Clonmel Track -
Sunday, October 30
The Bank Holiday weekend meeting featured a fine card which attracted an improved attendance. The features were the semi-finals of the Track Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup which were supported by the finals of the Mary O’Reilly & Track Supporters Club A4 Tri Distance Stake and the Knockgraffon Coursing Club N2/N3 Unraced Stake.
The session proved something of a disaster for punters, however, as the nine races provided some surprise results and no outright favourite obliged. The first semi-final of the Munster Cup produced the best fancied winner of the evening in the shape of Riverside Luke, a 2/1 joint favourite, which powered home to take the spoils in 28.90. The second heat saw the 3/1 chance Soho Storm get up to defeat the 10/1 outsider of the party Murdaniel Ice in 28.84.
Local enthusiasts had something to shout about with the success of the Kevin McLean trained Philipstown Lad in the final of the Mary O’Reilly Sake whilst the Knockgraffon Coursing Stake was won in 29.47 by the second favourite Kenwood Survivor. The remaining races featured a smashing performance from Shoeless Fancy which was a very impressive winner of the Irish Examiner A2 525 in a career best 28.88.
Race 1 (A5) - Pure Phoenix broke fast in the white jacket and this daughter of Crash and Pure Brief made all the running to defeat Shoeless Sinead and Loud But Little by two lengths and five and a half lengths in a career best 29.36.
Race 2 - (S2/S4) - The Sally Williams owned and trained Putnams Dream made it five wins from ten runs when making all the running in the blue jacket. The son of Hondo Black and Lisnafulla Star clocked 16.41 in winning comfortably by three and a half lengths and the same from Kenwood Head and the 6/4 favourite Shaws Premier.
Race 3 (A3) - Glory Queen went off the 9/4 favourite but made little show and finished at the rear of the field. Precious Dancer in the striped jacket was very fast away and led to the penultimate turn where Shaneboy Wanda challenged and surged clear to score by four lengths from the early leader with Compass KIng nearest at the finish in third place. Race 4 - The Knockgraffon Coursing Club N2/N3 Unraced Stake Final.
The Tom O’Neill trained Duke Box Melody was the 6/4 market leader and broke fast in the striped jacket but failed to clear the opening bend and lost all chance. Mertesacker ran off the rails and the second favourite Kenwood Survivor got a great opening and was soon at the head of affairs. Though Mertecracker ran on gamely he could not quite get to on terms and was a length and a half in arrears at the line with Shaneboy Charlie the same distance back in third place. Race 5 - The Irish Examiner A2 525.
Yahoo Ned was the 2/1 market leader and started well to lead from Shoeless Fancy. The latter which had been off the track since July took up the running at the third bend and romped away to score by three and a half lengths from Longwood Jack which finished well to take second spot by half a length from the weakening favourite.
Race 6 - The Red Mills A1 525.
This produced a major upset as the 5/1 chance Preacher Man took over from Smiling True on the approach to the third bend and stayed on well to defeat a fast finishing Colling Wood and the early leader by a length and a half and two and a half lengths. The favourite Lonergans Pub finished a disappointing fourth.
Race 7 - The Mary O’Reilly & Track Supporters Club A4 Tri-Distance Stake Final.
This nice prize was contested over the 575 trip and it was won in fine style by the very consistent Philipstown Lad which tracked Terrys Castle and led between the final bends to score by four lengths from Compass Karma with Terrys Castle staying on for third place. Owned by Bridget and Anne Barry in Cappawhite and trained in Clonmel by Kevin McLean, Philipstown Lad was recording a seventh career win.
Races 8 & 9 - The Semi-Finals of the Track Supporters Club Munster Puppy Cup.
Riverside Luke perfectly drawn on the rails shared favouritism with Shaneboy Chip at 2/1 but it was Tooclosetocall which hit the front and opened up a big lead from the joint favourites. Riverside Luke had the leader in his sights at the third bend and challenged round the final turn before hitting the front in the concluding stages to score by a length from a gallant leader with Shaneboy Chipo two lengths back in third place. The winner a son of College Causeway and Riverside Trixie completed a hat trick of successes in clocking 28.90. He is trained by James J. Frisby for The Marlfield based No Excuses Syndicate.
