George Deane Memorial Harness Races Entries - Sunday 28th of August 2016.

Posted on 26th August 2016


George Deane Memorial Harness Races, Dunmanway on Sunday the 28th of August 2016 @ 15:30PM.

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

ITHRF Harness Racing Updates.

Posted on 25th August 2016


Remaining Fixtures:

* George Deane Memorial Harness Races, Dunmanway on Sunday the 28th of August 2016 at 3:30pm.

* Lisangle Harness Races, Caheragh on Saturday the 3rd of September 2016 at 2:30pm.

Online Entries will close on Sunday, the 28th of August at 9pm for the Lisangle race fixture.

Race entry fees are to be paid for the two remaining fixtures.

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

Posted on 25th July 2016

The Fifth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at Mc Carthys Bar, Drimoleague on Wednesday the 24th of August 2016.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw August 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Michael O' Brien, Ballydehob.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Con Sullivan, Drimoleague.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Western Beach \ Ger Cooke, Leap.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Mary Twomey, Leap.

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

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Online Entries - 28th August 2016.

Posted on 24th August 2016

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Online Entries.

George Deane Memorial Harness Racing - 28th August 2016.

Posted on 21st August 2016


Entries are now open for the rescheduled George Deane Memorial harness races, on Sunday the 28th of August in Dunmanway and close on Monday, the 22nd of August at 9pm.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw.

Posted on 20th August 2016


Please return all Draw tickets and outstanding monies at this Sundays race meeting to the caravan for the next draw which will be held on Wednesday the 24th of August at Mc Carthys Bar Drimoleague.

Red John Memorial Harness Races Entries - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of August 2016.

Posted on 18th August 2016

Red John Memorial Harness Races, Saturday 20th of August 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Red John Memorial Harness Races, Sunday 21st of August 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Red John Memorial Harness Races, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of August 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Red John Memorial Harness Racing Weekend Preview Sat & Sun 20th \ 21st August 2016

Posted on 18th August 2016

The two day Red John memorial weekend is drawing closer and the post draws were held on Tuesday night in The Harbour Bar Leap.

The Red John Memorial handicap is the feature of the weekend with five elimination heats on the Saturday and the Grand Final on Sunday. Prize money has increased to €5000 (€3500 last year) and 40 pacers will contest the five heats.

Heat One looks wide open .Dublin raider On Top Jeremys Jet will be fancied along with another Dublin runner Fair Enough but Brywins Starship and Fairdays Bret can keep the flag flying for West Cork.

Heat Two is another wide open affair with Ringo Lady, The Hitman, Mr Security and Meadowbranch Milli all locking horns in this.

Heat Three will see Rhyds Cobbler start as favourite but Armoured Bear will have his first outing in the handicap proper for owner John Boyle whose stock have been in top form. Throw in IB Maximus and Saunders Picasso into the mix for another top class heat.

Heat four has the big grey horse Cool Night Ayr who finished second at Portmarnock at the VDM off pole position a repeat of that form should be enough to see off Streamside Star and The Govenor.

Heat five Sunnyside Kildare going for the big Summer handicap double. A winner of The Paddy Connolly Memorial at Ballabuidhe this son of Bear Dance will have to be at his best to account for Rhyds Trixter, Ringo Kid, Rhyds Rambler and Maximus Lad.

The PJI Engineering Free For All could develop into a battle between Meadowbranch Romeo and his half brother Meadowbranch Demon but Rhyds Destiny a winner last day here in Manch and Grand Prix winner Hail Spartacus waiting in the wings. Last years Red John Handicap winner Ringo Star could also cause an upset.

The Anthony Russell Memorial Clockwise trot and and a Grade G /G1 pace make up the remainder of Saturdays card.

On Sunday there is something for everyone. The Gold and Silver divisions of the Le Trot Grand Criterium Grass trotting feature the French trotters with nine runners in each. There are two saddle races, a grade G and a Grade G1 pace.

The Oakwood Stud sponsored Irish Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship has attracted a select six runner field. Lakeview Panam and Hillside Aureloius both won impressively here last day out and must be fancied. IB A Magican has been coming on nicely for the in form IB Stables. Coalford Bruce won as he liked in Aberystwyth but has disappointed on his two runs since that win in Wales back in July. Meadowbranch Roman won the sire stakes in Portmarnock but a virus has curtailed his preparation while Brywins Magican represents the Delaney Brothers who sponsor the race.

The Red John memorial final brings the curtain down on a weekend that has already seen record entries for record prize money.

Action at "The Cornfield Oval" in Manch has a 2.30pm start on both days.

"COME RACING"

Manch Harness Racing Report - Sunday 7th August 2016.

Posted on 9th August 2016

Lakeview Panam and Donal Murphy.

Lakeview Panam and Hillside Aurelious who both hold entries in the Oakwood Stud three year old grass pacing championship here in Manch in two weeks time put themselves firmly in the picture for the classic with two smart winning performances at Manch this afternoon.

Lakeview Panam (Cams Security/Meadowbranch Panam) who won on its debut here a few weeks back looks a smart prospect for owner James Hurley. Donal Murphy sent this filly to the front at the start and ran out an easy three length winner.

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Draws for the Red John Memorial weekend 2016

Posted on 9th August 2016


Draws for the Red John Memorial weekend 2016 will take place next Tuesday, 16th of August at the Harbour Bar Leap at 8 pm.

All are welcome.

With a large number of entries expected the programme is subject to change.

Please note all races are subject to entries.

ENTRY/WITHDRAWAL/DECLARATION PROCEDURES.

Posted on 9th August 2016


  • Entries close this Sunday 14/08/16 at 9pm on the online entry system for the Red John Memorial weekend.
  • No late entries will be accepted.
  • Withdrawals can be made before 12 noon on Tuesday 16th.
  • Withdrawals can be made using the online system or by contacting Connie O' Sullivan or James Levis.
  • Please do not contact the IHRA office as this leads to confusion.
  • All runners must be declared on race day 30 minutes before the official start time.
  • Non-runners must be declared at this time.
  • Driver changes must also be notified.
  • Any late changes or withdrawals must be declared to the secretary and race commentator.
  • Failure to adhere to the above procedures will result in fines being imposed.
  • Please note that for subsequent meetings entries will close on the previous Monday @ 9pm with withdrawals accepted till 12 noon on Wednesday.

Red John Memorial Harness Racing Weekend - 20th / 21st August 2016.

Posted on 8th August 2016

Plans well in place for the Red John Memorial Weekend - as well as a full program of races and entertainment in Manch Raceway on the Saturday and Sunday, there will also be music in The Leap Inn on Saturday night and a replay of all the days races.

A great chance to get together and watch the highlights of day 1 of racing.

B&B and stabling is also available in the Rosscarbery area, contact details are below:

Manch Harness Races Update - Sunday, 7th August 2016.

Posted on 6th August 2016

All races will be two and a half laps.

It would be appreciated if members would help in taking down the track after racing has finished.

Manch Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 7th August 2016.

Posted on 5th August 2016

Manch Harness Races, Sunday 7th of August 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Red John Memorial Harness Racing Weekend - 20th / 21st August 2016.

Posted on 4th August 2016

Entries are now open and close on Sunday, 14th of August at 9pm - no late entries accepted.

Manch Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 7th August 2016.

Posted on 4th August 2016


Manch Harness Races, Sunday 7th of August 2016. Updated Entries are now available to view online.

Ballabuidhe Harness Races - Tuesday, 2nd August 2016.

Posted on 2nd August 2016


Ballabuidhe Harness Races, Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 are going ahead today as scheduled.

Ballabuidhe Harness Races Cancelled - Monday, 1st August 2016.

Posted on 1st August 2016


Ballabuidhe Harness Races, Monday 1st of August 2016 are cancelled due to the weather.

Racing scheduled for Tuesday, 2nd of August, (Weather Permitting).

  • Paddy Connolly Memorial Final.
  • Grand Prix Final
  • Low Grade French Trot
  • High Grade French Trot
  • 3 Maiden Races
  • 2 Consolation races for horses that didn't qualify (Subject to Entries), Entries taken on the day.

Ballabuidhe Harness Races Entries - Monday, 1st August 2016.

Posted on 31st July 2016


Ballabuidhe Harness Races, Monday 1st of August 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

I.T.H.R.F. Proposed Racing Fixtures Dates.

Posted on 30th July 2016

Below are the proposed Fixture dates for the remainder of the year.

  • JULY 31th - BALLABUIDHE
  • AUGUST 1st BALLABUIDHE
  • AUGUST 2nd BALLABUIDHE
  • AUGUST 7th - MANCH
  • AUGUST 13th/14th - VINCENT DELANEY PORTMARNOCK
  • AUGUST 20th/21st - RED JOHN MEMORIAL MANCH
  • AUGUST 28th - BALLINEEN RACES
  • SEPTEMBER 4th - MANCH (TBC)
  • SEPTEMBER 11th - DUNDALK
  • SEPTEMBER 18th - GEORGE DEANE MEMORIAL - RESCHEDULED
  • SEPTEMBER 25th - DUNDALK

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

Posted on 30th July 2016

The Fourth ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at Mc Carthys Bar, Ballygurteen on Friday the 29th of July 2016.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw July 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Rocky Atout / Michael Goggin, Goleen.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Seamus O' Donoghue, Drimoleague.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Finny Hurley, Dunmanway.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Steve O' Leary, Cork.

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

Ballabuidhe Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 31st July 2016.

Posted on 28th July 2016


Ballabuidhe Harness Races, Sunday 31st of July 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Ballabuidhe Races Online Entries - 31st July / 1st & 2nd August 2016.

Posted on 26th July 2016

Ballabuidhe Races Online Entries.

Manch Harness Racing Report - Sunday 24th July 2016.

Posted on 25th July 2016

Brywins Starship and Mike Healy who was the fastest winner of the day at Manch.

Brywins Starship cemented his reputation as one of the up and coming stars on the west Cork Circuit with a top drawer performance at The Cornfield Oval in Manch on Sunday.

Taking advantage of a number two draw this son of Share The Delight was quick to the front and after an early tussle with Armoured Bear he quickly disposed of that challenge and was most impressive in a three length winning margin from Heather Breeze.

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Ballabuidhe 2016 Program

Posted on 25th July 2016

50% of Entries from Grade F upwards go in the Paddy Connolly Memorial Handicap.

The remaining 50% go in the Grand Prix.

Heats to be drawn Wednesday Night, the 27th of July at 9.30pm in the Castle Hotel Dunmanway, all are welcome.

A Draw will take place to decide where horses race if the split between the Handicaps is in the same grade.

