Monday, December 29, 2014



Friday, Saturday 26th and 27th December
Judge: Tony Reddan
Slipper: Owen Walsh;  Asst Slipper: Michael Rafferty


Trajectory x Fingal Floss
Darren Bannon

R Up: Cooga Mafi


Jingles x Dunkil Heros
owner/ trainer Brendan Maunsell

R Up: Quickchelsealady


Winner: FERGAL
Kyle James x Chubbys Banker
Clonmels Famous 6 syn
trainer Fintan Kennedy

R Up: Backstreet Boy


Musical Time x Whimsical Lady
Bernie and Basil Holian

R Up: Cracking Doll


John Rafferty with Scartview Mansa

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Thankyou to Paddy McGhee for his thoughts on the meeting this season

St. Stephen’s Day Preview
The Jubilee All-Age at Mooncoin has attracted a good entry with some Champion Stakes contenders. Fingal Master was a most impressive winner at Johnstown and Urlingford. Pat Savage’s runner will look to add to his win with victory here. Whiskey Galore has been a dual winner this season and has eight points, while Sturdyandstaunch was a runner-up on his latest outing. In the bottom half Fingal Master, Amys Lotto and Marshals Mercury are all in search of more points to make it into the Champion Stakes line-up. Marshals Mercury has already landed two Cups this season while Amys Lotto tasted victory at Lixnaw. Fingal Master may well be too good and the Derby semi-finalist can add to his Johnstown victory here.

Somelittlething gets the vote to land her second All-Age Bitch Stake of the season. She landed a top class Bitch Stake at Castleisland and can add to her victory here. Noirs Cavair and Time To Sleep can fight out the bottom half.
Mooncoin also run a Champion Puppy stake and it sees four dogs and four bitches going head to head for the prize which will attract some great interest. Somelittlelord and Fingal Yank can fight out the top half while July puppy Sunfire City may improve from her Trial Stake victory.

There are a number of runners this weekend with viable claims of a Champion Stakes position, Fingal Master has already been highlighted as a contender in Mooncoin and the Corn Cuchullain at Dundalk can play a major part in deciding a few positions while South Clare, Wexford’s Loc Garman cup, and Co. Kerry’s Kingdom Cup could all prove important in the standings also.
Kyle Roger has reached the semi-final of two 32 runner events this season and has four points. He can land the Kingdom Cup this week and put himself right in contention for the limited places. Lineroad Amigo has six points and can add to his tally. The winner of a semi-final buckle between these two can land the event.

At South Clare we have a number of runners looking to capture more points. Ballyheigue and Tradaree winners Duarigle Mystic (6pts) and Alleyesonus (4pts) can fight out the top half while in the bottom Skellig Sunlight (6pts) can get the better of Galway and Oranmore winner Roquefort Barney.

Fleetwood Nova reappears in the Cork Cup and a buckle with Lochbo Benny (4pts) can decide the outcome of this event. Sheeraghs Lad (6pts) may reach the final from the bottom half of the draw and land himself on eight Champion Stakes points.
With Tynwald Ash an impressive winner in North Kilkenny he is most likely a non-runner in

Borrisoleigh. Downtown James (4pts) can take advantage of that and the Knockgraffon winner may well find himself in a good position come Saturday evening.
Kingsmill Rover gets the vote to land the Loc Garman Cup. Bango Malone (6pts), Mitchelstown winner goes in search of more points but has a number of tough runners to get past if he is to collect here. Yippee Kiyay is a third season runner coming out for the first time after suffering injury. Kingsmill Rover may just be too good however.

At Roscommon With Grim Intent is the favourite to land the Castlerea All-Age. He had one outing at Newcastlewest this season and was a beaten semi-finalist to Needham Work. The Derby winner is expected to put up a bold showing this time round. Timmeys Bin may give him most to do in the top half. In the bottom half it is third season runners Man of War and Kilkeale Hero who make most appeal. Kilkeale Hero has been withdrawn from two second rounds this season so far while a beaten semi-finalist to Blueview Charlie in Old Kilcullen has been Man of War’s only outing. Janeys Eoin probably won’t take up his position after success at East Donegal. Last year’s Derby winner will be expected to collect his first points of the season here.

The Corn Cuchullain at Dundalk has thrown up a terrific second quarter. Corriga Rebel (4pts) goes in search of more points but meets Trim winner and last year’s runner-up Broadwell James (4pts). Blueview Charlie (10pts) is probably safe in terms of Champion Stakes qualification but looks to enhance his growing reputation with victory here. Fingal Rory and Figaro both impressed some onlookers in Old Kilcullen while Droopys Newman and Central Investor will look to improve on their Derby exploits of last season.

