Day 1 at National Meeting

In the 98 years of the National Meeting it is highly unlikely that we ever had 6/4 favourites for both the Derby and Oaks after just one round. If truth were told they are probably crazy prices considering this is coursing and Powerstown Park we are talking about. However it was hard not be impressed by the performances of the litter comrades Ballymac Sports (in photo) and Ballymaccallaway today. Both got off light too behind racing hares.

Adding to their restricted price is probably the fact that there is no obvious second favourite or challenger except perhaps the other two Ballymac dogs in the Boylesports Derby, Ballymac Kyleson & Ballymac Ciunas, both sons of Liam Dowling’s first coursing Oaks winner back in 2019, Ballymac Enya.        

This is not to say that there weren’t other eye-catching runs today. In the first quarter of the Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks there was plenty of money for Still Derramore before coursing and that confidence was justified with the way she ran her opening course. However she has two tough courses coming up against Corn Na Feile runner-up Marvelous Mover and then possibly Edmonton Kilty (got a little bit of extra work).

Whilst the second quarter is still all about Ballymaccallaway, the meeting of the litter sisters Good Penny & Atlantic Sunset could be the course of tomorrow morning. There are plenty of good bitches in the third quarter but one that stood out today was Rushview Pebbles. The same can be said for the fourth quarter where Knockgraffon qualifier Tory Surge is now the shortest priced runner. An intriguing buckle in this quarter in RD 2 will be the meeting of Linden Panache and Up Tempo (a daughter of the aforementioned Ballymac Enya).

Moving on to the Boylesports Derby and it is difficult to look beyond the Ballymac runners. If one were made to choose another runner in each of the four quarters it would probably be Moscow Station, Music Blaring, Alekhine and Capitol Trend. The fourth quarter is ultra-competitive though and Lineroad Santos up in the third quarter is not without a say in this Classic event.

So overall a very enjoyable first day at the National Meeting and we eagerly await the Day 2 action which gets underway at 11am tomorrow morning with the first round of the Stockproof Fencing Products T.A Morris Stakes.

Draw for T.A Morris Stakes

Stockproof Fencing Products T.A Morris Stake
Barrack Blitz v Magical Fionn
Crobane Casimero v Friday Feeling
Da Wests Awake v Rushview Wolf
Crafty Kosovo v Cuban Bruce
Urker Challenger v Comeonovernow
Intrinsic Yank v Headerball
Strikin Distance v Flying Ryan
Carrowkeal Jerry v Imtellingyounow
Sodashis v Spartan King
Bucket Deal v Incendiary
Donaghmore Jack v Sammy Tiger
Crohane Rhapsody v Cuban Buzz
La Rochelle v Malbay Houdini
Ted The Thief v Hows Ya Fatha
Party Smokey v Watling Street
De Clinic Cure v BYE

National Meeting Notices


National Meeting 2024 – Non Runners

BoyleSports Derby
Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks

Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes

Callaway Kennels Kevin Smith Champion Stakes

Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch


Patrons, please note the following:

OPTION 1: Purchase your ticket ON-LINE at and avail of discounted three day ticket. Print your ticket or store it on your phone. 

OPTION 2. Pay by CREDIT/DEBIT CARD or CASH at point of entry on the day.

Regardless of the method you select, a TICKET will be issued as part of our control policy. Staff will assist you on the day to ensure a speedy entrance. The quickest method of entry is via E-TICKET. 


In addition to the availability to purchase a three-day Admission Ticket (€60) or a Single Day Ticket specific to Saturday, Sunday or Monday (€25) we now have a ‘Flexi’ Ticket available online at €25. This ticket may be used for entry to ANY ONE DAY of the 2024 National Coursing Meeting which takes place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th February.

Thoughts on ‘NM eve’

The advent of every new National Coursing Meeting brings thoughts of many ‘firsts. One’s first ‘Clonmel’, one’s first Derby or Oaks qualifier, one’s first flag up the field of dreams and for a lucky few, one’s first visit to the winner’s podium at Powerstown Park. Every year sadly for some it is a first National Meeting without a loved one or a travelling companion. On a lighter side, for many coursing couples they remember it was where their eyes first met across a crowded bar in the town during the post-coursing festivities.

