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.

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)


At Limerick Racecourse
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 23rd, 24th & 25th February
Judge: Paul Horan
Slipper: Richard Quinn jnr
Start 11.00am Friday/Saturday. Start 11.30am Sunday.
FRIDAY: Once through Irish Cup. Interval. Once through Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake & Kyle Invitational Champion Working Members Stake.
SATURDAY: Second round Irish Cup & first round Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse. Interval. Third round Irish Cup, second round Select Bitch Stake, second round Irish Purse, first round Bill Chawke Irish Plate.
SUNDAY: Start with Champion Working Members Stake, Earl of Dunraven Kilgobbin Puppy Stake, Select Bitch Stake, Irish Purse, Irish Plate & Irish Cup.

Kyle Mozart & children

Fantasy Coursing update

With the 240 points earned at Clonmel last Monday our new leaders in the Sporting Press Fantasy Coursing competition are Ian Bourke from Oola and Michael McMahon from Ballybunion who has two selections with the highest score of 805 points. In fairness anyone who can pick the winners of both Champion Stakes in September deserves a prize. Michael has another team in fourth place (800 points) and interestingly that team includes a dog in his own kennel, Domain King, which ran so well against Kyle Mozart (pictured) in the opening round of the Champion Stakes. Then we have six teams on 795 points with five of those from the one household.

The one concern for those near the top of the leaderboard is that they may not have too many runners at the Irish Cup meeting and will be relying on results to fall right for them. It remains to be seen if the big names like Kyle Mozart, Skellig Shane, Blades Of Fire & Reikers Island are entered at Patrickswell. Other potential Cup entries in those top teams include Floating Victor, Ballygerald Buzz, Domain King, Wi Can Riki, For The Parish, Kyle Alex, Chicago Shuffle & Wiseguy Mark. With Dicks Bimbo & Bexhill Anna unlikely to reappear our leaders will be hoping Finn Dancer or Jumeirah Glory can pick up points for them. However with well over 120 selections within 100 points of the leaders and 285 points available to be won on the last weekend of the season this competition is set for a thrilling finale.

In the Fantasy Coursing for Charity competition our players have slipped out of contention for the big prize of €5,000 as none of them had both Kyle Mozart & Dicks Bimbo in their selection. However there is still a fantastic €1,000 to be won for one charity thanks to our sponsor. Back leading this race is Caoimhe Cullen of Carlow CC with 630 points and Caoimhe will be hoping to see the likes of Wheres Mr Wilks and Touch Of Class appear in the draw next Sunday night. Hot on her heels are Shane Curtin and Mary Guiney.

Jt 1 Ian Bourke Oola 805
Jt 1 Michael McMahon Ballybunion 805
Jt 1 Michael McMahon Ballybunion 805
4 Michael McMahon Ballybunion 800
Jt 5 Sean Doyle Ennis 795
Jt 5 Sean Doyle Ennis 795
Jt 5 Sean Doyle Ennis 795
Jt 5 Sean Doyle Ennis 795
Jt 5 Den Morrin Tuam 795
Jt 5 Paula Minogue Ennis 795
Jt 11 Graham Reid Ballymena 790
Jt 11 Leo Walsh/Denis Daly Donabate 790
1 Caoimhe Cullen Kilkenny 630
Jt 2 Mary Guiney Enniscouch 620
Jt 2 Shane Curtin Tournafulla 620
4 Grainne Herbert Kilflynn 580




Finals Day at National Meeting

A magnificent rainbow appeared over Powerstown Park this afternoon as the finals of the 93rd National Coursing Meeting were taking place and brought a ‘Crock of Gold’ to the Nolan family of Castleisland & Abbeyfeale, to Brendan Matthews of Newry and joint owner Nora Raleigh, Newcastlewest, to the Field family from Patrickswell, to the Tobin family from a few hundred yards beyond the racecourse, to the Short Puck Syndicate comprising of the Dunphy family Portlaw & their friends Sean Lucey & Kevin Cummins and to the members of the Kimberley & Wymondham Coursing Club Syndicate, Norfolk. It was a tremendous occasion on a most beautiful day and a fitting conclusion to the meeting.