The All-Age Bitch’s have provided some great competition throughout the year and a very tight leader-board highlights this. Somelittlething can move onto the leader-board with victory at Mooncoin while among the other runners looking to cement their positions this year at Borrisoleigh are Skellig Lola (6pts) and Horgie Baby (6pts) who are both drawn in the top half. Kates Shoes (6pts) and Rossmore (8pts) are best in the bottom half, Skellig Lola gets the vote to land what would be her fourth All-Age Bitch success in two seasons.

At the Kingdom Cup meeting in Kerry, Turning Pace (4pts) is looking to add to her Kilflynn victory. A semi-final meeting with recent Cappoquin winner Floating Cove (4pts) looks on the cards here with the other finalist likely to come from a semi-final clash between Listowel winner Red Haired Mary (4pts) and Careful Betty (6pts) who picked up her points at the two meetings held at the new Glin stretch this season.
Skellig Blues (4pts) and Giveittobatty (6pts) look likely to meet in the final at South Clare. There will also be interest in how Aveia, Trial Stake winner at Loughrea, runs in her first outing in All-Age company.
The Wexford All-Age Bitch Stake sees Late Drama (8pts) go in search of her third Wexford All-Age Bitch victory this season after wins at both New Ross and Enniscorthy. City Beauty (4pts) was very impressive at Knockgraffon and can go well again while Loyal Lyric (6pts) looks to qualify for her second Champion Bitch Stake. Trial Stake winners Battstreet Judy and Rideout Belle will be closely watched this weekend.

Trial Stakes
Smearla Central gets a confident vote to land the Co. Kerry Derby Trial Stake. He was impressive at Ardpatrick on his way to the final and can make up for that here. Magical Harvey may reverse form with Ballymac Abraham in the Derby Trial Stake at Borrisoleigh.
The Doon Oaks Trial Stake has produced another two winners since it has been run and runner-up Bonerea Jenny reappears this weekend in Borrisoleigh. Also in the field is Nenagh runner-up Deirin Kerry while Rush for Gold was a beaten finalist to Ballyverry Baby. This Trial Stake will be watched closely as it looks good on paper.
In Co. Kerry Blizzard Maria, Ardpatrick reserve winner reappears in a bid to book her full ticket. Barrow Cockle was clocking very well at Newcastlewest and this looks like it could be the final buckle.
At Mooncoin Kingtone Jessie gets a confident vote to book her Oaks Ticket, twice a runner-up at Thurles and Clonmel and Kilsheelan she bids to go one better here and make it third time lucky.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a successful Christmas weekend on the field.


Week 13 Review
Borris In Ossory
Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze/Blades of Glory) added the Laois Cup to his list of honours and may well have booked his place in the Champion Stakes in the process. A winner already at Abbeydorney, he collected his second cup of the season during the week. He overcame Crafty Who in the final who himself moved onto six points after his Gorey victory.

Red Mania (Kingsmill Dynamo/Skellig Mania) qualified for the Derby after success in the Derby Trial Stake. He clocked well during the stake and previously impressed at both Lixnaw and Thurles.

The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake was won by Killimor Mini (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) providing a first Trial Stake for Bexhill Eoin this season.

East Donegal
The James Magee Memorial Cup was won by Cavan All-Age winner Janeys Eoin (Bexhill Eoin/Text It Inn). He moved into the Champion Stakes standings having landed the event after an unusual and unsatisfactory final. Gallant runner-up Fee Fontaine always keeps his best form for the Lifford stretch and reached his second All-Age final at this meeting. Having led to over half-way in the final Fee Fontaine unfortunately pulled up injured and could not go on. Janeys Eoin then took over in front only to turn back down-field before making an effort to turn his hare. This led to a lot of speculation over the judge, Brendan Purcell’s decision. After some thought the judge pulled the red flag to signal Janeys Eoin had added a second cup to his CV.
Smart Sadie (Kingsmill Dynamo/Moat Belle) was a hugely impressive winner of the Hugh Duffy All-Age Bitch Stake. This was a very competitive stake but Sadie landed it with a minimum of fuss. She beat Central Maven in the final while the beaten semi-finalists, Split Decision and Hollyhill Rosie had already landed three All-Age Bitch Stakes between them this year.
The Derby Trial Stake was an eagerly anticipated final and it was Rory For Glory (Derby Pines/Wise Purchase) who got the better of Geordie Casanova in a thrilling final to give Paul Matthews his first Derby qualifier of the season. Having been headed for most of the way, Rory powered past Geordie Casanova in the final hundred yards to run out a good winner. By the way he ran on the final day he won’t fear the Powerstown hill and he was a very likable winner.
Buckin Bella (Kyle King/Kincora Chubbys) won the Reserve Oaks Trial Stake. She looked a decent winner for Laurence Crossan and is a member of a litter who have been running very well without winning.

