Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Roll on the Weekend

  While waiting for the weekend perhaps a look back to last seasons Irish Cup..........those two semi finals will stay in the minds of all those who attended for years to come.  Four great dogs going head to head.  It was a wonderful meeting and full credit to the team who ran a first class meeting.





Fitzgerald experiences the joy of six
by Tom Higgins

LEGENDARY Kerry trainer Pa Fitzgerald recorded his second J.P. McManus Irish Cup win in-a-row, and his sixth in all, when last season’s Boylesport Derby runner-up, Sandy Sea, landed the €80,000 winning prize for well- known owner Patsy Byrne (Duagh and London) at a well attended and highly successful Patrickswell meeting yesterday.

Fitzgerald, now based in Crogh, Co. Limerick, was quick to praise his gallant charge, declaring: "You need to have the ammunition and this is a super dog who never gets tired."

It was an exceptional training feat by Fitzgerald because the dog was slightly lame after the Champion Stakes in Clonmel last month. However, Fitzgerald stressed the dog was beaten fair and square in that decider by Catunda Ashmore but decided to let him take his chance in the Irish Cup when the classic was put back a week.

The Fitzgerald-Byrne combination were successful last season with Castlemartyr, which Byrne owned jointly with Helen Murphy of Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Fitzgerald other winners were: Ballyard Yank, 1979/80; Ballyduff Bobby 1982/83; Black Rock in 1984/85, and yesterday was his third success for Byrne as he also turned out Castle Pines in 2004/05

In the final Sandy Sea defeated the gambled on Johnny Casanovaw - backed from 8-1 to 5-1 before coursing - by three lengths.

Before the quarter-finals, Johnny Casanova was down to 6-4 to take the classic with Sienna Steel on offer and 2-1 and Sandy Sea quoted at 4-1.

In the first quarter-final Johnny Casanova led Ballydorgan Hero four lengths with Sienna Steel coming from slight arrears to get the better of Freniti Options by three lengths.

Sandy Sea raced away from Shining Town to take the turn by a wide margin. In the final quarter-final Wallace Green won the battle of the puppies when beating Squatters Rights by eight lengths.

Both semi-finals were probably the greatest ever run at this level and proved the highlights of a meeting that gave coursing a massive late season fillip.

Johnny Casanova, who was now down to evens, just held on to beat the unlucky Sienna Steel, who changed sides before closing from half way. Then Sandy Sea, a 5-2 chance, then came from behind in a thriller to put out the Brendan Matthews trained Wallace Green by a neck.

In the final Sandy Sea was best away and raced clear for a three lengths win over the Michael O’Donovan trained Johnny Casanova.
Sandy Sea


The one thing that hit you about Sandy Sea is he never seems to tire......he looked ready to run again at the end of the day

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

GLIN CARD


Friday start 11.30
Start with the Derby Trial Stake - After interval - Derby Trial Stake and Glin Derby
Saturday: 11.30am
Start with Derby Trial Stake, Reserve Oaks Trial Stake and Desmond Cup,                                                       After the Interval - Derby Trial Stake, Desmond Cup and Glin Oak
Sunday: 12 noon.
Start with All Age Bitch Stake and complete card

Slipper....Tom Murphy                 Judge.....Paul Horan


DESMOND CUP
CARLSBUSH LEO V ANOTHER SESSION
BALLYDORGAN HERO V GOODDAY MICK
BRED IN MAYO V BEXHILL BOLT
LEITH LEGEND V WHITESTONE ROCK
WALLACE GREEN V SCOTCH ACTION
BRISTOL TEVEZ V DA FUGITIVE
SHANDRUM BAR V CARRIGMORE HEART
STOP PUSHING V ATLANTIC STYLE
GLANMORE GAR V BEXHILL BRIAN
KILLACOLLA BLUE V TOO MANY INDIANS
MAYOR DURKAN V SHADOW MIKES
FLOATING RAIN V MUSIC BAR
GURRAUN SMOKEY V A NOBLE MAN
KING EOIN V HARADSUN
MOAT MATTY V SHINES GANG
KICK ME DALY V SPORTING RIO
Res BEST MASTER: PAQUIRO: HOMESTEAD KERRY:                                                                       STAR FROM DOWN


