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ABBEYFEALE REVIEW

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.

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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 http://irishcoursingclub.ie/fixtures/

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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).

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Westmeath flavour to Awards night

What a coursing season it was for the Carr family from Killucan, Co Westmeath and indeed for everyone at Westmeath Utd coursing club. They had a path worn from Tables 7 and 8 to the stage at the ICC Awards & Dinner Dance last Saturday night in the Charleville Park Hotel. Sporting Press Progress Charts for Killucan Rose & Howdododo, the Charity Fantasy Coursing cheque for David & Declan Carr, the Patsy Byrne Junior Nominator Award for Caoimhe Ivory and Michael Horgan’s ‘Road to Glory’ Award for Westmeath Utd coursing club.
However the highlight of the night for them all was the Coursing Bitch of the Year Award presentation for Killucan Rose, very kindly sponsored by Flaherty Market’s, Galway.

Our photo shows Kevin Carr accepting the 2017 ICC Bitch of the Year Award from Martin Flaherty (presenting on behalf of his dad Jimmy) with members of the Carr family, Lucy Flaherty, ICC President Brian Divilly and ICC CEO DJ Histon.

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Jimmy enters Hall Of Fame

“If you could come up with a definition of what a coursing man should be, look no further than Jimmy Darcy. He is a breeder, owner, trainer of distinction, club working member and of course has great respect for the Irish hare. He is a man we all aspire to be like and he is an inspiration to us all”.
Those were the words of DJ Histon, CEO Irish Coursing Club as he welcomed Jimmy Darcy into the ICC Hall of Fame at the Coursing Awards & Dinner Dance last weekend. As Jimmy and his wife Anna came to the stage to accept his Award from sponsors Brian and Noelle Divilly he received his second standing ovation of the evening. The first had come a short time earlier when the guests had watched a moving tribute to Jimmy which had been filmed at the Johnstown & Urlingford coursing field in Woodsgift and at his home.

Our photo shows Jimmy accepting his Award from sponsor and ICC President Brian Divilly whilst Anna accepts a bouquet from Noelle Divilly. Also in photo are Jimmy’s children Jimmy jnr and Marie, two of his grandsons James and Conor and his many friends from Johnstown and neighbouring coursing clubs.

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Blades progeny on fire

Unlucky Champion Bitch Stakes runner-up Blades of Glory has produced some exceptionally fast greyhounds since being retired to the breeding paddocks.
However as owner Denis Guiney said at the ICC Awards on Saturday night last he thought a Classic win was going to elude her. That all changed of course on January 30th of this year when two of her sons Reikers Island and the Guiney family owned Blades Of Fire divided the 2017 BoyleSports Derby.
Their sister Our Miztique also reached the quarter-final of the Oaks so it was no surprise that Blades Of Glory was voted ICC Brood Bitch of the Year for the second time in three years.

Our photo shows Mike O’Connell (representing sponsor Richard Maher of Event Power Ltd, Thurles) presenting the trophy to Denis’s mam Mary and members of the Guiney family together with trainer Gerry Holian and Jacqueline Farrell.

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Awards mount up for Adios Alonso

In the 15 year history of the ICC Stud Dog of the Year Award only five different dogs have won the Award including Adios Alonso who took his third title this year.
The other winners are Hilltown (5), Bexhill Eoin (4) and Ashmore View, Kingsmill Dynamo and Razor Ashmore with one Award each.

Adios Alonso had previously won the Award which is kindly sponsored by the National Meeting Bookmakers in 2013 and 2015 so he appears to be making a habit of winning every second year. This might be of some comfort to other Stud Dog owners as we head towards the 2017/18 season !!!.
However there was no doubting his supremacy during the season just gone, siring the Oaks winner Knockout Glory and the two Derby dividers Reikers Island and Blades Of Fire as well as a host of other big stake winners and National Meeting qualifiers.

Our photo shows Michael Sheil representing the National Meeting Bookmakers presenting the trophy at the ICC Awards last weekend to Gerry Holian who trained Adios Alonso to win the 2010 Derby. To the right of Michael is John O’Sullivan who co-owns the dog with Richard Maher and Basil Holian.

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ICC Award Winners 2017

Many congratulations to our ICC Award Winners for 2017.
A big thank you also to our Award Sponsors and to all of you who voted.
Our photo shows 2017 Greyhound of the Year, Reikers Island, with Dr Paddy & Mary O’Kelly.

Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale Coursing Dog of the Year
WINNER 

REIKERS ISLAND

Flaherty Markets Galway Coursing Bitch of the Year
WINNER 

KILLUCAN ROSE

National Meeting Bookmakers Coursing Stud Dog of the Year
WINNER 

ADIOS ALONSO

Event Power Ltd Thurles Coursing Brood Bitch of the Year
WINNER 

BLADES OF GLORY

Hall of Fame Award (Kindly sponsored by Brian Divilly)
JIMMY DARCY, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny