Doon Coursing Club
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 6 th and 7 th of December. The Slipper for the meeting was John Doyle and the Judge was Noel Loughnane. Glorious weather, a huge crowd, and an immaculately turned out field all contributed to making the meeting a resounding success. The quality of both hares and dogs was of the highest order and a credit to those in charge of them.
Main interest was centred on the all aged stake, the €2000-
In 2003 Doon was awarded a full Derby Trial Stake for the first time. In this the David Casey owned Killeagh Lord proved a worthy winner. In the final he beat Judicial Smokey, owned by Pat Daley by half a length. The Derby Trial Stake and Dan Carroll Memorial Cup was sponsored by Miller’s Bar of Oola.
The Oaks Trial Stake was won by Pat Dalton’s Lunar Classic. In the final she beat the Michael Horgan owned Ballygiblin Lady by half a length. This stake was sponsored by Whelan’s Bar. The Dalton kennels are more renowned for success on the track than the field but here they produced a very useful winner.
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by Conor O’Riain’s Bar, was won by Kilboy, owned by the Kilboy Estate Syndicate and trained by the famed Tommy Morrissey of Cullen. In the final he beat the N.Hook owned and Mike Buckley trained Bo Bo in a just up decider.
The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the Working Members Stake winner, Coffeys Gift, owned and trained by Mary Morrissey. In the final she beat Velvet Top from the powerful Buckley kennels by a length in a closely contested decider. Both the Morrissey and Buckley families have contributed hugely to the success of the Doon meeting down through the years. This stake was sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar.
On the 29 th of February on the occasion of his 92’nd birthday we lost one of our great friends and President of the Club, Dan O’Brien of Kilmoylan. Dan had contributed many years of selfless service to the Club, going back to its very foundation in 1932. We will never forget the crack we had with Dan on bus trips to Killimer and Bannagher back in the 60’s. To his family and friends we send our condolences. May he rest in peace
Over the year we had some outstanding performance both on track and field by members of the club.
On the track July proved quite a month for Doon trainer Pat Buckley when Never Give Up won the St. Leger at Limerick on July the 4 th in dramatic fashion by a neck. Then, thirteen days later he doubled his classic tally when Legal Moment powered her way to an ultra convincing win in the final of the Oaks at Shelbourne Park. The Oaks was a real Buckley family occasion as the bitch is owned by Pat’s uncle Bill and his wife Ann. Never Give Up, which is owned by 78 year old Padraig Heffernan of Adare, also won the highly prestigious Champion Stakes. This was Pats second successive victory in this event, having won it in 2003 with World Class. He also succeeded in getting the same World Class to the final of the Derby in 2004.
On the field we have had local success already this year for the Richardson Family with an Oaks Trial Stake winner at Loughrea and the McLoughlin family with both Oaks and Derby Trial Stake winners at Thurles. Another working member Joe Riordan bred the Oaks winner at Charleville. To all of them we wish further success and maybe even a Classic winner in Clonmel.
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 2004 when the meeting will be held on the 4 th and 5 th of December at the usual venue.