‘Head South’ provides the highlight at track’s 100th meeting of the year

Greyhound Racing

Greyhound Racing

Clonmel Track –

Sunday, December 16

This was the 100th meeting of the year at the Suirside track and it ended in memorable fashion with a superb run from Head South in the concluding Red Mills Getting Out Open. The son of Head Bound and No Joke Sherry trained by Niall Dunne for owner Daniel P. Greene gave a blistering trap to line performance that proved the highlight of a great night’s sport.

The feature event The Munster Veterans A1/A2 525 Stake had earlier been won by joint sponsor Karin Milling whose Fifis Whitefox made all to defeat Witches Peter by a length and a half in 29.05.

Another special performance on the night was posted by Scolari Mark whose all the way success in the S0/S1 sprint produced a smashing 16.23 clock.

Race 1 (A4) – The Niall Dunne trained In Bound shared favouritism with Practical Brink but it was the 5/2 chance Clonrooske Blue which broke in front from the six box and led from Practical Brink on the back straight. The latter suffered an injury and was soon out of contention leaving the leader with a commanding advantage and although In Bound ran on he was some six lengths adrift of Clonrooske Blue at the line with Vics Dazzler a further four lengths back in third.

Race 2 (S0/S1) - Patrons were treated to a cracking performance from Scolari Mark which shared favouritism with the third home Royal Melody and broke very smartly from the two box. Royal Melody was second in the early stages but Cheerful Lil took over that spot at the opening turn but could make little impression on the leader which stopped the clock in a brilliant 16.23. Royal Melody ran on well to take third place half a length in arrears of the runner-up. Scolari Mark a son of Droopys Scolari and Clares Turbo consolidated Cashel owner/trainer Kathryn Ryan’s position at the head of Lady Owner of the Year Award table.

Race 3 (A3) – Niall Dunne who heads the Public Trainer of the Year table had to be satisfied with another runner-up spot here as his Stanleys Dream found one too good in the shape of the even money favourite Ronaldo Supreme (Hondo Black-Race on Katie) trained by Owen McKenna for Lorraine Moore. Stanleys Dream set out to make all but the favourite challenged at the penultimate behind before surging clear to score by two and a half lengths in 29.19. Stanleys Dream just held second spot by the minimum margin from a fast finishing Mustang Minogue.

Race 4 (A3) – The 3/1 chance Greyfriars Holly hit the lid from trap four and her rivals never got a look in as she powered to an impressive four and a half length win over Blackstone Aviva who pipped Sarahs Turbo for second place.

Race 5 – The Supporters Club A3 550.

Down in grade the favourite Farranrory Zac gained a long overdue success and the son of Kinloch Brae and Farranrory Dream did the business in most emphatic style. Breaking fast in the blue jacket he was soon in front and he went on to increase his advantage with every stride so much so that at the line his nearest pursuer Jaguar Lorcan was some ten lengths arrears with Granada Dingle a further length and a half back in third. Owned and trained locally by Keith W. Freer the very impressive winner clocked a very useful 30.15.

Race 6 – The Punters Rest A2 525.

The outsider of the field River Ace broke well from his trap six draw and led from Cleanaway Podge and Vics Romance and this trio were well clear of Footprintsinthesand on the back straight. River Ace was still in front and looked the winner as they turned for home but Vics Romance put in a strong finish to get up late and win going away by a length from the long time leader with Cleanaway Podge a length and a half back in third place.

Race 7 – The December A2 550.

Highview Echo a 5/2 chance set out to make all for New Inn owner trainer Pamela Holt and she took the nice prize but only by the narrowest of margins from the fast finishing 6/1 outsider Kielduff Oz which had occupied second spot from trap rise. Mountaylor Ace finished with a flourish to take third place a length behind the runner-up.

Race 8 – The Sporting Press A1 525.

This was a two dog affair from traps with the reserve Secide in front from Longwood Jack. The latter tried hard all the way but the leader never looked like being caught and he stayed on in fine style to chalk up a popular local win for Teresa Drohan. The favourite Fast Fit Henry was nearest at the finish in third place.

Race 9 – The Munster Veterans A1/A2 525 Stake Final. (Sponsored by Karin Milling and Maurice Organ).

This proved a most successful stake and the joint sponsor Karin Milling took the four figure cheque with the gallant Fifis Whitesox which made every yard of the running and bravely resisted all challenges. Another sprightly veteran Witches Peter threw down the main challenge and he looked a major threat before being forced to check between the final bends. He quickly recovered and reduced the deficit to a length and a half at the line with The Other Sky taking the third prize.

Race 10 – The Red Mills Getting Out Open 525.

The final race produced a great climax to a top class evening’s sport. Although we had two reserves they added to the event as they were the duo which had dominated the recent very successful Guys & Dolls Stake – Jaguar Hope and Balintagart Star. The former shared favouritism with Head South and both broke well but the latter enjoyed the advantage and he proceeded to stamp his authority on proceedings with a blistering career best run which stopped the clock in a superb 28.48. The brilliant local bitch Brunswick Jenny ran on in fine style to take second spot four and a half lengths in arrears of the winner whilst Jaguar Hope ran really well to take the third place a further length and a half back.

