Doon Coursing Report 2002
Doon and District Coursing Club’s annual two day meeting was run in Kilmoylan by kind permission of Joan and Seamus Barry on Saturday and Sunday the 7 th and 8 th of December. The Slipper for the meeting was John Doyle and the Judge was Noel Loughnane.
Main interest was centred on the all aged stake, the €2000-
The Nom Ryan Memorial, which is for the last surviving bitch in the John’s Gang Cup, went to the James McLoughlin owned Cooga Bing, who had won an Oaks Trial Stake at Kilmallock earlier in the season. She was narrowly beaten in the semi-
In the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, there were a number of surprises before the Michael O’Donovan trained Allforthegrog, the property of the Terry Cordan led Secret Five Syndicate took the honours.
In the final of the Oaks Trial Stake there was little between Homestead Beach and Public Bean Ti early on in the course but when Pat Somer’s (Clonmel) brindle went unsighted Homestead Beach had little difficulty in taking the honours.
The death occurred during the year of Johnny Richardson who was a great supporter of the Club down through the years. Johnny produced some outstanding dogs in his lifetime at the sport and was expert at getting the very best out of them. To his family and friend we send our condolences.
We had some outstanding performance both on track and field by members of the club.
On the field it was a truly remarkable year for the McLoughlin family who divided the prestigious Corn na Feile Oaks at Abbeyfeale with Cooga Wonder and Cooga Bing and provided the runner up in the Champion Stakes at Clonmel with Cooga Hilltown. Other successes included the Oaks Trial Stake at Limerick, with Cooga Woods; the Oaks Trial Stake at Ardpratick and Kilfinnane with Cooga Bing and the Oaks Trial Stake at Thurles with Cooga Wonder. Cup wins included the Limerick Cup at Rathkeale with Cooga Hilltown, who also went on to win the Deise Cup in Dungarvon, and was runner up in the Island Cup at Castleisland. Cooga Annie won the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane Perpetual Cup as well as the Tullamore Cup at Rathcormac. This season has also started promisingly for the McLoughlins with Cooga Supreme winning the Derby Trial Stake at Limerick in highly impressive fashion and he will no doubt be a short odds contender for the Derby at Clonmel in February.
On the track front it was a fantastic year for the Buckley family. Pat Buckley in his first year as a licensed trainer has established himself as the best in Ireland. On the 2 nd of August he won the highly prestigious Boyle Sports Champion Stakes at Shelbourne Park with the Philip Heffernan owned World Class. This was a special invitation race for the best dogs in training both in Ireland and overseas. The achievement was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Pat’s dog was easily the youngest and least experienced in the race. He had previously won a couple of puppy stakes and in winning the Waterford Masters stake at Kilcohan Park on the 1 st of November established himself as a leading contender for both the English and Irish Derbys as well as a second Champion Stakes. The 1 st of November was quite a night for the Buckley family as they also won the Kenny Thompson Memorial Unraced at Newbridge with Velvet Commander. This 85 lb. son of Top Honcho and Mickdel Tina, who had won his opening two rounds in close to track record times of 28.57 and 28.58, is a super dog as evidenced by the fact that he changed hands, after winning the final, for a six figure sum.
The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to all of our many sponsors especially those that sponsored the different stakes and made their premises available for very successful fund raising nights. We would encourage the public to support them. We would also like to thank our many working members and all of those that contribute in any way to making the meeting a success. We look forward to seeing all of you again in 2003 when the meeting will be held on the 6 th and 7 th of December at the usual venue.