We already know that the 2024 National Meeting will have its own firsts. It will be the first time that Finals Day was held on a Bank Holiday, we will have our first auction of coursing saplings after coursing on Sunday, we have first time sponsors in Callaway Kennels (Kevin Smith Champion Stakes) and Grace Vallely from Newry, Co Down will officiate at her first Clonmel when she judges the opening round of the Kitty Butler on Day 1 and TA Morris on Day 2.

 If the Bookmakers are correct Liam Dowling will win his first Coursing Derby and Ballymac Zena will become the first bitch to accomplish the Oaks / Champion Bitch Stake double but there is quite a bit of running to be done before we can add those ones to the list.

For genuine coursing people though and in particular those in charge of hare husbandry there is only one first and that is the hares. The team at Powerstown Park are no different to all the clubs around the country who put huge voluntary effort into the care, feeding and training of their hares in the hope of running a meeting of the highest possible standard. We wish them well and if it is allowed we will ask for some help from above from those whom we are spending our first National Meeting without.

So at approximately 10.55am tomorrow morning we will watch as Michael Cooney from Lisboney, Nenagh with Get Lucky and Patrick O’Connor from Saleen, Tarbert with Morfontaine enter the Slippers Hut with nervous anticipation for the first course of the day and the first course of the 98th National Coursing Meeting. From the stands to the slippers hut to the boxing shed there will be a plethora of different emotions for the next few minutes but then someone will shout ‘the hare is out’. And that is coursing.           

NM Sporting Press

Don’t forget to pick up your Sporting Press this week with a 40 page National Meeting pull-out inside (also available online). Many thanks to everyone who contributed to same. As well as Previews, Form Guides, Experts’ Verdicts, Kennel Visits, Betting etc there is also a four page feature on 100 years of coursing at Abbeyfeale.

Classics Club Draw 2024

The Classics Club draw took place at the Irish Coursing Club offices, Davis Road, Clonmel on Thursday, January 25. We have now added the runner to each name which was drawn out. Best of Luck !!

