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Day 2 at Irish Cup

Two pups, five second season dogs and one third season performer will contest the latter stages of the 2017 Irish Cup at Limerick Racecourse tomorrow (Sunday). That third season runner is Kyle Bruce who reached the semi-final in 2015 and the quarter-final in 2016. Remarkably he now meets Drive On Smokey who reached the final here 12 months ago so both of these greyhounds certainly know their way up Limerick racecourse and could provide a thriller tomorrow morning. However the one they all have to beat is Portane Ash who again ran like a worthy favourite today and has now shortened to odds on 4/5. Will it be another chapter in the story of that outstanding brood bitch Newinn All In who has already produced an Irish Cup winner in Newinn Wonder and a Derby winner in Coolavanny Bingo (litter comrade of Portane Ash).

Giving Brendan Matthews a powerful hand in the top half of the Irish Cup are last year’s Derby quarter-finalist Wallace Banner and Needham Frankel which came in from the reserves yesterday. It would be difficult to find fault with either of their performances today and it would be no surprise to see them meet in the semi-final. Standing in their way are Kingdom Cup winner Skellig Shane and the pup Gurteen Davi. Shane has paid a huge compliment to Howdododo by the manner of his three victories here this weekend so far and seems to be loving the field as was predicted he might. He did enjoy a small rub of the green this afternoon against Kyle Mozart but you need that in coursing. Enjoying more than a small bit of luck was the pup Gurteen Davi who appeared to be in trouble against Wiseguy Mark only for the latter to lose sight when the hare veered right. However no one will begrudge the Spillanes from Bantry the excitement of having a runner in last eight of Irish Cup.

As already mentioned Kyle Bruce and Drive On Smokey are back in the familiar territory of an Irish Cup quarter-final and the winner will oppose either Portane Ash or the pup Stonepark Mick. Mick has devastating early but has an unusual style of running which may explain what was a sluggish clock this afternoon. He could certainly lead the favourite for the early part of their course but then needs to knuckle down to the job at hand. It will be strange for his trainer Michael O’Donovan to be taking on a dog which he trained for all of his puppy season and owned by friends for whom he trained many other good dogs such as Timber House and Portane All Inn. Michael cut back on training All Age dogs for this season and Declan Byrne was delighted to receive Portane Ash into his Carrick On Suir kennels. Whether Declan will be bringing an Irish Cup winner home tomorrow evening remains to be seen but for now we can all look forward to what should be an epic finale to the 2016/17 coursing season.

From the offset we said this year’s Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake was a classy affair and so it is proving to be. One of the most eagerly awaited buckles of the season will be the Champion Stakes final rematch tomorrow between Killucan Rose and Skellig Jewel. I doubt if two Clonmel All Age Bitch finalists ever met a second time like this before. Jewel has it on the clock but she did get an awkward looking tumble in front of the escape this afternoon whilst Rose went up effortlessly in a bye course following withdrawal of Bexhill Anna. The best clock in this stake today came from Pumpkin Abbie who looks to be well over the set back she had in Clonmel. She meets Mother Of Pearl who eliminated Abbie’s older half sister Kia and is showing the form which won her many admirers when winning the Oaks TS at Doon. In the top half the favourite Finn Dancer gave another polished display and may get the upper hand of Delightful Babe which ran five times at Tipperary a fortnight ago when winning their All Age Bitch Stake. The winner will go down to meet either Laurdella Dani who is really catching the eye at the moment or Isshenamedyet which had a surprisingly comfortable win over Clerihan Pockets. This stake itself is worth the admission fee into the coursing tomorrow.

Betting and Clocks in Quick Results

Irish Cup 4a

Day 1 at the Irish Cup

The first day of the 2017 Irish Cup meeting belonged to Portane Ash. A gamble which started earlier in the week intensified on course this morning and he went to slips the 6/1 favourite, half his original odds. When he moved away from the three times winner Kingsmill Jasper it was obvious he was doing something special and so it proved with his clock of 11.45 (a full 20 spots faster than anything else today). Trainer Declan Byrne has had to be very patient with this litter brother to Coolavanny Bingo because of an injury picked up before the season got underway. He qualified for the Irish Cup at the 11th hour in Macroom but is tonight the clear 5/2 favourite to win it.

