Thursday, October 14, 2010

From the Sporting Press

Mum’s word to stay in dogs paid off for John with Volga Daisy’s opening win of the season

John Scully has started dreaming of winning next year’s Oaks after his Volga Daisy became the first bitch to qualify for the bitches’ classic when successful in a trial stake at Liscannor.

The homebred daughter of Musical Time-Glowing Times showed great courage to see of her opponents at the County Clare fixture and book her ticket for the National Meeting in February. Scully told the Sporting Press: “She’s only a small bitch weighing 64 pounds but is a real battler and ran really well to win the stake. “Being only a May pup I thought that she might struggle, but she got better with each run up the field; I think the presence of Judicial Best in her dam line gave her the stamina and guts to succeed.”

Things didn’t look good when she came out of slips in her first ever course way off the pace. Scully said “Luckily it was a bye-course and she must have been left eight lengths behind the other dog. However, by the time she had reached the top of the field she was in front, which gave us hope that she could do well.”

Volga Daisy’s closest course was in the final against Lowland Deuce. Scully said: “She was challenged in the latter stages but stuck to her guns and won by a length. Hopefully she can build on this victory”. Volga Daisy is expected to come out again in an All-Age Cup at one of the Christmas Meetings. Scully said “We’ll leave her off until the middle of November before we get her ready to run again. Being only a young bitch, we hope there is more to come from her. It’s just great to be able to already have one Clonmel ticket in the bag”.

Cork handler Barry Lynch has a lot of influence on Scully and advised him to buy Volga Daisy’s grand dam Elm Sunset. He says “I met Barry by chance and he put me on the right road. He advised me to buy a couple of greyhounds that have turned out well and done me proud. Volga River was the first one and he won the local Connaught Cup for me in 2004. The other was Elm Sunset, who has produced the goods as a brood bitch.”

Elm Sunset’s first litter produced four trial stake winners. Scully says “Glowing Times won her trial stake at Loughrea for me and was beaten in the second round of the Oaks by the eventual winner, Sullane Sign. She had such great stamina that I mated her to Musical Time to put some pace in her pups. There were seven in the litter and I have kept four of them. I was going to sell Volga Daisy as she was the smallest at just 64 pounds but my daughter Bridie took a shine to the bitch and persuaded me to keep her.”

Scully is waiting for Glowing Times to break in season again and intends taking her to Wilton Time. For next season Scully has a litter of Wilton Time pups from his brood bitch Elm Sunset. He says: “There are four of them and they look promising at this stage.” Scully is retired and lives in Atenry with his wife Rita. They have three children; Patrick, Tiernan and Bridie.

John got into the sport through his father, Patrick. He says: “My father used to go to Loughrea coursing meeting on his bike in the 1940’s and telegraph the national media with the results. He had a brilliant bitch called Sunset Promise back in the 1960’s. She was the runner up in the 1964 Oaks in Clonmel. However, it was in the breeding paddocks that she really excelled. She produced Sparkys Girl, who he sold to Ginger Murphy. She won the 1967 Oaks and was a great brood bitch herself, producing two Irish Cup winners with Fancy Stuff and Tartan Black. Me and my brother Joe used to go everywhere with Dad but he passed away suddenly in 1988 and we were not sure whether to


I have been informed by the Club that Gorey have been watering the Field since Monday and the going is looking good .

Master McGrath

The last Waterloo Cup

Open Coursing from England.............Good Luck to English Coursing we hope you get your great sport back.

I understand that since coursing has been banned that Wildlife Crime has exploded over there as the Hare no longer has the protection of  Coursing Clubs.    This is one thing that "antis " refuse to listen too.  And don't seem to even care about..........Its poachers not coursing clubs that will cause the extinction of the Hare