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Report 2004

Coursing Reports 2001-2010

Doon Coursing Club

Doon and District Coursing Club’s annual two day meeting
for 2004 was run at Kilmoylan by kind permission of Joan and Seamie Barry on Saturday and Sunday the 4 th  and 5 th of December.  The Slipper for the meeting was Richie Quinn and the Judge was Walter Dick.  Coursing enthusiasts in their usual high numbers flocked to the event and were  met with good weather, warm hospitality and good coursing.  Both hares and dogs performed admirably over the two days.

The Corn Dun Bleisce and John Gang Stake, kindly sponsored by Michael O’Donovan of Tipperary, was the main event on the card and the betting for this event on the second morning, after two rounds, saw Atlantic View replace Trajectory as the even  money favourite.  Trajectory, who was coursing dog of the year in 2003, was beaten at the quarter final stage.  In the final, the strong favourite, Atlantic View (Kilucan House – Atlantic Beauty) and Shoestown Lady (Hilltown-Shard Spice) were level  from slips before the Paddy Marrinan trained Atlantic View powered to victory by two and a half lengths.  The winner was owned by Eamon Kiely of Cork and Paddy Marrinan of Milltown-Malbay, Co. Clare.  The runner-up Shoestown Lady, as the last surviving  bitch, won the Nom Ryan Memorial and was owned by Margaret Moloney from Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

The Oaks Trial Stake was sponsored by Whelan’s Bar and before the quarter finals the betting was 6/4 Rith Gan Gaisce and La Torre, 2/1 Forgotten Boston, 3/1 Atlantic Foam and Say La Vie.  The final was contested between the two Gerry Holihan trained  bitches, Rith Gan Gaisce (Hilltown-Rith Eile), owned by Brendan and Nancy Heir of Milltown-Malbay, Co. Clare and Say La Vie (Micks Magic-Area Manager) owned by Mary O’Kelly and Kathleen Murphy of Mullingar, Co.Westmeath.  There was a surprise in  store as Say La Vie hit the front from slips and held out to get the first turn by half a length.  The loser Rith Gan Gaisce went on to win the Oaks at Clonmel
while La Torre and Say La Vie survived to the last eight proving that the Oaks Trial  Stake at Doon was of the highest quality.

The betting in the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, sponsored by Millers Bar, Oola, saw Pedal and Crank and Velvet Venture at 2/1 at the start of coursing.  In the final the Michael O’Donovan trained Gondolfin Syndicate owned Pedal and Crank (Matt Hyland-Juicy  Rain) enjoyed slight favouritism over the Jimmy Buckley owned Velvet Venture (Droopys Vieri-Mickdel Tina).  It was a close course with both dogs running neck and neck for most of the way but at the turn the favourite had a half a length to spare.  

The Working Members and James Buckley Cup, which was sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar, saw a very popular winner in Willy Kett’s Malfunction (Fortune Mike-Free Rad).  In the final he beat Eileen Armshaw’s Square Flyer (Roanokee-Toem  Ui Bherrig).

The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by the Sibin Bar, gave us an impressive winner in the Michael Ryan; Cappawhite owned, bred and trained Clongana Bypass (Dual Type-Ashtown Rose).  In the final he led the Aliso Quinn, Pallaskenry  owned Westmeath Touch (Judicial Pride-Endless Touch) by two lengths.

This year the Derby at Clonmel was won by Yes Jimmy Ha owned by John McCallin from Belfast and bred by Joe Riordan from Pallasgreen.  The good natured and affable Joe is one of the most popular members of our club and everybody was overjoyed with his  success.  His rendition of the Animals song ‘The House of the Rising Sun’ is a wonder to behold.  
Interestingly the mother of the Derby winner Across To Macs won the Working Members Stake in Doon in 2001.

The 15 th
of November was a sad occasion with the death of a former Vice-President of our club, Pierce McNamara.  Pierce was always an enthusiastic member of the club who contributed  greatly with advice and hard work down through the years.  We are forever indebted to him for providing us with electricity from has own house when we ran meetings in the old field at Hayes’s.  We extend our condolences to his wife Nancy and indeed  to all members who lost loved ones during the year.

Our Secretary Seamie Barry continues to do us proud in the contribution he is making to the Niall Mellon Township Challenge where he and fellow tradesmen offer their services free to building houses for the poorest of the poor of Capetown, South Africa  each November.  This year he is accompanied by his wife Joan and their sacrifice for such a worthy cause is an inspiration to us all.

The club would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to all of our many sponsors and advertisers, 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 2005 when the meeting will be held  on the 3 rd and 4 th of December at the usual venue.

Timmy Ryan

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