For the second year running Corn Na Feile form proved best in the BoyleSports Derby and Silent Whisper gave an outstanding performance over the three days. The son of New Inn Wonder – Silent Belle has pace, stamina and toughness in abundance. Congratulations to Tom Nolan, his son Marc, father Tim and trainer Mossie O’Connor who possibly arrived in Clonmel expecting to win the Oaks with his sister (beaten in a very exciting quarter-final by Myleene) but leave with the most prized trophy of all in coursing.

Brendan Matthews finally has the full set of Coursing Classics. A multiple winner of Derbies and Irish Cups, the Oaks had eluded him until today. He shares the glory with his good friend Nora Raleigh of Newcastlewest. The brilliant Foxhollow Lady emulates her dam Somelittlething which won the Oaks four years ago and is a daughter of Razor Ashmore which Brendan also trained to win a Derby in 2008. A 25/1 shot before coursing she won more admirers with every round and then saved the best for last.

Twelve months ago Kyle Mozart was involved in an epic final to the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes but came out the wrong side. He more than made amends today with a series of performances from the top drawer, none more so than in the semi-final when he ousted the warm favourite. Marie Field and husband Michael get a great tune always from their third season dogs and this son of Kyle Basil – Lyrics is no exception.

Twelve months ago also the locals were devastated when the Owen McKenna trained Dicks Bimbo went off-line in her Oaks quarter-final. She gave them a similar scare again today in her opening course of the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion but after that made light work of what was billed as a ‘serious’ field of runners. For the Tobin family who were born a stone throw from Powerstown Park it is a dream come true to own this daughter of Kyle James – Barrack Bimbo.

The Dunphy family from Portlaw are better known for their track success with the ‘Droopys’ but they have always been great supporters & sponsors of coursing. They were celebrating this afternoon when Mayfield (Adios Alonso – Gowayoudat) which they own with Sean Lucey & Kevin Cummins won the Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes. Remarkably both Consolation winners had contested the very first course of their respective Classics with Mayfield, trained by Jonathan Best losing to Needham Yippee.

The members of the Kimberley & Wymondham Syndicate had only arrived at Powerstown on Saturday morning when Scaredy Pants (Adios Alonso – Eggemalong) was sent packing by Space Trend. However it was to be a blessing in disguise perhaps as this Neil Herbert trained runner romped through the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes and gave her delighted connections who travelled in large numbers from Norfolk and other parts of England a weekend to remember.

Much more will be written on this week’s Sporting Press but we will conclude the piece by thanking all those who played their part in the success of the 2018 National Meeting. Most especially our Sponsors and those coursing clubs which got behind DJ, Brian and Team Powerstown and embraced the ethos of a National Meeting. It could not have happened without you and we are very grateful.






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Day 2 at National Meeting

After a long and testing day at Powerstown Park for Day 2 of the 2018 National Coursing Meeting it is more of a struggle than usual to find the right words for this review piece, although admittedly there is no shortage of things to write about.   

First and foremost huge praise must go to Team Powerstown for completing today’s programme of events. More than once a postponement looked likely due to snow showers but DJ and his team did what was necessary in the interest of hare and greyhound welfare whilst still keeping things moving along and it really was a massive achievement to get the final course upfield at approximately 4.30pm. And once again thankfully every hare made it home safely.

Yes there were a couple of wayward hares, some very hard luck stories and one or two questionable judging decisions. However the purpose of writing these pieces was never to analyse or overly comment on such matters so we will refrain from doing so on this occasion also.