Clonmel Track –

Thursday, December 12

On a night which saw popular local enthusiast Tom Joyce and Kilmallock’s Michelle Kiely complete smashing doubles patrons were treated to classy performances from Fieldstone Lad which put his rivals to the sword in the Punters Rest S3/S4 and the well supported Pine Talent which made all the running to break her maiden with an emphatic best of the session 28.99 in The Sporting Press A4.

The ten race card featured the semi-finals of the Track Supporters Club A6/A7 Dual Distance Stake which saw Tom Joyce complete his double with the 5/2 chance Burtonport Pearl and Late Posh get off the mark at the sixth attempt for trainer Joseph Tobin.

Race 1 (A8/A9) – With Dudleys Queen a warm order at 4/5 Jamila was an easy to back 9/4 chance but the daughter of Ace Hi Rumble and Rural mentor trained by Maurice Organ belied her odds by providing Tom Joyce with the first leg of his double. Knocknaboha Pajo was first to show and he led from Jamila and Jogon Sandy on the back straight with the favourite out of contention after a slow start and early trouble. Jamila challenged the leader at the third bend and looked certain to score but Knocknaboha Pajo ran on gamely and it was only in the last strides that Jamila got up to get the verdict by the narrowest of margins.

Race 2 (S5/S9) – This first of two sprints saw the even money favourite Shaneboy Penny storm though her rivals at the opening turn and surge clear on the outside to score by two and a half lengths from Stylish Dusty and Nancy Whiskey in 16.83.

Race 3 (A7) – Shaneboy Echo (Ace Hi rumble-Shaneboy Sophia) was odds on to complete a quick Kiely double and he duly obliged by leading on the rails at the opening turn and racing away to score by a seven length margin from Dodgy Dealings with Runaway Cloe three lengths back in third place.

Race 4 (A6) – This proved a messy affair as the time of 30.39 might reflect. Jaguar Lexi the market leader was first to show but met trouble at the opening bend and as they raced down the back Glenross Manor led from Farrock Express and Jaguar Lexi with the trio well clear of Coverhill Tom. The leaders bunched off the final bend and with Glenross Manor and Farrock Express doing themselves no favours the favourite was left in front to score by three lengths from a strong finishing Cloverhill Tom with Farrock Express back in third place.

Race 5 (S3/S4) – Fieldstone Lad an experienced performer now owned and trained in Windgap by Catherine O’Neill gave by far the best display of his career by hitting the lid and enjoying a clear advantage all the way before stopping the clock in a smashing 16.34 some 27 spots clear of his previous best. The son of Crash and Tyrur Danielle was gaining a third career victory in defeating Montos Maldini and Hack Up Canasta by three lengths and the same. The even money favourite Shaneboy Sheldon, supported to complete a Kiely treble, struck the rail in first bend trouble and finished at the rear of the field.

Race 6 (A5) – The 6/4 market leader Sunoak Rachel was supported to gain a first success at the seventeenth attempt and the daughter of Black Shaw and Fawkham Beauty obliged in impressive style by taking up the running at the opening bend and surging clear to come home some six lengths ahead of Charity Bobby in 29.58.

Race 7 – The Sporting Press A4.

Pine Talent owned and trained in Tipperary by John Maguire topped the market at 6/4 and this daughter of Droopys Scolari and Droopys Rosanna gave the top performance of the evening over the standard trip to gain her first success in a very useful 28.99. She made all the running to defeat Kims Lucy by six and a half lengths with Heres Patch four and a half lengths further adrift in a well strung out field.

Race 8 – The Red Mills A4/A5 550.

Unstoppableforce at 6/4 topped the market marginally over Royal Crash (7/4) but it was the latter which was in front where it counted. A daughter of Crash and Ready Mix owned and trained in Cashel by Seamus Gould, Royal Crash challenged the favourite on the run for home and finished the stronger to take the spoils by half a length with Pepper Jack two and a half lengths back in third place. Her winning clock was 30.61.

Races 9 & 10 – The Clonmel Track Supporters A6/A7 Dual Distance Stake Semi-Finals.

The semi-finals were run over the 550 trip and the opening heat proved a closely contested event from trap rise. In the end less than two lengths covered the first five and the 5/2 chance Burtonport Pearl was the strongest finisher getting up late to account for Paddy’s Granada and Strides Diva by half a length and the same in 30.94. The winner a daughter of College Causeway and Bantiss Annie had broken a losing run of nineteen to gain a first success on her last outing and she has now put two wins back to back in completing a double on the night for Tom Joyce. Her winning clock was 30.94.

Clonmoyle Bob was the jolly at 5/4 in the second leg but he was baulked at the first after stumbling from traps and only beat one home as the 5/2 chance Late Posh broke her maiden in great style by making all the running to romp to a twelve length win over Tonetta jack and Hold on Louis. Trained by Joseph Tobin for Gowran owner Michael Doyle Late Posh is a daughter of Late Late Show and Tyrur Posh and her winning time was a useful 30.54.