Courtmac races a huge success
BY JOHN SEXTON
DESCRIBED by many of those in attendance as the best meeting held at this popular venue, the Courtmacsherry Strand Races proved an outstanding success on Sunday last.
This all-weather course, which was expertly prepared by the organising committee on the previous day, raced excellently and clerk of the course John Drake stated that the adjustment made at the famous ‘Tattenham Corner’ was greatly appreciated by both horse and jockey.
The popularity of this meeting can be gauged by the fact that it attracted entries from as far away as Carlow, Kilkenny, Limerick and Kerry.
In fact, the first two races resulted in a double for Pat Collins, and his youthful jockey, Donal Sheehy (riding in the JP McManus colours), from Graignamanagh in Kilkenny.
The feature event, The Lislee Derby, was won by the Moriarty family from Killorglin in Kerry, and for good measure, another Kerry family the McGillycuddy’s from The Reeks won the consolation race.
When we spoke to members of the Moriarty and McGillycuddy families after racing they told us that having come to Courtmacsherry for many years, and they felt that this year’s racing was the best yet. They also expressed the view that the Courtmacsherry meeting is, by far and away, the best organised on the whole circuit.
Credit here is due to the untiring work of the organising committee and stewards led by chairman Denis O’Donovan, who spared no effort to see that the course was in shipshape order for every race and that all safety measures were well in place. The committee is indebted to the support available from their sponsors, the Gardaí, The Red Cross and ambulance crew, the doctor and the vet, race commentators, Charlie Farrelly and Jim Daly (Castleisland), and all those who helped in any way in making the meeting such an outstanding success.
The contest for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ attracted many participants, reminding one of Lady’s Day at Ascot, and the eventual winner was Roseleen O’Donovan (Timoleague).
12-2 race: 1. P Collins, Another Tiger, D Sheehy; 2. M Leonard, Here comes the Pain, K Leonard; 3. R King, Arjan.
13-2 race: 1. P Collins, Another Nun, D Sheehy; 2. N Jones, The Grey Dancer, D Linehan; 3. S Carey, Twinkle, Conor King.
14-2 race: 1. D Curtin, Farmer Boyce, O Murphy; 2. A Kelly, Carrig Mick, Conor King; 3. A K Moriarty, Red Bull, Keith Moriarty.
15 Hands: 1. A/K Moriarty, Vodka, Keith Moriarty; 2. Three County Synd, Euro Star, Jack Kennedy; 3. Castle Racing, Call Him What You Like, Denis Linehan.
The Lislee Derby: 1. A/K Moriarty, Swagger Jagger, Keith Moriarty; 2. F/S Synd, Thomas the Tank, J Maguire; 3. G O’Connor, Wonderful Tonight, O Murphy.
Woodpoint Plate: 1. F/S Synd, Oscar De La Hoya, F Maguire; 2, Castle Racing, Pablo Excobar, E O’Sullivan; 3. P Mcsweeney, Bounce, E Jones.
Gulf Plate: 1. P O’Sullivan, Quare Times, T O’Sullivan; 2, Three County Synd, Euro Champ, Jack Kennedy; 3. R Foley, Top of the Morning, R Foley.
Consolation race: 1. M Mcgillycuddy, Red Handed, Óisin Murphy; 2. J O’Brien, Little Rock, 3. M Holden, Percy, D Holden.
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