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw.

Posted on 21st July 2016

Please return all tickets and outstanding monies this sunday for the next draw which will be held on Friday the 29th of July at Joe Mc Carthys Bar Ballygurteen.

Manch Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 24th July 2016.

Posted on 21st July 2016

Manch Harness Races, Sunday 24th of July 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Manch Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 24th July 2016.

Posted on 19th July 2016

Manch Harness Races Online Entries.

Updated Racing Fixture - Manch Harness Races, Sunday 24th July 2016

Posted on 18th July 2016

The next races are scheduled for this Sunday the 24th of July at Manch.

Online Entries are now open. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Entries close on Monday Night the 18th of July at 9pm.

Please note that Ballabuidhe Entries will close on Sunday the 24th of July at 9pm.

Dundalk Stadium Harness Racing - Sunday, 17th July 2016.

Posted on 16th July 2016

Best of Luck to all the ITHRF members competing this sunday at the Harness racing meeting in Dundalk.

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Cancelled

Posted on 10th July 2016

The George Deane Memorial Harness Races in Dunmanway is cancelled due to the weather and ground conditions.

George Deane Memorial Entries - Sunday, 10th July 2016.

Posted on 7th July 2016

George Deane Memorial Harness Races, Sunday 10th of July 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 2:30pm.

Exercising strictly limited to before first race called & Exercise break between race 4 & race 5 (no exercising between races).

Rescheduled George Deane Memorial Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 10th July 2016.

Posted on 5th July 2016

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Online Entries.

Rescheduled George Deane Memorial Harness Races Entries

Posted on 1st July 2016

The next races are the rescheduled George Deane Memorial Harness Races on Sunday the 10th of July in Dunmanway.

Online Entries are now open for the George Deane Memorial Harness Races. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Entries close on Monday Night the 4th of July at 9pm.

Please note that the 'Online Entries Link' can also be accessed under the main menu on the left hand side of the home page.

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

Posted on 29th June 2016

The Third ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at May Deanes Bar, Drimoleague on Friday the 24th of June 2016.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw June 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Jack Hegarty.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Tara Broderick / Alesha O' Reilly.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: John Healy.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Patrick Hill.

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

Drimoleague Harness Racing Report - Sunday 26th June 2016.

Posted on 27th June 2016

Lyons stallone and Chris O' Reilly winner of the Grade D & E Pace.

The O' Reilly brothers Chris and Denis both tasted success at their local track in Drimoleague on Sunday. And for good measure their first cousin Sean also had a winner at one of the best meetings on the West Cork circuit.

Lyons Stallone set the ball rolling for the O' Reilly clan in the grade D & E pace. Punters latched on to this son of Silky Stallone and Chris was never in any danger of loosing as he made all the running to win by a comfortable three lengths.

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Drimoleague Harness Races, Race Card - Sunday, 26th June 2016.

Posted on 24th June 2016

Drimoleague Harness Races, Sunday 26th of June 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Amendment to Race 3 - Misprint on race card: Drawn number 7 is Supreme Sunshine and not Rhyds Trickster.

Please note the following:

Entry Fee(s) must be paid by all Horse Owners on the day (Except for the French Trotters).

All races will be run as preferred handicaps in lines.

All cups and Trophies for Ballineen must be returned at Drimoleague Races.

There will be a TV available to view the Ireland v France game on the day.

Drimoleague Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 26th June 2016.

Posted on 23rd June 2016

Drimoleague Harness Races, Sunday 26th of June 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 2:30pm.

There will be a TV available to view the Ireland v France game on the day.

Drimoleague Harness Races - Sunday, 26th June 2016.

Posted on 22nd June 2016

Drimoleague Harness Racing Committee Harness Races - Sunday 26th of June 2016 @ 2:30pm.
Proceeds to the Ricky Barrett Fund.

  • Notices:
    • All races will be run as preferred handicaps in lines.
    • No saddle race or exercising under saddle on safety grounds.
    • All cups and Trophies for Ballineen must be returned at Drimoleague Races.

Drimoleague Harness Races Entries - Sunday, 26th June 2016.

Posted on 20th June 2016

Drimoleague Harness Races Online Entries.

George Deane Memorial Harness Races Cancelled

Posted on 19th June 2016

Todays scheduled racing in Dunmanway is cancelled due to the weather.

George Deane Memorial Harness Racing Entries, Sunday 19th of June 2016

Posted on 17th June 2016

George Deane Memorial Harness Races, Dunmanway, Sunday 19th of June 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

Amendment to Race 4 Heat 3 - Ringo Lady is Grade E and will be drawn number 6 trailing 10 yards.
Drawn 1: Tyson Howard, Drawn 2: Hell Boy.
Trailing 10 yards:
Drawn 3: Keystone Wingman, Drawn 4: Lyons Stallone, Drawn 5: Scorpion, Drawn 6: Ringo Lady.
Trailing 20 yards,
Drawn 7: Comply or Die.

Report from Executive meeting: 15/06/2016

Posted on 16th June 2016

Report from Executive meeting, 15/06/2016

Venue: May Deane Bar, Drimoleague

  • Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.
  • Chairman informed the meeting of recent threats of legal action against indiviaduls and the federation, this was found to be unacceptable behaviour and condemmed by the members present.
  • Lenghty discussion on saddle racing.
    • Grades a/b/c/d/e/novice with any combination of three consecutive grades allowed.
    • €50 entry fee for all saddle races.
    • Prizemoney divided 40/30/20/10.
    • If six or more runners €500 prizemoney.
    • If less than six runners €300 prizemoney.
  • George Deane race card agreed.
  • Drimoleague races in aid of the Ricky Barrett charity fund and members are requested to support.
  • Drimoleague preferred handicaps in lines, no saddle race or exercising under saddle on safety grounds.
  • Paddock steward to be obeyed or fines will be issued.
  • When exercising on track drivers on slow work must keep to outside to allow those on fast work use of inside track.
  • Horseowners bringing stowaways to races will have their entries refused.
  • Chairman thanked all who attended Dundalk and congratulated the winners and placed horses, 3 winners, 2 seconds, 1 third and 1 fourth.
  • Chairman thanked all who attended Clonakilty show demonstration and read letter of disapproval from IHRA member re this event.
  • Future race meetings discussed.
  • "Red John" meeting arrangements progressing.
  • Ballineen trophies to be returned at drimoleague.
  • Question raised as to how a horse appeared on Lissangle programme that wasn't entred, Chairman produced list as supplied from online system where horse was included, issue to be further examined.
  • Entries with grades will be put on website so owners can check for errors before races are framed.
  • Issue raised re exercising time before races.
  • Agreed break after qualifiers.
  • Races are finishing too early - should be run to race card times.
  • As all horses are presently qualified there is no need for further qualifiers.

George Deane Memorial Entries - Sunday, 19th June 2016.

Posted on 16th June 2016

George Deane Memorial, Sunday 19th of June 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 2:30pm.

Clonakilty Show ITHRF Demonstration Entries - Sunday, 12th June 2016.

Posted on 11th June 2016

Clonakilty Show ITHRF Demonstration, Sunday 12th of June 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 4:30pm.

Best of Luck to all the ITHRF members competing this sunday at the Harness racing in Dundalk | French- Irish Amity day race meeting.

Close finishes were the order of the day at Lisangle - 5th June 2016.

Posted on 7th June 2016

Grade A B C & D French Trot Race.

The Lisangle track has a habit of producing some of the closest finishes on the West Cork circuit and today was no different with the photo finish camera earning overtime at the Bank holiday fixture.

Three crossed the line in the Grade D E & F Pace. From the very start this was run at break neck pace with Hell Boy and Ringo Lady battled for pole position. All the while Micheal O' Donovan on Mr Security and Chris O' Reilly on Lyons Stallone stood in the wings waiting for the pace setters to falter.

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Lissangle Caheragh Harness Racing Entries, Sunday 5th of June 2016

Posted on 4th June 2016

Lissangle Harness Races, Caheragh, Sunday 5th of June 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

Lissangle Harness Racing Race Card is now available to view online.

IHRA Notice.

Posted on 30th May 2016

  • All horses entering for Dundalk on the 12th of June must have all paperwork submitted on or before Tuesday 31st May for clearance by the IHRA (licensed owner, trainer and current flu vac regime).
  • All Licence renewals on or after June 1st 2016 are now subject to a 25% additional premium.
  • As and from Monday the 6th of June only horses that are cleared at the point of receipt of the entry list from the promoters will be returned for framing.
  • Unfortunately it is not possible to continue the unprecedented workload on a weekly basis for those that choose not to cooperate with licence renewal, race fee payment and flu vac updates, this workload is now jeopardising the timelines required for the production and printing of race cards.
  • All visiting UK horses will require 14 days notice for clearance to race and are subject to a visitors fee of €50 per horse.
  • For further details please contact the IHRA Office 353 (0)1 5310365 or email info@irishharnessracing.com

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

Posted on 28th May 2016

The second ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at the Sandboat Bar, Ballydehob on Friday the 27th of May.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw May 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Jack Hegarty.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Ava Murphy.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Niall Forbes.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Angela & Mike Kelleher.

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

Manch Harness Racing Entries, Sunday 29th of May 2016

Posted on 27th May 2016

Manch Harness Races, Ballineen, Sunday 29th of May 2016 @ 14:30PM Sharp.

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

ITHRF - Manch Harness Racing Entries

Posted on 26th May 2016

Manch Harness Races, Sunday 29th of May 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 2:30pm Sharp.

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races Photos

Posted on 23rd May 2016

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races 2016.

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races 2016.

Teresa Fitzgerald has kindly uploaded photos taken at the Inchadoney Strand Harness Races which took place on Sunday the 22nd of May.

Click on the Link to view the Inchadoney Strand Harness Races Photos.

ITHRF / IHRA - Manch Harness Races Entries

Posted on 22nd May 2016

The next scheduled races are Manch Harness Races on Sunday the 29th of May.

Please note that the 'Online Entries Link' can be accessed under the main menu on the left hand side of the home webpage.

Online Entries are now open for Manch Harness Races. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Entries close on Monday Night the 23rd of May at 9pm.

Inchydoney Harness Races - Important Information & Guidelines.

Posted on 20th May 2016

Due to tide restrictions the following will apply:

  • Racing will commence @ 11:30am sharp.
  • Runners in the first race must be on course and warmed up ready to start on time.
  • Subsequent races will run at 20 minute intervals.
  • If you are not ready on time, the race will start without you.
  • Exercising is only permitted on the inside of the race track, i.e. not on the race track.
  • Drivers please note that once the starting car starts moving it is up to you to get into your position as the starter cannot wait.
  • Help will be required on the beach from 9am onwards to prepare the venue and transform it into a racetrack.
  • Horse owners are reminded that passports must be available for inspection at the race meeting.
  • Horse owners, trainers and drivers please cooperate with stewards regarding parking etc and to make this a smooth running event.

