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General Notices

KILFLYNN

Please note the Denis Leen Memorial All Age Cup is now for 16 Dogs with a Winner’s prize of €2100 (Runner-Up €630). The Judge at Kilflynn is Liam Kelly and Slipper is David Galvin. The draw takes place this Sunday evening Sept 25th.

LISCANNOR

There are still a small number of vacancies in the Derby TS and Oaks TS at Liscannor (Oct 1st & 2nd). Text 087 9736667 or email joe.considine1@gmail.com The draw takes place this Sunday evening Sept 25th.

National Meeting 2023 & 2024

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.

Reserve Trial Stakes

Please see below the list of Clubs (alphabetical order) which are due to hold Reserve Oaks Trial Stakes and Reserve Derby Trial Stakes during the 2022/23 season. Our photo is of Kilflynn where the first Reserve Derby Trial Stake of the season will be run on October 1st and 2nd. The advert for the Kilflynn meeting will appear on this week’s Sporting Press, Sept 8th.


OAKS

DERBY
1Abbeyfeale
1Cappoquin Clogheen
2Ballyheigue & Dist
2Co Cavan
3Borris In Ossory
3Doon
4East Donegal
4Ennis Clarecastle
5Freshford
5Johnstown Urlingford
6Mallow
6Kilflynn
7Millstreet
7Killimer Kilrush
8Mitchelstown & Dist
8Macroom
9Rathcormac
9Sevenhouses
10Tipperary
10South Clare
11Trim
11Waterford & Dist
12Wexford


Provincial Meetings

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)

Ulster – 1 Seat

Mr. Charles Adams (Co. Cavan Coursing Club)

Connacht – 1 Seat

Mr. Michael Menton (Roscommon Utd)

Leinster – 2 Seats

Mr. James Coss (Rathdowney Coursing Club)

Mr. Naomhan Farrell (Edenderry Coursing Club)

Munster – 2 Seats

Mr. Jack Foley (Abbeyfeale )

Mr. Jim Kiely (Dungarvan

Photos from Awards

A huge thank you to all who attended the 2022 Irish Coursing Club Awards at Hotel Minella, Clonmel last Sunday evening. We hope everyone had a great time. Special thanks to our wonderful Award sponsors: Greyhound & Pet World Abbeyfeale, The Flaherty Family Galway, Clonmel Cabins Clonmel, The National Meeting Bookmakers, Hotel Minella Clonmel, The Sporting Press and Michael Horgan Mitchelstown. Your generosity allowed us to host such a joyous occasion to celebrate the coursing stars of last season and to welcome an outstanding coursing supporter into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Finals Day Irish Cup

In their first year of Irish Cup sponsorship it was possibly written in the stars that the Co Kildare based O’Sullivan family would present the Cup to a Kildare trained greyhound. And so it came to pass at Greenmount Park this afternoon when the pup Berlin Station, trained in Kildare by Mick Murphy gave a brilliant display to win the Dublin Coach Irish Cup.

This victory will be celebrated far beyond Kildare though. His sporting owner is Bahamas based Paul Horig, he was bred in Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny by Paul Reid and he was nominated by Mallow resident Pat Burke, a brother to Co Limerick CC secretary Bill.

Berlin Station, a January 2020 son of Newinn Wonder & Tory Ellie, had won many admirers at Clonmel and was as low as 12/1 in the ante post betting for the Irish Cup. His victory over Tree Top Danno in the third round yesterday afternoon left us all in no doubt that he was worthy of his place on the illustrious roll of honour which dates back to 1905.

Disappointment for the Kilkenny based connections of a gallant runner-up Busy Man, owner Seamus Neary and the Lennon family who bred & train him but he gave them a weekend to remember and this May 2020 pup should make into a top class All Age. In the final his usual blistering early pace was matched by the winner and even though he was definitely rallying after going behind, the all important first turn just came too soon.

