Ballineen Harness Races, Sunday 23rd August at Manch Raceway.

Posted on 27th June 2017

Ballineen Races, Sunday 23rd of August at Manch Raceway.

  • PACING HANDICAP HEATS AND FINAL.
  • 3 YEAR OLD LE TROT.
  • LE TROT RACES.
  • SADDLE RACE.
  • G AND G1 PACE.

Lisangle Harness Races - Saturday 1st of July 2017.

Posted on 25th June 2017

Online Entries are now open for the Lisangle Harness Races, Saturday 1st of July at 3:30pm. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Complete the Cork Entries section of the online form.

Entries close on Monday Night the 26th of June at 9pm.

Drimoleague Harness Races, Sunday 25th of June 2017

Posted on 22nd June 2017


Drimoleague Harness Races, Sunday 25th of June 2017 @ 2:30pm Sharp.

Drimoleague Harness Racing, Race Card is now available to view online.

Update - Harness Races Online Entries link has been changed

Posted on 18th June 2017

The Online Entries for Cork have now been moved to the IHRA website.

Online Entries are now open for the Drimoleague Harness Races, Sunday 25th of June. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Complete the Cork Entries section of the online form.

Entries close on Tuesday Evening the 20th of June at 6pm.

Fixture Update - Dumanway Harness Races, Sunday 18th of June

Posted on 15th June 2017


Harness Racing on Sunday the 18th of June will be held at Dromlena Lawn, Dunmanway.

Dunmanway Harness Racing, Race Card is now available to view online.

ITHRF Harness Races Online Entries - 18th June 2017.

Posted on 14th June 2017

ITHRF Harness Races Online Entries.

ITHRF - Harness Races Online Entries, Sunday 18th of June (Venue to be confirmed)

Posted on 10th June 2017

Online Entries are now open for Racing on Sunday the 18th of June, Venue to be confirmed (Subject to Weather). Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form.

Entries close on Tuesday Night the 13th of June at 9pm.

ITHRF - Clonakilty Show Harness Races are cancelled

Posted on 8th June 2017

The Clonakilty Show Harness Races are cancelled due to the inclement weather and ground conditions.

ITHRF - Clonakilty Show Harness Races Online Entries

Posted on 1st June 2017

Online Entries are now open for Clonakilty Show Harness Races, Sunday 11th of June (Subject to sufficient Entries). Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form.

Entries close on Monday Night the 5th of June at 9pm.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw May 2017 Winners.

Posted on 31st May 2017

The Fourteenth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at O' Driscolls Bar, Aughaville on Wednesday the 31st of May 2017.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw May 2017 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Connie O' Mahony, Schull.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Tadhg Murphy, Skibbereen.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: John Hill, Leap.
  • 4th Prize: €100: James O' Sullivan, Ballygarvan.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 28th May 2017.

Posted on 25th May 2017

George Deane Memorial Harness Races, Sunday 28th of May 2017 @ 2:30pm Sharp.

George Deane Memorial Harness Racing, Race Card is now available to view online.

Manch Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 21st May 2017.

Posted on 19th May 2017

Manch Harness Races, Sunday 21st of May 2017 @ 2:30PM Sharp.

Manch Harness Racing, Race Card is now available to view online.

ITHRF - Manch Harness Races Online Entries

Posted on 14th May 2017

Online Entries are now open for Manch Harness Races, Sunday 21st of May. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form.

Entries close on Monday Night the 15th of May at 9pm.

No entries will be accepted unless ITHRF Membership is paid in full & Licencing completed.

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 14th May 2017.

Posted on 11th May 2017

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races, Sunday 14th of May 2017 @ 12:45PM Sharp.

Inchydoney Strand Harness Racing, Race Card is now available to view online.

ITHRF Notice - Qualifiers Update.

Posted on 10th May 2017


Qualifiers will be held at Inchydoney on Sunday the 14th of May.

Owners / Trainers with horses to qualify please Contact Ciara O' Driscoll to enter.

2017 membership must be paid in full & Licencing completed prior to competing in the qualifiers.

ITHRF - Inchydoney Strand Harness Races Online Entries

Posted on 6th May 2017

Online Entries are now open for Inchydoney Strand Harness Races. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form.

Entries close on Monday Night the 8th of May at 9pm.

No entries will be accepted unless ITHRF Membership is paid in full & Licencing completed.

Red John Memorial Online Nomination Form.

Posted on 2nd May 2017


Click on the Link below for the Red John Memorial Online Nomination Form for entries.