Inchydoney Strand Harness Racing Entries, Sunday 22nd of May 2016

Posted on 20th May 2016

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races, Sunday 22nd of May 2016 @ 11:30AM Sharp.

Updated Race Card is now available to view online.

ITHRF - Inchydoney Strand Harness Racing Entries

Posted on 19th May 2016

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races, Sunday 22nd of May 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

First Race starts at 11:30am Sharp.

2016 West Cork Harness Racing Season.

Posted on 16th May 2016

Inchydoney Strand Harness Races.

The 2016 Harness Racing Summer season begins in Cork this Sunday, 22nd of May.

Racing at the famous Inchydoney Beach was revived a few years ago and this unique venue is one of the most popular on the West Cork circuit. With the weather forecast good for Sunday the sands at Inchydoney will be transformed for one day only into a harness racing amphitheatre and is a sight to behold with a backdrop of the Atlantic ocean making a spectacular viewing for patrons.

The old adage "Time nor tide waits for no man" certainly is true for this unique fixture and racing has an 11.30 am start time. To the best of my knowledge this is the only official harness racing meeting to be held on a beach worldwide and is well worth a visit.

Entries close on Monday night and five pacing races along with two races for the imported French trotters and a saddle race are pencilled in.

Upcoming Qualifiers, Sunday 15th of May 2016

Posted on 13th May 2016

Qualifiers will be held at Inis Beg, Baltimore (Murphys), Subject to sufficient Entries received, on Sunday the 15th of May at 3pm.

Owners / Trainers with horses to qualify please Contact Angela or Violet to finalise numbers by 6pm Saturday the 14th May.

Passports will be required for all horses.

IMPORTANT: 2016 membership must be paid in full & Licencing completed prior to competing in the qualifiers.

  • Horseowner €100
  • Horse €50 each
  • Juniors €30
  • Non-participating members €30

ITHRF / IHRC - Dunmanway Harness Races Cancelled

Posted on 13th May 2016

Races scheduled for this Sunday, 15th of May at Droumlena Lawn, Dunmanway are cancelled following a Track Inspection this morning.

The next scheduled races are the Inchydoney Strand Harness Races on Sunday the 22nd of May.

Online Entries are now open for the Inchydoney Strand Harness Races. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form. Entries close on Monday Night the 16th of May at 9pm.

Report from Executive meeting: 10/05/2016

Posted on 11th May 2016

Report from Executive meeting, 10/05/2016

Venue: Joe Mc Carthys Bar, Ballygurteen

  • Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.
  • Chairman welcomed new member Denis O' Reilly
  • Denis gave update on confined draw with first month deemed very successful & thanked all for support.
  • All tickets for next draw to be returned at least one week before draw.
  • Other fundraising ideas discussed.
  • Chairman gave update on disciplinary panel meeting investigating issues surrounding grade c/d, golden mile races at Ballydehob.
  • Passport owners name must match racecard.
  • Horse owners reminded that passports must be available for inspection at all race meetings (not just qualifiers).
  • Entries now on line for all races.
  • Letter of application from Sean O' Reilly read and accepted.
  • Saddle racing discussed at length.
    • System is grade A/B/C/D/E & Novice.
    • Grade D/E & Novice can be combined
    • Also Grade A/B/C.
    • Grade C horse can run with D/E/Novice but will be handicapped 30 YDS
    • Grade D can run with A/B/C but will not receive any advantage
  • These changes are for a trial period to encourage more saddle races.
  • Membership for Owners/Trainers/Drivers/Jockeys/Judges/Safety Officers/Starters/Handlers and Non Participating members is now due and must be paid before racing.
  • Owners/Trainers/Drivers/Jockeys to be cross checked against membership list.
  • Report from horseowners meeting -- starting gates to be examined and altered as needed.
  • A meeting for Road Committees to be held in june.
  • Meeting to prepare for Inchadoney to be held Thursday 19th May.
  • Entries for Sunday 15th May:
    • 21 Pacers.
    • 7 Trotters.
    • 4 Saddle (Entries will also be taken on the day).
    • 13 Qualifiers.
  • Entry fee for races €50 with €500 prize money.
  • Incident at qualifier discussed.
  • Minutes silence held for Youen Jacob, R.I.P.

Upcoming Qualifiers, Sunday 8th of May 2016

Posted on 4th May 2016

Qualifiers will be held at Droumlena Lawn (Ballabuidhe Race Field), Dunmanway on Sunday the 8th of May at 1pm.

Owners / Trainers with horses to qualify please Contact Angela or Violet to finalise numbers.

Passports will be required for all horses.

IMPORTANT: 2016 membership must be paid in full & Licencing completed prior to competing in the qualifiers.

ITHRF registerations will also be taken on Sunday for members who have yet to register.

  • Horseowner €100
  • Horse €50 each
  • Juniors €30
  • Non-participating members €30

Races will be held on Sunday, 15th of May at Droumlena Lawn, Dunmanway subject to sufficient entries received..

Please note that Online Entries will only be accepted..

Online entries for Dunmanway races will close at 9pm Monday night the 9th of May. Click on the Link to access the Online Entries Form.

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

Posted on 29th April 2016

The first ITHRF 300 monthly prize draw took place at the Village Inn, Enniskeane on Thursday the 28th of April.

ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw April 2016 Winners.

  • 1st prize: €1,000: Michael O' Regan, Enniskeane, C/O The Villlage Inn.
  • 2nd Prize: €100: Denis O' Driscoll (Drimoleague) / Kieran Mc Kenna, C/O James O' Driscoll.
  • 3rd Prize: €100: Holly Burgoyne, C/O P.J Collins Dunmanway.
  • 4th Prize: €100: Ella-Mae O' Brien, Dunmanway, C/O Caroline O' Brien.

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

IHRA Proposed Amendments Handicap System 2016

Posted on 26th April 2016

A copy of the proposed IHRA Amendments to the Handicap system for 2016 is available to view online.

Click on the following link to view the proposed IHRA 2016 Handicap System for 2016.

IHRA - MEMBERS SUMMARY - APRIL 2016

Posted on 19th April 2016

The IHRA Racing Season for 2016 is about to commence with a projected record amount of prizemoney to be distributed along with the excitement of five planned race-meetings to be conducted at Dundalk.

Recently the Board met to discuss initiatives and developments currently being undertaken. In addition, Member meetings were conducted in Armagh, Cork and Dublin.

The key points to highlight:

  • Five meetings will be conducted at Dundalk in 2016
    • 12th JUNE
    • 17th JULY
    • 7th AUGUST
    • 11th SEPTEMBER
    • 25th SEPTEMBER
  • Each meeting will be themed, the first being ‘French Day’ where six of Frances’ leading drivers will be visiting to compete in a challenge series against six Irish representatives.
  • Senior Executives from Le-Trot, PMU and international racing companies will be in attendance to witness this meeting.
  • Negotiations are advanced for all five Dundalk meetings to be broadcast and wagered internationally.
  • This will provide for the first time live race exposure for Irish harness races.
  • Approval has been received for these five meetings to occur and a further three have been allocated for early next year.
  • Both trotteur-francais and pacing races will be viewed and bet on by the international wagering partners.
  • These Dundalk meetings will be showcasing Irish Harness racing both domestically and also to the world – success can only be achieved with your support.
  • Without a ‘Government’ in Ireland it is proving frustrating to advance the recommendations made in the ‘Horse Report’ handed down in January.
  • Despite this, regular contact is being maintained with key Politicians keeping them informed of our developments.
  • Approval has been received for the Department of Agriculture to put the structures in place for a comprehensive ‘Economic Industry Benefits Report’ to be undertaken and this will proceed once Ministerial sign-off has occurred.
  • Regular meetings are occurring with the Department of Agriculture and various initiatives are being proposed.
  • One initiative is ‘Integration Programme’ where members of communities involved in road-racing are invited to undertake a seven-week course administered by IHRA to learn all aspects of harness racing.
  • All racing codes are dependent on the betting of their races as an important source of revenue and to that extent IHRA is in the process of developing off-track betting opportunities for wagering on harness racing.
  • This will be through a totalisator which is globally the proven way for a racing industry to grow and prosper financially.
  • Betting will include Irish harness meetings from Pormarnock, Armagh and other venues in Ireland.
  • Success of this venture will only occur if Members support the tote betting agency.
  • As further development occurs updates will be provided.
  • Negotiations have commenced for off-track betting with the major Irish Bookmaker.

For these initiatives and this future growth to continue there needs to be a long-term plan in place for horses to race:

  • The proposed trotteur-francais breeding programme is the best way to ensure the long-term viability of the sport.
  • Support in the purchase of the broodmares will not only provide a good number of horses for the 2020 Stakes Programme (valued at +€120.000) but will also be a foundation for ongoing racing for many years.
  • Ongoing purchase of trotteur-francais horses from France will form the basis for racing to be conducted until IHRA has a sufficient pool of domestically bred horses.
  • The most important things to consider are:
    • the more trotteur-francais horses the higher the overall subsidy will be provided by Le-Trot (this year projected to be in the region of +€180.000).
    • the more domestic breeding undertaken the stronger the case for government assistance toward the development of the sport based on the economic benefits.
    • and further to this point the more horses racing and being bred the greater the argument for IHRA to seek government support for a dedicated harness track.
    • the more trotteur-francais horses racing in Ireland the more attractive Ireland becomes for international betting agencies to wager on Irish races and most notably the PMU.
    • Horses racing and bred in Ireland is the key to future success.
  • The process of registering Irish Standardbred horses in the IHRA’s Stud Book has now commenced and this now provides recognition within Ireland with a standalone Stud Book dedicated to the Irish Standardbred book.

This is an extremely exciting period of time to be involved in Irish Harness Racing especially when compared to where the sport was two years ago.

Development of the initiatives being proposed can only continue with the ongoing support of Members.

ARTHUR COOPER
Consultant to Irish Harness Racing Association.

Horse Owners AGM: Thursday, 28th of April 2016.

Posted on 16th April 2016

  Horse Owners AGM.

Horse Owners AGM and Registeration night.

Date: Thursday, 28th of April 2016

Venue: The Village Inn, Enniskeane

Time: 9:00pm Sharp

ITHRF registerations will be taken prior to the Horse Owners AGM from 8pm.