With the score 2-0 in his favour Octane Wonder looked to be making it a hat-trick of wins over Kyle Mozart for most of their eagerly awaited buckle. However Mozart had already shown in the Champions Stake final that he doesn’t go down easy and he fought back to take the vital first turn. It was a good day for the Kyle dogs with all three going through but Bruce doesn’t help himself. This third season dog is as keen as mustard and after clocking a notable 11.66 he drove in and somersaulted a number of times. He looked fine afterwards though so hopefully all is ok. He did the same in 2015 Derby and also here at Patrickswell 12 months ago.

Noted for producing some very fast clocks in early rounds, Needham Frankel came in from the reserves to record the second fastest time of the day 11.65. By all accounts he was the subject of a mild gamble too at 25/1 or better. The two other Brendan Matthews trained runners Wallace Banner & Needham Eoin qualified also for Day 2 but had to work hard for their flags.

Of the other All Aged runners the ones to impress most were Alcar, Skellig Shane and Drive On Smokey although the latter who ran up last year was probably lucky that the turn took place where it did because Tellmemorelies was catching up rapidly. The ground is much softer than 12 months ago which may not help his cause. Unfortunately last year’s winner Foot Solution is out after failing to cope with the devastating early pace of Acres Bob.

There were some great performances from the pups and they could yet have a big say in the final destination of the €40,000 first prize. Eye catchers were Wiseguy Mark, Ballinveala Yolo, For The Parish, Another Country and Stonepark Mick although the latter barely held the bitch Kingsmill Ariel after being three lengths in front at one stage.

The biggest shocks of the day were reserved for the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake with Newinn Rose, Bower Judy and two of the Skelligs (Sky & Bright) bowing out. There was a gamble pre-coursing on Finns Dancer and as she had done in the Oaks first round a few weeks ago she flew up again today and is now 11/4 favourite. The second & third quarters are very hard to call but Champion Bitch Stake winner Killucan Rose has a lovely style of running and is the one they have to beat. There could be an all-Pumpkin final to the fourth quarter with Abbie in particular very impressive.

IRISH CUP Betting after first round: 5/2 Portane Ash; 6/1 Skellig Shane, Wiseguy Mark; 8/1 Kyle Mozart, Wallace Banner, Needham Frankel, Needham Eoin, Stonepark Mick; 10/1 Alcar, Ballinveala Yolo, Drive On Smokey.

PATSY BYRNE SELECT BITCH STAKE Betting after first round: 11/4 Finn Dancer; 7/2 Skellig Jewel; 4/1 Killucan Rose, Pumpkin Abbie; 5/1 Laurdella Dani, Bexhill Anna; 6/1 Lineroad Lamar, Isshenamedyet.


Ballyglen Duke v Ballymore Sam
Ham And Inch v Yippee Razor
Essential v Callura Sonic
Smearla Dresden v Kingsmill Ariel

Tellmemorelies v Ivy Hill Time
Cuine Yet v Mustdoitagain
Octane Wonder v Kerry Abu
Battleoftheboyne v Kingsmill Jasper

Ramona Jingles v Hold Firm
Oldfriendsrbest v Domain King
Foot Solution v Ashmore Rocket
Kingcormac Fairy v Isle Of Destiny

Carrowkeal Gavin v Tory Hill Denzel
Ever So Magic v Serene Angel
Hilark James v Highland Hunter
Private Pulse (Bye)

Aerial Pic of Track 2

IRISH CUP 2017 – News

Disappointing for the Lennon family, Kilkenny who have had to withdraw both of their runners from tomorrow’s Irish Cup meeting due to kennel sickness. Go Usain Bolt was due to meet Ivy Hill Time in the second quarter of the Irish Cup and the much fancied Tilly The Tank was in the first course of the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake against Chubbys Ruby. We now have three non-runners in the Irish Cup which means RES C Isle Of Destiny will be called in as will the first reserve in the bitch stake, Madonna.
The action gets underway at 11.00am and don’t be late because the favourite and second favourite are running in the first four courses !!

