Report Day 2
All Age Stake
From day 1, skellig sunrise looked like the dog to beat after he overcame the battle with previous cup winner Kierans Sam.
Fionntra led the first quarter final comfortable to set up a semi final play with Deirin Damon who was also running well. Skellig Sunrise then looked mightily impressive when beating Toast Master and joining him in the semi final was the Mike O Donovan trained Arise Sir Mark. Deirin Damon led after the wire to beat Fionntra in the first semi final. The second semi final was a closely contested affair when Skellig sunrise held the persistent challenge of Arise Sir Mark. In the final, Skellig bombed out of slips to establish a clear lead and even though Deirin Damon seemed to close, he was never going to catch the winner who now moves on to 8 Champion stake point and looks set to contest the Champion stakes in February.
All Age Bitch Stake
The all age stake proved to be a competitive stake. In the top of the card Eimears Duchess advanced to the final to meet the highly fancied and money on favourite Clashnevin Lil. Clashnevin Lil looked to be well in control after the wire where she opened up a 2 lenght lead. However, her stride began to shorten as the neared the hare and Eimears Duchess swept past to clain victory by 2 lenghts.
Reserve Derby Trial Stake
The reserve derby trial stake saw Hatchet man, owned by a strong coursing following in Glin advanced to the final of the stake with 2 easy victories in the half. The bottom half was fair more competitive with the eventual winner, owned jointly by Ian Bourke (oola) and Sean De Burca. In his quarter final he flew from slips and beat Buffalo mountain comfortable for the only turn in the course. In the second semi final, Kick me Ribs owned by Joe Cribbin and David Bourke in Oola upset the favourite Spruce Blake to advance Morning Major. This was the buckle of the day with the pair stride for stride from the off. Kick me Ribs looked to be shading it after the wire but then morning majjor then through down his trademark late surge. With the turn looming, morning major shot up to take the flag and advance to meet Hatchet man. The final looked to be close but as soon as they came upfield Morning major went into overdrive to get the flag by 2 lenghts over the very game Hatchet Man. As a result Morning Major advanced to the draw for the reserves in Clonmel and subsequently was fortunate to now be second on the list, indicating a run in the Bolesports Derby looks good.
Oaks Trial Stake
The oaks trial stake was also a very tight affair with nothing seperating the remaing 8 bitches sunday morning. In the first quarter final, mall madness left slips like a scalded cat to beat the locally owned Cooga Belle. Gold Emma then advanced to meet her showing her impressive early pace in the course where she easily beat Crafty Cisco. Sandyman Emma was next to advance where she beat Chubbys Fire and the final bitch to book her ticket to the semi final stake was Homestead Diva. Her impressive pace in this course saw her take over the mantle as favourite at this stage. The first semi final saw Gold Emma fly from slips again and as much as Mall madness closed she just left herself far too much to do. Homestead diva then demonstrated why she was favourite as she impressively beat Sandyman Emma. The final started as expected, Gold emma flew from slips and at end of the wire was 1 1/2 lenghts in front. Homestead then began to claw back the deficit and as they nearned the turn was still a head behind. Gold emma held on to great applause of the crowd. She is owned by Pat Clancy from Kilmallock and is trained by Nelius O Connell