  • Horseowner €100
  • Horse €50 each
  • Juniors €30
  • Non-participating members €30

Please note that OWNERS, TRAINERS, DRIVER LICENCES TO BE OBTAINED DIRECT FROM IHRA..

Report from Executive meeting: 13/04/2016

Posted on 15th April 2016

Report from Executive meeting, 13/04/2016

Venue: May Deanes, Drimoleague

  • Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.
  • Chairman gave report on Raymond Shannahan legal proceedings. All claims against ITHRF, Ballabuidhe and Martin Brickley withdrawn, (no findings against trotting). Insurance company to make a contribution towards Raymond Shannahans legal costs without any admission of liability. Chairman thanked James Connelly, Jeremiah O' Mahoney and Angela Hurley for attendance at High Court.
  • New rule on Novice saddle confirmed (no points until first win recorded).
  • Red John race day discussed, to be run by a sub committee.
  • ITHRF 300 confined Monthly Lottery to be run by sub committee.
  • Letter from Ballydehob Road committee read and discussed at length - decided to investigate all issues raised, Disciplinary panel appointed for same.
  • Treasurers organising bank accounts for prize-money payment, entries payment etc.
  • Qualifiers to be arranged, horse-owners to contact Violet or Angela ASAP.
  • PROVISIONAL FIELD RACE DATES - Please note dates subject to change.
    • MAY 15th - T.B.C.
    • MAY 22nd - INCHADONEY
    • MAY 29th - MANCH
    • JUNE 5th - LISSANGLE
    • JUNE 12th - CLONAKILTY SHOW ITHRF Demonstration
    • JUNE 19th - GEORGE DEANE MEMORIAL
    • JUNE 26th - DRIMOLEAGUE
    • JULY 10th - BALLINEEN
    • JULY 17th - DUNDALK
    • JULY 24th - GLOUN
    • JULY 31th - BALLABUIDHE
    • AUGUST 1st BALLABUIDHE
    • AUGUST 7th - DUNDALK
    • AUGUST 14th - VINCENT DELANEY PORTMARNOCK
    • AUGUST 20/21st - RED JOHN MEMORIAL MANCH
    • SEPTEMBER 4th - MANCH
    • SEPTEMBER 11th - DUNDALK
    • SEPTEMBER 18th - MANCH
    • SEPTEMBER 25th - DUNDALK
  • Horse-owners AGM on THURSDAY the 28th of APRIL @9pm at the VILLAGE INN ENNISKEANE. Lottery draw will also be held that night.
  • Also ITHRF registrations will be taken prior to the AGM from 8pm.
    • Horseowner €100
    • Horse €50 each
    • Juniors €30
    • Non-participating members €30
  • Please note that OWNERS,TRAINERS,DRIVER LICENCES TO BE OBTAINED DIRECT FROM IHRA.

The Oakwood Stud Three year old Irish Grass Pacing Championship Entries.

Posted on 31st March 2016

The inaugural running of the Oakwood Stud Irish Three Year Old Grass Pacing Championship which will take place on the 20th and 21st August 2016 as part of The Red John O' Donovan Memorial Weekend at Manch Raceway in West Cork has attracted an entry of 11 pacers (Five Fillies and Six Colts).

"We were hoping to get around ten entries as this is the first year of the event so I Suppose we have achieved our target" said Tim Kelleher one of the organisers. "Derek Delaney Of Oakwood Stud and organiser of The Vincent Delaney Memorial rang me in December and threw the idea into my head about staging an aged classic race on grass in Cork. That set the wheels in motion and we came up with the three year old grass championship and with generous sponsorship from Derek and his brother James we pencilled in the event to compliment the Red John Memorial Day and now it has become a two day event" added Kelleher.

11 regally bred pacers have been nominated for the event and here is a quick run through them.

  • Fillies:
    • OAKWOOD DESTINY (Western Terror/Olympic Sign).
    • LAKEVIEW PANAM (Cams Security/Meadowbranch Panam).
    • CAMMIES CONQUEST (Arts Conquest/Cammies Arrow).
    • WEST END DAKOTA (Kikicolt/Magical Bell).
    • RIVER DANCE HANOVER (The Panderosa/Super Sonic Speed).
  • Colts:
    • MEADOWBRANCH ROMAN (Kikicolt/Meadowbranch Niche).
    • BRYWINS MAGICAN (Share The Delight/Lifes Magic Girl).
    • IB A MAGICAN (Arts Conquest/Jill and Jones).
    • HILLSIDE AUERILIUS (Cams Security/Meadowbranch Katie).
    • PAN CAM MYSTERY (Judge Cam/Stoneriggs Vanity).
    • COALFORD BRUCE (Rogue Hall/Blackwell Minogue).

Only two of the eleven entries raced as two year olds. Meadowbranch Roman owned by Dubliner JP O' Callaghan qualified for the 2015 Vincent Delaney Final and Oakwood Destiny who was second in the North Wales Horse Owners Association 2 year old fillies but suffered a minor injury and was left out to grass.

IB A Magican is a son of Jill And Jones a classic winner here in Cork and comes from the IB Stable Facility in Baltimore. Hillside Farms are represented by Hillside Aurelius who is a half brother of Hail Spartacus another free for aller in Cork. His sire Cams Security who stands at the Lakeview Stud less than a mile from Hillside is also the sire of Lakeview Panam and Lakeview Stud owner John Shanahan has Coalford Bruce in the line up.

Pan Cam Mystery comes from the same line as the great Stoneriggs Mystery and qualified on grass last season but was another left off to develop. C & C Racing from Co Clare have two in the mix River Dance Hanover and Cammies Conquest.

Thomas Bennett from Dublin has been a regular visitor to Cork for many years and West End Dakota is entered from the popular Crumlin Native.

Brywins Magican is trained in the UK by the formidable John Gill and adds an international spice to the field.

The next nomination is April 14th but the majority of owners have paid both fees and if the eleven pacers were to stand their ground on August 20th two heats will be held one for both fillies and colts with four from each heat going forward to Sundays final.

With The Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend taking place the week previous (12th/13th &14th August) many overseas visitors will be able to make the trip to West Cork and take in a carnival of harness racing on turf.

The weekend is in memory of the late "Red" John O' Donovan who died tragically in January 2015 and who was a dedicated member of the ITHRF and The Red John Flying Mile Handicap is the main event of the weekend with heats and final.

The PJI Engineering Miracle Mile Free For All, The Le Trot Grand Criterium Grass Championship are also down for decision on the weekend with a full supporting program of racing on both days.

So pull out your calendar and pencil in August 20th & 21st for this weekend of top class harness racing.

Manch Raceway is located less than an hour from both Cork International Airport and Cork Ferry Port and is at the gateway to the famed Wild Atlantic Way.

Eight straight season's sweep for Rhyds Ponder.

Posted on 28th March 2016

Rhyds Ponder and Deirdre Goggin on their way to eight in a row wins.

On a day that Ireland celebrated 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising, Rhyds Ponder cemented his position as the leading Road Pacer for the 2016 West Cork Winter Road Racing season.

This son of Hasty Hall who was crowned All Ireland Champion last week in Old Chapel rounded off the year with seven wins from seven starts with another top drawer performance in Ballydehob.

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I.H.R.A. Ltd - Licence Renewal & Race Fee Application 2016.

Posted on 27th March 2016


The IHRA Licence Renewal form, Race Fee application form for 2016 and the Application for Studbook Transfer from STAGBI to IHRA form are available online in the Downloads section of the website.

The IHRA Licence Renewal & Race Fee application forms for 2016 need to be completed and returned to the IHRA Office on or before the 15th of April, any applications received after this date will incur a 20% late penalty fee per application.

Please note that the Department of Agriculture Premises Registration is a mandatory requirement in 2016 for any premises from which horses are being trained and/or stabled in (Republic of Ireland only).

All horses racing in 2016 will be transferred from the STAGBI Stud Book and endorsed into the new Irish Standardbred Stud Book in accordance with a recent IHRA/STAGBI agreement. A copy of the STAGBI Stud Book transfer form needs to be completed and signed by the current registered owner of each horse owned and/or trained by you. This is a free service up until the 31st October 2016 and will incur a £50 fee payable to STAGBI thereafter.

Please note a signed Licence Renewal & Race Fee form together with a copy of the horses Flu Vaccination records must be returned to the IHRA Office in advance of any clearance to race being provided and failure to comply with any of these items will automatically disqualify any horse from being added to a start sheet or acceptance of an entry to race.

Payments may be made by Bank transfer and will require your name as a narrative with the transaction for identification purposes.

Any queries please call the IHRA Office 01-5310365 or email info@irishharnessracing.com

Fiona O' Donovan, Irish Harness Racing Association, Dundee House, Summerhill South, Cork. 01 5310365

I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw update.

Posted on 25th March 2016

The Tickets for the ITHRF 300 first monthly prize draw will be handed out at Ballydehob races this Sunday to all members.

It will only be 3 tickets per member to sell at €10 per ticket.

Please have the money for the tickets which need to be paid for on receipt as unanimously agreed at the EGM.

The ITHRF 300 Monthly prize draw is confined to 300 tickets and Tickets are €10 each and are available to purchase from ITHRF members.

  • First prize: €1,000
  • 2nd Prize: €100
  • 3rd Prize: €100
  • 4th Prize: €100

Best of Luck to those who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF - Ballydehob Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 24th March 2016

Ballydehob Road Trotting Races, Easter Sunday 27th of March 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Please note that the Grade A / Grade B Horses will be paid out as if they were two seperate races.

Rhyds Ponder crowned 2016 All Ireland Road Trotting Champion.

Posted on 21st March 2016

Deirdre Goggin and Rhyds Ponder, All Ireland road Trotting Championship winners at Old Chapel.

Rhyds Ponder was crowned the 2016 All Ireland Road Trotting Champion before a near record attendance at Old Chapel Bandon on Sunday. With Conway Tiger a non runner this allowed Deirdre Goggin to partner the winner who she has done all season.

The pair set their usual blistering pace and led Dream Maker and Lakeside Dragon through the first two turns, the intense pace looked to have taken its toll on Ponder at the third turn with four furlongs to pace. Dream Maker closed on the run to the final turn and looked as if he would reel in the winner but Goggin had given the leader a breather and on the stiff uphill climb to the line pulled away from the 2015 champ to record a hugely popular success for the Forbes family from Drimoleague who are lifetime supporters of the sport in West Cork. Dream Maker was an eight length second but lost nothing in defeat and Lakeside Dragon was a further ten lengths back in third.