Red John Memorial Nomination Form

  • Nomination Fee: RED JOHN MEMORIAL PACE: €100
  • Nomination Fee: MAVEN TROTTING DERBY: €100
  • Nomination Fee: OAKWOOD STUD 3YR OLD GRASS PACING CHAMPIONSHIP: €50

Closing date for nominations is MAY 10th 2017.

The IHRA Office will arrange payments with the nominated contact for each entry and this will be followed up for each of the sustaining payments following their due dates.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw April 2017 Winners.

Posted on 29th April 2017

The Thirteenth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at Nealums Bar, Dunmanway on Friday the 28th of April 2017.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw April 2017 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Wenda Partridge, C\O Violet Hurley.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: James Levis, Ballydehob.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Shane Hannon, C\O The Village Inn.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Aidan Hayes, Skibbereen.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF 300 Prize Draw Reminder.

Posted on 26th April 2017


The next ITHRF 300 Prize Draw will take place on Friday Night, 28th of April at Nealums Bar Dunmanway. Please ensure all tickets are returned.

ITHRF Registeration Night: Friday, 21st of April 2017.

Posted on 19th April 2017


ITHRF Registeration Night.

Date: Friday, 21st of April 2017

Venue: Drimoleague Inn

Time: 8:30 PM

Membership Fees:

  • Competing Members: €100.
  • Non Competing Members: €30.
  • Junior Members: €30.
  • Horse: €25 per horse.

Memberships must be paid at club level or IHRA clearance will not be granted.

ITHRF Harness Racing Summer Fixtures 2017.

Posted on 19th April 2017

ITHRF Harness Racing Summer Fixtures 2017.

Red John Memorial Online Entry

Posted on 17th April 2017


Following consultation between the Red John Memorial committee and the IHRA the online entry for the Red John Memorial Pace, the Maven Trotters Derby and the Oakwood Stud Three Year Grass Pacing championship the payment dates will be as follows:

  • Nominations May 1st 2017 (€100).
  • First sustaining payment June 20th 2017 (€100).
  • Final sustaining payment August 1st 2017 (€100).

There will be an option on the entry form for payments:

  1. 1. Via Paypal / Credit Card.
  2. Or

  3. 2. Via Members IHRA prize money accounts.

Red John Memorial Update

Posted on 12th April 2017


The Red John Memorial Online Entry link will be available shortly. Apologies for the delay.

Full details of rearranged Payment Dates and Payment Methods comimg soon.

Red John Memorial Pace & Maven Trotters Derby: Terms and Conditions

Posted on 2nd April 2017


Click on the Link below for the Red John Memorial Pace & Maven Trotters Derby list of Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw March 2017 Winners.

Posted on 31st March 2017

The Twelfth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at The Olympic Bar, Ballineen on Friday the 31st of March 2017.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw March 2017 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: David & Mary Sheehy, Baltimore.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Mike O' Brien, Mallow.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Ger O' Callaghan, Schull.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Peter Hill, Leap.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

Red John Memorial Weekend: 19th - 20th August 2017.

Posted on 28th March 2017

Red John Memorial Weekend, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th of August 2017.

2017 RED JOHN MEMORIAL HARNESS RACING WEEKEND.

Posted on 27th March 2017

The Red John Memorial was set up in 2015 following the tragic death of “Red” John O' Donovan in January 2015. John was only 27 when he passed away but was a life long supporter of Harness racing in his native Cork and far beyond.

The 2015 Memorial was a one day event but in 2016 the Red John Memorial became a two day event with the main race of the weekend 'The Red John Memorial Handicap' which carried a total purse of €5000.
In 2017 all records will be broken with prize money in excess of €90,000.

This year Lyre approx 2 miles from the bustling town of Clonakilty will be the venue for what promises to be the biggest ever harness meeting staged in the West Cork region. The venue is owned by Ger Hegarty who has long being involved in the sport and boasts a natural grand stand which gives race goers a panoramic view of this half mile all grass oval.
Clonakilty is around an hours drive from Cork International Airport and is on the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way in West Cork.

The Red John Memorial Handicap is for pacers born in 2013 or before is the feature of the weekend. The final which will be made up of eight qualifiers from elimination heats and will have a total purse of €20,000 with a winners prize of €10,000 making it the richest handicap in Ireland and The UK.

The committee are indebted to Bill Donovan from Florida who has generously agreed to sponsor the event for the next three years. Donovan is president of a large trucking business based in Boston and has links to several more transport companies. His passion for standardbreds both trotters and pacers has put him in a position of one of the leading owners on the USA harness racing circuit.

