card.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 24th, 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: Liam Kelly
Slipper: Brian Doyle
Start 11.00am each day.
FRIDAY: Twice through Oaks TS. Once through All Age Bitch Stake & Strumble Cup.
SATURDAY: Twice through Derby TS & Oaks TS. Once through Knockgraffon Cup.
SUNDAY: Start with New Inn Stake, Mortlestown Stake, Strumble Cup & complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: Paul Horan
Slipper: Richard Quinn jnr
Start 11.00am both days.
SATURDAY: Twice through Derby TS & Oaks TS. Once through Limerick Cup (before interval) and once through All Age Bitch Stake (immediately after interval).
SUNDAY: Start with Mike Meehan 3 Course & complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: John O’Connell
Slipper: Mark Gorman
Start 11.00am both days.
SATURDAY: Twice through Derby TS & Oaks TS. Once through Slaney Cup (after interval).
SUNDAY: Start with All Age Bitch Stake & complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: Alan Robinson
Slippers: Padraig Reynolds & Shane O’Brien
Start 11.30am both days.
SATURDAY: Twice through Oaks TS. Once through Reserve Derby TS & All Age Bitch Stake (before interval) and Once through Clonard All Age Cup & Invitational Stake (after interval).
SUNDAY: Start with Beaters Stake & complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: Philip Buckley
Slipper: Anthony McNamara
Start 11.30am both days.
SATURDAY: Twice through Reserve Derby TS & Oaks TS. Once through All Age Bitch Stake & Gilligan McMahon All Age Cup.
SUNDAY: Start with Members Stake, Harecatchers Stake, Surplus Stake & complete card.

Saturday, Sunday 25th & 26th Nov
Judge: Bernard Goold
Slipper: David Galvin
Start 11.30am both days.
SATURDAY: Twice through Derby TS & Oaks TS. Once through Jim Howard All Age Cup & All Age Bitch Stake (after interval).
SUNDAY: Start with Inter Club Stake, Padna O’Flynn Stake, Dan Pyne Stake & complete card.

Kyle Mozart

Leaderboards 2017-18

The wonderfully consistent and genuine Kyle Mozart is our new leader on the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes points table following his success in the Kit Browne North Kerry Cup for the second year running at Ballyduff on Sunday. He is now on 14 points which is one point less that his 2016/17 points total when he headed the table at the end of the qualification process with Half The Odds and subsequently ran-up the All Age Classic in Clonmel. However a much bigger difference is that last year he was scoring his first points of the season in Ballyduff (and added to them by winning in Newcastlewest and running-up the Corn Na Feile All Age) whereas this time around the Ballyduff points must come very close to securing his return visit to Powerstown Park. It was also a big weekend for one of last season’s top bitch puppies Dicks Bimbo which enjoyed a popular local success in Kilsheelan and now heads the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes leaderboard with Touch Of Class. Thanks to the exploits of Mozart, Bimbo & also Chicago Shuffle in the Tipperary Cup our new Fantasy leaders are Den Morrin & John Quinn and they will be watching how Ballygerald Buzz, Blades Of Fire & Try Colour get on at Knockgraffon and Rathkeale. Co Carlow CC stalwart Caoimhe Cullen has taken up the lead on the Fantasy for Charity leaderboard but is the only one in the Top 4 not to have Ballygerald Buzz so will be watching results from Knockgraffon with great interest.

  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Kyle Mozart 14 3,650
2 Barefoot Marine 13 4,500
3 Kilkillogue 12.5 3,300
4 Chicago Shuffle 11 3,500
5 Portane Ash 9 4,000
6 Wiseguy Mark 9 1,800
7 Cooga Ocean 7.5 1,950
8 Domain King 7 2,500
Jt 9 Blades Of Fire 6 2,500
Jt 9 Do It Barney 6 2,500
11 Ballyglen Duke 6 2,300
12 Kyle Alex 6 2,200
13 Floating Victor 6 2,050
Jt 14 Ballygerald Buzz 6 2,000
Jt 14 Ballarue Kyle 6 2,000
Jt 14 Roskeen Colonel 6 2,000
  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
Jt 1 Dicks Bimbo 11 3,500
Jt 1 Touch Of Class 11 3,500
3 Bexhill Anna 10 3,100
4 Gripwell Nancy 10 3,050
5 Legally Brindle 10 3,000
6 Daydream Lady 8 2,000
7 Kingsmill Ariel 7.5 2,050
8 Straightlegs 7.5 2,030
9 Do It Chubbys 7.5 1,950
10 Roes Bank 7 1,800
1 Den Morrin Tuam 350
2 John Quinn Mallow 350
Jt 3 John Field Castletroy 340
Jt 3 Ger O’Callaghan Kilkenny 340
Jt 3 John Martin Dunloy 340
1 Caoimhe Cullen Kilkenny 280
2 Shane Curtin Tournafulla 265
Jt 3 Paddy McGhee Ballindrait 250
Jt 3 Liam McAuliffe Athea 250
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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.

Renewing your Membership

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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).