We have now added the runner beside each Member who was lucky to be drawn from the drum for the Classics Club. Best of luck to all and a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Classics Club this season.
The prize fund for draw on the Boylesports Derby and the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks will be as follows: Winner: €10,000 Runner-Up: €3,000 Semi-Finalists: €1,000 each. Quarter-Finalists: €500 each. Due to the great response we received we are also giving out the following extra prizes: If the greyhound you draw in the Derby or Oaks wins the Stockproof Fencing TA Morris Stakes or Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes you will receive €1500 and the runner-up receives €500. In the new draws on the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes and Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes the winner of both will receive €2,000 and runner-up €500. This gives a Total Prize-fund of €43,000.
National Coursing Meeting 2023 – Important Notices
Consolation Stakes at National Meeting
At the 2023 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 Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks. Winner: €7,000. Runner Up: €2,000. The Stockproof Fencing Products T. A. Morris Stakes for 32 dogs eliminated in the first round of the BoylesSports Derby. Winner: €7,000. Runner Up: €2,000.
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 Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes will take place at the end of coursing on the first day of the National Meeting and the second round will take place immediately after the interval on the second day of the National Meeting. The first round of the Stockproof Fencing Products TA Morris Stakes will take place at the start of coursing on the second day of the National Meeting and the second round will take place at the end of coursing on the second day of the National Meeting. Both
stakes will then be completed on the third day of the National Meeting.
NATIONAL MEETING TRIALS
The second hare schooling session for the National Meeting took place on Saturday and the quickest clocks were 12.67 and 12.72. The first hare schooling session for the National Meeting took place on Friday and the quickest clocks were 12.62 and 12.64
THE DUBLIN COACH COURSING BUS
We are delighted that John O’Sullivan is once again providing this wonderful service on three different routes. The coaches will leave each morning from Galway, Dundalk and Tralee with strategic pick-ups along the way. All who travelled this way in recent years have had nothing but the highest of praise for the service so early booking is advisable.
Returning to the scene of his Derby TS success 12 months ago, Lower The Blade (pictured) won this season’s renewal of the Paddy Murray Memorial Ulster Cup at Ballymena (Tubbercurry) today and thereby clinched the final place in the Top 8 for the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes. Joining him in the line-up will be Aghadown Wonder which added the All Age at Clonakilty to the 32 runner All Age he had already won at Regional back in November. Double joy of course for the Collins family as results today mean they will also be travelling to Clonmel on February 7th with Aghadown Berry for the Champion Bitch Stake.
A brilliant third success of the season at Clonakilty for Wiseguy Becky has propelled her into second place on the leaderboard for the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake. Just one place behind her is Off Piste which won a valuable 4 points by running up the Ulster Cup. Both of these bitches narrowly failed to qualify for the Oaks last season so connections will be delighted to have made amends. Just missing out on a Top 8 position but filling the first reserve position is today’s Sevenhouses All Age Cup winner Zooming. We will now be writing to connections of the Top 12 in both Champion Stakes and asking them to confirm availability by next Friday January 20th.
As expected Sean Doyle & Paula Minogue (Ennis) will be in control of the Sporting Press Fantasy Coursing leaderboard as we head to Clonmel. They occupy the first 12 positions followed by Sally Mounsey on 400 points and Marie Field on 385 points. Busy Man, Express Razor, Aghadown Wonder and Cloncunny Wonder will be the trump cards for Sean & Paula and Paula also has Lower The Blade in one selection. However with the likes of Kyle Honour, Derby Wonder, Sammy Be and Excelerate featuring in the selections of their nearest rivals and 380 points to be won, this could still be very interesting.
Following the success of Abbeyfeale Reserve Oaks TS winner Barrack Alice (pictured) in a full TS at Clonakilty this weekend we currently have eight reserves for the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks and the same number for the Boylesports Derby. Steel Mill slips into sixth place on the reserves list for the Derby after winning the Reserve TS at Sevenhouses. This of course takes into account the official replacements for qualifiers which are not available and where the runner-up had already won a trial stake, one in both Classics so far.
Please note the Dromina Open meeting scheduled for Sunday January 15th has been postponed due to heavy rain in the area. It will now be run on Sunday 29th January and a new draw will take place on Sunday 22nd January.
We’re pleased to announce that the printed Sporting Press is in the shops TODAY, Wednesday, a day earlier than usual! Read all about Templetouhy, Millstreet, plus previews of Tubbercurry, Clonakilty and Sevenhouses, as well as all the track reports and Charlie Blanning’s monthly column, breeding, trial stake trail and much more.
Please note that this season’s Munster Open will be hosted by Fethard Open CC. It takes place on Sunday 29th January.
ALL IRELAND OPEN
Please note that this season’s All Ireland Open will be hosted by Roseberry Open CC on Sunday 19th February. Roseberry CC will also be holding their traditional St Stephen’s Day meeting on Monday 26th December.
Please note the majority of the voting papers to select the two Slippers for the 2023 National Meeting have been posted to qualifiers this week. The remaining voting papers will be issued following the completion of coursing meetings this weekend and next.
There are seven names on the ballot paper (alphabetical). Brian Doyle, David Galvin, Alan Kelly, Thomas Magee, David O’Connor, Richard Quinn jnr and Padraig Reynolds. Votes must be returned in envelope supplied by close of business on Tuesday 17th January.
As Liam Kelly and John O’Connell were the only names for the position of Judge these two gentlemen will once again team up to officiate at the National Meeting and no vote is necessary.
The Executive Committee at its meeting held on September 21 discussed the recent confirmation of the Fixtures Committee to stage the National Meeting of 2023 on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, February 5, 6 & 7.
As part of that discussion, the Executive Committee also made the
decision to stage the National Meeting of 2024 on Saturday, Sunday &
Monday, February 3, 4 & 5.
A complete analysis, comparison, and consultation will be undertaken
following the completion of the National Meetings in 2023 and 2024 in order to
decide on the National Meeting’s permanent format moving forward for a minimum
of at least five years.
Full reports from the recent Provincial meetings of the Irish Coursing Club can be found on this week’s issue of the Sporting Press (Online from Tuesday 28th and in shops from Thursday 30th). Provisional fixture dates for the upcoming season are now available to view on ICC website under Fixtures. Our photo shows Naomhan Farrell and James Coss who were the successful candidates in the Executive committee election in Leinster.
Elected to Executive Committee (Triennial period 2022 – 2025)