Kerry seldom leave a Championship event without a trophy and sure enough the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake went to Asdee courtesy of the Sean Carr owned Our Ambition. This second season lady was very impressive in her first two courses this morning and then got the better of the pup Cloncunny Wonder in a thrilling final. The winner is trained in Macroom by Liam O’Callaghan.

Some of the loudest cheers of the day were reserved for the Dick Fitzgerald Irish Purse and Bill Chawke Irish Plate. Popular bookmakers and cousins Ted & Berkie Browne combined to win the Purse with the pup Taxi From Jumbos which came from behind in a few courses to win including the final. He is trained by Declan Byrne and his daughter Annie near Carrick On Suir.

The Crested Ten Syndicate led by Fran Burke from Edenderry CC have had some great times in recent years with their ‘Partys On’ dogs and they will be celebrating tonight after the third season Partys On Willy won the Plate in convincing fashion. Congratulations also to winning trainer Davy Reynolds, Co Meath.

It was a tough season for Millstreet CC but it ended on a high when their representative Lady Arabella won the Kyle Invitational Champion Working Members Stake. Successful owners are the Fitzgibbon brothers, David and Gene from Newmarket, Cork.

The new Greenmount Cup for 8 All Ages gave us another thrilling final when Timeforachat, owned, trained & bred by Seamus Bourke & family, Oola came from well off the pace to deny Ballymac Maxwell.

After a spell of wintry weather which gave the Co Limerick CC committee plenty concern, the three days of the meeting itself were blessed with lovely weather, especially today. Club members & all at the venue are due well deserved congratulations for producing beautiful coursing ground and strong running hares. It was exactly what we were hoping for to say a fond farewell to the 2021/22 season.

Co Limerick CC have arranged a link to the action each evening via https://page.inplayer.com/irishcup2022/

Day 2 at Irish Cup

A much more blustery day at Greenmount Park for Day 2 of the Dublin Coach Irish Cup meeting but thankfully the rain kept away for the most part. We now have our Final Eight for the Irish Cup and whilst many of the pre-event fancies are gone it would be very true to say that there were no hard luck stories today and all our quarter finalists are there on merit.

BANBA THE BOSS: Third season greyhound, bred, owned, trained and nominated by various members of the well known Mangan & Goff families, from nearby Crecora, Co Limerick & also Waterford. A first ever nomination for Fiona Goff (nee Mangan). A dual Cup winner already this season at Clonakilty and Enniscorthy. His third round success this afternoon over Foxhunter in joint best time of the round suggests he has plenty more to give.

BARRACK CRUZ: Second season greyhound bred, owned and trained by various members of the Curtin family from Tournafulla and of course hugely involved with Abbeyfeale CC. A first Irish Cup nomination for Liam & Noreen Liddy. The ‘Barrack’ greyhounds had a brilliant season up to Clonmel where this fellow lost a just up decision in RD2 of Derby. Has blistering early and could be hard to peg back.

BERLIN STATION: This pup is owned by Bahamas based Paul Horig, trained by Michael Murphy in Sallins, Kildare and bred by Paul Reid, Kilmacow. Nominated by Pat Burke. Lost nothing in defeat to Terminator in third round of Derby at Clonmel. After taking the scalp of Tree Top Danno this afternoon he is the new Irish Cup favourite (hopefully not a poisoned chalice) and a worthy one.

THE OTHER OLLIE: This pup is owned, trained & bred by Jennifer O’Donnell, Killenaule, Tipperary. Nominated by Mary Scallon who took over the nomination of her late husband Oliver, a great supporter of the Irish Cup meeting. Interestingly he bowed out to Terminator in the second round at Clonmel. A big outsider at 50/1 coming into this competition but from the very first round he has shown a liking for the venue. Huge early pace and don’t forget he added the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny to his trial stake before Powerstown.