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I.T.H.R.F. 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw.

Posted on 16th March 2016

The ITHRF will be launching it's Monthly prize draw which is confined to 300 tickets. Tickets are €10 each and are available to purchase from ITHRF members.

  • First prize: €1,000
  • 2nd Prize: €100
  • 3rd Prize: €100
  • 4th Prize: €100

The first ITHRF 300 Confined Monthly Prize Draw will begin in April and a draw will be held every month there after. Tickets will be distributed to ITHRF members on Easter Sunday the 27th of March at Ballydehob road trotting races to sell.

The monthly draws will be held in various locations each month and the details will be published on this website. The Date and venue of the first prize draw are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 28th of April 2016

Venue: The Village Inn, Enniskeane

Time: 9:00pm Sharp

Best of Luck to those who support our monthly prize draws.

ITHRF - Old Chapel Bandon, All Ireland Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 16th March 2016

Old Chapel Bandon, All Ireland Road Trotting Races, Sunday 20th of March 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

ALL IRELAND ROAD TROTTING PREVIEW 2016.

Posted on 15th March 2016

Old Chapel Bandon Meeting.

All roads will lead to Old Chapel in Bandon for the 2016 All Ireland Road trotting Final on Sunday next. For many of the purists of the sport The famous Old Chapel Road on the western side of this bustling West Cork town is THE place to win this coveted crown.

The half mile tarmac is probably the best road on the circuit and unlike most of the roads spectators can see all the action first hand. Old Chapel is a road that holds no prisoners and the run to the finish usually sorts out the men from the boys as there is a slight rise to the line.

With €2000 purse money for the final an entry of six is expected.

John Shanahan is no stranger to winning the All Ireland Dream Maker, Fidlin, Bodeen Hilos Pride have all won the crown for Shanahan who trains from the Lakeview Stud in Leap. Shanahan is hoping to have two runners but injury doubts surround both. Dream Maker a son of Ambro Operative is back to defend the title he won in Baltimore this year. Of his five starts this year his record reads three wins and a second but his stable companion Maithi Buachaill if fit will start as race favourite. He is owned By Paddy Kane from County Meath and is unbeaten so far this season winning three grade B races and stepped up to the Grade A at Durrus and won with a bit in hand. A son of Cams Security (a stallion owned by Shanahan) this former top class turf and track specialist has really taken to road racing.

Jockey Deirdre Goggin will partner her own Conway Tiger and this decision must have been a tough one as she has won five on Rhyds Ponder who will also take his chances in the final. Conway Tiger has been a model of consistency all year and captured the win at the Big Memorial Meeting in Skibbereen and will have a major say in the destination of the race. A veteran son of Camp Conway and Tiger Doll would be a popular winner.

Rhyds Ponder unbeaten all year won here last year in the Grade C and all his wins have been by a wide margin and Sunday will be his first tilt at the Big boys.

Mountain Dew Lad like Rhyds Ponder is owned by the Forbes family from Drimoleague and this son of Best Sunshine ans Fame Again will be one of the outsiders.

Lakeside Dragon produced his best run in Durrus and this son of Make A Deal and Coalford Scooter will have Maurice Ahern in the plate and a repeat of the Durrus form puts him firmly in the shake up.

Rhyds Trixter a son of Hasty Hall and Coalford Magic is also expected to line up. Owned by Denis Deasy, Mick Hurley and Jerry Keohane (The three wise men) he will be another outsider but must be respected.

There is a total of six races on the day and the action gets under way at 2.30pm.

Lets hope all runners make it to the start on the day for another renewal of this classic event.

Tim Kelleher.

ITHRF Update - Oakwood Stud Irish 3 Year Old Grass Pacing Championship.

Posted on 12th March 2016

Reminder: Nominations for the Oakwood Stud Irish 3 Year Old Grass Pacing Championship close on Monday the 14th of March. Entries will be accepted at the All Ireland Road Trotting championship at Old Chapel Bandon on Sunday the 20th of March.

ITHRF - Bandon Road Trotting Races (All Ireland) Entries.

Posted on 10th March 2016

Reminder: Entries for Old Chapel, Bandon Road Trotting (All Ireland) Races on sunday the 20th of March close on Sunday, the 13th of March at 9pm.

I.T.H.R.F. EGM: Friday, 11th of March 2016.

Posted on 9th March 2016

  I.T.H.R.F. EGM.

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the ITHRF will be held to discuss the Future of Harness Racing in the West Cork region.

Date: Friday, 11th of March 2016

Venue: Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway

Time: 9:00pm Sharp

This is an important meeting and all members of the association are requested to attend.

Autism West Cork, Thank You Notice.

Posted on 9th March 2016

Autism West Cork thanks the West Cork Irish Trotting and Harness Racing Federation for its recent donation to AWC funds of the magnificent sum of €500 raised at a race-day organised by the Association and held at Manch, near Dunmanway on the 16th August 2015, in memory of the late John O’Donovan of Leap (known as Red John).
John, who was a keen and well-respected participant of the sport of harness racing, died as a result of a tragic accident on the 25th January 2015. His friends and family made a very generous contribution to AWC funds in Spring of 2015, following a collection in lieu of flowers at the funeral. John had expressed a desire during his lifetime to do something to help children on the autistic spectrum after getting to know a friend’s autistic child, and it was felt that a contribution to AWC funds would provide fulfilment of John’s wish.
The donations received will be very useful in allowing us to continue and to extend the activities we have been able to provide to date for the children of our members. Those activities include the funding of horse-riding lessons, cookery lessons, cinema trips at which special sensory arrangements can be made, various outings, play-dates and barbecues.
Many thanks again to both Red John’s family and friends, and to West Cork section of the Irish Trotting and Harness Racing Federation for your very valuable support.

Report from EGM Meeting: 26/02/2016

Posted on 29th February 2016

Report from EGM Meeting, 26/02/2016

Venue: Parkway Hotel

  • Chairman addressed well attended meeting and gave a brief outline of some of the main developments within the sport.
  • Discussion on Development Plan as decided on at EGM April 2015, chairman suggested collection period for payments be extended to four years to reduce the financial burden. After further discussion and suggestion of running a major fund raising raffle, a proposal to refund all Development Fund monies collected was passed.
  • A general discussion on racing then took place with suggestions of racing for gate and entry receipts minus expenses, charging €100 entry fee.
  • Chairman closed meeting thanking the Development Officers for their efforts over the last fours years but there seemed little to be optimistic about moving forward.

ITHRF - Durrus Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 24th February 2016

Durrus Road Trotting Races, Sunday 28th of February 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

I.T.H.R.F. EGM: Friday, 26th of February 2016.

Posted on 23rd February 2016

  I.T.H.R.F. EGM.

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the ITHRF will be held to discuss the future direction of the sport.

Date: Friday, 26th of February 2016

Venue: Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway

Time: 9:00pm Sharp

Agenda.

  • Development Fund.
  • Future of Racing (Road and Field).
  • AOB.

This is a vital meeting and all members are requested to attend.

Oakwood Stud: No Pan Intended & Foreclosure N.

Posted on 22nd February 2016

Oakwood Stud - Standing at stud for 2016: No Pan Intended & Foreclosure N.

Oakwood Stud - No Pan Intended.

Oakwood Stud - Foreclosure N.

IHRA Information Meeting: Saturday, 20th of February 2016.

Posted on 18th February 2016

  IHRA Information Meeting.

IHRA roadshow will take place to inform members of ongoing Developments and Future plans for Harness Racing.

Date: Saturday, 20th of February 2016

Venue: Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway

Time: 7:00pm Sharp

All members are invited to attend.

Deirdre Goggin & Rhyds Ponder make it four straight at Dunmaway.

Posted on 17th February 2016

Rhyds Ponder and Deirdre Goggin on their way to another win in the Grade B.
(All photos courtesy of David Shine Photos)

Rhyds Ponder once again cemented his ever growing reputation as one of the leading players of the 2016 road trotting season with another facile victory in his first outing in the Grade B following three unbeaten starts in Grade C before a large attendance who enjoyed a beautiful Spring afternoon on the Kilbarry road venue.

With usual pilot Deirdre Goggin in the plate this son of Hasty Hall put his rivals to the sword in a fashion that may just put him in line for a tilt at the coveted All Ireland Road Title which will be held in Old Chapel Bandon in March.

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The Oakwood Stud Three year old Irish Grass Pacing Championship.

Posted on 16th February 2016

The ITHRF are proud to announce the inaugural running of The Oakwood Stud Three year old Irish Grass Pacing Championship to be held at Manch Raceway West Cork on the Red John O' Donovan Memorial weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of August 2016.

Oakwood Stud who are one of the leading lights of Standardbred Breeding in Ireland with Foreclosure N and No Pan Intended standing at their Co Offaly facility have joined forces with the ITHRF to promote this series with an eye on the future and making this three year old Championship one of the major events on the Irish Harness Racing Calendar.

Derek Delaney and his brother James owners of Oakwood have changed the face of breeding in the country with these two regally bred stallions.

"We see a bright future for breeding both here in Ireland and in the UK and have got great support from broodmare owners in the Cork region who have used our stallions and the three year old Championship is our way of repaying that support" Said Derek.

"We are delighted than James and Derek Delaney of Oakwood stud have come on board with the ITHRF to promote the three year old championship here in Cork. The Red John Memorial was a huge success last year and this year we are making it a weekend and the Three year old race will really raise the profile of the event and it will give overseas visitors who are here for the Vincent Delaney Weekend a chance to taste the atmosphere of grass racing here in Cork" Said Tim Kelleher (ITHRF)

The series is pencilled in for the weekend after the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend so many of those travelling to Dublin will have another top class weekend to look forward to.

The estimated prize fund will be €3,000.

Click on the following Link to download the Entry Form: ITHRF 3 Yr Old Entry Form 2016

Rules and Conditions.

  • Entry Fees.
    • €50 payable by March 14th.
    • €50 payable by April 14th.
    • €50 entry on Raceday.
  • Any late entries €300 (plus sustaining fees), Any entries after August 1st €500.
  • Separate heats for Colts and Fillies (subject to entries).
  • Mixed sex heats, fillies get preference.
  • Final to be run as FFA with fillies getting preference in draw.
  • Heats and Final to be run over 1 mile.
  • Maximum of eight horses per heat.
  • Final to be ran with eight qualifiers.
  • The promoters ITHRF decision is final.
  • For Horses born in 2013.

