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Report 2007

Coursing Reports 2001-2010

Doon Coursing Club

Despite gale force winds and some intermittent heavy showers, the Doon Coursing Club managed to run off their 75 th anniversary meeting at Kilmoylan on Saturday and Sunday, December  1 st and 2 nd 2007, in excellent style with the standard of coursing really top class and the quality of the  hares outstanding.  

The main event was the Corn Dun Bleisce and Matt Hyland Stake, sponsored by Michael O’Donovan, with the Cup presented by the Buckley Family.  In the opening semi-final Shane McLoughlin’s Cooga Johnson held off the challenge of Eden Classic  in a storming finish.  The second semi-final was won by Neds Express who had to come from behind to dispose of Quarrymount Dee by two and a half lengths.  In the final Cooga Johnson was smartly away from slips against Neds Express, the property of the  five member La De Da Syndicate from Doon and Cappawhite, but the Michael O’Donovan trained dark brindle began to close as they neared the hare and got in on the closing stages to have a length advantage at the escape to take the €2000 prize.   This was Neds Express’ second Cup success of the season as he was successful at Cashel and also ran up the Cup at Listowel; thus qualifying for the Champion Stakes at the National Meeting in Clonmel.

The Nom Ryan Memorial Cup went to Quarrymount Dee as the last surviving bitch in the all aged stake.  This was kindly sponsored by Nom’s sister Kay.

In the final of the Reserve Derby Trial Stake, sponsored by Millers Bar in Oola, Magical Jamie (Tullamore-Top Doc) owned by The Magical Syndicate from Moneygall, was smartly into his stride and went on well to take the honours over Rude Bill at the escape  by three lengths.

The Oaks Trial Stake, sponsored by Whelan’s Bar, was won by the well bred Skellig Beag (Ashmore View-Rith Gan Gaisce), owned by Rose O’Driscoll of Cork and trained by John Duggan.  In the final she came through in the closing stages to take  the only turn by the narrowest of margins to beat Dolled Up, owned by Seamus Bourke from Oola.

The final of the Working Members Stake and James Buckley Cup, sponsored by Mike Buckley’s Bar, provided an exciting decider with West Ham Sardine, owned by Joe O’Riordan and John McLoughlin leading from slips against Jody Shanahan’s Amarillo Rose, but the latter finished very strongly to take the vital turn by half a length before the hare went home to the escape.  This victory was celebrated well by the popular Jody and his family.

The James Barry and Martin Lonergan Memorial Cup, sponsored by Johnsies Bar, went to Ned Murphy’s (Mallow) Determined over Liam Mark’s and Elva Taggart’s (Dublin) Razldazl Adam.  The winner was ahead by four lengths before the hare  made the safety of the escape.

It was a very successful year for our dedicated hare steward John McLoughlin on the coursing field nationally when he qualified both Cooga Clause (Tullamore-Cooga Annie) and Cooga Moll (Matt Hyland-Cooga Annie) for the Grace Bruton Champion Bitch Stake  at the National Meeting in Clonmel.  The dam of both bitches Cooga Annie won an Corn Dun Bleisce at Doon back in 2003 beating the illustrious Mustang Rooster in the final.

A prolific winner on the track this year was Doon trainer Pat Buckley who provided the runner-up with Slip The Lark of both the Derby and Laurels, just beaten on the line in both Classics.  He also provided the runner up in the Champions Stakes with Killahan  Phanter, also just beaten on the line.  In fact after the second round the top three favourites for the Derby were residents of his kennels, College Causeway, Killahan Phanter and Slip The Lark.  Unfortunately the former two were both withdrawn through  injury and failed to make the final.  It will surely not take long more before the green ribbon Classic comes his way.

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 2008, when the meeting will be held on the 29 th and 30 th of November, at the usual venue.  

Unfortunately the meeting this year will be run without the presence of our hard working Secretary Seamus and his wife Joan (the real Secretary) as they will be toiling in South Africa on the Niall Mellon Township Initiative, building houses for poor  families in Cape Town.  We wish them luck in this most worthy cause.

Timmy Ryan

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