Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paul Cooneys Blog

There might be a fewof you who have not yet seen Paul Cooneys great Blog.....at the moment hes covering dog racing but im sure it will get more interesting as the winter arrives  :)


Theres a great page covering personalities thats well worth reading

Monday, June 1, 2015


Saturday  I toddled down to Glenlough Kennels nr Kildorry Co Cork,  Home of John Murphy and kennels to the Glenlough / Foxhall dogs. Owned and trained by John and Mick Walsh.

John farms and milks cows and is helped out during the day by father in law Mick who does the feeding.

John and Mick with Glenlough Mick

There was a super trio of Lochbo Blake pups in the paddocks. Ive always though the Lochbo dogs very under used and a great line to get into

Four nice Saplings for next season should give them plenty to do
A dog and a bitch pup by Newinn Wonder  looked very smart....out off the super bitch Dixie Darling

And two syndicate Pups for the boys from Glanworth.....the Three Zeds syndicate

A dog and a bitch pup out of Dale Roisin by Adios Alonso

The Kennel Star is still boss af the place and can be seen doing inspections....

Uptown Smurf is the bitch we all dream to own......a fast bitch but injury prone
but her efforts in the breeding paddocks just blows you away.
With no less than 18 Cup ....Trial Stake Winners or sucessful broods thrown she has made her mark on the coursing field for generations to come

Impressive credentials

John and Mick have a great set up to enjoy the Family Hobby

Kennels and paaddock are set so you can work easily

Theres a super fenced large field to give pups a good streach and a great gallop.

Its no surprise to see the stake winners this small kennel produces.


will be mating his first bitches

A Trial Stake winner who ran with great credit for
Three Seasons

Tynwald Smokey x Uptown Smurf

Another great dog from Uptown Smurf who was often let down by his body
He always gave his best and was near the mark



Tynwald Smokey x Uptown Smurf

Litter Sister to India Rio and Cherrygrove bolt

Bexhill Eoin x Uptown Smurf

Ballymac Meave x Three Fools

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


More Pictures can be seen here


Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl
Brendan Matthews

R Up: Blades Of Hope


Bexhill Eoin  x Gadget Girl
Brendan Matthews

R Up: Brownes Kitchen



Blueview Sam x Moon Becky
Maxie Collins

R Up: Lineroad Amigo


Winner: REDHAIRED MARY (declared winner)
Musical Time x Lakyle Lexie
Michael Shine & John Doheny
R Up: Boshski (withdrawn)


Mafi Magic Class Attraction
Troy / Murphy Synd

R Up: Tynwald Wayne


Kyle James x Caoimhes Chill
Kathleen Murphy

R Up: Frenchfort Tom


Adios Alonso x Funny Honey
Noreen & Kieran McManuss

R Up: Isnt She Magic


Kerry Call x Polar Lights
Bidget  Byrne & T Spraggett
R Up: Ballyvaughan



Friday and Saturday
The puppies just outnumbered the second season runners in the final eight with five puppies represented including a Derby semi-finalist, quarter-finalist and a Corn na File winner. Derby quarter-finalist Kyle Bruce was the first on the card having got the better of Shyan Jonboy, kennelmate Kyle Fionn (after a coin toss), and Whatdoyoufancy on Friday and Saturday. His opponent Woodpark Alonso was improving with each run and causing a few upsets along the way. He beat Viva Bobbyjo, Fingal Master and Power of Peace on the way to his quarter final.
The second quarter was hotly contested and included not only the Irish Cup favourite, Needham Work, but Champion Stakes winner Blueview Charlie and numerous other National Meeting qualifiers. Needham Work reached the quarter-finals with victory over Floating Patriot, kennelmate Needham Simple and Blazing Music after a buckle, Blazing Music having upset Blueview Charlie in the first round. Kyle Roger was his quarter final opponent after success over Lineroad Amigo, Tynwald Ash and Broadwell James.
Corn na File winner Serene Angel made his way to the Irish Cup quarter-final after beating Galbally Echo, Brownes Kitchen and District Twelve. His first All-Age opponent was waiting in the shape of Maker of Rules. A winner over Corriga Rebel, Skellig Sunlight and Fingal Billy, impressing on the clock on each occasion.
The last quarter final was made up of the Gerry Holian trained pair of Blades of Hope and Crushers Oak. Both impressive on the clock in each round. Blades of Hope got the better of Bedford Banker, Dale Pinnochio and Duarigle Mystic in a field which was suiting the Derby semi-finalist. Crushers had set up a kennel quarter final with his wins over Downtown James, With Grim Intent and Sheeraghs Lad.