North Kilkenny
Tynwald Ash (Razor Ashmore/Jamaica Jane) has always been well thought of and fulfilled some of that expectation after winning the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny. He previously ran up the Puppy Stake at last year’s Irish Cup after sustaining a serious injury in Abbeydorney early last season. Glenlough Mick added a second runner-up performance to his season’s tally. He also won at Rathcormac so now sits on eight Champion Stakes points.
Fire Height Una (Adios Alonso/Skibabbey Lady) added to her Galbally Trial Stake win with a victory here in the All-Age Bitch Stake. She beat the fast Annual Time in the final, a runner-up last year in a Tubbercurry Trial Stake.

 Trial Stake winners Leigh Snowie and Annual Edition were both withdrawn in the semi-finals and both had two runs in nice time after their Trial Stake wins.
The Derby Trial Stake went to Defacto (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) and joined his sister Killimor Mini who had just won at Borris In Ossory within the last week. Both have now provided a Trial Stake winner in both dog and bitch Classics for super-sire Bexhill Eoin. He beat Adios King in the final, who was already a runner-up at Cavan.

Skellig Starwars (Adios Alonso/Skellig Wave) won the Oaks Trial Stake and joined her brother and Derby favourite Crushers Oak in the Classic’s field. She clocked well throughout and improved from her previous outings. Among those previous outings, in her last two she was beaten by the winner on both occasions and further enhances the form of Doon winner Boshki who has now beaten two Trial Stake winners.

Shane Mc Loughlin
The news of the death of Shane Mc Loughlin came as a huge shock last week and he will be sadly missed by many around the coursing fields this year and for many years to come. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends at this hard time. May he Rest in Peace. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


This year saw a "new Style field at Kilkenny ......the Escape was drawn back towards the slippers hut and the field reduced by 50 meters.   Both hares and dogs ran far better and the meeting was the best ive seen at Ballyraggett.....well done all.


Razor Ashmore x Jamaca Jane
Terry Cordon
trainer Michael O`Donovan
R Up: Glenlough Mick

Adios Alonso x Skibabbey Lady
owner / trainer Brendan Maunsell

R Up: Annual Time

Bexhill Eoin x Graigue Cascade
Home Before Dawn Syndcate

R Up: Adios King

Adios Alonso x Skellig Wave
Rose O`Driscoll
trainer John Mulchay

R Up: Annual Encounter



Micheal Bergin



owner John Turner

Saturday, December 20, 2014


It was a soggy day but the hares were great and we had some good coursing


Murtys Blaze x Blades of Glory
Truth be told syndicate
trainer John Browne

R Up: Crafty Who

Kingsmill Dynamo x Skellig Mania
Richie Maher

R Up: Mars Hill

Bexhill Eoin x Graigue Cascade 
Micheal Ryan
trainer Jim Morrissey

R Up: Jaydens Girl

Local Stake (Working Members)

