Before I get to talking about dogs Id just like to thank the Committee and Working Members of Limerick CC for the welcome and help they have given me over the last couple of weeks.
I have hounded them with visits in order to get photos of hares and their management, covered their trial session and back again to see the dismantling of the grounds and the release of the hares. Added to that they went out of there way to assist me at the meeting itself...........I am extremely grateful.
"Now where have they put that bucket of oats"
It was a education to see the high level of hare husbandry and the respect and care they have in handling their hares.
It was interesting to see one hare "escape" onto the racecourse only to make his way straight back to the hare pens.....waiting to be let back in!!
Free Willys bid to escape
goes to plan as he crosses the melling road.....the fence is dismantled and hes got a clear road to freedom
I was amazed when he turned right to go back up the run that leads to the pens
It seems life in the pens can't be as bad as the "antis" think!!In fact.....No animal would head back to a pen unless it considered it to be a "safe haven"
Irish Cup meeting results
Lillian and Mairead Sheenan
John Barrett and Conor Sheenan
Winner: BEXHILL BRIAN
R-up: Kerry Call
When Bexhill Brian went to slips with Kerry Call it was always going to be a great final ......and each way , a good storey behind the winner..........Irelands two top trainers going head to head. This was Brendan Matthews 6th Irish Cup.........but I understand his first at Greenmount.
It will be hard to find two more determined runners........both fine dogs for driving a hare.......but Brian came through where it mattered most ,to take the turn.
This victory must seal Greyhound of The Year for Bexhill Brian , whos had a great season for his owners Conor Sheehan and John Barrett..........and his Newry based trainer Brendon Matthews. Watching him walk back to the vans after every course , I must say he looked a tired dog. But this just proved the effort he put into every course. His power of recovery is immense.........and the same can be said for last years winner Sandy Sea.
Vacume HoneyBred in Co Cork by Dermott O`Sullivan..........from Bexhill Eoins first crop, out of Vacume Honey.
Honey is a 3 x 4 of that great brood Safety Leader. being by Hilltown out of Lady Vacume, she won a TS at Enniscorthy and was also a winner of two Bitch Stakes.......shes a fine selection of Trial Stake winners to her credit .....two TS winners from her Matt Hyland litter this year, Vacume Hyland and Fealesuir Johnny
Bexhill Brians Nominator .....Christy Murphy receives his trophy from Bill Burke
You can enjoy Christys hospitality at the Cu Chulainn Bar in Nearby Patrickswell
where hes the publican
Bexhill Brian will make a great addition to the Stud team up in Townsview Kennels..........a pedigree to die for, im sure Brian will now be popular with the ladies.
First round win against Dale Indecisive
When Sandy Sea went out on the first day many will have thought Pa`s challenge was gone! Added to that ,his two other runners were drawn together in the first round.........The battle of the brothers........Kerry Calling and Kerry call was a close thing with Call `coming with a late run to get the flag.
Kerry Calls first round battle with Kerry Calling
And again with High and Mighty in the Quarters
You couldn't fail to be impressed with this May puppy, he improved with every round and was as brave as a lion. What a Mighty pair of Cup dogs for next year these two brothers will be.
quarter finals with Dougal Town
Runner up Kerry Call is by Janey Mac Aroo out of Patsy Byrnes Call Up, herself a Grace Burton winner in 2007, ........Her first litter by Musical Time produced Castleisland. She is another good brood from the Safety Leader line , this time through Lincolns Rose, Oaks winner in 1991..
Kerry Call is owned by the Patsy Byrne, Billy O`Toole and Pa Fitzgerald
Outstanding performance by this very young pup, on testing conditions
Pa will have his eye on next years Gold Cup!!
Seen here is Dougal Town......he ran a great Irish Cup.............handled by Donal Leahy
and the very unlucky Party Jay Cee............a very hard hunt in the quarters robbed him of a chance to go further
seen here with Oilean Fantasy
This says it all really!
Some great performances were put up by puppies.........these fellas got to the quarter finals leaving there owners dreaming of a great Cup year
SELECT ALL AGE BITCH STAKE
R-up: Quality And Dash
If ever there was a case for patience .....this stake is a fine example.....
