Tuesday, October 21, 2014



I was only there on the sunday but it was enough to see top class hares and fantastic coursing.

Super meeting run by this very friendly club.   The ground was in superb condition for the hounds too

Blueview Sam x Moon Backy
Suzanne Collins

First Cup win for new sire Blueview Sam

R Up: Jacksons Lane (B)

Mafi Magic x Why Tanyard Tess
Thomas O`Donoghue

R Up: Annual Exchange


Derby Pines x Latest Bet

Donal & Eoin Wilson
R Up: Manntann Maple



Oisin O`Grady

Two Course Duffer  and Surplus Stake

Double Bob
David Hanlon


Preview of Week 5
Seven meetings this week throughout the country with some of the best of our stars in action. Somelittlething makes a return to action after winning the Oaks in Clonmel. Turning Pace, Floating Patriot and Blazing Music already have points on the board for the Champion Stakes and are back in action. Tilford Tom makes a welcomed return to action alongside Needham Simple and Kyle Roger in Castleisland. Needham Pine and Magical Amira are both classy ladies and contest the Bitch Stake at Ballinagar while Mr Blonde and Kingsmill Rover are the big names in the Urbs Intacta at Waterford.
Wilton Magic looks the standout dog in the Rakes of Mallow All-age, an Irish Cup semi-finalist as a puppy, lines up in his third season. Both his wins came at Clonmel and Kilshellan. Last year’s winner Here Comes Mafi lines up again and can put up a good show. Glenlough Mick was beaten by Lochbo Charlie at Glin and can build on that performance in the top half.
Doomore Dave is an interesting runner in the Derby trial stake, the Glin Derby winner can use his previous experience to put up a good showing here. 
Both all-age events at Castleisland have attracted a top class entry and set the standard for this weekend’s action. The Island Cup has thrown up a nice mix of good quality second and third season campaigners while the All-age bitch sees the return of last year’s Oaks winner Somelittlething.
The Island Cup sees Floating Patriot return to action after his impressive victory in Kilflynn, a win here would almost guarantee a Champion Stakes place for him IN OCTOBER!!! It won’t be easy however as a second round buckle with Kyle Roger, last year’s Irish Purse winner, could be on the cards. In the top half Sturdyandstaunch and Shanavulin Magic meet in the first round while Needham Simple, an impressive trial stake winner here last year and the 2012 Corn na Feile Puppy winner Tilford Tom, could set up a quality second round encounter with each other. A really good quality All-age event which has been won in recent years by dogs such as Hopes And Dreams, Latest Trick and Bexhill Brian.
The All-age bitch stake, if hand-picked would have struggled to be more competitive. A return to action for last year’s Greyhound and Petworld Oaks Star Somelittlething is the highlight but she faces a stiff task on return to action. Bucks Honey is back to defend her crown following victory last year. Kilflynn and Kitty Butler winner Turning Pace turns out again for another tilt at victory. Ballymac Town ran-up at Ballyheigue and opposes Turning Pace in a competitive first round. Blades of Steel hasn’t been since a first round exit here last year, but before that was an impressive winner of the All-age bitch stake at Kilflynn. Somelittlething will face her sister Smart Sadie in the second round if progressing, while Skellig Blues and Careful Betty will both be hopeful of progressing to meet the winner in a semi-final buckle. Overall a very competitive line-up and we will surely see much more of these ladies in the coming weeks and months.
The O’Meara Cup at Thurles is the main event and sees Connels Cu face Lincolns Call in what will be a tight opening buckle while Legion Express, who ran well in the Irish Plate at Limerick can await the winner. Central Advisor can improve on his recent performance in Cashel where he was beaten by the mightily impressive Skellig Sunlight. In the bottom half Father Flash will bid to follow up his Liscannor win while Coshair Slane can also benefit from the two runs at Cashel recently.
The All-age bitch stake is another good quality affair and Liscannor winner Believeicanfly has a tricky first round buckle on her hands against Chubbys Vanilla, a trial stake winner at Crohane & Killenaule last year, she makes her seasonal debut here. Crafty Diviso, who almost sneaked into a Champion Bitch Stakes place last year lines up and Simtam is another trial stake winner in the top half. Central Maven ran consistently well without winning a trial stake last year and can improve on them performances. Adios Belle was beaten by the impressive Loyal Lyric at Cashel and Smokey Symbol is another who ran well in that stake. Both bitches are into their third seasons but both remain capable of big performances.
Blazing Music landed his Derby ticket here last year and returns as a strong favourite in the All-age cup. Having already landed the cup at Ennis/Clarecastle he can pick up another four points in this event to lead the way in the All-age standings before the Island Cup has its say. Boynepark Conor is drawn in the bottom half and can give a repeat of last year’s Derby trial stake final.
In the all-age bitch Needham Pine and Magical Amira look the stand out runners. Both ladies reached the third round of the Oaks last year. While Magical Amira returns to the field of her trial stake success, Needham Pine showed us her form when she ran up the Select All-age bitch at the Irish cup meeting. The winner of a second round buckle between this pair should decide the outcome.
Miltown Malbay
Both all-age events are reduced fields at Miltown Malbay this week, although both have quality runners involved. Skellig Rose is the headline entry in the All-age bitch stake and the Oaks quarter finalist will be strongly fancied to win here. She is the sole winner in the field and can be expected to return to winning ways this weekend.
Wheres Cranny hasn’t ran since winning his trial stake where he beat last week’s Edenderry scorer Blueview Charlie in the final, he comes up against recent Westmeath runner-up Wood Dynamo in a good first round buckle. Maker of Rules returns to the field of his trial stake victory and can get off to a solid start in his All-Age campaign. Gifted Rebel (previously known as Killing Time) was expected to win on a few occasions last season while Lineroad Amigo can improve on his recent Ballyheigue showing.
The bitch trial stake sees Clonreddan Molly entered, previously a runner up at Ennis/Clarecastle, it will be interesting to see how she performs this week.
The Urbs Intacta has attracted a good quality entry with Go Conquer, Mr Blonde, Kingsmill Rover and Amys Lotto all drawn in the top half. Must Name Him, who already sits on four Champion Stakes points following his runner-up performance in Kilflynn, can advance from the bottom section.
Windgap Breeze will be expected to perform well here in her first outing of the season while Coffee in Dinnys, beaten by Turning Pace in the Kitty Butler can go well in the top half also on her seasonal debut. In the bottom half Atlantic Diva and Ballinakill Mary are the stand out names. Both performed well in the Oaks and can open their All-age accounts this weekend in what would be an exciting semi-final.
Killimor Dash will look to improve on his first outing at Westmeath with a good performance here. He will be expected to go well. In the bottom half, the buckle of the first round is a repeat of last year’s Derby trial stake final between Leenandkeen and Knockrour Jazz. Knockrour came out on top last year and performed well at Ballyheigue recently.
In the All-Age bitch stake Upup And Away is the star name. An Oaks semi-finalist last year, she will look to get her All-age campaign off to a good start. Sullane Jess performed well at Ballyheigue reaching the semi-final and can build on that performance here. Winter Mountain won her trial stake here last season and could reach the final from the top half of the draw.
Gra Magic ran up in the first week of the season at Kilflynn and will look to improve on that in the Derby trial stake this weekend. Bronas Call has performed well in a couple of outings this season and can go well in the Oaks trial stake.  