There are two official non-runners in the 2017 Irish Cup which gets underway tomorrow, Friday 24th February at Patrickswell, Dillrock Mick which was due to meet Domain King in the third quarter and Manntan Manor which was due to meet Battleoftheboyne in the very last course. The first two reserves are Needham Frankel from the Brendan Matthews kennel and the pup Kyle Alex owned by Marie Field. Both of these subs ran very well in Tubbercurry back in January and are more than capable of making an impression over the coming weekend.

The pre-Irish Cup issue of the Sporting Press is on sale from today (Wednesday) and Tony O’Connor plumps for Octane Wonder to make it a second Classic for this season’s big Abbeyfeale winners. Corn Na Feile Puppy Stake winner Reikers Island divided the Derby with his litter brother and now the form of the Corn Na Feile All Age will be put to the test. Octane Wonder of course was the winner and by a remarkable coincidence he now meets the dog he defeated in that Abbeyfeale final, Kyle Mozart, in the first round of the Irish Cup. Other dogs tipped on this week’s Sporting Press include Skellig Shane, Hold Firm, Domain King, Balleen Voyager, Serene Angel, Alcar, Foot Solution, Drive On Smokey, Portane Ash, Tellmemorelies, Wallace Banner, Kingsmill Jasper and the pups Wiseguy Mark, Stonepark Mick, Needham Eoin, Oldfriendsrbest, Carmac Chaos and Ballinveala Yolo. Will the winner come from one of those twenty ?. We will find out very soon.

Last season’s Irish Cup winner Foot Solution is 14/1 to make it back to back victories when the 2017 renewal takes place at Patrickswell this coming weekend.  Drive On Smokey which ran-up to Foot Solution twelve months ago is 16/1 to go one better. Bookmakers have made Octane Wonder their 7/1 favourite followed by Skellig Shane at 9s and Wallace Banner at 10s. There are about six runners priced at 12/1 including Portane Ash for which there has been plenty of support in the last 48 hours.  Another runner attracting support is Manntan Manor and his odds have now shortened from 25s to 20s.

Arguably the finest field ever has been assembled for the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake and it will take some winning. Recent Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes winner Killucan Rose is one of four co-favourites priced at 5/1. The others are Skellig Jewel (runner-up to Killucan Rose in Clonmel), Newinn Rose and the bitch pup Bexhill Anna which was also well supported to win the Oaks a few weeks ago but lost to Dicks Bimbo in the third round.

Thanks to Tomas McLoughlin, Eoin Flynn & Kieran Houlihan for putting together this hour long mini-documentary which looks at some of the stories behind past Irish Cup successes and shares a few expert views on what is likely to win the 2017 renewal which takes place next weekend, Feb 24-26.  


Bereavement Notice

His many coursing friends in Ireland will be very sad to hear that Len Elman has passed away in Spain after a short illness. A native of England, Len spent many years living in Cork from where he travelled to coursing meetings most weekends of the season. He became a member of the Mitchelstown based Twelve Happy Syndicate and made lifelong friends at clubs like Mitchelstown and Dungarvan etc. Len attended the National Meeting at Clonmel a few weeks ago but took ill and was hospitalized on his return to Spain where he had been living most recently.

Our sincere sympathy to his wife Barbara, sons Daniel & Ben and the extended Elman family.

Cremation will take place in Spain at 6pm on Thursday (Feb 23rd).

May he Rest In Peace.

Irish Cup 2016 presentation


The following is the draw (with nominators) for the €40,000 to-the-winner 2017 Irish Cup which gets underway at Limerick Racecourse on Friday next, February 24th. The field is headed by last year’s winner Foot Solution seen here with connections & ICC / Irish Cup representatives following his success 12 months ago. The runner-up on that occasion, Drive On Smokey is also returning and no less than eight of the top ten points scorers for this year’s Kevin Smith Champion Stakes will be in action (Howdododo & Half The Odds being the exceptions).  The puppy brigade are led by Derby semi-finalist Wiseguy Mark and quarter-finalists Needham Eoin & Ballinveala Yolo whilst Kingsmill Ariel attempts to become the first bitch to win the Irish Cup in 25 years, Dunsilly Queen in 1992 being the last to achieve this feat.