Classics Club Draw on Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks
Get Lucky602Gerard Kenny,Loughrea
Morfontaine171Lars WicanderStockholm
Crannagh Wonder251Michael KelleherGlasheen
Mungos Snowdrop577Thomas & James Kennedy,Clonmel
Canya Wonder368Carmel & Paul KilcoyneUrlar
As She Likes454Martin O’Donovan,Drinagh
Ballymac Nano209Brendan BuggieMountmellick
Macha Razor 563Ennis/Clarecastle Coursing Club,Ennis
Still Derramore576Anthony Clohessy,Killimer KIlrush
Migrant Lady455James McGhee,Lifford
Hunters Peak 396McKenna FamilyNew Inn
Marvelous Mover26Michael Sweeney & Dave KilleenGlin
Edmonton Kilty458John Brosnan,Currow
Mountain Guess570Seamus Mulvaney & Declan Kells,Monkstown
Donegal Maggie796Aidan Falls,Newtownards
Bodens Honour367Abbie Ahern & Marc NolanAbbeyfeale
Crescent Magic11Bryan Cunningham & Denis O’DonovanDunhill
Atypical Danger397David O’ConnorBellewstown
Oakview Libby28Martin TuckerMountcashel
Self Taught605Patrick & John Daly Eglish
Metal Queen628Paddy Donovan,Clonaslee
Shanamoyle Jess77Niamh DolanBellewstown
Club Tropicana147Friends Of Miltown Malbay CC 2Cree
Ballymaccallaway129Daniel & Eimear RocheBanteer
Burning Love379Kathleen MurphyTournafulla
Good Penny198Joe McCarthyBandon
Atlantic Sunset95Michael Malone SnrKilcock
Enjoy The Dream406Carter Family (Dromard),Tubbercurry
Shifty Maid78Eliz DolanSwords
Choctaw Jolly422Sean Conlon,Newry
Lobnamna Rosie67Sean MurphySchull
Crafty Sarrisimo697Jacqueline & Clare Conlon,Mullabawn
Meenagh Mystery303Shane FlanaganEnnis
Lockbo Sophie773Amy Moloney,Roscrea
Rushview Pebbles252Sean AnglandKiskeam
Loyal Locket 19Yvonne BarryDunboyne
Sticktotheplan293Conor MotherwayCloyne
Scans Diamond163Michael O Driscoll & Terry DonnellySkibbereen
Arctic Heiguer145Circle Of Friends SyndicateTralee
Montana Dream569Declan Kells & Seamus Mulvaney,Monkstown
Thai Smile311Fergus SlatteryBandon
Boherlode Hope183Wayne McCarthyNavan
Magical Amelie178Neil CareyCahir
Zauberflute177Fionn & Megan RonanCharleville
Lasting Beauty596Frank Browne & Davy Reynolds,Mornington
Milwaukee Lady191Ciara ByrneDunlavin
Honest Attempt34Helen O’FlahertyKilmallock
Woodlands Wonder29John M. ScullyNew York
Curbys Porter681Nuala Higgins,Mullingar
Linden Panache851Caroline Gould Cree
Up Tempo 443Michele Brennan,Gorey
Empirical 497Padraig O’Sullivan,Moorhill,
Blueway Maggie629Kevin Drinan,Newtownshandrum
Barrack Buttons674Ciara Roche,Lisronagh
Know The Game824James Lavery,Tarbert,
Barbican Crafty13Sean BrowneBalbriggan
Montpelier Aya 127Peter EdwardsBelfast
Tory Surge562Brian O’Shaughnessy,Collinstown
Seanies Digger 528Tom O’Neill & Michael Ryan,Kilsheelan
Hunters Hope 103Olivia JacksonKilmacanogue
Crafty Magello434Tomas O’Murchu & Pat Coman,Tipperary Town
Rubys Shadow106John Field & John HouriganCastletroy
Knockout Heidi 822Patrick J Loughlin,Gowran
Lady Wild 380Dominic MagnoneTournafulla
Classics Club Draw on Boylesports Derby
Intrinsic Yank 699Lynch Family Syndicate,Aghabullogue
Moat Bailey438Con Guiney,Meelin
Bayview Bandit461Coffeys Bar Syndicate,Borrisoleigh
Glencar Waterfall 262Fir As Clar 4Ennis