Bill has ancestoral links in Skibbereen and has forged strong links with the Murphy family from Baltimore through IB Coyote a mare jointly owned by Bill and the Murphy brothers Tadhg and Donal who won the prestigious Vincent Delaney Memorial two year old championship in 2016 and this was the catalyst for him getting involved in sponsoring the weekend. Bill has also sent a few of his own horses over from the USA to be trained and raced here in Ireland.

Bill has also stepped in to sponsor “The Maven Derby" another handicap event this time for trotters born in 2014 or before. Maven was one of the greatest trotting mares ever to race in the USA and actually raced for a time in Etilop in Sweden. In 70 lifetime starts, Maven earned $2,005,369. With 31 wins, 14 second place finishes and 4 thirds. Her lifetime record is her world record performance over the Delaware track when she scorched that surface in 1:51.4h. In 2013, she was honoured to receive the USTA's Dan Patch Award and Canada's Joe O'Brien Award as the sport's top older trotting mare.
This will be ran on the same lines as The Red John Handicap with eliminations and the grand final also for a total purse of €20,000. The Le Trot organisation from France are joint sponsors with Mr Donovan for this race which honours Maven a horse owned by Bill Donovan.

Bill says himself "Maven was a dream come true for me a mare of a lifetime but I have been blessed to have owned some great horses besides Maven Ashleys Husband p,1.49.1 $250,736, Band Of Angels p,3 1.50 $487,150, Bettor B Lucky p,3 1.50 $750,936, Holier Than Thou p,3 1.50.1 $152,778 (World Champion), Im On Cloud Nine p,3 1.54.2 $214,374, Jolene Jolene p,2 1.52 $239,637 (World Champion) Lauderdale p,1.53.2 $386,189, Medusa p,1.49 $432,012 Mistery Woman p,4 1.51 (World Champion) and Shared Past p,3 1.53 $416,606 have all given me so much success in harness racing and coming here to Cork to support the Red John Weekend gives me a chance to give something back to racing here where my fore fathers emigrated from many years ago".

Maven

RACHMANINOV SEVEN RACHMANINOV SEVEN

With the success of The Vincent Delaney Memorial in Portmarnock The Red John Memorial weekend takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August which is the week after The Delaney weekend and it gives harness racing followers a week long of top class racing both in Dublin and here In Cork and The overseas visitors will be guaranteed a great time.
Both The Red John and Maven Derby will see owners paying three sustaining fees of €100 per horse.

The organisation of such a big event could not happen without the help of so many people and the harness racoing community here in West Cork are really pulling out all the stops to ensure this weekend will grow from humble beginings and become "The One" all owners and trainers want to win.
"No matter what we ask of people putting up the track, sourcing stables for the visiting horses and garning sponsorship there is always a positive outcome and without all this help such a weekend would not happen" said Micheal O' Donovan (brother of the Late Red John). “What can we say only Bill Donovan has put us in a great position with his generous sponsorship and i'm sure Red John will be looking down on us smiling on how big the weekend has become”added Caroline Collins of the Red John Committee.

Following on from last year Oakwood Stud will again sponsor the Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship which was a huge success in it's first year. "Derek Delaney rang me last year and said why not try a three year old series which he and his brother James would sponsor so we did and hopefully that grows just the way the VDM has" said Tim Kelleher of the committee. "This year Derek rang and said they were again coming on board and to be honest we must mention all the rest of our sponsors from near and far who have been so generous" added Kelleher. "We are always looking for new sponsors and The Clonakilty Chamber Of Commerce have been most helpful".

The programme of events reads as follows:

THE RED JOHN MEMORIAL HANDICAP 1¼ MILES

  • Heats €1,600 (Estimated)
  • Final €20,000
  • Consolation Final €5,000

THE MAVEN DERBY 1½ MILES

  • Heats €2,800
  • Final €20,000
  • Consolation Final €8,000

THE OAKWOOD STUD IRISH THREE YEAR OLD GRASS PACING CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Estimated prize fund €5,000

THE PJI ENGINEERING FREE FOR ALL

  • Estimated prize fund €3,000

There will be a full supporting programme on both days with bumper prize money for all races.

The online entry system will be available shortly as will details of Stabling and hotels.

ITHRF Road Trotting Race Fixture Update.

Posted on 26th March 2017


Due to lack of entries Ownahincha Races have now been cancelled. This is very unfortunate but totally unavoidable and the committee made every effort to run but could not justify running with such low numbers.

Oakwood Stud - Standing at stud for 2017: Foreclosure N & French Stallion Rachmaninov Seven.

Posted on 23rd March 2017


Oakwood Stud are proud to present standing at stud for 2017, Foreclosure N and French Stallion Rachmaninov Seven.