ALL AGE BITCH STAKE
KILLINANE SMOKEY V DIXIE DARLIN
JUMBOS HANNAH V STARTFROMSCRATCH
SHES FLOWN V CARRIGMORE PRIDE
BALLYBRACK VIEW V SHANNONVALE INN
ABBEYGLEN JUDY V COMOGUE SKY
ANGELICAL GIRL V CUCHULLAIN DOTE
KILBREEDY SONIA V MAUGHERA TIMES
PARTY BLONDE V SANDY EABHA
Res MAKE THE TURN: GEORGE BUNRATTY


DERBY TRIAL STAKE
GALLYS BRIDGE T V HANKS BIG JIM
GLANMORE MURTY V MOUNTAIN MOVER
BRISTOL STEVE V BRAZING SERPENT
ROADSTONE FLYER V LALLYS FRIEND
SCOTCH ALSTAR V QUERRIN TOORA
BOLGER V KIERANS CASTLE
BLACKBOY JACK V WIZARD HERO
DOONARD HECTOR V SHADOW BASIL
POTENTIAL FLYER V TEDDY KAY
CAPTAIN DRU V FORMCRIOR WALL
WALLACE STAR V SONOWUKNOW
HENDON WAY V YOUGOIGO
AVEMYBACON V CRAFTY TOGO
ALL THE DITCHES V CASTLEMARTYR LAD
I SAY SO V STIFF TEST
CHAPTER FIVE V BARRISTER
MARCH IS ON V BEAUTYS GERRY
SOUTHERN HOPE V KINGCORMAC LAD
CARLSBUSH MATT V PORTINARD
MATTS JET V MELODYS BEST
MUCKY EAMONN V SILENT TURBO
ALRIGHT BEX V CHELSEA HARBOUR
SHANNONVALE MATT V SULLANE HYLAND
BARRACK DAN V ANTIQUE PINE
WISE TOD V TOMMYS TEQUILA
MILLABBEY EOIN V AUDIENCE PLANT
BLOODANDBANDAGE V TARMONS HYLAND
RATHMORE PINES V CHAPTERANDVERSE
PLUS ONE V KILPEACON A
A NOBLE ONE V FAITHLEGG MATT
DERHEEN RUN V TULLIG GUETORY
MELODY MIST V I SAW SOMETHING
Res DALEROAD LEGEND: GOFORITPOLKA:                                                                                             CLUNE HYLAND: CITIZEN SOFTIE: SIXTYFIVELAND: REENROUR POINT


RESERVE OAKS TRIAL STAKE
FIONNTRA HOLLY V TRIONAS DELIGHT
COOGA JESS V ROSIEJOSIE
WHITE ELLEN V SHANAVULIN FLAG
KNOCKNABOHA FOG V FLOW ON PENNY
RUNAWAY DOLL V TINY THORN
BALLYBRACK HEIDI V DINGLE BAY
NICOLAS BABE V ROOSKA VIE
ZINEB V COLUMBIAN KATE
Res JUMBOS DELIGHT: KEEPER LADY


Directions............From the N69 go straight through the village.  Take the LEFT hand turning opposite the Mace. The field is about 2 miles on this road

Monday, September 28, 2009

GLIN

Well...........Glins draw is up and we are being treated to a 3 day feast..........cracking Cup and a 64 dog Derby Trial Stake.
                                           Wallace Green set to return

Could it be a double of Cups for Brood of the Year Carrick Sam............Angelical Girl is out in the bitches.......Wallace Green in the Cup ........and In the Derby Trial Stake the first of her Mulitbet pups makes a apearence........they wont be getting things all their own way as theres some well bred pups on show!
Angelical Girl......bitch Cup hope

Not Forgetting the Duffers

Mystery Black leads Fortfield Hyland in the OFlaherty Memorial


And Coolagowan Light  taking the flag from Fawn Mystery




Just a Reminder

Just to let you know..........if your dog was running at Liscannor Saturday or  Kilflynn Sunday theres a good chance ive a picture of it.

 You can ring me on ....0872712156....or email on  yvonneharrington@topmail.ie

for a copy

Pictures also from last season

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kilfynn Trial Stakes

Oaks Trial Stake


I must admit to be very impressed with the winner..........not very big by coursing standards she showed great heart. Looks like its a smart litter from Bexhill Eoin,  as her sister ran well to oand will be one to watch out for. 

Delotti is out of Dancing Dilemma a sister to Uptown Smurf


Well done to connection of  Delotti


Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Bridewell Fawn ....trained by Lester Power took the Res TS..........putting in good performances all day.
Another nice pup by Matt Hyland.....he sired 3 TS winners this weekend! Hes out of Tequilla Lady.........whos from the ever reliable Safty Leader line.