Ballymac Kyleson534Peter Tegerdine,Kent
Magical Fionn648Nenagh Coursing Club,Gurtlassobrien
Crobane Casimero555Noel Madden & Ian Carroll,Listowel
Shuffleupanddeal467Denis Beary, MRCVSRathangan
Windfarm Mike463Joy Peart,Old Minster Lovell
Moscow Station222John Harty & Eoghan CostelloCauseway
Party Smokey215Lar KinsellaSwords
Rossmore Grace159Anthony McNamara & Michael KellyKillimer
Light Brown312Martin GalvinBallinclogher
Barrack Blitz87John HistonNewcastle West
Sodashis445Galbally Coursing Club,Galbally
Boherlode Bomber233Pat Whelan & Mick MorriseyDoon
Montpelier Merlo507James Egan,Knockavilla
Crohane Rhapsody635Carmel Sheeran & Harriet Drennan,Ballybrophy
Cuban Buzz343John McCannAughamullan
Taelane Tiger503Charlie Faul,Tubbercurry
Incendiary575Mike Quinn & Ger O’ Neill,Tipperary Town
Music Blaring70John KellyLatlurcan
Capablanca120Jim McDonaldBagenalstown
Lemon Mozart264Noel HollandBlarney
Mulboy Wolfman749Joe & Pat Egan,Thurles
Comeonovernow187Brendan MaunsellAbbeydorney
Spartan King545Freshford & Dist Coursing Club,Freshford
Ballymac Sports130Paul DunleavyTuam
Daniels Lad825John Mulcahy,Ballyclerihan
De Clinic Cure90Joe & Seamus MurrayDuleek
Aristotle820John A Strumble,Cashel
Priory Rebel 298Mary MarrinanEnnistymon
Drafted Third10Stephen BarrettClonskeagh
Ted The Thief 791Shari Ann O’Donnell,New Inn
Hows Ya Fatha280James O’Donovan & Kian DonnellyLegane
Ryco Rolo181Plunkett MatthewsNewry
Banba Be Wilder43Ned MurphyMallow
Navalny654‘White Horses’Julianstown
Lineroad Santos305A.J & Cillian KavanaghBallybrophy
Ballymac Mikey441Tommy O’Gorman,Ardfinnan
Urker Challenger549Lester Power,Tramore
Ballymac Ciunas480Jim Malone,Ardee
Carrowkeal Jerry540Susan Garrahy,Clonlara
Moonlight Mayhem 71Gerry FlynnBelfast
Donaghmore Jack281The Whitepark Workers SyndicateRathdowney
Alekhine558Berkie Browne,Listowel
Imtellinyounow14Ian Frith & Nuala BrassilAbbeydorney
Aarons Rich Dan512Ten Commandments Syndicate,Templetuohy
Brindle Mozart246Mary HollandTarbert
Cuban Bruce364Johnny Rock MurphyNew York
Confident Erin541Paul Davies & Bridget Curtin,Fethard
Bucket Deal707Michael Godley & Tim Leahy,Tralee
Carrowkeal Snowy115Gerard MeehanKiskeam
Working Jim30Michael HorganMitchelstown
Strikin Distance427DGW (Nenagh) Syndicate,Puckane
Tonevane Togo200Mike O’Connor & JP AhernAbbeyfeale
A Noble Friend 31Siripan Paewkasem – Thailand Newmarket UK
Da Wests Awake 415Kieran McGrath,Kilkee
Urker Mac 581Pat Pyne & Patsy Myers,Rathcormac
Rushview Wolf91Clodagh GillNaas
Capitol Trend156Martin & Catherine SweeneyRoseberry
Friday Feeling294Ann & Lisa QuinlanEmly
Crafty Kosovo453Guvenor Richardson,Balbriggan
Lochbo Milo722Michael Gleeson,Gorey
Classics Club Draw on Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes
Catch Magic 365Joseph KellyMoneen
Young And Game 184Sean & John HayesClarina
Ballymac Pippin619Peter Scales & Friends,Liscannor
Barrack Bubbles1John DarlerNewmarket UK
Barrack Alice 175Denis Keane & Battie O’ConnorGneeveguilla
Create The Dream357Geoff MorganEpsom
Catunda Lauren 795Ian Falls,Newtownards
Ballymac Zena 330John DeverFirhouse