Kyle Bruce landed the first quarter final with a minimum of fuss, lining his hare well he was always in command of the buckle with Woodpark Alonso. The clock of 12.51 suggested the ground was much heavier than the previous two days.
Needham Work denied the Field family the chance of having two runners in the semi-finals. Kyle Roger led early in the course but Needham Work had already drawn alongside at halfway and went on to win in impressive fashion. A clock of 12.51 suggesting there was little between the two runners.
Maker of Rules was a somewhat unlucky loser in the third quarter. Leading at halfway the Gerry Holian trained runner went unsighted handing Serene Angel the advantage which he took good care of to book a semi-final spot.
The final quarter was won in fine style by Derby semi-finalist Blades of Hope. Blasting from slips, he gave his kennelmate Crushers Oak little chance of getting back into it with a polished display. Reversing the early season trial stake form from Nenagh.
Betting heading into the semi-finals saw 6/4 joint favourites Needham Work and Blades of Hope. Kyle Bruce was available at 2/1 while Corn na Feile winner, Serene Angel was the 4/1 outsider of four.
It was thought before the first semi-final that Kyle Bruce would have to have built up a lead by halfway if he was to be successful, but he could not shake off Needham Work in the early stages. The latter proved too strong in the end and pulled away to win by some two lengths booking his Irish Cup final ticket. Again showing how strong he is in the latter stages of his courses, he really looked the part entering the final.

The second semi-final was an all puppy affair and it was the Derby semi-finalist Blades of Hope who got the better of Corn na Feile winner Serene Angel. Much to the delight of his supporters he was always in command and enjoyed a three length victory at the turn. A Derby semi-finalist and now an Irish Cup finalist giving connections quite the time of it.
The 2015 Irish Cup final saw Needham Work head to slips as a warm order favourite at 1/3. Blades of Hope his opponent was available at 7/4. The favourite however left connections with nothing to worry about. Seemingly putting his lack of early pace behind him, he came off slips alongside Blades of Hope. It was over in a matter of strides as the middle pace told and Needham scorched away to win in the second half of the course.

[Drawing]Needham Work's change of gear from halfway up the Greenmount stretch was enough to bring another Irish Cup back to the Newry kennels of Brendan Matthew's; trainer of three of the last six winners. Behind early in most of his courses Needham Work was really impressive when reaching top gear. Getting stronger each time he was placed in slips, the brindle son of Bexhill Eoin and Gadget Girl remains unbeaten for the season and joins his sister Needham Marie as a Classic winner. The winner was bred, owned, trained and nominated by Brendan Matthews.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cashel Club Draw

On Sunday evening Cashel Coursing Club held its draw for the Raffle Tickets sold through the season to raise funds for the Field.
 The Club would like to thank everyone who so generously bought ticket and sposors of the prizesn

John Egan and Club Chairman Lar Walsh take out the winning ticket that belonged to
John and Eileen O`Neill from Clonmel

The draw for the Adios Alonso Service s made by John O`Sullivan and the winning ticket goes to
Gerry Leech from Mullingar

And finally Tim O`Donovan pulls out the ticket for the service to Newinn Wonder
This goes to Donal Wilson from Castlecormac

And Finally  Edwina Morrissey who was recently in a car crash and is now in Waterford Hostpital
would like to thank all her well wishers from Cashel Coursing Club.

Edwina is now progressing nicely and will be happy to see anyone who wishes o visit


Thursday, February 26, 2015


Irish Cup Preview 
Needham Danger is the most notable of non-runners in this year’s Centenary Irish Cup which brings our season to an end on Sunday in Limerick Racecourse.  
The Champion Stakes favourite was expected to start again at the head of the market but has been withdrawn due to injury. The Brendan Matthews kennel still has multiple representatives however, including Needham’s Work and Simple who would be due to meet if both getting over their first round buckles.  
The second quarter includes no less than six Champion Stakes qualifiers. The semi-finalist to get through this quarter will surely have a few tests along the way, one stiff test will be Champion Stakes winner Blueview Charlie 
Runners from last year with good form on the field include Kyle Roger, both dog puppy finalists, Crafty Who and Tynwald Ash. None of last year’s last eight have made it back for another crack, although a number of them have been retired.  

1st Quarter 
Going through the draw, it looks as though Derby quarter-finalist Kyle Bruce could have a big part to play in the top quarter. Bruce is currently joint favourite at 7/1 and will be expected to go a long way. Fingal Master, a former Derby semi-finalist and a dual Cup winner this season, could provide most opposition while Positive Timing could be a tricky performer to meet early. Power of Peace has not got back to his best form since Regional but if returning to his best form could have a say.  