Bridewell Fawn and Oilean Fantasy in the Final


 


Keira Horgan, Megan Horgan , Kevin Gleeson and Antonia Gleeson with Brideswell Fawn

Kilfynn Cups

A good days coursing at Kilfynn, finnshed the weekend.........The Cups were first class.......sadly Uptown Dilemma was withdrawn from the semi finals while going well......nether the less we were treated to some good Buckles.

Kingsmill Bliss excelled herself all day and the result was never in doubt......"little miss foot perfect!"


Kingsmill Bliss (Judicial Best x Eoin Bui)takes her first Cup of the season.....seen here with John Roche

It was a quality Cup and we`ll be seening  more of the runners up........Spur Majestic


        Spur Majestic (Mounteden Guest x Vacume Runaway)  in full flight

 and Uptown Dillemma........(Bexhill Eoin x Uptown Smurf)

Withdrawn from the semis......looked impressive  up till then

Wallace Flyer took the Fuller Memorial in good style..............another good winner for brood of the year Carrick Sam.............this lady is a class act in the breeding paddocks and well all watch her Multibet pups with interest
Wallace Fyer (BexhillEoin x Carrick Sam)taking the Cup from Duragile Allstar (janey Mac Aroo x Gooreen Jessie)


Thomas Shields and Michael Keenan with Flyer
 
 

Michael Fitzgerald and John Roche with Kingsmill Bliss

Liscannor Winners

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Liscannor

All Age Cup
Winner: Flow On Ted RU: Whitestone Rover

Flow on Ted  (Bexhill Eoin x Caoimhes Cindy)....leading Inny Perfection in the first round

All Age Bitch Stake:
Winner: Bejo Blonde RU: Pumpkin Lucky

Derby TS:
Winner: Upsetter RU: No Fool

Upsetter..(Matt Hyland  x Croca Or)

Oaks TS:
Winner: Scattery Express RU: Fishermans Jade



KILFYNN WINNERS

All Age Bitch

 KINGSMILL BLISS

All Age Dog

 WALLACE FLYER

Bitch TS

DELOTTI

Res Dog TS

BRIDEWELL FAWN

1 Course Duffer
Mystery Black

2Course Duffer
Coolagowan Light

Kilfynn Finals

Bitch Cup

Kingsmill Bliss v Spur Majestic

Dog Cup

Duragile Allstar  v Wallace Flyer

Oaks Trial Stakes

Uptown Hope v Delotti

Reserve Dog TS

Bridewell Fawn  v Oilean Fantasy

One Course Duffer

Fortfield Hyland v Mystery Black

Two Course Duffer

Coolagowan Light v Fawn Mystery

Kilfynn Survivors

ALL AGE CUP
Duarigle Allstar
Trial Balance
Shanavullen Rio
Black Chalk
Squatters Rights
Quarrymount Man
Wallace Flyer
Dakota Highway
RESERVE DERBY TRIAL STAKE
Kilpeacon Cadet
Eagles Point
Bridewell Fawn
Lotus Viper
Carrigoir Pat
Oilean Fantasy
Small Impression
Marshals Safari
OAKS TRIAL STAKE
Joans Diva
Uptown Hope
Big Maggie
Aoifes Dilemma
Delotti
Beck Row Hyland
Avenue Gypsy
Wallace Lady
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

GOOD HARE DAY


 It was a great relief to see the hares at Liscannor so well trained and strong.   A game of Ducks and Drakes played by Mr Gormley  left little time for catching and training hares..............it is to there credit that Liscannor were up to the task.




Before the off




 Hares had enough tricks to fool the dogs!





 

and they all made good their escapes!




Saoirse Donnelley  talking to Judge Tony Reddan

And Finally a big thankyou to these lads...........just some of the days workers


Sorry I had n pen to take your names...........if you would like to you can click on "comment " below and add them yourself!

Opening Day

The weather kept fine for a super first day at Liscannor.  The crowd was hugh and many of these were holiday makers impressed with their first look at Coursing.  Many had only seen the terrible propagander  put out by the antis and were pleased they made the effort to see it for themselves.

Hares were excllent all day and a great credit to Liscannor club,  who excelled in difficult circumstances.

