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Report 2006

Coursing Reports 2001-2010

Doon Coursing Club

The 2006 Doon and District Coursing Club’s annual two day meeting was run in Kilmoylan by kind permission of Joan and Seamie Barry on Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of December.  The Slipper for the meeting was Richie Quinn and the Judge was  Tony Reddan.  Although weather conditions were fairly good, the gale-force wind on both days made it difficult for dog owners, trainers and supporters.  Despite the adverse conditions however, it was an excellent meeting with fine displays from both dogs  and hares.  Great credit is due to those that fed and prepared the hares and had the field in such excellent order.

The main event on the card was the €2000 Corn Dun Bleisce, the all-aged stake sponsored by Michael O’Donovan of Tipperary, with the Cup presented by the Buckley Family.  In the opening semi-final of this stake Roddy Keane (Clonmel) and Michael  Shiels’ (Gorey) Stephens Day, who won the Reserve Derby Trial Stake here the year before and went on the win the Keen Laddie Stakes at the National meeting, had a six lengths win over Ler Murty.  In the second semi-final Eden Classic was equally  impressive when beating Alfie by five lengths.  The final was expected to be a tight affair but once Eden Classic (Mounteden Guest-Classic Blonde) got motoring, it was all over as he stretched away to win by five lengths.  The winner was jointly owned  by Kevin Carey of Liscannor and Ciaran McMahon of Ennistymon. The legendary Murty McMahon was well pleased with the win and celebrated in style.

The Nom Ryan Memorial Cup, an eight runner all aged bitch stake, kindly sponsored by Nom’s sister Kay, was run in total on the Sunday.  In the final of this stake, Kicking Queen (Mountleader Guest-Maxwells Bush), owned by Raymond Carew and Eamon  O’Connell from Thurles and trained by popular Pallasgreen man Denis Hayes, was smartly away from slips against Faithful Iris to hold a four lengths advantage at the escape.  The runner-up is owned by the Club ICC Representative, Patsy Richardson.

In the final of the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, which was sponsored by Millers Bar, Neds Express was smartly away from slips to take an early lead, but David Casey’s (Caherconlish) Killeagh Caesar (Droopys Caesar-Barer Na Leac) came from behind  to win by a length.  The runner up is owned by the interestingly named La De Da Syndicate from Doon and trained by Michael O’Donovan.

The Oaks Trial Stake, sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, was won by New Inn Model (Cool Blues-Glenlea Dashing), owned by the three members of the No Comment Syndicate and trained by Michael O’Donovan.  In the final she beat Cooleycasey by two lengths  to book her place to Clonmel.  The runner-up was owned by Seamus O’Shea and Jane Mulready from Sixmilebridge.

The Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup, sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar, for one-course duffers, went to Shane McLoughlin’s Cooga Moll (Matt Hyland-Cooga Annie), who came from behind to beat Eileen Armshaw’s Shaws Type by  half a length in the final.
The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by Johnsies Bar, was won in good style by Padraig Ryan and Lorraine Cannon’s (Kilcommin) Midge Wink, beating the Betty Buckley trained Miss Diesel in the final.

This year Doon Coursing Club prepares to run its seventy fifth meeting, the club having been formed in 1932.  There have been many changes down through the years but thankfully the Club has survived and is now as vibrant as ever.  We must give credit  to the many dedicated Officers and Members, who down through the years put so much effort into ensuring that the club survived for the good of the Community.  Many of them have gone to their eternal reward but will always be remembered in our hearts.

Finally I 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 events.   We  would encourage the public to support them.  We would also like to thank in a special way our many working members and junior 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 2007, when the meeting will be held on the 1st and 2nd of December, at the usual venue.

Timmy Ryan







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