Check out the new Oakwood Stud website for more details.

ITHRF Road Trotting Race Fixture Updates.

Posted on 22nd March 2017


Bandon Road Trotting Races which were scheduled for Sunday the 26th of March are Cancelled.

Online Entries for the Ownahincha All Ireland Road Races are now open and close on Friday night the 24th of March at 9pm.

Ballydehob Road Trotting Races which were scheduled for Sunday the 16th of April are Cancelled.

ITHRF - Goleen Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 9th March 2017

Goleen Road Trotting Races, Sunday 12th of March 2017. Entries are now available to view online.

Ownahincha All Ireland Road Trotting Races Cancelled

Posted on 5th March 2017

Ownahincha Road trotting races are cancelled due to high winds and rain.

Entries for Goleen road trotting races close tonight at 9PM.

Ownahincha All Ireland Road Trotting Championships 2017 Preview - Sunday 5th March 2017.

Posted on 28th February 2017

For road trotting followers all roads lead to Ownahincha on Sunday next the 5th of March for the staging of the 2017 All Ireland Road Trotting Championships.

The venue is just off the the N71 just on the Eastern side of Rosscarberry. Ownahincha boasts a blue flag beach and is a top tourist attraction for holiday makers during the Summer season.
Although a tiny hamlet in off season during the peak season the population swells to over 2000 with Hayes Holiday parks holding the majority of the visitors.

The track is a testing run from Castlefreake Cross on the Sothern side past the hoilday park and Ocean View hotel to Ownahincha bridge on the Northern side of the venue.
Spectators gather on the natural Grand stand on the Sand Dunes which run down to the Atlantic Ocean (Next stop west is the USA). It is one of these places only God himself could have designed.
But at approx 4 PM next Sunday it will be All Ireland time at the seaside.

Maitha Buachaill will start as favourite in the classic. He has won all of his four outings this season and looks the one thay all have to beat. Owned by Ger Hegarty and James Hurley this former grass specialist will be ridden by Jamie Hurley a second season jockey.

Rhyds Ponder the 2106 champion is back to defend his title which he won in Old Chapel. Owned and trained by Ned Forbes he finished second to Maitha Buachaill on their four meetings this season but won in Dunmanway where his great rival was absent. Top female jockey Deirdre Goggin will once again team up with Rhyds Ponder.

Tactician Du Lys an imported French trotter takes on the pacers once again. He is owned by County Meath based Ger Kane but is trained locally by Jeremiah O' Mahony in Dunmanway. His last run was in Dunmanway where he only went down to Rhyds Ponder after a titanic battle. “Cool Hands” Timmy O' Leary gets the leg up on this imposing type.

The entry of Rhyds Destiny has really thrown new light on the race. This former track and turf specialst will be having his initial run on tarmac but trainer John Shanahan is no stranger to winning the classic. The owner of Lakeview Stud in Leap Shanahan has often being dubbed “Mr All Ireland” with Fidlin, Dream Maker, Hilos Pride, Eastwood Florist, Perfect Dream and Bodeen all former winners. Destiny is owned by Shanahan in partnership with Derbyshire UK dairy farmer John Mycock. David Brickley has been the stable jockey for the firm but has his own Meadowbranch Kiki listed as an entry so riding arrangements need to be confirmed. Kiki has been a model of consistency all year but will start as an outsider.

Racing on Sunday has a 2:30 start time.

Ownahincha Road Trotting Races - All Ireland Meeting - Sunday, 5th March 2017.

Posted on 27th February 2017


Ownahincha Road Trotting Races - All Ireland Meeting.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw February 2017 Winners.

Posted on 24th February 2017

The Eleventh ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at The Sibin Bar, Baltimore on Thursday the 23rd of February 2017.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw February 2017 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Deirdre Cremin, Mallow.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Mary Forbes, Drimoleague.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Liam O' Regan, Clonakilty.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Martin O' Brien, Drimoleague.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF Members Meeting: Friday, 24th of February 2017.

Posted on 17th February 2017


ITHRF Members Meeting.

Date: Friday, 24th of February 2017

Venue: Drimoleague Inn,

Time: 8:30 PM

It is important that all members attend this meeting.

The ITHRF 300 Prize Draw will now take place on Thursday Night, 23rd of February at the Sibin Bar Baltimore. Please ensure all tickets are returned.

IHRA Premium meetings 2017.

Posted on 14th February 2017

Eleven Fabulous Days of Racing with close to Half a Million in Purses.

June 4th | Dundalk.

Harness Racing Returns to Dundalk with Ireland first PMU meeting.