The betting tonight would suggest that the finalists in the 2018 BoyleSports Coursing Derby will be Corn Na Feile winner Silent Whisper and the big pre-coursing fancy & local hope Part Exchange. Both greyhounds have won their three rounds to date in a very professional and straight forward manner and received light enough work. Were they to go to slips tomorrow morning it would be an epic course but the reality is that they both have two more courses to win before that happens. In their way are two formidable challengers of Brendan Matthews who have also made it this far with very little fuss. Needham Yippee moved exceptionally well in his third round bye and will give Silent Whisper his first serious test. City Link had to fight much harder for his third day appearance but pulled out a length victory at the top of the field and now meets an opponent which suffered a fall this afternoon. Boyneside Swift was already the surprise packet of this year’s Derby with two fast clocks and looked like he was about to take another notable scalp only to find his legs entangled with those of his opponent before they reached the hare. Both dogs took a hefty tumble, particularly Boyneside, but he was judged to have done enough to get the flag even though the loser continued the course to the escape. Hopefully he will be ok to go to battle in the quarter-final.

The showdown between the Doyle & Kelly families (slippers) materialised in the second quarter and gave us the most exciting course of the meeting to date. Brian Doyle gave them a perfect slip and there was absolutely nothing in it at the first turn, Thats My Man belonging to Alan’s dad Jimmy Kelly just getting his nose in front at the vital time. He gets to meet Blueview Trump whose third round flag did not meet with universal approval as many deemed his opponent to have been always in command. However it was one of those messy endings with both greyhounds pulling up as they neared the escape without a turn. Finally we come to Crescent Ash which won the first trial stake of the season at Liscannor and is giving his connections a dream run. The dog he beat in RD 1 yesterday is running exceptionally well in the consolation event and we have often seen that line of form work out before.

In the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks Brendan Matthews is also doubly represented and both Myleene and Foxhollow Lady benefited from byes this afternoon when their expected opponents had the misfortune to be taken on a scenic route of the racecourse. Blades Of Honour had just recorded a very fast time in her course and Sydney Wish was also giving her connections a weekend to remember. With the Matthews runners bred from a Champion Bitch Stake winner and an Oaks winner they have the right credentials to give Brendan his first ever Oaks success. However in that same half is long-time favourite Silent Wonder (pictured) whose blistering early pace has so far been the talking point of this year’s Classic and she simply demoralises her opponents with it. Completing the half is Manley Flight who came to Clonmel with much less hype than her owner’s Manley Girl did two years ago but has already gone three steps further and eliminated a well fancied opponent this afternoon.

Possibly the fastest runner in the top half is Con Guiney’s Share The Dream but she is enjoying no luck really as denoted by two ‘No Clocks’ out of three courses. She was blessed to sight the hare in RD3 but then suffered a couple of energy sapping tumbles. She now meets original 33/1 shot Gone To Town and this lady cannot be dismissed lightly especially with the way she finishes out her courses. The last Oaks ticket of the season at Macroom went the way of Clash Chainnaigh and her good late season run is continuing. However she did seem to be in serious trouble against Mad Decision only for the latter to go unsighted. Her quarter-final opponent is Elegant Dame which may have enjoyed the rub of the green yesterday but could not be faulted on her two displays today and is now expected by the bookmakers to progress from the top half of the draw.

And so our thoughts now turn to the third and final day of the 2018 National Meeting which will also feature the two Champion Stakes. One enthusiast leaving Powerstown Park this evening was overheard saying he thoroughly enjoyed his day as it had a bit of everything. It surely had but tomorrow we will gladly settle for more favourable weather, less hard luck stories, all hares home safe and six great finals. It’s not much to ask for, is it ?




Day 1 at National Meeting

Overnight rain cleared early this morning over Powerstown Park and by 11am a fine crowd had gathered for the opening day of the 93rd National Coursing Meeting. There was plenty of activity in the betting ring with the biggest wagers in the Boylesports Derby coming for Outoftheshadow (7s to 4s). Later there would be a huge move for Clon Eagle (33s to 12s) but unfortunately for his supporters that gamble would go astray very quickly. In the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks the money kept coming for the long odds favourite Silent Wonder and as predicted she went to slips as short as 3/1.

