Exit Strat­egy sparkles

Top-qual­ity cours­ing at 90th an­nual meet­ing

Enniscorthy Guardian - - SPORT -

AF­TER AN im­pres­sive open­ing round vic­tory, the John Martin-owned Exit Strat­egy turned in a sparkling fi­nal course to take the Loch Gar­man Cup at the Wex­ford & Dis­trict Cours­ing meet­ing at Wood­lands, En­nis­cor­thy.

The 90th an­nual meet­ing pro­vided some ex­cel­lent cours­ing over two days which were not with­out their sur­prises. With an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of hares, spec­ta­tors were treated to many ex­cel­lent buck­les in the var­i­ous stakes be­fore the even­tual win­ners were known.

Exit Strat­egy showed his real po­ten­tial as early as the open­ing round when he turned in a su­perb buckle to get the bet­ter of the Bryan Cun­ning­ham-owned Sheer­aghs Fry.

Hav­ing come through some tight cour­ses on the way to the fi­nal, Exit Strat­egy came up against the Bren­dan Matthews-owned Lukaku, who had shown equally im­pres­sive form in the ear­lier rounds.

Af­ter a tremen­dous buckle down the straight, the Co. Antrim-owned Exit Strat­egy got the nod from judge Bernard Goold to the de­light of nom­i­na­tors Doyle and Be­han, and Eu­gene McCabe.

A few up­sets also oc­curred in the Lis­loose Ac­cord Oaks Trial Stake be­fore the Pat White-owned Still Amaz­ing saw off the chal­lenge of Juli­etes Rocket, jointly owned by Joseph Keeling and Philip Mur­phy.

Both semi-fi­nals in the Derby Trial Stake and Dick For­tune Per­pet­ual Cup threw up ex­cel­lent cour­ses be­fore the fi­nal was de­cided, with An­thony P. Hussey’s Sea­side Dan­ger emerg­ing as win­ner af­ter a close call with the Alan Car­roll-owned Dill­rock Rap­per.

The Work­ing Mem­bers’ Stake and Tony Kir­wan Per­pet­ual Tro­phy was won by Susies Daisy, owned by Su­san Nolan and Daniel Frayne, who de­feated the P.J. Ke­hoe-owned Bounce­back Abi in the fi­nal.

Wex­ford Cours­ing Club had a spe­cial thanks for Tom Codd of Wood­lands and En­nis­cor­thy Cours­ing Club for pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­i­ties for the two-day course. They also of­fered a spe­cial thanks to the judge, Bernard Goold, and the slip­per, Alan Kelly. The as­sis­tant judge was Kil­lian Saun­ders, while the as­sis­tant slip­per was Michael Raf­ferty.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the Loch Gar­man Cup to win­ning owner John Martin with nom­i­na­tors and con­nec­tions.

Fran Doyle (Pres­i­dent, Wex­ford Cours­ing Club) pre­sent­ing the Lis­loose Ac­cord Oaks Trial Stake tro­phy to Pat Martin with trainer and con­nec­tions.

The But­ler fam­ily (spon­sors) pre­sent­ing the Derby Trial Stake and Dick For­tune Per­pet­ual Tro­phy to the win­ning owner, An­thony Hussey, at the 90th an­nual Loch Gar­man Cup meet­ing at Wood­lands, En­nis­cor­thy.

The pre­sen­ta­tion to the win­ner of The Work­ing Mem­bers’ Stake (from left): Martin New­port, Bren­dan Frayne, Su­san Nolan (owner), Des McCabe (call stew­ard), Daniel Frayne (owner), John Codd and Jess Boyd.

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