  • 5 premium PMU races for Ireland’s top trotters with a purse of €7,000 per race.
  • Also 3 heats of the €120,000 series for our three year old trotters.

June 10th & 11th | Portmarnock.

Robert & Peter Grendon Memorial Weekend.

€45,000 in total purses.

  • Trot Heats & Final with Final winner receiving first prize of €8,000.
  • Pace Heats & Final with Final winner receiving first prize of €8,000.

July 9th | Portmarnock.

Sire Stakes Ireland.

Ireland’s premier race meeting for Irish and British bred horses by nominated stallions.

  • Two Year Old Colts and Fillies Divisions.
  • Three Year Old Colts and Fillies Divisions.

July 15th & 16th | Portmarnock.

The Barney Joyce Memorial Weekend.

  • Three Year Olds Colts Division. Total Purse €15,000 & Final winner receiving €10,000.
  • Three Year Olds Fillies Division. Total Purse €8,000 & Final winner receiving €5,000.
  • M50 Skip Hire Heats & Finals.
  • Pace Total Purse €5,000.
  • Trot Total Purse €8,500.

August 12th & 13th | Portmarnock.

Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend.

Ireland’s Premier weekend with Total Purses of €100,000.

  • VDM Hanover Shoe Farm 2 year-old colt division Purse €25,000.
  • VDM Diamonds Creek Farms 2 year-old fillies division Purse €25,000.
  • Alabar/Oakwood 3 year-old colt division Purse €10,000.
  • Alabar/Oakwood 3 year-old fillies division Purse €10,000.
  • Paul Murtagh Snr 4 year-old horse division Purse €3,500.
  • Paul Murtagh Snr 4 year-old new mares division Purse €3,500.
  • Rocknroll Heaven / Pet Rock Irish American FFA pace Purse €5,000.
  • Elvin / Delaney FFA trot Purse €5,000.
  • PJI Engineering JFFA pace Purse €2,000.

August 19th & 20th | Manch Cork.

Red John O’ Donovan Memorial Weekend.

Total Weekend Purses of €100,000.

  • Red John Memorial Pace.
  • Heats & Final, Total Final Purse of €20,000 with winner receiving €10,000.
  • Consolation Final Purse €5,000 Heats €1,600.
  • Maven Cup Trot.
  • Heats & Final, Total Final Purse of €20,000 with winner receiving €10,000.
  • Consolation Final Purse €8,000 / Heats €2,800.
  • Oakwood Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship.

September 24th | Portmarnock.

Ireland’s First €100,000 Purse Day for Trotters.

  • Gold Division.
  • Three Year Old Trotters.
  • Silver Division.
  • Three Year Old Trotters.
  • Bronze Division.
  • Three Year Old Trotters.
  • Premium Trot Races For All Grades.

ITHRF - Dunmanway Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 9th February 2017

Dunmanway Road Trotting Races, Sunday 12th of February 2017. Entries are now available to view online.

I.T.H.R.F. Remaining Road Races Fixture Dates.

Posted on 2nd February 2017

Below are the proposed Fixture dates for the remainder of the Road Season.

  • 12th February - Dunmanway
  • 5th March - Owenahincha All Ireland Road Saddle meeting
  • 12th March - Goleen
  • 26th March - Bandon
  • 16th April - Ballydehob

Skibbereen Road Trotting Races - Go-Pro videos.

Posted on 31st January 2017

Sarah Thomas from Wales, was in Skibbereen on Sunday for the road trotting race meeting and has provided Go-Pro videos from the helmet of jockey Deirdre Goggin in three of her races.

Race 2: Grade C Trot.

Race 3: Grade D Trot.

Race 5: Grade A & B Combined Trot.

Skibbereen Road Trotting Races Report - Sunday 29th January 2017.

Posted on 31st January 2017

Joe Carroll presents the Pat Hurley Memorial cup to Donal O' Callaghan owner of The Red Rebel winner of the novice race.

A double on the day for David Brickley, Saunders Paris and Maitha Buachaill maintain their unbeaten run and Hillside Mustang made it two wins on the bounce were the headlines from the annual Skibbereen Memorial Day on Sunday.

Brickley kicked off his brace of winners with a hard fought win on The Red Rebel in the opening Novice pace. This one had a length to spare over Van Helsing.

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Skibbereen Road Trotting Races are going ahead.

Posted on 29th January 2017

Skibbereen Road Trotting Races are going ahead today as scheduled at 2:30pm.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw January 2017 Winners.