2nd Quarter 
The second quarter looks the most competitive on paper and really is a top class affairSix Champion Stakes qualifiers including winner, Blueview Charlie and 7/1 joint favourite Needham Work, are involved, while top class puppies Carrowkeal Gavin and Tullamoy Master are also in this section 
Floating Patriot and Needham Work meet in the first course of the quarter. Both runners have won two cups each this season, and bid to make up for Champion Stakes disappointment, Patriot losing out to Skellig Sunlight and Work withdrawn before coursing.  
Needham Simple will look to get some of his better form together this weekend and meets Cuine Gift (late Gortmelia Gift) in the first course. Both Needham runners are expected to meet on Saturday morning.  
Blueview Charlie excelled in Powerstown on the way to his Champion Stakes victory and the same can be expected this weekend from this tough, top-class performer. He is expected to overcome Blazing Music in the first and set up a buckle with Derby quarter-finalist Carrowkeal Gavin.  
Tullamoy Master and Crafty Tornado will look to get the better of All-Age opposition to set up a second round tussle. Tullamoy is looking to make up for his Clonmel misfortune after that scintillating 12.20secs clock on Day one.  
Tynwald Ash and Make Peace will have a buckle on Friday for the O’Donovan kennel while Champion Stakes runners Kyle Roger and Lineroad Amigo finish out the quarter. Kyle had good form on the field last year when winning the Irish Purse and he can be expected to go well here again.  
A really top class quarter to test the top puppies with the top All-Age runners of the season. It really is too tough to call.  
3rd Quarter 
The third quarter hosts another nice mix of puppy and All-Age, with buckles including District Twelve and Avenue Ranger, Game Mikey and Skellig Sunlight, some of the interesting ones.  
Corn Na Feile winner Serene Angel will be expected to go well in the quarter and could face fellow Abbeyfeale runner Brownes Kitchen in round two.  
Fingal Billy and Call Up Pal both exited the Derby at the same stage and will look to get the better of each other in round one while Dealbhna Mor and Corriga Rebel will be looking to improve on All-Age victories throughout the season.  
Serene Angel just gets my vote to land the quarter from the winner of the Game Mikey and Skellig Sunlight buckle.  
4th Quarter 
Gerry Holian has a really strong hand in the bottom quarter. This year’s Derby semi-finalist Blades of Hope, last year’s winner With Grim Intent and Blades of Hope and Feel My Pulse’s Nenagh conqueror, Crushers Oak.  
Champion Stakes qualifier Hotspot can win a few rounds here while Blades of Hope could face a tricky buckle in round two with the winner of Dale Pinnochio and Newinn Glory.  
Last year’s Dog puppy stake winner Crafty Who will go well again here while I fancy Crushers Oak to improve upon his Clonmel display where he was very narrowly defeated by Derby winner Feel My Pulse. With Grim Intent has not been the same this season and could have to play second best to his kennel companion Crushers Oak.  

Overall I fancy Kyle Bruce to come out of the top quarter. Although the second quarter is desperately tight I will just plump for the fresh Needham Work to continue his unbeaten record. Serene Angel is nicely drawn and can take advantage of that in the third quarter while the fourth looks to be between Blades of Hope and Crushers Oak. My final vote just going to Kyle Bruce for outright victory 

Patsy Byrne All-Age Bitch Stake 

In the top half of the draw for the All-Age Bitch Stake, Smart Sadie makes plenty of appeal. She was really impressive in East Donegal this year but later disappointed in Macroom. I think she will take advantage of the nice draw this weekend and can go close.  
Crossbound is a notable non-runner in the top half while one which could cause an upset or two could be Long Drive. Oaks quarter finalist Windfarm Ivy will be expected to go well again but Princess Suzie can give her plenty to think about in round two.  
Champion Bitch Stake semi-finalist Split Decision can get the better of Game Dizzy to set up a second round buckle with the winner of Hows She Goin and Derramore Star. Both the latter bitches ran credibly in Tubbercurry this year with Hows She Goin going down narrowly to City Beauty and Derramore Star running out an impressive winner of the Ballymena Oaks Trial Stake.  
In the bottom half of the draw it is the Bitch puppies who make most appeal. Dale Asgard and Oaks semi-finalist Sequin look set to meet in round two while Manntan Maple and Coffee and Spirit will look to do the same. The bottom quarter is all about outright favourite Boshki. A runaway winner in Doon she seemed to get distracted early in her course against the fast Manntan Maple in Clonmel but can make up for it here. Careful Betty looks like the one to give her most to do.  
The final four for me will be, Smart Sadie and Hows She Goin in the top half with kennel companions Manntan Maple and Boshki renewing acquaintances in the bottom. Boshki will have to reverse the Oaks form if she is to reach the final, but she narrowly gets my vote to do so and go on to outright glory.