Kalanova is a Nov07 whelp from Oaks winner Quality and Golds first litter............unable to run in her puppy year as she was too young, Kalanova turned out for this Stake with still only 4 runs to her credit.
She was on the board at 20/1...........before the off
Trained in the North by Laurence Jones and jointly owned with his brother Brian.....a excellent training performance.
Kalanova and Enjoythesunshine
Over the 2 days this lady put in some mighty runs, to put out top quality bitches...........a glance at her breeding showed she is bred to take a big stake. By Stud Dog of the year Bexhill Eoin out of Oaks winner Quality and Gold..........she is everything you could hope for from those lines. Buckle of the stake came from her semi final run with Champion bitch Cleanaway Smurf.
a great buckle with Grace Burton winner Cleanaway Smurf
against Ashwood Dee
winning the final
Breda Mann presents trophy to owner Brian Jones, Michael Mann presents nominator Michael Reidy with his trophy
Breeders , Catherine and Seamus O`Meara must be hugely proud of the way their broods have performed this year...........being responsible for both finalists in this stake.........from two different broods..........ontop of countless TS winners.........another Oaks and a Derby runner up.
Quality and Dash was in tremendous form for this final meeting, a nigling injury midway through the season put her back in her work for Clonmel...........she showed her worth in this stake
Quality and Dash is trained and owned by her breeders, the OMeara family
Quality and Dash v By Mistake in the quarters
Cleanaway Smurf v Jardin Del Mar
Semi finalist Toners Girl
R-up: Carrigmore Heart
I saw Kerry Calling win his qualifier at Limerick City and was so impressed I put 10 euros at 30/1 on him to win the Derby. Things never went to plan there but I was pleased to see him confirm that running here at this meeting
When Litter brothers Kerry Calling and Kerry Call met in the first round it was very close between the two..........the form of both was franked by the final day results...........a great training performance, by Pa Fitzgerald saw the two young pups run right up to the top of their form.
Kerry Calling and Jacks Navigator
The one thing that stands out with both these pups is their game, commited way of running, it will stand them in good stead in their Cup year
Semi Final with Gallys Bridgre
Runner up in the Purse was Carrigmore Heart who is owned trained and bred by Patsy and Aoife Coffey from Doon...........They must have been proud of his fine performance over the weekend...........Nominated by Pat Dalton
By Carrigmore Becks out of Fast Loser, he won his TS at Sevenhouses last season and has given connections great fun in Cups this year, winning a Cup at South Clare and running up at Ardpatrick
taking the flag from Marcroney Caesar
working the hare in the final
Others running well
Gallys Bridge and Jiving Rythm
semi finalist Duarigle Alstar
Winner: MOOT POINT
R-up: Lisloose Eoin
Another who met his kennel mate in the first round of the Cup...........and going on to win his Final
.Won his trial Stake in Cashel in fine style, Moot Point, trained by Micheal O Donovan`is owned , nominated and also bred by Sir Mark Prescott
Just loosing out to kennelmate Serene Digital in Cup
By Matt Hyland out of Miss Preston...........Miss Preston is a daughter of Ardnalee Laura making her a sister of Oaks dividers Chubbys Accord ans Qualityandgold
Runner up Lisloose Eoin was unlucky enough to meet Bexhill Brian in the second round.........once in the Plate he put up some super runs untill the Final where he ran way below his form
A great dog in the making and I hope he comes out next year in fighting form
Lisloose Eoin and Prevelance
Eshwary Brea and Stiff test
Wake Up Rascal
CHAMPION WORKING MEMBERS STAKE
Bridey and Brian Moore
Small Bit GoneWinner: SMALL BIT GONE
R-up: Moorstown Mia
taking the turn in the semi final with Brave Hurcules
Another winner for Bexhill Eoin.............This time out of Windfarm Lady whos from the
Goon the Mac line .....Beyond Kilimer and Silent Echo both being close relations
Moorstown mia with Toome Ban
Moorstown Mia RU
Brave Hurcules and Baby Daddy Cool
EARL OF DUNRAVEN STAKE
Winner: KILTY WAZZER
R-up: Savings Aughrim
Kilty Wazzer and Killeagh Harry in semi Final
Finalist Savings Aughrim