Posted on 26th January 2017

The Tenth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at The Ash Tree Bar, Bandon on Wednesday the 25th of January 2017.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw January 2017 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: P.J. Cleary, Ballydehob.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Jerome O' Driscoll, Drimoleague.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Matt Woods, Mallow.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Jeremiah O' Mahony, Dunmanway.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF - Skibbereen Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 25th January 2017

Skibbereen Road Trotting Races, Sunday 29th of January 2017. Entries are now available to view online.

Skibbereen Road Trotting Memorial Day 2017 Preview - Sunday 29th January 2017.

Posted on 24th January 2017

Next Sunday the Road Trotting action takes place in Skibbereen where the annual Memorial Day has become one of the biggest meetings on the Winter Tarmac racing season.

Already the crowds have flocked to the three race days already held. Drimoleague, Durrus and Ballygurteen have already entertained bumper crowds and that should be echoed this coming Sunday. The fixture also coincides with an annual tour of harness racing fans from Dublin, Scotland, Wales and England who have been travelling to "Skibb" for over 25 years.
"Christmas is for the ladies and the kids but Skibbereen is for the men" explains Thomas Bennett who has been a stalwart at the fixture for many years.

A six race program is planned with cups dedicated to former trotting greats on offer for all races.
These include The Tim Cooper Kelleher Memorial in memory of the former trotting bookmaker whose son Tim Junior continues the business on the Cork circuit.
Paddy Kane and his son Jason from Dublin are also remembered with the large volume of Dublin visitors sponsoring their memorial race.
Jack Pat Collins, Micheal O' Driscoll and Pat Hurley were all members of the Skibbereen Committee and though they have departed us will be fondly remembered with a cup honoring each of them fot three of the races.
A new addition this year is the Joe And Martin Bennett Memorial Cup. The Bennett family have supported racing in West Cork for many years and Martin was a regular Skibb visitor until his death a few years ago.

So to the equine stars on display.

Maithi Buachaill unbeaten so far this year carries a 20 yard handicap against his old foe Rhyds Ponder in the grade A.
Tactician Du Lys an imported French trotter looks to make it four from four in the Grade B and already the talk on the street is his clash with the big boys in the Grade A when he joins them.
Saunders Paris is another with a 100% record and looks for another win in the Grade D.
IB Tweedy with wins in the Novice grade at Drimoleague and Ballygurteen moves to the grade E race where her unbeaten record will be tested by last weeks winner Hillside Mustang.

A lot to look forward to. The venue is located on The Marsh Road with ample parking at the Mart complex a 30 second walk from the course. Action gets underway at 2:30 PM.

Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races Report - Sunday 15th January 2017.

Posted on 17th January 2017

IB Tweedy and Jamie Hurley winning the Novice Pace.

Jamie Hurley took the riding honors riding a first and last race double IB Tweedy in the opener and Maithi Buachaill in the finale the Grade A trot at the annual Ballygurteen road trotting races on Sunday.

Maithi Buachaill was looking for his third win on the bounce in the Grade A. Here he locked horns with his old rival Rhyds Ponder who has finished second to him in their previous two outings.

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ITHRF - Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 11th January 2017

Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races, Sunday 15th of January 2017. Entries are now available to view online.

2016....the year that was.

Posted on 6th January 2017

With the 2016 season well and truly concluded we take a look back over the highlights of the year past for harness racing in Ireland.

  • A record in excess of half a million euro in prize money (€514,000) was achieved in 2016 with increases in all three geographic regions.
  • 46 individual race days with 360 individual races.
  • 340 competing horses and just short of 2,500 individual starts.
  • All the major racing festivals the Vincent Delaney, Barney Joyce & Red John Memorials see record increases in prize money, competitors and visitors.
  • January 2016 Ireland becomes a full member of UET.
  • Dundalk Stadium hosts four International style meetings which were lived streamed to Australia in conjunction with SIS with the first ever on course Tote Betting for harness racing in Ireland.
  • Dundalk Stadium September 25th the first ever International broadcast and wagered Irish harness racing meeting in conjunction with Racing & Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) returned a better that expected betting revenue figure in the given circumstances.
  • A team of 6 French Drivers compete in a race series at Dundalk Stadium against Irish Drivers.
  • Sean Kane represents Ireland at the Prix de Rencontres International race at Paris Vincennes in December.
  • Ricky Hanson & Alan Richardson receive the prestigious award for the leading Irish owned Trotteur Francais horse of 2016 Vichy De Moem at the International Awards ceremony in Paris Vincennes December 2016.
  • The IHRA announces a new 3 Year Old Trotteur Francais Stakes series for 2017 with an estimated total purse of €125,000. With the first consignment of 26 two year olds purchased and shipped to Ireland in December the remainder of the order of approximately 50 in total will be fulfilled in January together with a supplementary stock of some 20 race horses.
  • Le Trot/PMU announces the first trial PMU fixture to be held in Ireland in 2017.
  • The Minister for Agriculture announces the appointment of International Consultancy firm Indicon to do an economic study and review on the Irish Harness Racing sector.