CATUNDA NIALL: Second season dog. Owned by the Kilmardinny Syndicate led by Imelda Byrne and her family from Beaumont, Dublin. Trained by Owen McKenna and bred by the Maher-Holian-O’Sullivan syndicate. Nominated by Luke Kilcoyne who has a long association with the McKenna family. Won two rounds of the Derby earlier this month but defeated the Derby runner-up in a thrilling buckle this afternoon when he came from well behind. Most likely will have to do the same again in quarter-final.

BUSY MAN: A pup, owned by Seamus Neary, Troyswood, Kilkenny. Also bred & trained in Kilkenny by Denis Lennon & family. Nominated by Eamonn Kiely. Just touched off by Black As Gold in the Derby RD2. Before that he ran exceptionally well in the Walsh Cup before losing to The Other Ollie in the final. His blistering early left both his opponents languishing in his wake today and his clock this afternoon gives him a real shout at outright success.

WALLACE BEST: This second season dog is owned & trained by Brendan Matthews in Newry. Bred from a bitch that Marie Roche, Clonmel leased from Brendan and nominated by Mike O’Donovan (Curly). More North Kilkenny form here because he won his trial stake there before a very decent showing at Clonmel, losing to Carrowkeal Shane in the quarter final. A handful for any slipper but so far it hasn’t come against him at Greenmount Park and he has put in three polished runs. Would be no surprise to see him win another Classic for the maestro.

UPPER HAND: Third season dog. Owned by the Part Of A Dream Syndicate led by Teresa Cahill in Kent UK. Trained by Matt Harte, bred by Liam Farrell and nominated by Waterford based James Cunningham & Maurice Jackson. Needs no introduction as he won the 2020 Boylesports Derby. Unfortunately we got to see very little of him during the curtailed 2020/21 season and it looked as though a heavy hunt at Kilmallock in November last had taken its toll. However we were very wrong as he is showing all his old spark this weekend. Hopefully his tumble and argument with the escape this afternoon won’t stop his journey towards a remarkable Derby/Irish Cup double

In the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stakes the defeat of Shes Invincible was one of the shocks of the day but it was great to see Touch Of Rosie show no effects of her extra work in RD1. Aldanite is still the one to beat and surely deserves a purse like this. Dangers lurk everywhere though and she will need to be at her best in every course.

Sir Mark Prescott has a great record at the Irish Cup meeting and his Missing Pounds could have a big say in the Dick Fitzgerald Memorial Irish Purse. Dresden Dingo could be the one he meets in the final.

The Ryco prefix had a great season and could round it off with a win for Ryco Town in the Bill Chawke Irish Plate. Partys On Willy might prove best of those remaining in the top half. .

Finals Day will get underway at 11.30am tomorrow morning with the second round of the Kyle Invitational Champion Working Members Stake. Our photo shows Josephine Denihan, Fiona O’Flaherty and Laura Scanlon enjoying the Irish Cup meeting.

Finally on a sad note we extend our sincerest sympathy to the Gallery family, Ennis on the death of Fiona Howard (nee Gallery). Our thoughts are with her sons Tommy & Adam, brothers George & David, sisters Bernadette & Patricia and extended members of the Gallery family. Funeral arrangements on www.rip.ie . May she Rest In Peace.

Day 1 at Irish Cup

The weather was idyllic at Greenmount, Patrickswell today for the opening round of the 111th Irish Cup, this year very kindly sponsored by Dublin Coach. It was a very satisfactory first day and it is a top class renewal of Ireland’s oldest coursing Classic, first staged in 1905. It is hard to believe that it is three years since we were last in Greenmount and it is good to be back.

There were not too many surprises today but the six runs up Powerstown when winning the Derby (2019 whelps) certainly took their toll on On My Terms and dual Cup winner Get Lost Now did not run up to expectations. Age also caught up on Wi Can There and Mad Mans Game. The hard luck story was Senior Service who looked to be heading for victory only to lose sight when the hare moved right. This afternoon in the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stakes it was a pity to see Touch Of Rosie getting a bit too much work as it looked as though she would have a big say in that stake.