Cabra Millie proved a major diappointment in the second semi which saw Soho Storm break in front but give way to the outsider Murdaniel Ice round the opening bend.
The pair had it between them and Soho Storm gained control nearing the line to win going away by a length and a half with Express Hero coming from off the pace to take the third place seven lengths in arrears of the runner-up. The Munster Cup final will be the highlight of another big Clonmel card on next Sunday evening.
Clonmel Track -
Thursday, October 27
The first programme of six pre Christmas racing nights sponsored by the Track Supporters Club featured a trap to line win for the even money favourite Heavens Surprise in the A6 event. This son of Blue Savings and Zipolip came in as a reserve in the orange jacket and gained a first winning bracket in clocking an impressive 29.21 the fastest time on the all graded card.
Race 1 (A8/A9) - Only two counted in the betting, the even money favourite Sundial Duke and the 6/4 chance Kilorigan. Kilorigan set out to make all whilst the favourite started slowly. Kilorigan was pressed strongly by his market rival off the final bend but held on by a length with Myleens Glider five and a half lengths back in third place.
The winner a son of Eskimo Jack and Any More is owned and trained in Cahir by Siobhan Lonergan.
Race 2 (S5/S9) - This two bender was dominated by the joint favourites Run For Bloom and Cloverhill Rebel. Run For Bloom was fast into her stride in contrast to her rival and the leader was never seriously challenged as she sped to a two length success over a strong finishing Cloverhill Rebel with Burtonport Pearl three and a half lengths back in third. Run For Bloom a daughter of Run On Boy and Molly Bloom clocked 16.54 in making a winning debut for local enthusiast Francis Brannigan.
Race 3 - (N2/N3) Ould Segosie in the red jacket went off the even money favourite but could never get on terms with the 2/1 chance Moonshine Valley which made all the running in the orange jacket and stayed on well to defeat the jolly by two lengths with Strides Beauty just a head behind the runner-up in third spot. The winner a daughter of Ballymac Ruso and Minella Girl owned and trained by Leslie Robert Kavanagh provided the locals with another success on the night.
Race 4 (A7) - Fluttering Hawk a 4/1 outsider was another trap to line winner. The son of Westmead Hawk and Kiss The Tarmac made all in the black jacket and broke his maiden at the fifth attempt when clocking 29.60 in defeating Breakaway Millie by a three and a half length margin. Kilnamack Prince went off the 4/6 warm favourite and ran in third place throughout finishing a length and a half in arrears of the runner-up. The winner is owned and trained in Cashel by Doris Gleeson.
Race 6 - (A5) - Safe Sound easy to back at 3/1 and berthed in trap one made the bend in front and had just enough left in the tank to hold the flying finish of Dubh Lucy by the narrowest of margins in an exciting finish. Minglers Hummer took third place a length and a half behind the runner-up. Safe Sound was yet another to open his winning account on the night and this son of Droopys Kewell and Pole Topper is trained by John Power for the Carrick-on-Suir based Euro Five Syndicate. The winner clocked 29.63.
Race 7 (A4) - Eskimo Legend broke well but failed to clear the opening bend and Skeough Paddy was left clear. Eskimo Legend ran on gallantly but still finished a length behind the leader at the line. The pair finished six and a half lengths ahead of the third home Fleetwood Shy. Skeough Paddy was gaining his first winning bracket on his third outing. The four year old son of Top Savings and Quit It is owned and trained in Cahir by Jim Buggy.
Race 8 (A4) - The layers went 5/2 the field and Glenbervie Marge enjoyed a solo in the striped jacket. The daughter of Droopys Maldini and Mourneandnewry stayed on well to account for Solid Kaka and Hack Up Canasta by two lengths and three and a half lengths. The winner which is owned jointly by Damien O’Regan and John Laird clocked 29.55 on a night when all eight winners were breaking their maidens.