Looking ahead for 2017 the IHRA expects the prize money barrier of €700,000 to be achieved based on the current projections of €435,000 for Trotters and €270,000 for Pacers, with increases expected across the major festivals, the Vincent Delaney, the Barney Joyce and the Red John Memorials and the addition of another two day festival in June the Grendon Memorial together with the PMU meeting at Dundalk and some other possible projects still in the pipeline.

With the economic study expected to be concluded in early 2017 which hopefully results in the first ever Government funding for the Harness Racing sector, the provision of a much needed all weather facility for Cork is a matter of priority together with an International standard racing venue.

The target for 2018 is the magic €1 Million mark as the ever changing landscape of harness racing enters a new era………..its onwards and upwards.

ITHRF Notices.

Posted on 3rd January 2017


Online Entries for the Ballygurteen Road Races close on Sunday night the 8th of January at 9pm.

Applications for the 2017 All Ireland Road Trotting Championship, please contact any of the five Executive members.

Durrus Road Trotting Races, New Years Day Report - Sunday 1st January 2017.

Posted on 2nd January 2017

Winning Connections OF Fame Earned At Durrus collecting the Jan Goregrimes Memorial Cup.

Champion jockey Deirdre Goggin and "Cools Hands" Timmy O' Leary rode two winners each while Maithi Buachaill took the featured Grade A & B Pace following up on his win in Drimoleague.

Those were the headlines from the annual New Years Day road trotting fixture at Durrus before a near record holiday crowd. The sun shone but temperatures never rose above 6 C but close fishes kept the huge attendance on their toes all day.

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I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw December 2016 Winners.

Posted on 30th December 2016

The Ninth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at The Cill Eanna Bar, Johnstown on Friday the 30th of December 2016.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw December 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: John Shanahan, Leap.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Sinead O' Reilly, Drimoleague.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Joe Mc Carthy, Ballygurteen.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Ger Cooke, Connonagh, Leap.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF - Durrus Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 28th December 2016

Durrus Road Trotting Races, New Years Day, Sunday 1st of January 2017 at 1:45 PM Sharp. Entries are now available to view online.

Drimoleague Road Trotting St Stephens Day Report - Monday 26th December 2016.

Posted on 27th December 2016

Presentation of the Tommy Mc Carthy Memorial Cup to the connections of MAITHI BUACHAILL.

Jamie Hurley took the riding honors, riding two winners at the opening of the 2017 Road Trotting season at Drimoleague on St Stephens Day. Reenascreena based Hurley took the featured Grade A Pace on Maithi Buachaill and the Novice Pace on IB Tweedy.

In The Grade A 2016 Horse of the Year RHYDS PONDER was installed as favorite and set his usual brisk pace and led for the opening ten furlongs of the two mile contest. Here he was joined by MAITHI BUACHAILL who led at the the final turn four furlongs to the finish. The two battled it out from here to the finish but MAITHI BUACHAILL stayed on to win by 6 lengths. RHYDS PONDER lost nothing in defeat and the winner is owned by Hurleys father James and Ger Hegarty.

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ITHRF Message Of Sympathy.

Posted on 21st December 2016


The members of the ITHRF wish to extend their sympathy to the Santry family, Lislevane on the passing of Catherine Kitty Santry, mother of former chairman of the ITHRF Kenneth.

May she Rest In Peace.

ITHRF - Drimoleague Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 20th December 2016

Drimoleague Road Trotting Races, St Stephens Day, Monday 26th of December 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

ITHRF Road Racing Memorial Day 2017 in Skibbereen - Sunday 29th January 2017.

Posted on 20th December 2016

The ITHRF are proud to present the 2017 Road Racing Memorial day in Skibbereen on Sunday the 29th of January 2017 featuring:

  • THE TIM COOPER KELLEHER MEMORIAL PACE.
  • THE PADDY AND JASON KANE MEMORIAL PACE.
  • THE JACK PAT COLLINS MEMORIAL PACE.
  • THE PAT HURLEY MEMORIAL PACE.
  • THE MICHEAL O DRISCOLL MEMORIAL PACE.
  • THE JOE & MARTIN BENNETT MEMORIAL CUP.

Saturday night entertainment in Skibbereen, details to follow.