Report from Executive meeting: 12/02/2016

Posted on 13th February 2016

Report from Executive meeting, 12/02/2016

Venue: Drimoleague

  • Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.
  • Membership for syndicates to be altered as follows:
    • Principal member €100
    • Other members €30 each
  • Lenghty discussion on Development Fund - Outcome - decided to call an EGM. Those opposed to the fund to be encouraged to attend to see what can be agreed so we can all move on together.
  • IHRA roadshow will take place in the PARKWAY HOTEL on Saturday the 20th of February @ 7pm to inform members of ongoing developments and future plans for harness racing. All members are invited to attend.
  • EGM will be held on FRIDAY the 26th of February at the PARKWAY HOTEL @ 9pm.
  • This is a vital meeting and all members are requested to attend.
  • Agenda
    • Development Fund.
    • Future of Racing (Road and Field)
    • AOB.

ITHRF - Dunmanway Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 14th February 2016

Dunmanway Road Trotting Races, Sunday 14th of February 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Oakwood Stud - Standing at stud for 2016: No Pan Intended & Foreclosure N

Posted on 4th February 2016


Oakwood Stud are proud to present standing at stud for 2016, No Pan Intended and Foreclosure N.

Oakwood Stud management have purchased the Standardbred stallion, No Pan Intended, in the United States and will stand him for the 2016 breeding season in Ireland. Foreclosure N is also standing at Oakwood Stud.

Click here for more details»

Deirdre Goggin & Conway Tiger turn the tables at Skibbereen.

Posted on 1st February 2016

Tim Kelleher Jnr Presents The Tim "Cooper" Kelleher Memorial Crystal to Deirdre Goggin owner of Conway Tiger winner of the Grade A at Skibbereen. Also included Michael Goggin Jnr & Snr and Carol Goggin.
(All photos courtesy of David Shine Photos)

Conway Tiger with Deirdre Goggin in the plate turned the tables on her arch rival Dream Maker in another pulsating Grade A trot at the big Memorial Day at Skibbereen on Sunday.

Goggin sent the winner to the front from the start and led Rhds Trixter to the first turn. Lakeside Dragon took up the running and led off the second turn with the early leader and Dream Maker in close company. Approaching the final turn Conway Tiger hit the front and had a three length advantage with two furlongs to pace. Dream Maker tried hard to get on terms but Conway Tiger so often the bridesmaid held on to win by two lengths.

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ITHRF - Skibbereen Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 27th January 2016

Skibbereen Road Trotting Races, Sunday 31st of January 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Please note the following:

All members highlighted in Red must pay their development fund money before they are allowed to race. Anyone who has set up a Direct Debit since Drimoleague Races needs to provide proof of same.

Report from Executive meeting: 25/01/2016

Posted on 27th January 2016

Report from Executive meeting, 25/01/2016

Venue: Ballygurteen

  • Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted.
  • New members welcomed.
  • AGM discussed. Motions from horseowners meeting to be ratified by executive before future AGM's. Accounts discussed. Motions passed at AGM read, also unsigned letter read and considered as per AGM.
  • Development fund discussed at length, behaviour of a minority of horseowners at Drimoleague Races considered as unwarranted and unacceptable.
  • Remaining Winter season fixture dates:
  • JAN 31st, SKIBBEREEN
  • FEB 14th, DUNMANWAY
  • FEB 28th, DURRUS
  • MAR 20th, OLD CHAPEL Bandon (ALL-IRELAND)
  • MAR 27th, BALLYDEHOB
  • Report on meeting with CORK CO. CO. re road closures discussed (NOEL O' DONOVAN and JOE CARROLL facilitated and attended) final outcome awaited.
  • Report on meeting with JIM DALY TD and NOEL HARRINGTON TD re developments at local and national level.
  • NOEL HARRINGTON asked some very important questions at the DAIL ALL-PARTY COMMITTEE MEETING dealing with the IRISH HORSE INDUSTRY with HRI finally admitting that it prevented the KILLARNEY race fixture taking place.
  • The future of WINTER season discussed as entries continue to decline, race fixtures also in decline. New ideas required to revitalise this important segment of our sport.
  • Fund raising ideas discussed as our Accounts showed a deficit in 2015, suggestions made include: BUSTER Draw (to be run in conjunction with RED JOHN MEMORIAL), RACE NIGHT, TABLE QUIZ, DANCE, RE-INTRODUCTION OF 10% PRIZEMONEY REDUCTION, INCREASE NUMBER OF RUNNERS PER RACE TO 8 WITH E50 ENTRY
  • Presentations to WEST CORK AUTISM and CANCER CONNECT to be organised.
  • Manch track discussed and the Duggan family thanked for their flexible and ever helpful cooperation, (new agreement entered into for 2016).
  • New 3y/o grass c/ship discussed, full details to appear shortly.

Goggin & Brickley share trebles at Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races.

Posted on 18th January 2016

Deirdre Goggin turns the bale in front of Rhyds Ponder in the Grade C Race at Ballygurteen.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

Deirdre Goggin and David Brickley shared the riding honors each riding three winners at a very wet Ballygurteen Road Trotting races on Sunday. The ongoing battle for supremacy in the top Grade Pace continues with heavyweights Dream Maker and Conway Tiger serving up yet another titanic battle in the finale to send those who braved the elements home happy.

Conway Tiger with Goggin in the plate set her usual fast pace but was never more than a length away from their arch rival Dream Maker.The order remained the same at each of the three turns. Facing into the final two furlongs it looked as if Conway Tiger had done enough but like in the previous meeting in Drimoleague Dream Maker rallied late to get up in the shadow of the post to win by a length. Both will resume their war of attrition at the Big memorial Day in Skibbereen in two weeks time.

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Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races are going ahead.

Posted on 17th January 2016

Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races are going ahead today as scheduled at 2pm Sharp.

ITHRF - Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 13th January 2016

Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races, Sunday 17th of January 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Please note the following:

Entries for the Skibbereen Road Trotting Races (31st of January) close on Sunday, 24th of January at 9pm.

Please return all cups from the Skibbereen Road Meeting to Angela Hurley on the day of Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races.

Ballygurteen Road Trotting Race Meeting - 17th January 2016.

Posted on 7th January 2016

Entries for the Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races close this Sunday, 10th of January at 9pm.

Please return all cups from the Skibbereen Road Meeting to Angela Hurley on the day of Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races.

ITHRF - Durrus Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 29th December 2015

Durrus Road Trotting Races, New Years Day, Friday 1st of January 2016. Entries are now available to view online.

Please note the following:

If all Horses are declared on the day for the Grade D Race it will be split into two races.

For the Combined Grade B and Grade A Race: Grade B Horses will run for the Grade B Prize Money and Cup and the Grade A Horses will run for the Grade A Prize money and Cup.

Road Trotting Racing gets underway at Drimoleague.

Posted on 28th December 2015

Action from the Grade C Race.

It was a day of doubles at the annual St Stephens Day Road trotting fixture in Drimoleague which signaled the start of the 2016 Winter Road racing season in West Cork. Despite the torrential rain on Christmas day and on St Stephens morning the gods smiled down on the Drimoleague Committee with the clouds disappearing and a mild day ensured a bumper holiday attendance at the age old fixture.

Three jockeys rode doubles on the day. Timmy O' Leary had the honor of riding the first winner of the new season aboard Big Jim in the opening Novice Grade. Lailas Boy set the early running in this mile contest but O' Leary sent the winner to the front at the first turning point and ran on to a two length winning margin from Lakeview Romeo who came a long way off the pace to grab second.

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Drimoleague Road Trotting Races are going ahead.

Posted on 26th December 2015

The St. Stephens Day, Drimoleague Road Trotting Races are going ahead as scheduled at 2pm Sharp.

ITHRF - Drimoleague Road Trotting Races Entries

Posted on 22nd December 2015

Drimoleague Road Trotting Races, St Stephens Day, Saturday 26th of December 2015 @ 2:00PM Sharp. Entries are now available to view online.

2016 Winter Road Racing Season.

Posted on 21st December 2015

The start of the 2016 Winter Road racing season in West Cork is less than a week away with Drimoleague the venue for the opening fixture on St Stephens Day (Boxing Day for our UK Friends) Saturday, 26th of December.

Road racing where pacers and trotters are ridden is unique to the West Cork region with records dating back over 150 years. For many winning in Drimoleague on "Stephens Day" is akin to winning the top prize in any sport.

Drimoleague folk pride themselves on running the fixture on the Eastern side of this trotting mad village and only twice in the last 150 years has the event being cancelled firstly in the late 1960s when the dreaded Foot And Mouth disease was present in Ireland and a few years ago the event was cancelled due to the fact that almost a foot of frozen snow deemed the road closed to both motor traffic and traffic of the equine type.

This year the committee which includes Jim McCarthy, Harry Deane and Dermot McCarthy (who boast over 100 years service between them) have been joined by some younger members James O' Driscoll, Caroline Collins, Martin O' Brien, Gerard McCarthy, Jennie Brickley, Ned Forbes, Ger O' Driscoll, Finbarr O' Shea and Christy Caverly.

Racing has a 2:00 PM start time.

Calendar for the 2016 Road Season:

  • DRIMOLEAGUE, 26TH DECEMBER 2015 (ST STEPHENS DAY)
  • DURRUS, 1ST JANUARY 2016 (NEW YEARS DAY)
  • BALLYGURTEEN, 17TH JANUARY
  • SKIBBEREEN, MEMORIAL DAY 31ST JANUARY
  • DUNMANWAY, 14TH FEBRUARY
  • BANDON, 28TH FEBRUARY
  • BALTIMORE, 13TH MARCH (PALM SUNDAY)
  • BALLYDEHOB, 27TH MARCH (EASTER SUNDAY)

ITHRF Development Fund Notice.

Posted on 17th December 2015

All ITHRF members must have paid their specified amounts towards the development fund in order to compete in the St. Stephens Day Races.

Reminder to Field members, the commencement date for the Development Fund is the 1st of December 2015. It is in their interest to set up direct debits or make payment arrangements with Executive members as soon as possible.

ITHRF Development Fund Update.

Posted on 16th December 2015

Please note the following change when setting up the direct debit for the Development Fund:
You need to use ITHRF as the Name on Account instead of Irish Trotting & Harness Federation Ltd Deposit Account.

Members of the Executive will also be present at the Registration night on Wednesday, 16th of December between 8pm and 10pm at May Deanes Bar Drimoleague to answer any queries on the Development Fund and will be there to assist and record payments.

ITHRF - Registration Night - Wednesday, 16th December.

Posted on 12th December 2015

Registration Fees to be paid next Wednesday night, 16th of December between 8pm and 10pm at May Deanes Bar Drimoleague.