John Boyle Ashmore Rocket (p) v Tim O’Driscoll Skellig Shane
Mark Dilger Judiligence v O. Comerford & J. Herbert Abunchoftools (p)
Dermot O’Shea Cherrygrove Wolf v Raymond Smith Ballyhast Flyer
Patsy & Berkie Browne Octane Wonder v Marie Field Kyle Mozart
Matthew Ryan Killacolla Jet (p) v Michael Spillane Killarney Hilark James
Tadhg Sullivan Essential v Brendan Matthews Wallace Banner
Padraig and Conor Ryan Tory Hill Denzel v Michael Horgan Kilkillogue (p)
John Wilson Donovanneighbour v Jimmy Quinn Galevalley Hero (p)

Noreen McManus Alcar v Pat Burke Hold Firm
Liam & William Riordan Wiseguy Mark (p) v Tony Reddan Kerry Abu
M. O’Donovan Killaloe Foot Solution v Luke Kilcoyne Acres Bob (p)
Michael Spillane Bantry Gurteen Davi (p) v Christy Murphy Oldfriendsrbest (p)
Vincent Purtill Ballinveala Yolo (p) v Brian Murphy Highland Hunter
M. O’Donovan Tipperary Go Usain Go (p) v Murty McMahon Ivy Hill Time
Sir Mark Prescott Kingcormac Fairy v Noel Collins For The Parish (p)
Kieran Barry & John Harty Earl Of Clare v Caroline Foran Yippee Razor

Ned and Tommy Relihan Needham Eoin (p) v Brian & Laurence Jones Smearla Dresden (p)
Brendan Farrelly Dillrock Mick v John Egan Domain King
Eamonn Kiely Jet Stream v May Doolin Breska Diamond (p)
Pat Savage Kyle Bruce v Mary Fitzgerald Ever So Magic (p)
Leo Walsh Tellmemorelies v Pat Horgan Drive On Smokey
Una O’Sullivan Blueview Huggle v Bridget Byrne Carrowkeal Gavin
John Garrahy Mustdoitagain v Peter O Loghlen Walkinmyshoes
Basil Holian Maker Of Rules v Charlie & Gerry Chawke Champion Times

Francis Brooke Tractorman v Matt Feheney Callura Sonic (p)
Brian Divilly Kingsmill Jasper v Oliver Scallon Portane Ash
Fr. John Fitzgibbon Carmac Chaos(p) v Nora & Oliver Raleigh Ham and Inch (p)
Countess Dunraven & Lady Anna Brians Choice (p) v Jack O’Rourke Balleen Voyager
John Roche & Michael Fitzpatrick Kingsmill Ariel (b) v Brendan Duffy Stonepark Mick (p)
Pat Dalton Serene Angel v Mike Mann Cuine Hero
Tony Quinn Cuine Yet v Pat Pyne and Patsy Myers Another Country (p)
Pat Curtin Manntan Manor v Brendan Keogh Battleoftheboyne

Reserves:  Needham Frankel;  Kyle Alex ; Isle Of Destiny ; Cuine Dale ; Ballymore Sam ; Private Pulse ; Ballyglen Duke ; Ramona Jingles ;

Dogs at hut

IRISH CUP – Order of Running

IRISH CUP meeting

Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February
Judge: Paul Horan
Slipper: Richard Quinn jnr
Start 11.00am on Friday/Saturday and 11.30am Sunday
FRIDAY: Once through Irish Cup (Interval) Once through Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake, Earl of Dunraven Kilgobbin Dog Puppy Stake, Cu Chulainn Bar Bitch Puppy Stake and 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 and first round Bill Chawke Irish Plate.
SUNDAY: Commence with second round Champion Working Members Stake, first round Surplus Stake, second round Bitch Puppy Stake, second round Dog Puppy Stake, third round Select Bitch Stake, third round Irish Purse, second round Irish Plate and fourth round Irish Cup (Interval) Complete all semi-finals (Interval) Complete all finals.

National Meeting testing

Please be advised that following the prohibited substance testing procedures carried out at the recent National Meeting, all samples have been certified as Negative.
The Irish Coursing Club would like to thank owners, trainers and staff for co-operating fully with the process to ensure the integrity of our sport is maintained.
Full details on next week’s Sporting Press.