The action got underway with a perfect course for Space Trend which had been nibbled at by punters also and was only 8/1 in places. Up and In, away and home, to return again at 11.00am tomorrow morning, what more could you ask for ?. And remember this lady was also in the first course of the day when winning her trial stake in New Ross. A number of longer than average hunts would follow in that first quarter, Woodlands Roisin & Killimor Belle the main sufferers, but things steadied down then and we were treated to some excellent coursing for Day 1. Share The Dream & Loyal Labamba were the two to catch the eye in the second quarter although we got no clock for Con Guiney’s runner as she came off the run-up. This second quarter would also produce the first big shock of the day when Heartbeat got the better of Abbeyfeale winner Graigues Legacy (the loser would later be very lucky to win her course in the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler so perhaps she is not herself).

The third quarter of the Oaks produced a string of impressive performances from the likes of Blades Of Honour, Myleene, Cill Ide Bliss and Howyamissus but they were still overshadowed by the awesome Silent Wonder which simply glided over the ground. She won’t get it easy but if she produces similar runs tomorrow and Monday the Oaks trophy will surely be heading to the Nolan household in Abbeyfeale. The fourth quarter is much harder to call but the bookmakers obviously liked the East Donegal reserve trial stake winner Central Maid because the 33s available before coursing has drastically constricted to 10s this evening. The final course of this first round would send the Val Halla Syndicate from Derbyshire off to lunch very happy when their Flagfield Alonso ran out a gutsy winner over the local Clonmel hope Alonso Blonde.

Slipping his first ever official course at a National Meeting, Alan Kelly (pictured here on right with his uncle & judge Liam Kelly) got Needham Yippee & Mayfield away shortly after 1.15pm in the BoyleSports Derby. It would be one of four flags the maestro Brendan Matthews would raise today with City Expert his only loser. However this first quarter today belonged to Corn Na Feile Derby winner Silent Whisper, a brother to the Oaks favourite. Wouldn’t you like to be driving that van home tonight !!. The thriller we anticipated between himself & Roquefort Teddy just never happened to be honest with the Silent dog always in control. The second quarter in the Derby is a bit like the third in the Oaks, dominated perhaps by the favourite Outoftheshadow but full of other potential winners should he slip up. It certainly won’t be plain sailing for the favourite as he got a number of turns this afternoon and looked tired walking back down. It will take an upset for it to happen but potentially the families of both slippers could be involved in a third round buckle tomorrow afternoon (Long John Silver v That’s My Man).

The third quarter produced the most drama & talking points of the day. First the 50/1 chance Boyneside Swift clocked what was up to then the best clock of the day (bettered just once later);  Noel Browne’s Powerstown luck ran out when a playful hare refused to head home after Coolavanny Juno had rose his first flag in an eye catching manner; In a bizarre course the hugely fancied Watchman seemed to lose sight just after he put his head in front against early leader Half A Moment and suddenly took a turn back towards slips; Finally the quarter concluded with a noble run from City Link which places him firmly in contention for outright honours. The fourth quarter was much more straight forward but did give us the best clock of the day when the big local hope Part Exchange had the stands buzzing with his 12.64 run. Whilst anything can happen, right now his buckle tomorrow morning with Kyle Steel could decide the outcome of this bottom quarter.

And so owners & trainers headed out the Lodge Gate this afternoon, some excited, some content, some bewildered and some disappointed. Although never in doubt as to how genuinely nice coursing people are, it was really brought home to yours truly this lunchtime when the draw for the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes took place. Twenty eight first round losers were entered, leaving four places for the seven reserves. It must have been cruel disappointing for the three which lost out, especially after bringing their runner to Clonmel this morning. However the connections of all three, Gentstown, Chetwynd Belle & Knockane Gracie accepted it in such a graceful manner that your heart would go out to them. Thankfully all six remaining Derby reserves made it into the Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes later.  Indeed one of them, Candied Peel, will be involved in the second course of the day when coursing resumes tomorrow morning at 11.00am. See you there !!