IMPORTANT: Registration fees must be paid in full on this date prior to been permitted to race. This is the only Registration night been held and registration fees will not be accepted after this date.

Entries for St Stephens Day Races:

Entries also close for St Stephens days Races on Wednesday, 16th of December at 10pm.

ITHRF Horse Owners Notice - Equipment Stolen

Posted on 9th of December 2015


BREAK IN AT DUNMANWAY RACE FIELD OVER NIGHT..

A blue Ifor William's horse box, Race sulky with challenger wheels (pics below) and Harness were stolen.

To protect your Equipment ensure your premises are secure.

Irish Harness Racing Drivers in France.

Posted on 8th December 2015

The Irish Drivers who took part in the Prix De Dublin in The Argentan Hippodrome Normandy France as part of the ongoing partnership between the Irish Harness Racing Association and our French Counterparts Le Trot.

The Eight Irish Drivers who took part in the Prix De Dublin at Argentan Hippodrome Normandy France.

Photos Courtesy of Nadina/Ironia-Art.com www.ironia-art.com

Left To Right Billy Roche (Dublin), Sean Kane (Dublin), Christy Foran (Dublin), Alan Richardson (Dublin), Alan Wallace (Dublin), Gavin Murdock (Belfast), Seamus Quill (Cork) & Patrick Hill (Leap Co Cork).

Left To Right Christy Foran (Dublin), Alan Wallace (Dublin), Seamus Quill (Cork), Sean Kane (Dublin), Gavin Murdock (Belfast), Billy Roche (Dublin), Patrick Hill (Leap Co Cork) & Alan Richardson (Dublin)

De vivre dans le Trotteur Français

Posted on 25th November 2015

Season of racing in Ireland is over, but the racing party is not finished yet. We would like to congratulate top driver Billy Roche, who is going to represent Ireland in Paris on the 5th of December in the International Race of Le Trot Département International and Ricky Hanson, whose top trooper Vichy de Moem (trained by Thomas Richardson and his main driver Alan Richardson) is going to receive an award on the same weekend in Paris.

Week earlier, on the 29th of November top eight Irish drivers from three regions are going to race against eight French drivers at Hippodrome d'Argentan. Our champs to cheer for are: Billy Roche, Sean Kane, Christy Foran, Alan Wallace snr, Alan Richardson, Seamus Quill, Gavin Murdock & Patrick Hill.This year we have two opportunities to win as there's two races our drivers are going to participate in. Go guys, show them how it's done.

Connections of Silvano Bello ITHRF Trotter Of The Year after one of his victories at the Red John Memorial Day in Manch. Included are members of The Inishford Syndicate Brian O' Neill, Tim O' Leary (Plumber) and Donal Murphy (Driver).

ITHRF AGM: Friday, 11th of December 2015.

Posted on 24th November 2015

ITHRF Annual General Meeting.

Date: Friday, 11th of December 2015

Venue: Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway

Time: 8:00 PM Sharp

All Motions and Nominations in writing only to the secretary Angela Hurley no later than Friday, 4th of December 2015.

ITHRF / IHRC Message Of Sympathy

Posted on 22nd November 2015

The Members of The ITHRF wish to extend their sympathy to the Goggin family Bantry on the passing of John Goggin.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Harness Racing Horses For Sale

Posted on 22nd November 2015

Harness Racing Horses for Sale: 'Comply or Die' and 'Rhyds Heartbeat'.

For futher information contact: Martin Hurley (086) 8965353 / Angela Hurley (086) 1936436.

Harness Racing Industry Development Needs: Discussion - Tuesday 10th November 2015

Posted on 21st November 2015


The transcripts from the presentation the IHRA gave to the oireachtas Agriculture committee on the 10th of November is available to read at the following link: "Harness Racing Industry Development Needs: Discussion"

ITHRF Annual Awards Night, Saturday 14th November 2015

Posted on 17th November 2015

Jeremiah O' Mahony Winter Trainer and owner of Winter Horse of the Year Meadowlands Falcon.

The ITHRF held their annual awards night at The West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen on Saturday 14th November last with a good crowd of all ages in attendance at the Trotting and Harness Racing “Oscars Night”.

With the Winter Road Racing season and The Summer Turf Harness Racing just past both were successful albeit the final two Summer meeting falling foul to the weather.

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ITHRF Horse Owners Notice - Security Alert

Posted on 9th of November 2015


A number of Breaks ins have taken place in the Cork area..

To protect your Equipment please ensure your premises are secure.

Tim "Cooper" Kelleher
CHAIRMAN ITHRF HORSE OWNERS

Trotteur Francais Sale November 2015

Posted on 7th of November 2015


The next Trotteur Francais Sale takes place the week commencing November 23rd, this will be the only sale until late 2016 and all interested parties are asked to submit their details and payments by November 13th.

With this program now firmly established Ireland has made rapid progress in a very short period of time with Trotting races accounting for close to 50% of the overall total at the premier venue and a total prize money purse in excess of €220,000 on a national basis.

The top Trotteur Francais horse in 2015 has earned just over €9,000 in prize money with the top 8 all in excess of €5k, the top 24 in excess of €4k, the top 36 in excess of €3k and the top 48 in excess of €2k.

2016 looks likely to make some further major developments in terms of increased prize money on offer and racing on the all weather track under floodlights at Dundalk Stadium with the penultimate break through expected in early 2017.

A Trotteur Francais is not just for a season, it's for the future.

ITHRF Dinner Dance & Awards Night, 14th of November 2015.

Posted on 23rd October 2015

ITHRF Dinner Dance & Awards Night for the Road and Field Season.

Date: Saturday, 14th of November 2015

Venue: West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen

Time: 8:30 PM Sharp

Music on the night by: Blackwater Sound

Dinner Dance tickets are now on sale and must be bought and paid for by Wednesday, 11th of November. Tickets will not be sold on the night.

Tickets Prices:

  • Adults: €30
  • Under 16s: €12:50

Tickets are available to purchase from the following members:

  • Angela Hurley
  • Violet Hurley
  • Donal Murphy
  • Connie O' Sullivan
  • Jennie Brickley
  • Patrick Hill

All are Welcome to attend.

Builth Wells Sales - Monday 19th October 2015 - Watch it Live

Posted on 16th October 2015


Brightwells Horses & Ponies Standardbred (Pacers & Trotters) Sale on Monday, 19th of October at 11am. You can watch it live via the Brightwells website: "Builth Wells Sales Live"

Congratulations to Joe Sbrocco, Red Mile: Artspeak shows determination in Tattersalls victory.

Posted on 11th October 2015

Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco making a presentation to the Quill Family owners of Tarno Josslyn winner of the Prix De Ballabuidhe Le Trot at Dunmanway.

The ITHRF would like to congraulate Joe Sbrocco co owner of Artspeak who won on Saturday at The Red Mile when he captured the $450,000 Tattersalls in 1:47 4/5.

Click on the link to read the online article: "Red Mile: Artspeak shows determination in Tattersalls victory"

Well known US owners Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco who were touring the region were guests at the George Deane Memorial Handicap which was held at Dunmanway on the 21st of June and were on hand to present the prizes for Prix De Ballabuidhe Le Trot race. The visitors also took time to give an interview regarding Captain Trecharous, Artspeak and Maven and gave the locals an insight into racing in the USA.

ITHRF Dinner Dance & Awards Night, 14th of November 2015.

Posted on 6th October 2015


Reserve the Date: Saturday, 14th of November for the ITHRF Dinner Dance & Awards Night for the Road and Field season.

More Information will be provided once the details have been finalised.

Inter Dominion for England & Ireland.

Posted on 1st October 2015

Sky Racing's Gareth Hall travelled across the globe to give a behind the scenes look at the inaugural Inter Dominion for England & Ireland.

ITHRF / IHRC - RuleBooks available online

Posted on 29th September 2015


The ITHRF and IHRC Rulebooks are now available online in the Downloads section of the website.

Reminder: ITHRF Horse Owners Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 30th of September in the Drimoleague Hall at 9:00PM Sharp.

Dundalk Stadium Harness Racing A - Z

Posted on 25th September 2015

Dundalk Harness Races at Dundalk Stadium, Sunday 27th of September 2015.

  • Stable Yard opens from 10.30am Sunday morning.
  • All Horses will be inspected by the Veterinary Officials at the point of entry to the Stable Yard and must have the passport available which will be inspected for current flu vac regime and identification purposes. If a Passport is not present the horse will NOT be allowed access to the Stable yard and will NOT be allowed to race. Horses failing Veterinary inspection for any reason will equally be refused access and race entry.
  • Each horse will be assigned an individual stable (each trainer will be allocated adjacent stables), horses are not permitted to leave the stable yard until their racing assignment has been completed and/or integrity testing requirements are carried out.
  • All horses must be in the stable yard by 12.30pm.
  • Declarations close at 1.00pm sharp and all horses must be on the premises and checked by the Veterinary officials before declaration can be accepted, late declarations will be scratched.
  • All horses must leave the race track by 1.20pm and the track will close for workouts at 1.30pm.
  • All horses for each race to be in the parade ring 20 minutes in advance of their race start time (1.40pm for the 1st race, 2.10pm for the 2nd race etc).
  • Race start times: 2.00, 2.30. 3.00, 3.30, 4.00, 4.25, 4.50, 5.15, 5.40 & 6.05.
  • All horses will be led by a competent handler and the driver will walk behind the sulky with both reins in hand. Handlers will be provided with the IHRA’s Official jacket to be worn in the parade ring and returned after the horse is led on to the race track.
  • Horses leave the parade ring 7 minutes in advance of their race start time and jog anti clockwise past the grand stand to make their way to the pickup point at the far end of the home straight.
  • All winners including the driver must go the winner’s enclosure for the presentation/interviews.
  • Horses required for integrity testing must have an assigned handler/representative present whilst the required Blood and/or Urine samples are being processed and will be required to sign for such samples.
  • Only the direct connections and handlers of horses competing on the day will be allowed in the Stable yard, access will be with the allocated wrist band ONLY, strictly no children allowed.
  • Drivers and Handlers are reminded neat dress is essential, clean colours drivers must wear back protectors and appropriate footwear strictly no trainers.
  • Whip rules and breaking rules strictly enforced (BLACK whips only), breaking horses must go to the outside when/where clearance exists.
  • All races are over a distance of 1.25 miles which start and finish in front of the Grand Stand.
  • The draws are pre done and Horses will wear the number cloth allocated on the race card. All races will start with 1 to 6 on the gate and 7 to 12 directly in behind in the second line with the exception of Race No. 10 where it is a 3, 4 & 1 formation in three lines.
  • No horse allowed the leave the stable yard for workout or to the parade ring for racing without wearing the allocated number cloth.
  • Stables are available for overnight but must be pre arranged.
  • Race entry fees: Trotters €200, Pacers €100, pre payment of entry fees against outstanding prize money will apply as normal.
  • Your cooperation in all aspect of this schedule is paramount and your performance will determine our suitability for a return to Dundalk Stadium in 2016.
  • This schedule has been agreed with the Management of Dundalk Stadium, the Turf Club Veterinary Officials and the Board of Horse Racing Ireland.
  • Final reminder: NO PASSPORT — NO ENTRY — NO RACE.

