Lo­cals win Derby Trial Stake at Lix­naw coursing

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - Lix­naw meet­ing

THE lo­cally owned Dres­den Vale (Vale View Flyer/ Call Her Dres­den) proved a pop­u­lar win­ner of the Derby Trial Stake at Lix­naw last week­end. The Fe­bru­ary whelp has had a busy cam­paign so far this sea­son, but he showed vast im­prove­ment on his lo­cal patch and the Johnny Kel­li­her trained run­ner re­ally came into his own on fi­nal day.

Priced at 3/1 prior to the penul­ti­mate round, Dres­den Vale upset the odd to progress to the fi­nal at the ex­pense of the fan­cied Clonred­dan Road. The lat­ter had no an­swer to the win­ner’s kick from half­way and the Johnny O’Ke­effe and Pat McCarthy owned run­ner pulled five lengths clear of his ri­val by the open­ing turn. He sported the red col­lar in the fi­nal against Swanky Pakie.

The JP Pren­diville owned run­ner was a short priced favourite for the de­cid­ing buckle. There was lit­tle to choose be­tween the pair to half­way in the fi­nal, but Dres­den Vale be­gan to ex­ert his dom­i­nance from this point forth and he pulled well clear of his ri­val late on to score by an im­pres­sive 4 ½ lengths.

The O’Ke­effe/McCarthy part­ner­ship was de­nied a fa­mous dou­ble when Break The Habit (Vale View Flyer/ Drum­crow Beca) claimed the Oaks ticket at the ex­pense of Dres­den View. The win­ner, jointly owned by Ruth Allen and Jade Lynch from Bal­ly­duff, was the out­sider of the pair for the fi­nal course. There was lit­tle to choose be­tween them for much of the buckle, but the Dan Lynch trained Break The Habit be­gan to turn the screw on her ri­val from half­way and ran out a 1 ½ length win­ner at the open­ing score.

The O’Car­roll/ O’Con­nor Cup pro­vided some thrilling ac­tion through­out, but the fi­nal buckle be­tween Ro­que­fort Teddy (Tim­ber House/ Mad Mo­ment) and Soul­dern Street will live long in the mem­ory. The Pat Cur­tain trained Ro­que­fort Teddy headed the mar­ket from the open­ing round of the All Age event, but he had to be at his best to with­stand the chal­lenge of Spin The Whip at the penul­ti­mate stage. The win­ner went to slips the odds-on favourite in the fi­nal against the John Moyni­han trained Soul­dern Street.

The ‘jolly’ showed in front leav­ing slips and ex­tended his ad­van­tage to just over a length ap­proach­ing half­way. Soul­dern Street be­gan to mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge on the ris­ing ground and had closed right up on the leader as they raced al­most stride for stride into the open­ing turn. In the tight­est of ‘just-up’ de­ci­sions, Ro­que­fort Teddy just held on for vic­tory in what was his maiden suc­cess in All Age com­pany.

Southofhere (Adios Alonso/ Loyal Leader) claimed her sec­ond win of the sea­son when she bagged the points in the All Age Bitch Stake fi­nal at the ex­pense of Mad De­ci­sion. Southofhere, who had won at Ballyheigue ear­lier in the sea­son, was a big out­sider in the de­cid­ing course, but the Dan Bras­sill trained run­ner showed her ri­val a clean pair of heels from slips and she stayed on gamely through to the open­ing turn to score a one-length vic­tory. The win­ner looks well on her way to se­cur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for this sea­son’s Cham­pion Bitch Stake at the Na­tional Meet­ing.

The Joe McCarthy trained Lis­towel Dan­ger (Need­ham Dan­ger/ Tele­blanco) won the Dew Drop Inn Stake fol­low­ing a two-length suc­cess over Sam’s Hope in the fi­nal course.

Lo­cal han­dler Batt Hea­phy sup­plied the win­ner of the Ron­nie and Bri­die McEl­lig­ott Me­mo­rial Stake when Give­meachance (Kyle Leigh/ Straight Legs) de­feated Count Muga by a length in the de­cid­ing buckle.

There was a dou­ble on the card for Paudie Lyons who claimed the Donal McNa­mara Stake with Wiseguy Shane (Crafty Gon­zalo/ Avas Sweet­heart) at the ex­pense of Big Hero by a length and also scored with Wiseguy Ally (Mafi Magic/ Turn­ing Pace) in the fi­nal of the 3-Course Duf­fer when de­feat­ing Rol­lon­fri­day.

The Mun­ster Cup is the fea­ture of next week­end’s two-day card at New­castlewest, which starts on Satur­day. The meet­ing has an 11am start on both days.

Re­ceiv­ing the cup from Moss and Ni­ambh McKenna af­ter Jer Lynch’s dog, Break the Habit, won the Oak Trial stakes. Also pic­tured is Allen Brown and Ray­mond Allen and win­ning con­nec­tions at Lix­naw coursing on Sun­day. Photo by David O’Sul­li­van

Don McNa­mara and Mar­tin Galvin pre­sent­ing the cup to Paudie Lyons and fam­liy af­ter Paudie’s dog, Wiseguy Shane, won the Donal McNa­mara Cup at Lix­naw coursing on Sun­day.

John O’Ke­effe and Pat McCarthy re­ceiv­ing the cup from Moss Joe Brown and Pa­tri­cia Fo­ley, spon­sor of the cup, af­ter John’s dog, Dres­den Value, won the Dog Trial Stakes at Lix­naw coursing on Sun­day.Pho­tos by David O’Sul­li­van

Wil­liam O’Con­nor and Con O’Ke­effe pre­sent­ing the cup to Joe McCarthy and win­ning con­nec­tions af­ter Joe’s dog, Lis­towel Dan­ger, won the Dew Drop Inn cup at Lix­naw coursing on Sun­day.

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