A meeting not to be missed.

ITHRF Message Of Sympathy.

Posted on 19th December 2016


The members of ITHRF, NISA and SHRI extend their sympathy to the Sheehan family on the passing of former member of the ITHRF Danny Sheehan.

May he Rest In Peace.

C103FM Interview - Saturday 17th of December 2016.

Posted on 16th December 2016


Tune in to the Saturday morning sports programme on C103 FM this week where Michael Scanlon interviews Chris O’ Reilly about his exploits in the USA v Ireland / UK international drivers challenge at Pompano Park, Florida after the 11 am news on c103.

Website: C103 FM

ITHRF Winter Road Racing Season 2017 Updates.

Posted on 13th December 2016


ITHRF 2017 Road Racing Season Registeration Night.

Date: Wednesday, 14th of December 2016

Venue: May Deane Bar, Drimoleague

Time: 8:00 PM

Horse owners please ensure that all passports and vaccinations are fully updated and ready for inspection and all Race Fees and membership fully paid otherwise registrations WILL NOT be accepted.

ONLINE ENTRIES for the Road Races.

Online Entries are now open for the Drimoleague Road Races on the 26th of December 2016.
Online Entries Form.

Entries close on Sunday Night the 18th of December @ 9PM.

**** NO TELEPHONE ENTRIES ******

Online Entries for Durrus Road Races close on Monday the 26th of December @ 9PM.

Harness Racing update Irish Driver Chris O' Reilly shows them the way at Pompano Park Florida.

Posted on 12th December 2016

Chris O' Reilly created his own bit of history on Saturday night when he became the first West Cork based driver to win on the American harness racing circuit at Pompano Park Florida. An invite was sent from Jeff Schaefer a blacksmith and amateur harness driver in Pompano Park to Lee Morris in Wales to bring a team of amateur drivers to the USA. Morris contacted O' Reilly to see if he would travel to Florida to take part in this USA V IRELAND UK challenge. It was a chance of a life time for O' Reilly whose family are an integral part of harness racing in West Cork.

Fast forward to last Saturday night and through modern technology all the action from Pompano park was beamed live to the "Home Contingent" at May Deanes Bar in Drimoleague.

In the first of three races luck was not with O' Reilly but it turned to gold in the second of the three races where Chris drove A CROWN FOR LINDY to victory in become the first West Cork driver to win on US soil.

Chris a carpenter by trade and part time harness racing driver was welcomed back to the winners enclosure by the locals and in a post race interview gave an insight of harness racing here in West Cork.

The local media were taken aback with his insight into the racing here in Ireland.

Management at Pompano park who organised this US IRELAND UK challenge are already planning ahead to 2018 after the worldwide success of this event.

But Chris O' Reilly will be long remembered as the man who put West Cork on the harness racing map in 2016.

ITHRF 2017 Road Registeration Night: Wednesday, 14th of December 2016.

Posted on 5th December 2016


ITHRF 2017 Road Racing Season Registeration Night.

Date: Wednesday, 14th of December 2016

Venue: May Deane Bar, Drimoleague

Time: 8:00 PM

All Horses must be Registered before Entry will be accepted. Those who can't attend please contact one of the Five members of the Executive Panel, Donal Murphy, Chris O' Reilly, Tim Kelleher, David Sheehy, Timmy O' Donovan with their details.

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Florida.

Posted on 5th December 2016

Best of Luck from the ITHRF to Christopher O' Reilly who will be racing this weekend at Isle Casino Racing, Pompano Park in Florida.

Website: Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

Pompano Park, Saturday, December 10, 2016: Race Card

ITHRF Awards Night - Sunday 20th November 2016.

Posted on 26th November 2016

The Irish Trotting And Harness Racing Federation held its annual awards night at The Village Inn, Enniskeane and both the 2016 Winter and Summer Racing winners were honoured on the night.

Starting with the Winter season which ran from Drimoleague on St Stephens day 2015 right through to Ballydehob on Easter Sunday 2016 and it was RHYDS PONDER who went through the season unbeaten and included in his wins was The All Ireland road Trotting Championship in Old Chapel Bandon.

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I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw November 2016 Winners.

Posted on 24th November 2016

The Eight ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at The Beehive Bar, Cononagh, Leap on Wednesday the 23rd of November 2016.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw November 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Paul O' Driscoll, Aughaville, Bantry.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Rachel Connolly, Shreelane, Leap.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Peggy Healy, Clountiquirk, Dunmanway.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Fiona Ryan, Clodagh, Drimoleague.

Congratulations to this months winners and thank you to all who support our monthly prize draws.

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