Both Champion Stakes winners from Clonmel 2022, Tree Top Danno and Shes Invincible looked very good and it will take something special or hard luck to stop them from achieving unique doubles in their respective stakes. However we have a long long way to go yet.

In the first quarter Noted Rambler showed once again that he is returning to top form and of course connections won the Irish Cup six years ago with Foot Solution. Barrack Cruz and Banba The Boss might pose the biggest dangers.

The second quarter should be all about Tree Top Danno although Berlin Station could give him a battle in RD3. Derby semi-finalist Badminton Wonder has a great chance of making it to Sunday if the bump off the escape today does not come against him.

The top of the third quarter is very difficult to call and includes two runners-up from Clonmel in Carrowkeal Shane & Faha Wonder. Black As Gold made it to the last day in Clonmel and Catunda Niall recorded the joint fastest clock today. It might go the way of local hope Faha Wonder. With a bye tomorrow morning (Crafty Expo withdrawn) Coalition Wonder, subject of plenty interest in the betting before coursing, is very likely to progress from this quarter also to the final day.

Plenty in with chances in the fourth quarter and although Terminator has replaced Tree Top Danno as the new favourite he is going to have to do it the hard way. His next opponent is 2020 Derby winner Upper Hand who showed a lot of his old spark today and the winner of the Sammy Be / Partys On Willy course will be no pushover. Wallace Best caught the eye in RD1 and may have an easier passage in the top half of that quarter.

All the big names made it through from the opening round of the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stakes although the handicap will be against Touch Of Rosie after those extra turns. Shes Invincible, Poetic Justice, Aldanite and Gortmelia Sophie will be fancied to progress from their respective quarters but ante post favourite Aldanite may be the most vulnerable with Lark Lane Me and Cloncunny Wonder in her section both impressing today too.

The action begins again on Day 2 at 11.30am with the second round of the Dublin Coach Irish Cup. Our photo shows members of the Comerford family, Harry, Conor, John, Charlie, Fintan and Evan who will all be cheering on their runner and the new Irish Cup favourite, Terminator.

Co Limerick CC have arranged a link to the action each evening via https://page.inplayer.com/irishcup2022/

Order of Running

CO LIMERICK
At Limerick Racecourse, Patrickswell
Featuring the 111th Dublin Coach Irish Cup  

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 25th, 26th & 27th February

Judge: Paul Horan

Slipper: Richard Quinn jnr

Start 11.30am all three days.

FRIDAY: Once through Dublin Coach Irish Cup. INTERVAL. Once through Patsy Byrne Select All Age Bitch Stake and Dick Fitzgerald Memorial Irish Purse.

SATURDAY: Twice through Dublin Coach Irish Cup. Once through Select Bitch Stake & Irish Purse (before interval) and once through Bill Chawke Irish Plate & Kyle Invitational Champion Working Members Stake (after the interval).

SUNDAY: Start with Champion Working Members Stake, Greenmount Cup, Select Bitch Stake, Irish Purse, Irish Plate, Irish Cup and complete card.         

Margaret is top tipster

Congratulations to Margaret Barrett (Flanagan) who is not only joint breeder of our 2020 whelp Boylesports Derby winner Annual Fergie but is also the winner of our online Clonmel Tipster competition.

Margaret (pictured right) naturally selected ‘Fergie’ but she also selected Tactical to win the 2020 whelp Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks. This 33/1 ante post runner only just failed to win her maximum points but her final total of 35 points is enough to win her the prize.

Margaret and three friends will now enjoy a night out at Shelbourne Park on Saturday 18th June for the final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks including admission, race programme, four course dinner and a bottle of Prosecco.

Annual Fergie was a popular choice and two selected Oaks heroine Rushview Raven (Vincent Fahy, Glanworth and Eamonn Kiely, Cork). However no one selected the winner or runner-up in either the Derby or Oaks for 2019 whelps so one suspects it was a great National Meeting for the bookmakers !!!