Scattery Express  (Matt Hyland x Scattery Mac) impressed in the Bitch TS

Many pups were running green on this first day..........there were a few  scrathced runners in the second round as conditions were firm. Drying winds at this time of the year soon change the going........rain is needed soon!


Gurraun Flash goes well in the Dog TS

It was a close affair in the Cup.......................the morning see a hot contest between Soundmanpaddy and Whitestone Rover.............both stood out in the first round



Soundmandpaddy

Whitestone Rover

Liscannor Survivors

Welldone done to Liscannor CC for a super days coursing.....the hares were good all day....

DERBY TS

Sporting Django v Upsetter

Drimeen Butcher v Dromelihy Hyland

No Fool v Da Russian

Gaurraun Flash v Yew Best


BITCH TS


Scattery Express V Flow on Lucy

Margarets Castle v Red Music

Ballymore Minne v Doonbeg Flyer

Fishermans Jade v Mount Ruby Rhiana

McDonagh Cup

Rathmeehan Jimmy v Shadow Tevez


Soundmanpaddy V Whitestone Rover

Ballineala Soho v Flow on Ted

Hollyhill Best v Louises Delight
 

LISCANNOR UPDATE

Coursing is going well at Liscannor.........The Hares ar first class..........well schooled and running clever.

Those that are putting in turns are well able to fool the dogs and escape without a fleck.  Making nonsense of Fitzgeralds scaremongering letter to the minister.

The other news is  KING SAUNDERS is withdrawn from the Cup

Friday, September 25, 2009

The CUPS

Well it all kicks of tomorrow  and straight away we are being treated to some quality runners in the Cups.......
Heres a list of the points on offer...
The points for 32's are 

                                Winner           6 pts
                                Runner Up       4 pts
                                Semi Finalists   2 pts

The points for 16's are

                                Winner           4 pts
                                Runner Up       2 pts

KILFLYNN

 FULLER CUP
6/4 Wallace Flyer
4/1 Quarrymount Man

5/1  Black Chalk, Squatters Rights
6/1 Boston Yanks , Trial Balance, Marshals Empire,                                                                                  7/1 Party Cee Jay ,Shines Gang
8/1 Leith Legend, Kitty Wazzer, Another Session , Son of HawkeyeSon




Wallace Flyer going on to win at Carlow....................hell start warm fav at Kilfynn .............
For anyone looking for value id suggest Jody Thompsons dog.................. Son of Hawkeye.  At Borrisoleigh he made light work of Colina Damask before going on to get grueled in the semi.....looks value at 8/1

                                                                                   Son of Hawkeye  v Colina Damask at Borrisoleigh


Herbert Bitch Stake

1/1 Kingsmill Bliss
3/1 Uptown Dilemma
4/1 Tipsey Woman
5/1 Code Supreme, Marshals Pearl
6/1 Pumpkin View, Pleasant Sight
8/1 Multi Blonde,
10/1bar





Kingsmill Bliss looks all set in the Bitch Stake



LISCANNOR

 
4/6 King Saunders
5/1 Millabbey Sean
8/1 Ballinveala soho,  Flow on Ted
10/1 Tarbet Dawn, Peggys Ladden, Lousies Delight

Looks a breeze here for King Saunders if hes  to live up to expectations.......Liscannor is a happy hunting ground for his trainer and its hard to look past this pair

King Saunders




BITCH STAKE

6/4 Ashtown Amy
4/1 Sporting Fatima
5/1 Whitstone River, Cois Luna
6/1Easy N Sweet, Ashwood Dee, Glanmore Steffi

To my eyes far more open........one mistake from the fav could see others ready to step forward.
Bitches I saw going well last season inc.. Cois Luna,  but also outsiders Leigh Rosaline and White Stunner
Ashtown Amy v Long  Stretch(red)





 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

DJs Reply

Thursday September 24 2009

Taken from the Irish Independent

As chief executive officer of the Irish Coursing Club (ICC), I write in response to John Fitzgerald (Letters, September 14) to set the record straight.

Here in Ireland, one pair of muzzled greyhounds at a time is slipped to pursue a hare given a 100-yard advantage. The hares are harvested ahead of time and kept in "hare parks", often several acres large, where they are well cared for, inoculated, dosed and, yes, trained to familiarise themselves with the facility.

The object of the sport is to test the skill of two dogs against each other as they endeavour to turn their quarry, the hare.