Classics Club Draw on Callaway Kennels Kevin Smith Champion Stakes
Fingal Devito736Paul Horig,Bahamas
Party Tom 492Brid O’Sullivan,Moorhill,
Advisory47Paramaddan Boyz Duleek
Tree Top Tyson 170Michael O’Brien & Tom HoulihanBallyduff
Crew Beans 227Jason O’Dwyer & John MurphyGlanworth
Bodens Hulk 214Tomas & Johnny McLoughlinDoon
Ballymac Major347Kevin Murphy & John LongNewcastlewest
Cool Spirit 97Gerry & Bridie O’SullivanAbbeyfeale

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 T.A. Morris Stakes or Dublin Coach Kitty Butler Stakes you will receive €1500 and the runner-up receives €500. We also made a draw on the Classics Club/Callaway Kennels Kevin Smith Champion Stakes and the Classics Club Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes with winner of both receiving €2,000 and runner-up €500. This gives a total prize-fund of €43,000.   

On your behalf we will donate the remainder to the Irish Coursing Club towards the National Meeting and the sponsorship of the Classics Club/Callaway Kennels & Kevin Smith Champion Stakes and the Classics Club Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes. 

Draw 98th National Meeting

Boylesports Derby
Intrinsic Yank v Moat Bailey
Bayview Bandit v Glencarwaterfall
Ballymac Kyleson v Magical Fionn
Crobane Casimero v Shuffleupanddeal
Windfarm Mike v Moscow Station
Party Smokey v Rossmore Grace
Light Brown v Barrack Blitz
Sodashis v Boherlode Bomber
Montpelier Merlo v Crohane Rhapsody
Cuban Buzz v Taelane Tiger
Incendiary v Music Blaring
Capablanca v Lemon Mozart
Mulboy Wolfman v Comeonovernow
Spartan King v Ballymac Sports
Daniels Lad v De Clinic Cure
Aristotle v Priory Rebel
Drafted Third v Ted The Thief
Hows Ya Fatha v Ryco Rolo
Banba Be Wilder v Navalny
Lineroad Santos v Ballymac Mikey
Urker Challenger v Ballymac Ciunas
Carrowkeal Jerry v Moonlight Mayhem
Donaghmore Jack v Alekhine
Imtellingyounow v Aarons Rich Dan
Brindle Mozart v Cuban Bruce
Confident Erin v Bucket Deal
Carrowkeal Snowy v Working Jim
Strikin Distance v Tonevane Togo
A Noble Friend v Da Wests Awake
Urker Mac v Rushview Wolf
Capitol Trend v Friday Feeling
Crafty Kosovo v Lochbo Milo

Horse & Jockey Hotel Oaks
Get Lucky v Morfontaine
Crannagh Wonder v Mungos Snowdrop
Canya Wonder v As She Likes
Ballymac Nano v Macha Razor
Still Derramore v Migrant Lady
Hunters Peak v Marvelous Mover
Edmonton Kilty v Mountain Guess
Donegal Maggie v Bodens Honour
Crescent Magic v Atypical Danger
Oakview Libby v Self Taught
Metal Queen v Shanmoyle Jess
Club Tropicana v Ballymaccallaway
Burning Love v Good Penny
Atlantic Sunset v Enjoy The Dream
Shifty Maid v Choctaw Jolly
Lobnamna Rosie v Crafty Sarrisimo
Meenagh Mystery v Lockbo Sophie
Rushview Pebbles v Loyal Locket
Sticktotheplan v Scans Diamond
Arctic Heigeur v Montana Dream
Thai Smile v Boherlode Hope
Magical Amelie v Zauberflute
Lasting Beauty v Milwaukee Lady
Honest Attempt v Wooldlands Wonder
Curbys Porter v Linden Panache
Up Tempo v Empirical
Blueway Maggie v Barrack Buttons
Know The Game v Barbican Crafty
Montpelier Aya v Tory Surge
Seanies Digger v Hunters Hope
Crafty Magello v Rubys Shadow
Knockout Heidi v Lady Wild
Callaway Kennels Kevin Smith Champion Stakes
Fingal Devito v Party Tom
Advisory v Tree Top Tyson
Crew Beans v Bodens Hulk
Ballymac Major v Cool Spirit
Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake
Catch Magic v Young And Game
Ballymac Pippin v Barrack Bubbles
Barrack Alice v Create The Dream
Catunda Lauren v Ballymac Zena

Reserve Trial Stakes

There will be a minimum of SIX reserves listed for both the Derby and Oaks at the 2024 National Meeting. As we only had five Reserve Trial Stake winners remaining for the Oaks, a draw took place today Monday 22nd Jan between all the ‘double’ runner-ups. The first name drawn was Coolree Rye but she is not available so Johnnys Gaisce now slots into the position of 6th reserve. Should additional reserves be required to make up six between now and the draw on Saturday night, these places will be filled in the following order: Ardera Luna – St Moritz – Disco Diva – Tobarmartin Tara. Presently we have seven Reserve Trial Stake winners for the Derby but should additional reserves be required to make up six between now and the draw on Saturday night, these places will be filled in the following order: Contact – Crafty Sortimo – Livermore – Glencarwaterfall – Oh There Salah – Coolree Hendrick.

National Meeting Reserves For Draw

East DonegalReplaces Ballinagar
2Borris In OssoryNOONAN WONDER
4 Glanworth LONE GLAMOUR

MacroomReplaces Liscannor
2Waterford LA ROCHELLE
5South Clare SAMMY TIGER
6Killimer KilrushMALBAY HOUDINI

Leaderboards 2324

A draw took place at Powerstown Park on Thursday January 18th to determine 8th & 9th places in both Champion Stakes. In the Champion Dog Stakes, Crew Beans is now 8th and Masonbrook Ger is 9th. In the Champion Bitch Stakes Young And Game is now 8th and Central Dolly is 9th. The draw was made by Mr John Egan (President ICC) and witnessed by Mr DJ Histon (CEO).