Thomas the Tank x Buds Decision
Pat Lee and Emma Selby


Kinloch Brae x Chubbys excel

Catherine O`Meara
trainer Brendon Everard

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Preview of Week 13 
Borris in Ossory 
The Laois Cup has attracted a good entry this year and in the top half Gorey winner Crafty Who reappears in a bid to double up on his points tally. Downtown James and Hotspot meet in a what will be an eagerly anticipated first round buckle for connections as both dogs are having their first runs since their victories in Knockgraffon and Enniscorthy respectively. In The Centre has been beaten by Make Peace and Needham Work since his win at Nenagh and if forgiving him those defeats he will have a big say in the top half. Coshair Slane and Grayacre Star are both winners meeting in the first round while Crohane trial stake winner Attention Matey will be tested in a first round buckle with dual trial stake winner and Abbeydorney Cup winner Vale View Flyer. The winner of this buckle could progress to the final with slight preference for Vale View Flyer for outright success.  
Bigbadleroybrown went extremely close at Johnstown and Urlingford in the Derby trial stake and can again go close here while Call Here Alonso and Red Mania are capable performers to keep an eye on. Clerihan Misty led Droopys Sugar for a long way in the final of the Oaks trial stake in Waterford and may well land this reserve event. 
East Donegal 
The Second meeting of the season at East Donegal gets underway on Saturday of this week. The James Magee Memorial Cup and a cracking All-Age Bitch Stake are the highlights on the card.  
Janeys Eoin is the only Cup winner in the top half of the James Magee and makes his first appearance since winning at Cavan. He will take some beating. Listen To Him was a runner-up in New Ross and this lightly coursed son of Bexhill Brian and Wakey Wakey can give him most to do. In the bottom half Cup winners from last season, Central Curator and Fee Fontaine meet in the first round while Crohane runner-up Broadwell Johnny looks a likely semi-finalist. Preference goes to Janeys Eoin to supplement his Cavan victory with another win here.  
The Hugh Duffy All-Age Bitch Stake looks to me, like the best renewal in a number of years. With seven All-Age Bitch Stakes between them this season and a total of thirteen victories in all it certainly is a high quality event. Hollyhill Rosie, recent Dungannon winner, can reach the semi-final with a minimum of fuss. The buckle of the round sees consistent third season performer, Glin winner and last year’s winner, Garrys Secret meet one of this seasons surprise packages in double scorer Primely Sceptre. Central Maven has been an unlucky lady and can meet Roadside Lady in a second round buckle while Charlie Faul’s double scorer Split Decision can overcome a second round buckle with Trim winner Corrupt Committee. Overall it’s going to be a fascinating stake and the highlight on the card. Split Decision may be too good however and is selected to land the event and move on to twelve points and head the ladies standings once again.  
In the Derby Trial Stake Go On Dessie (Razor Ashmore/Urker Mo Ghra) is a very capable pup and had the trial stake at the first meeting all but wrapped up until he lost sight of a wayward hare in the final fifty yards of his semi-final when well clear of Crafty Enzo. He can make up for that misfortune with success here. Of the others, Do It King has been fast in his previous few runs while Northland Rebel looks the best in the top half. In the Reserve Oaks Healys Daughter has form with last month’s winner Flagfield Razor and may be best in the top half while Jubilation looks best in the bottom after two semi-final performances.  
North Kilkenny 
We were getting used to seeing Light Duty coast to impressive victories at East Donegal, this week he changes course slightly and contests the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny. The result I feel however, will still be the same. Last year’s Derby semi-finalist and Gold Cup winner looks set to make his points tally shift to eight this weekend. Barefoot Magnus is a capable third season runner and can face the selection in the semi-final. In the bottom half, Tilford Tom is the stand-out runner. This season’s Castleisland winner can add to his impressive tally of eight points as he is expected to overcome Father Flash and Glenlough Mick along the way. The younger Light Duty may just have too much for him in the final however.  
Skellig Rose already sits on six Champion Bitch points and gets the nod to lift this All-Age at the weekend. A quarter-finalist in the Oaks last season she is a top class performer and may be given most to do by puppies Leigh Snowie and Annual Edition who both reappear after trial stake victories.  
The top half of the Derby Trial Stake is a tight affair with Sunfire Central (RU), Adios King (RU), Annual Exchange (RU) and Waterford Reserve winner Wallers Lot Matt all involved. The winner of this half will certainly have to earn their final place and may meet Bedford Banker a semi-finalist from Castleisland in the final 
The Oaks Trial Stake is another tight stake with a host of runner-ups and semi-finalists. Among the fancies are Coffee In Spirit, Annual Encounter, Rocking Casanova and Onthegoagain, with preference just given to the latter Onthegoagain, a runner who may pay compliment to Mantann Maple’s form from Bandon. 