I.T.H.R.F Notice: Horse Owners please note that all monies owed will be paid out in Dundalk on Sunday.

Dundalk Stadium Harness Races Start Sheet - Sunday 27th September 2015

Posted on 23rd September 2015

Dundalk Harness Races at Dundalk Stadium, Sunday 27th of September 2015.

Start Sheet is now available to view online.

ITHRF Horse Owners Meeting - Wednesday, 30th of September 2015.

Posted on 22nd September 2015


ITHRF Horse Owners Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 30th of September in the Drimoleague Hall at 9:00PM Sharp.

The ITHRF have appointed a sub committee to review the Road Racing Rule Book for the upcoming 2016 Season. The committee have met and the current Grading System for Road Racing has being looked at and proposed changes to The Grading will be presented at the Horse Owners Meeting.

The proposed changes will be open to debate at the meeting and all members are welcome to voice their opinions on the proposal.

Tim "Cooper" Kelleher
CHAIRMAN ITHRF HORSE OWNERS

ITHRF / IHRC - Manch Harness Races Cancelled

Posted on 20th September 2015

Todays scheduled racing in Manch is cancelled due to the weather.

Entries for Dundalk close tonight. €4,000 per trot race and €1,500+ for pacing races. All graded horses will be accommodated where possible.

Online Entries only at www.portmarnockraceway.ie

ITHRF / IHRC - Manch Harness Races go ahead

Posted on 18th September 2015

Following a track inspection, racing goes ahead at Manch this Sunday, 20th of September at Manch track at 2:30PM.

Race Card is now available to view online.

ITHRF 2016 ROAD RACING NOTICE.

Posted on 16th September 2015

The ITHRF have appointed a sub committee to review the Road Racing Rule Book for the upcoming 2016 Season. The committee have met and the current Grading System for Road Racing has being looked at and proposed changes to The Grading will be presented to a Horse Owners Meeting which will be held in early October.

The proposed changes will be open to debate at the meeting and all members are welcome to voice their opinions on the proposal. Date and venue for meeting will be published shortly.

Tim "Cooper" Kelleher
CHAIRMAN ITHRF HORSE OWNERS

HARNESS RACING GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR DUNDALK

Posted on 15th September 2015


The Irish Harness Racing Association today (9th September 2015) announced that a programme of ten high quality trotting and pacing races will take place at Dundalk Stadium, Co. Louth on Sunday 27th September, following Government backing and the support of Horse Racing Ireland and Dundalk Stadium.

Mark Flanagan, Chairman of The Irish Harness Racing Association said: “Having previously held two highly successful harness racing meetings in 2008 at Dundalk Stadium we are delighted to return to this state of the art venue and showcase our sport. This meeting has huge significance as the French governing authority for Trotting ‘Le-Trot’ has indicated their attendance at this historic meeting in Dundalk and consideration of a closer relationship with harness racing in Ireland. We look forward to an exciting race day on Sunday 27th September and the start of an enduring partnership with Dundalk Stadium.”

Jim Martin, Chief Executive of Dundalk Stadium states: “We have always shown our desire to host harness racing at Dundalk and we welcome the return of harness racing to our venue alongside thoroughbred and greyhound racing. We have excellent facilities both on and off course and we look forward to sharing these with The Irish Harness Racing Association and their sporting enthusiasts.”

This landmark meeting will commence at 2pm on Sunday, 27th September 2015 at Dundalk Stadium, Racecourse Road, Dundalk, Co Louth.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact irishhra@gmail.com and you can follow IHRA on twitter @IHRARacing for further updates.

ITHRF / IHRC - Manch Harness Races Cancelled

Posted on 12th September 2015

Tomorrows scheduled racing in Manch is cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

The races are rescheduled for next Sunday, 20th of September.

Entries are now open and will close on Sunday 13th of September @ 9pm.

Manch Harness Races Entries, Sunday 13th of September 2015

Posted on 10th September 2015


Manch Harness Races at Ballineen @ 2:30PM, Sunday 13th of September 2015.

Race Card is now available to view online.

Racing starts at 2:30pm sharp.

Please note the following:

The French Trot race will be run over a distance of two and a half laps.

No Saddle Race on Sunday due to lack of entries - A saddle race will be held at the next race meeting subject to Entries received (No Entries will be taken on race day).

Entries for next Sundays races close on Sunday 13th September at 9pm Sharp.

Race Meeting: Manch Raceway Ballineen, Sunday 13th September 2015

Posted on 8th September 2015


Next Harness Race Fixture:

Harness Racing at Manch Raceway, Ballineen on Sunday, 13th of September at 2:30pm.

ITHRF / IHRC - Racing Fixtures update

Posted on 4th September 2015


The ITHRF will stage racing at Manch Raceway (Subject to entries) on Sunday, 13th of September and Sunday 20th of September.

These race meetings will lead in to the racing in Dundalk Stadium on Sunday, 27th of September.

Further details about the upcoming Harness Racing meeting to be held at Dundalk Stadium is available on the Irish Harness Racing website.

Lisangle Caheragh Harness Races Entries, Saturday 5th of September 2015

Posted on 3rd September 2015


Lisangle Harness Races at Caheragh @ 3:30PM, Saturday 5th of September 2015.

Race Card is now available to view online.

Race Meeting: Lisangle Caheragh, Saturday 5th September 2015

Posted on 31st August 2015


Next Harness Race Fixture:

Harness Racing at Lisangle Caheragh on Saturday, 5th of September at 3:30pm.

Please note the start time of 3:30pm

Tregaron Harness Races, Friday 28th & Saturday 29th August 2015

Posted on 27th July 2015


Best of Luck to all the Irish heading to Tregaron this weekend for the two day harness racing meeting.

S4C will be televising the races at Tregaron, English commentary available via the red button or audio select option.

S4C Rasus Tregaron TV Coverage:

  1. Friday 28th of August from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  2. Saturday 29th of August from 2.15pm to 4.15pm and from 5.15pm to 6.45pm

On both days, there will be a break between the two afternoon programmes on S4C, but coverage of the races will continue on the S4C website.

More information available on the S4C website.

ITHRF / IHRC - Newsfeed

Posted on 24th August 2015


Horseowners please note that there will be no Races this weekend due to insufficient entries.

Next Race Meeting is scheduled for Saturday Evening, 5th September 2015.

Venue to be confirmed.

Entries close this Sunday, 30th of August at 9pm.

Dunmanway Harness Racing Report, Sunday 23rd August 2015

Posted on 24th August 2015

Saunders Paris With Micheal Goggin in action in the Grade F & G Pace.

Micheal Goggin Snr drove a double at Dunmanway on Sunday at a meeting that was transferred from Lisangle due to weather conditions.

Saunders Paris took the opener. Splash The Cash led early with Rock On Jo Jo. With three furlongs to pace Goggin had crept into the contest and hit the front and went on to win by six lengths from Ringo lady who came from off the pace to finish second. The winner a son of Play With A Full Deck heads to Tregaron in Wales next week.

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ITHRF / IHRC - Dunmanway Harness Racing Results, Sunday 23rd August

Posted on 24th August 2015


Dunmanway Harness Racing Results for Sunday 23rd August are now available to view online.

Dunmanway Harness Racing Entries - Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Posted on 20th August 2015


Please note the change of Race venue from Lisangle Caheragh to Dromaleena Lawn Dunmanway by kind permission of the Ballabhuidhe Race Committee.

Dunmanway Harness Races at Dromaleena Lawn, Sunday 23rd of August 2015.

Race Card is now available to view online.

Entries are now available to view online.

Reserve Next Race Meeting: Saturday 5th September: Entries Close 30th August.

ITHRF / IHRC - Newsfeed

Posted on 18th August 2015

Horseowners please note that Racing will continue into September as long as we have 36 plus entries for races.

Proposed Remaining Race Fixtures:

  1. Lisangle Caheragh - Sunday, 23rd August 2015
  2. Dunmanway / Manch (Venue TBC) - Saturday Evening, 5th September 2015
  3. Manch - Sunday, 13th September 2015

Red John Memorial Raceday Manch, Sunday 16th August 2015

Posted on 17th August 2015

Rounding the opening corner at The "Cornfield Oval" Manch on Red John Memorial day.

The crowds flocks to “The Cornfield” Oval in Manch on Sunday for the “Red” John O' Donovan Memorial Raceday and those present were treated to one of the greatest days racing in the history of the sport at the famous half mile grass venue.
Despite early morning rain the sun broke through just after lunch. Four heats were ran with two qualifying from each heat for The Red John Flying Mile Handicap.

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ITHRF members presenting a cheque to West Cork Autism.

Posted on 17th August 2015

Members of the ITHRF presenting a cheque to Marion O' Brien (Partner of the late Red John O' Donovan) for West Cork Autism.

ITHRF Message Of Sympathy

Posted on 14th August 2015

The members of the ITHRF wish to extend their sympathy to the Quill family (Ballingeary & Kenmare) on the passing of their mother Nora.
May she Rest In Peace

Removal on (Friday) August 14th at 8pm to St. Finbarr and St. Ronan's Church, Ballingeary. Funeral after 10am Mass on Saturday August 15th to Gougane Barra Cemetery.

RED JOHN O' DONOVAN MEMORIAL RACEDAY, Sunday 16th August 2015

Posted on 13th August 2015

Around 4.30pm on Sunday Janurary 25th 2015 the Grade A trot at the big annual Road Racing Memorial day in Skibbereen West Cork had just been won by Dream Maker. The presentation area was packed with owners and connections of the winner and the visiting harness racing fans from Dublin, Scotland, Wales and the UK who make an annual trip to “Skibb” for the weekend.
Laughter and smiles were suddenly replaced by sadness and a numbed silence when word filtered through that 27 year old John O' Donovan “Red John” had died tragically on his way home from a night out with the very people amassed on the roadside. Grown men shed tears. John was a harness man at heart living the life and dreaming of winning in his favourite sport.

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