The recent re-emergence of a video tape of the 1978 National Coursing Meeting which features the Oaks and Derby victories of Smokey Flavour and Master Myles respectively, was the spark which ignited the thought among a group of coursing aficionados of using the video as the centre piece of a night of celebration and reflection on the successes of greyhounds trained by Tom O’Dwyer carrying Smokey prefix.
A must for all coursing enthusiasts, the gathering takes place in Kearney’s Castle Hotel, Main Street, Cashel, this Saturday night, April 6, from 8pm.
The viewing of the video will be the highlight of the night and will allow those present an opportunity to relive that wonderful day in early spring 1978 when Smokey Flavour got the better of Tender Heartburn to take the title.
Tom O’Dwyer, who is actively involved in organising the night went on to win the Oaks on two further occasions - with Smokey Alice in 1984 and Smokey Marion in 1987. In 2001 he won coursing’s blue ribbon event the Derby with Smokey Marshall.
The veteran of innumerable trial stakes and coursing cup victories, starting in 1958 when, with his brother Andy, they bought a pair of saplings for £10-10 shillings, both turned out to be stake winners. This is just one of countless memories which I am sure will be relived on the night plus plenty of newspaper cuttings and memorabilia for all to peruse.
It promises to be a great occasion, and a chance for coursing people to get together in the off season for a night out.
All are welcome to come along.