The qualification process for the Champion Stakes and Champion Bitch Stakes is now complete. The history books will show that Party Tom (pictured) and Ballymac Pippin were the leading qualifiers for the 2023/24 season. Advisory came with a late challenge winning 11 points since Christmas at East Donegal & Ballymena. Acceptance forms were posted out to the Top 14 in both competitions today, we need eight runners and four reserves. Where greyhounds are tied on points & prize-money a draw will take place to decide positions. In the Fantasy Coursing competitions there was no movement at the top of the leaderboards over the weekend so Donal Cronin and Ray Conroy will be heading to Clonmel as our overall leaders. However the margins are small so things are about to get very interesting.

Leaderboards To 15/01/24

Kevin Smith Champion Stakes

Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1Party Tom 165,950
2Cool Spirit165,200
3Tree Top Tyson154,865
5Ballymac Devito143,400
6Ballymac Major134,750
7Bodens Hulk 124,800
8Crew Beans113,500
9Masonbrook Ger 113,500
10Drive On Lesley103,050
11Charlie Chip92,700
12Tiktok Tony 92,550
13Boylesports Team91,645
14Vlad The Lad 82,250

Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes

Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1Ballymac Pippin 11.53,330
2Barrack Bubbles 113,500
3Barrack Alice 103,270
4Catunda Lauren 103,100
5Ballymac Zena8.52,950
6Create The Dream81,900
7Catch Magic7.52,370
8Young And Game 7.52,000
9Central Dolly 7.52,000
10Boherlode Zoey7.51,500
12Pink Lemonade 51,750
13Cloncunny Flare51,700
14Off Piste51,550

Sporting Press Fantasy Coursing Competition

Name Points
1Donal B Cronin, Mourneabbey545
Jt 2Damien Gleeson, Ardfinnan530
Jt 2Damien Gleeson, Ardfinnan530
Jt 2John Maher, Mallow530
Jt 2Talbot O’Meara, Donohill530

Sporting Press Fantasy Coursing Charity Competition

Name Points
1Ray Conroy 470
2Conor Comerford 465
3David McGrath 455
4Jane Dowling 445


€750 – €999200


€1,250 or > 300




€2,000 or > 630




€4,000 or >963

Day 1 at Abbeyfeale

The opening day of the Corn na Feile meeting at Abbeyfeale lived up to expectation, with some top class performances throughout each stake. Navalny set the standard in the Corn Na Feile Derby, however Castleisland qualifier Ballymac Sports remains at the head of the betting following his two length opening round success over Capablanca. Cuban Bruce didn’t live up to expectations as he raced offline throughout against Montpelier Merlo. Ballymac Cuinas and Banba Be Wilder both progressed; however Glin qualifier Navalny was without doubt the most eye catching performer of the day in the colours of Brendan Matthews and his next course with A Noble Friend is a rematch of their Glin Derby TS final.

Ballymac Tag produced a flawless display in the opening round in the Corn na Feile Oaks and has hardened into 4/6 for outright honours. She meets Kilflynn qualifier Linden Panache in the morning. Kennel companion Ballymac Nano upset the odds in the opening course when defeating Artic Heiguer and sets up a date with Montpelier Aya in round two.  Annual Hope and Marvellous Model will contest the second quarter while the contest between Boherlode Hope and Zauberflute has the potential to be the buckle of the day.

Derby winner Masonbrook Ger heads the market in the All Age event following his four length victory over Floating Hego.  The second half of the draw looks hard to predict, however the buckle between Tree Top Tyson and Drive On Lesley may well decide who sports the white collar in the final. Ballymac Major appeared to have put his recent dip in form behind him and should not be dismissed.

The final day of action gets underway at 11am. See Quick Results for betting after Day 1.