Week 12 Review 
Mitchelstown Coursing Club got their meeting underway on Monday and Tuesday of last week. Bango Malone (Jingles/Killea Millie) landed the Oisin Cup and moved on to six points in his bid for a place in the Champion Stakes line-up. A beaten finalist in a trial stake at Castletown Geoghan last year, he was also runner-up this season at Enniscorthy where he picked up his other two points.  
The All-Age Bitch Stake was won by Rossmore (Johnny Casanova/Hard To Sell). A super consistent lady this year, beaten in the semi-final at Dungannon in November, she has since landed two All-Age Bitch Stakes at both Rathcormac and last week at the Mitchelstown meeting. Rossmore is now one of the six bitches to have doubled up on their Cup victories this season. 
What A Legacy (Adios Alonso/Belated Legacy) went one better than his runner-up performance at Listowel with a victory here in the Derby Trial Stake. In two outings to date he has performed very well and made sure of his ticket last week. The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake went to another member of Cumbawn Ellen’s litter, this time Hi Five Yankee (Kyle James/Cumbawn Ellen) collected the silverware and takes up her position as sixth reserve for the Oaks.  
With coursing taking place every day last week, Tradaree ran the second meeting of the week on Wednesday and Thursday.  
Breska Lantern (Kyle James/Blades of Glory) was simply head and shoulders above anything else in the field when she collected her Oaks trial stake. Her clocks are phenomenal and she is now a clear 8/1 favourite for the Oaks. She paid a handsome compliment to the form of her litter sister, Boshki, who previously had beaten her at Doon. However this lady seemed much more forward on her second outing of the season. An impressive winner and one which will be watched closely at Powerstown. 
The All-Age Cup was won by Alleyesonus (Kingsmill Dynamo/Shes The West), a winner at Kilfynn in the Patsy Byrne Memorial, he took another step forward to land this event. The winner beat two cup winners, Ocean Sirocco and Blazing Music as well as Charleville runner-up Cooga Mafi on the way to the final and overcame Windfarm Ben in the final.  
The Derby Trial Stake was won by Derrylough Henry (Johnny Casanova/Sandyman Magic). The winner had only one previous outing where he was beaten in the first round at the Killimer/Kilrush meeting.  
Coursing continued on throughout the week with joint meetings held at both Cappoquin and Castletowngeoghegan from Friday through to Sunday 
Cappoquin hosted Dungarvan in a joint meeting which provided some good winners.  
To start with the Cappoquin stakes; the Fran Mangan All-Age Cup was won by last years demoted Champion Stakes winner, Corriga Rebel (Janey Mac Aroo/Glowing Times). A tough individual, now becomes the latest third season runner to land an All-Aged event this season.  
Next up was a double for the Wallace family; victories in both the All-Age Bitch Stake and the Oaks Trial Stake add to Floating Patriot’s exploits to mark a really good campaign for the team. The All-Age Bitch stake was won by Floating Cove (Wallace Green/Floating Spirit), a litter sister to Patriot. The Oaks Trial Stake winner for the Wallace’s was Kilfergus Belle (Castle Pines/Quality and Dash). Having previously shown good form at both Kilflynn and the Killimer/Kilrush meeting, she went a few better to collect her ticket this time round.  
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was won by Spalpin Fanach (Adios Alonso/Moat Elsa). His only other victory came in the first round of a trial stake at Clonmel and Kilsheelan but he improved considerably to land this event. He is now 7th reserve for the February Classic.  
The Dungarvan Deise Cup was won by Dan Brassil’s Avenue Ranger (Murtys Blaze/Madtogoagain). There were upstes galore on the first day as Droopys Bestie, Go Conquer and Whiskey Galore were all beaten. However is was the Rathkeale winner Avenue Ranger who came out on top from fellow Limerick winner Black and White. Both enhanced their Champion Stakes prospects with their performances here.  
The Dungarvan Derby Trial Stake was won by Sharp Edge (Kyle James/Blades of Glory), a litter which has brought their total qualifiers to six after and excellent week. He had previously shown decent form at Glanworth but makes the Classic’s field after his display in the Dungarvan trial stake last weekend. The Oaks Trial Stake went to Alva Lil (Kyle James/Coffee In Currow). This lady showed some of what she was capable of at Killimer/Kilrush and improved to collect her ticket this time around. A welcomed winner also for Coffee In Currow who’s pups BornforthehillSupa Slick and Coffee In Spirit had been performing well without success. 
Much to disappointment of the seven or eight All-Age Bitch winners seeking more Champion Bitch Stake points, the All-Age Bitch which looked like a spectacular stake had to be cancelled with only the four trial stakes to be run, which did however throw up some spectacular winners.  
None more spectacular than Blades of Hope (Kyle James/Blades of Glory), who was expected to land this event having been runner-up to current Derby favourite Crushers Oak (8/1) early in the season at Nenagh. He duly prevailed with an impressive victory and earned a quote of 12/1 for Derby glory.  
Go Home Hare, a great Derby winner had only sired one litter before he sadly met his fate on the field. His legend lives on after his daughter Coolree Nadene won the Oaks Trial Stake at the meeting. Can she emulate her daddy and provide what would be a great story for ‘The Hare’?  
Ardmore Rusty (Razor Ashmore/Call Biddy) became the first Reserve winner to book a full ticket with success in the Wesport Derby Trial Stake. He already showed he was a capable performer at Cavan and made the step up from a Reserve Trial Stake to a Full Trial Stake at the Castletown stretch.  
Ougham Ellen (Kyle James/Ougham Miss) won the Oaks Trial Stake. This was her best performance to date to give Michael Kilcoyne a welcomed trial stake winner