CROHANE and other results


Marshals Mercury

R Up: Broadwell Johnny (A)


R Up: Call Her Dresden

Attention Matey

R Up: Sunfire Central (B)
R Up: Noirs Maggie

R Up: Toms Wizard
R Up: Rocky Hill
R Up: Centenarius
Winner: AVEIA
R Up: Isabelles Charm
R Up: Wheresthefella
R Up: Sand Sea Model
R Up: Tower King
R Up: Sequin


Review of Week 4 from Paddy McGhee

Abbeydorney, Crohane & Killenaule, Fermoy, Edenderry & Loughrea
All-Age Scene

Fermoy held their midweek meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Eastern Shore (Kingsmill Dynamo/Lochbo Polly) became the latest from the ‘Lochbo’ breeding to be victorious this season when landing the Ballyarthur Stakes. Breezing Johnny was fancied for outright honours and reached the semi-final but was defeated by Eastern Shore. The winner collected four points for the Champion Stakes after he beat Ballyverry Snowey in the final, the latter collecting two points for the ladies equivalent.

Blueview Charlie (Blueview Sam/Moon Becky) landed the All-Age Cup at Edenderry on Sunday. Charlie only had two outings as a puppy, a runner-up at Galway and Oranmore his best performance. Kilkeale Hero and Central Investor were the big fancies this time last week but it wasn’t to be for either. Central didn’t run in the first round while Kilkeale Hero was withdrawn after winning his first round. Blueview Charlie took advantage of the opportunity however, clocking well throughout the Cup and is another welcomed winner for sire Blueview Sam. Jacksons Lane ran well to reach the final and remains a consistent performer.


Loughrea’s Connacht Cup went to Echo Johnny (Johnny Casanova/Dusty Track), a trial stake winner in January at Millstreet, he failed to raise a flag at Clonmel but has got his All-Age campaign off to a flyer when landing this prestigious event. Toms Wizard was a beaten finalist while Hi Black Jack, who was fancied for outright honours reached the semi-final. The All-Age Bitch stake at the meeting was won by Split Decision. Beautifully bred, by Derby winner Kingsmill Dynamo and out of Oaks winner Fortuna, Split Decision landed the Westport Oaks trial stake at the Roscommon meeting last year. Beating Rocky Hill in the final, a bitch who is knocking on the door for outright glory soon. Split Decision is a lady who is bred for Powerstown and has put herself in a good position to qualify again.