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The 93rd National Coursing Meeting

Enjoy reading our 44 page National Meeting Special inside every Sporting Press this week. As well as Previews, Formguide, Expert Opinions & Tipsters, Betting, Photos, Fantasy Coursing update etc etc it also includes Frank Kieran’s story of his day at the kennels of Paul Matthews; John Barry has a chat with the Nolan family (‘Silent’ prefix) and Con Guiney about their Clonmel hopes; Paul Cooney concludes his trial stake trail with a visit to the Heeney family in Ennis (Allofthelights) before returning home to Tipperary to discuss the chances of Ballymeelishnell with Pat Lee in Roscrea; The aforementioned Frank Kieran also has a word with Kevin Barry about his Powerstown contenders and finally the wonderful mind of Gerry McCarthy aka Tom Kelly recounts how the National Meeting has continued to thrive over 93 years despite weather, war & many other challenges.  A huge thank you to all our contributors, those mentioned above and all who helped in any way to make this publication possible. Special thanks to Tony O’Mahoney and Damien Lonergan for their trojan efforts and to our advertisers & sponsors. #NM2018


Official Non-Runner in BoyleSports Derby Replaced By
Tin Man (second quarter) Reserve
Sam John James (fourth quarter) Reserve
Fidget Spinner (reserve)  
Official Non-Runner in Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks Replaced By
Please Marry Me (first quarter) Reserve
Ohtherenellie (first quarter) Reserve
Frankies Call (fourth quarter) Reserve
Official Non-Runner Champion Bitch Stakes Replaced By
Tree Top Kerry Reserve
Trillainminella (reserve)


Please note that whilst our system only allows us to display eight reserves in ‘Coursing Draws’ for both Derby & Oaks, all ten remaining reserves will appear on the programme on Day 1 and will be eligible to compete in the Consolation Stakes if vacancies arise.  In the Oaks the Reserve I is Chetwynd Belle and Reserve J is Strand Road. In the Derby the Reserve I is Creggane Magic and the Reserve J is Treatuinchawkes.

The fastest time recorded at the second hare schooling session at Powerstown Park on Friday was 12.69. 
The fastest time recorded at the first hare schooling session at Powerstown Park on Thursday 
was 12.48.   

Due to huge demand for the Coursing Bus on Route 2 (Galway) and Route 3 (Tralee) an extra bus has now been placed on both routes so that no one will be disappointed.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for booking details. Early booking advisable.

Following the counting of votes we can now announce the officials for the 2018 National Coursing Meeting.
JUDGES: Liam Kelly & John O’Connell (Reserve Judge: Paul Horan)
SLIPPERS: Brian Doyle & Alan Kelly (Reserve Slipper: Richard Quinn jnr)


Withdrawal from BoyleSports Derby Replaced By
Budore Leg (Winner East Donegal) City Expert (R-Up East Donegal)
Ballarue Eagle (Winner Rathdowney) Dale Arrogate (R-Up Rathdowney)
Steady Rise (Winner Wexford) Honey Smokey (R-Up Wexford)
Needham Rocket (Winner Glin) Knockderk Flyer (RW South Clare)
Fingal Salmon (Winner Westmeath Utd) Act Of Kindness (R-Up Westmeath Utd)
Meenagh Master (Winner Gorey) Clash Bruno (R-Up Gorey)
Granard Flash (Winner Regional) Bedford Wonder (R-Up Regional)
Portobanus (Winner Rathkeale) Rathfort Wonder (R-Up Rathkeale)
Withdrawal from Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks Replaced By
Killeacle Jackie (Winner Lixnaw) Duarigle Class (R-Up Lixnaw)
Bexhill Gigi (Winner Ballymena) Myleene (R-Up Ballymena)
Ballymac Meena (Winner Kilflynn) Amys Hero (R-Up Kilflynn)
Ballybeg Hanna (Winner Regional) Central Maid (RW East Donegal)
Withdrawal from Kevin Smith Champion Stakes Replaced By
Barefoot Marine Floating Victor (9th placed)
Blades Of Fire Wi Can Riki (10th placed)




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.




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.


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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.