Each coursing meeting operates under veterinary supervision and the appropriate care and attention is administered to all hare stock by appropriately trained and qualified personnel.

Coursing only takes place from late September to the end of February and is not permitted during the breeding season. There are a range of other regulations in place, as well, which reinforce the sustainability of the species.

The arguments forwarded by Mr Fitzgerald and like-minded people focus on the depletion of the hare population. However, Quercus, an independent research group in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, reports that the current hare population in the Republic of Ireland stands at over 565,000, of which less than 1pc is harvested by coursing clubs.

The most recent report on the status of EU protected habitats and species in Ireland details that the future of the hare is good.

The National Parks and Wildlife Rangers supervise coursing meetings and supervise the release of hares to the wild on conclusion of the event.

Between those facts and the reality that we rely on a healthy hare population for our sport, it is difficult to imagine how we would want to be responsible for decimating the hare population we so rely on.

Mr Fitzgerald and others paint a picture of coursing which is emotive, at times juvenile and insulting, and most of all, misleading.

They also fail to consider the consequences of an unregulated form of the sport, and this is no more obvious than in Northern Ireland where, through lack of coursing, illegal hunting is rampant, and the hare population is suffering as preserves are unmanaged.

The ICC recently held a seminar on hare husbandry matters, detailing best practice on hare management. To understand coursing, you must take account of the positive environmental, social and economic benefits associated with the sport.

D J Histon
Irish Coursing Club
CLONMEL, Co TIPPERARY


Many People.....even those involved with coursing dogs will be unaware how heavily regulated coursing is.

Before things get underway three licenses must be passed. One to net hares.....one to tag hares....Then one to run the Coursing meetings.  Clubs can be called on at anytime by Wildlife wardens doing spot checks.

Then there is endless paperwork......both before during and after coursing to be filled in by Rangers , Vets , Stewards and club officials..........all to make sure of the hares welfare and saftey

hers some samples

 
sorry for the quality of these but it will give you idea of whats involved........theres 10 or so pages of paperwork per meeting......all involving inspection by rangers and vets. Every Hare captured must be accounted for.
Added to this most clubs do great conservation work ........Foxes are the biggest enemy of the hares survival...........one family of foxes will take out 33 hares in a year.   So Coursing Club do what they can to control the fox population..........plus various other measures of habitat control.



Bambers Hawkeye at Templethouy







Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hare Facts


A hares stride and movement is the same as those of the greyhound.  These pictures of Ougham Pet at the Irish Cup meeting show this......even down to the hind leg cross in order to turn!

Feeding and Management of Hares


As stated before there was a great debate from many good coursing men about the management of Hares before a meeting......

Feeding

Hares are coprophagic......in simple terms they eat their food twice..........after it is digested they will re eat their droppings again.  Im told that a hare will only live for 3 weeks if its deprived of this second stage of its digestion.

This is also thought to be one of the reasons hares are so prone to coccidosis.......and why many leverets fall foul of this deadly parasite.

Its is recommened to dose hares for coccidosis before placing them in pens as prevention is better than cure.
Baycox2.5 is recommended....2 to 3 cc depending on hare size. or they can be dosed in the paddock water supply.  At the same time hares are wormed with1cc of  Panacur sheep wormer                                                                We were shown video footage at the seminar of hares in the paddocks at Powerstown.....both day and night.  The one thing that stood out is how much water was drunk.  So plenty of fresh clean water should be laid down.

Another recommendation is plenty of feeding stations...........for 60 hares.......20 feeders.........this is the best way to avoid bullying. 
A simple bucket .....moderated to form a feeder.  Hares will not eat wet oats. There are two holes cut into the buckets to allow hares to feel safer while eating. To encourage hares to eat the oats mix cut pieces of apples in with the mix.
The bucket is mounted on blocks to stop wind from blowing it over.




The main food should consist of green sallies.(willow)..........turned or changed daily.  These should also be placed facing the same direction so to avoid injuries as hares gamble and play in the paddocks.

Other foods are sheaf oats and whole oats, beet apples and haylage.........but foods with plenty of energy are reccomended.
It is though that sheaf oats are used in preference as these are more natural to a wild animal

One great tip from Aiden Supple was to paint mollases onto the front of the hare before its release into the pen.   He felt this encourages the hare to start grooming itself and settles him down far quicker.


As hares are nightime feeders feeding stations should be covered during the day to keep crows away........and the diseases  they carry.