Derby Quarter-finalist Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze/Blades of Glory) was well fancied in Abbeydorney to land the Horgan Cup and he justified favouritism. Clocking consistently, Vale View landed the stake in good style for the on-looking ‘If the truth be told’ syndicate. Wheresthefella made a good start to his All-Age campaign when running up to Vale View Flyer here.
The All-Age bitch stake was landed in good style by the Brendan Maunsell owned Horgie Baby (Jingles/Dunkil Heros). Horgie Baby was well fancied prior to the start of the meeting and duly obliged from Sand Sea Model. Sand Sea Model improved on previous outings and got her first points on the board for the Champion Bitch Stake.


The Slievenamon Cup at Crohane and Killenaule was once again won by Marshals Mercury. An extremely fast son of Musical Time and Marshals Pearl successfully defended his crown here which he won last year. Mercury beat Wyken Power in the semi-final and Broadwell Johnny in the final. Broadwell only had two outings at East Donegal last season and is a capable performer which may well improve more throughout the season. Mercury’s achievement however is one which is deserving of a greyhound who may well have been in the Champion Stakes if not for his misfortunes in Clonmel and Kilshellan last season. It is good to see him back on track.
The All-Aged bitch stake at the meeting went to Eggemalong (Bexhill Eoin/Narrow Lane). A real consistent lady who qualified for the Champion Bitch stake last year beat the more fancied Call Her Dresden in the final. Dresden was having her second outing of the season and can pick up more points throughout the season. The winner however is a real tough lady and it would be no surprise to see her pick up another few points throughout the season.


Trial Stakes
The first Derby trial stake of the week was won at Fermoy by Macroney Rebel (Kyle James/Cumbawn Ellen). Winning on his first outing of the season, Rebel beat the Kilflynn reserve winner Sexy Rexy in the semi-final and Galtee Boy in the final. The Oaks trial stake at the meeting went to Knockelly Ann (Killimor Matey/Asgoodasgold), given Killimor Matey his first trial stake winner of the season. Both are April puppies and can improve throughout the year.

Edenderry’s Derby trial stake has thrown up some good types in recent years and it was won this year by Game Mikey (Mafi Magic/Why Tanyard Tess). This January puppy was always ahead on the clock in this stake and beat Annual Exchange in the final. The Oaks trial stake was won by Annual Edition (Derby Pines/Latest Gamble). Manntan Maple was clocking impressively throughout the stake and the daughter of the classy Class Attraction got some people talking last weekend. However the Annual prefix was already beaten in one final and wasn’t to be denied a victory as Annual Edition landed this Oaks qualifier. 


Noreen McManus owns the current Derby Champion With Grim Intent and landed her first trial stake winner of the season last weekend when Call Up Pal (Adios Alonso/Call Up) landed the Derby trial stake at Loughrea. This lad was consistently good in each round and beat Centenarius in the final. Aveia (Kyle James/Cheryl) gave Kyle James his first Oaks qualifier of the season when landing the Loughrea Oaks trial stake. The February puppy had an outing at Ennis/Clarecastle previously and that experience helped her here.

Both Abbeydorney trial stakes went to well-known prefixes as Skellig Harbour and Ballymac Adelpha landed the Derby and Oaks trial stakes respectively. Both had been favourites overnight and both look like good quality winners. Skellig Harbour (Skellig Wish/Skellig Babe) gave the O’Driscoll’s a first trial stake winner by Skellig Wish and Ballymac Adelpha (Thomas The Tank/Ashtown Amy) landed a second Oaks qualifier for Thomas the Tank and a first this season for Liam Dowling.

Killimor Matey sired his second trial stake winner inside a week when Attention Matey (Killimor Matey/Attention Matey) landed the Derby trial stake at Crohane and Killenaule. This fellow had a couple of outings previously at Glin and Regional and beat Sunfire Nova in the final. The Oaks trial stake was won by the track bred Rideout Belle (Timor Blue/Awesome Belle). She was fast throughout and ran out a decent winner in the final. 


Taking from ICC
It has now been confirmed that this season’s Galway & Oranmore coursing meeting will be held at the new field in Glin. The dates remain Wednesday and Thursday 5th and 6th November , with a third day possible if entries are strong for Derby or Oaks trial stakes. Trials are planned for Friday 31st October.
Galway and Oranmore wish to sincerely thank Glin C.C for allowing them to course at their splendid venue.