Leo & Declan 2 winners

Howdododo in the Fantasy Coursing ?

Our photo shows Leo Walsh, a member of the Cheese & Chips Syndicate, with their Kevin Smith Champion Stakes winner Howdododo and Declan Carr with Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake winner Killucan Rose. Both trained by Declan’s dad Kevin.

When we invited Declan & David Carr to participate in this season’s Fantasy Coursing for Charity they wisely included the two family all-age runners Howdododo and Killucan Rose in their selection. However not in their wildest dream did they imagine that these greyhounds would win both Champion Stakes at the 2017 National Meeting and accumulate a massive 360 Fantasy points between them since October (with possibly more to come). 200 of those points were won in Clonmel and when we add in the 50 points which David & Declan earned thanks to Kyle Mozart running-up the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes their new points total is 670.

Before we did the sums we thought that the 250 points won by the Carrs in Clonmel would be enough to move them into first place and put them on the road to becoming the first Fantasy contestants ever playing for Charity to scoop the top prize. However we forgot that it was also a great meeting for Tom Nolan of Abbeyfeale. Tom went into Clonmel 40 points ahead of the Carrs and he won 220 points (Howdododo 100, Kyle Mozart 50, Skellig Jewel 50 and Choctaw Squaw 20) so he actually remains 10 points ahead of them. More importantly he is our new Fantasy Coursing leader on 680 points. It would be fair to say he also has a team full of potential for the Irish Cup including family runner Octane Wonder and also Portane Ash & Mr Orange.

Killucan Rose was also an inspired choice by Micheal McMahon from Ballybunion. In fact on studying Michael’s team more closely we realised that he has the exact same eight as the Carr brothers so whatever happens they are going to end up on the same points. Cuine Yet, Kingsmill Jasper, Wallace Banner & Wazowski will be their big Irish Cup hopes. Of course the Carrs are guaranteed at least €1,000 for their chosen charity if they win that separate competition which is looking extremely likely at this stage.

Geraldine Doyle (with Alcar), Adrian O’Neill (with Skellig Shane & Needham Frankel), John Linehan & Donal Leahy (with Drive On Smokey) are just some of the others who have a realistic chance of overtaking our leaders if results fall right for them in Patrickswell in a few weeks’ time.

1 Tom Nolan, Abbeyfeale 680  
Jt 2 David & Declan Carr (CH), Killucan 670  
Jt 2 Micheal McMahon, Ballybunion 670  
4 Geraldine Doyle , Woodsgift 665  
5 Adrian O’Neill, Tipperary Town 660  
6 J Linehan & D Leahy Syn, Blarney 650  
1 David & Declan Carr, Killucan 670  
2 Mgt Barrett, Fethard 475  
3 Noel Browne, Castleisland 465
Knockout Rose Oaks

This week’s Sporting Press is a Knockout

On this week’s Sporting Press read how it is now back to Leaving Certificate studies for young Liam McAuliffe after training Knockout Glory to Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks success last Monday.
Gerry Holian, trainer of BoyleSports Derby dividers Reikers Island and Blades Of Fire, says it would have been sad to see one of the dogs lose if the final had to be run but he has his own idea which one would have won.
Following a cracking Clonmel for the Carr family, it remains uncertain whether Kevin Smith Champion Stakes winner Howdododo will run in the Irish Cup but Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes winner Killucan Rose is heading for the Select All Age Bitch Stake at Patrickswell unless she comes in season.
Berkie Browne says Illwaitforyou was 100/1 for the Oaks (not sure we ever saw that price on his board) but she certainly didn’t run like a 100/1 shot when taking the Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes in impressive fashion for Noreen McManus.
The Glory Kilmihill Syndicate from Clare expect to follow up on their Stockproof Fencing Products TA Morris success with Abunchoftools by winning the All Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship with Baile Aodha (Ballyea). And we find out the name of their pup for next season !!!
Finally, with standards of hare husbandry never as high, we put the young lady who can take much of the credit for same, Lindsey Edwards, ‘On The Spot’.
All on this week’s Sporting Press – In shops from today.