It was a special day for local owners John Barrett and Conor Sheehan.............not being content with taking the Desmond Cup with Bexhill Brian they stormed through the Local Derby with owner trained Bexhill Noel............it was a popular win.............I was very impressed with this lovely close knit club,.........very friendly and well worth the trip down, The scenery on the way is worth the drive alone.
Bexhill Noel leads Monroe Peartree in the final
Owners John Barrett & Conor Sheehan with Thomas Shields and Brian Divilly.....and of course Noel and Brian
The Reserve Oaks was won by Matt Hyland pup Rosie Josie..........she took command halfway up the field and stayed on well. Trained by Pat OConnell and owned by Tadgh Enright and Richard Walsh.
Rosie Josie leads Columbian Kate up the field
At the top of the field Rosie is collected by Julie Oconnell, Oisin and Tadgh Enright
.....from the first litter of Three Fools,and bred by John Brown.....yet another from the Saftey Leader line. Three Fools was smart on the field winning a reserve TS at Mitchelstown....a TS at Waterford..........The Corn na Feile Oaks at Abbeyfeale .....Going three rounds in the Minella Oaks and winning the Select Bitch Stakes at Tipperary. Shes off to a great start in the breeding paddocks and I understand her next litter are by Janey Mac Aroo..............one of lifes treasures!
The Bitch All Age was a hard fought affair.................full credit goes to the Winner Abbeyglen Judy , trained by Mike & John Rohan.... she took big scalps in fine style. The final was a great buckle with Judy inching ahead at the turn.
im sure theres more points coming her way.......
Dixie Darling goes down a head in a hard fought final
Winning Connections receive their trophy
Collin Wallace , John Ronan owner, Joe Wallace (sponsor) Brian Divilly, with dog Mike Ronan
Other bitches to run well and need putting into the notebook.....
And of course Dixie Darling the beaten finalist
This Stake was yet another win for Judicial Best.................hes showing up well early in the season.
The quarter finals saw the excitement start when the favourite, Wallace Green and Atlantic Style both ran unsighted and were sent back to slips..............only for kennel companion Bexhill Brian and Floating Rain to do the same in the next course. Both the Matthews runners won the reruns.
Bexhill Brian and King Eoin....two litter brothers in the semi finals
And to the amazement of the large crowd both dogs then managed to overcome the handicap, yet again and it was a Matthews double in the Final. This was a great performance by the Matthews kennels , on a 100% record in the Cups so far.
Wallace Green just getting the turn from Whitestone Rock
A super dog is Whitestone Rock ( Trajectory x Wake up Kate), hes never far away ....................hell be drawing some luck soon I hope
It was decided to withdraw Wallace Green and award Bexhill Brian with the Cup............I must admit at the presentations Brian still looked full of go ..............who knows what the outcome would have been had a Final been run.
Joint owner John Barret, Damien and Plunket Matthews, Conor and Michael Sheehan , Michael Keenan and Adam Matthews
Desmond Cup winner Bexhill Brian
By Bexhill Eoin out of Vacume Honey herself a great coursing bitch, a winner of two stakes and a semi finalist in the Irish Cup Bitch Stake. Shes starting to make a big noise in the breeding paddocks too. From the ever reliable Safety Leader line..........as so many great dogs are.
While I was impressed with Gallys Bridge on saturday, seeing him run a "back to slips" made me think that victory would be a hard task for a pup in a 64 dog stake.
It was a good training performance by Dan Brassil as the dog was still fresh at the end of the day.
A son of Judicial Best who is having a great start to the season, his dam is Beaufort Bridge....a trial stake winning daughter of Cotters Bridge....sister of Hilltown
Sponsor Denis Holly presents the trophy to the Gally syndicate
Striding out with Shannon Vale Matt in the Final
Taken from the ICC website
There were emotional scenes at Glin this afternoon when Gallys Bridge, owned by The Gally Syndicate, Tralee triumphed in the Derby Trial Stake.
Syndicate member and Co Kerry C.C stalwart Sean O’Brien was laid to rest on Friday morning last, the opening day of the Glin fixture.
However the O’Brien family gave their blessing to trainer Dan Brassil to run Gallys Bridge as it is what Sean would have wanted.
Sean’s fellow syndicate members Liam Brassil, Martin Enright and Ena Galvin will be heartbroken this evening that Sean is not with them to celebrate this wonderful success.