Meeting 16 - Bishopsland, Caheragh Harness Racing Report - Saturday 11th September 2021.

Ayr Majesty made it two wins in as many starts for new owner Timmy Moloney from Ballinadee in the Top-Grade Pace at Bishopsland on Saturday WRITES Tim Kelleher.

On Top Big C made the early running and was taken on by Ayr Majesty for the opening half mile. Heading out on the final circuit the leader seemed to have held the challenge at bay. Entering the final straight Supreme Sunshine had made his move to lead on the outside but left just enough room for Ayr Majesty to squeeze through to get up on the line with Teddy Camden staying on for third.

Royal Armbro also made it two wins on the bounce in the Grade E Pace. Brywins Magician was away quickly from Get Me Out of Here and Royal Armbro sat in behind the leading pair. Heading down the back straight Royal Armbro made his move but this was covered by Get Me Out Of Here who had a marginal lead turning for home but Royal Armbro came with a wet sail to win by 1 1/2 lengths for Drimoleague based owner Chris O' Reilly.

Royal Armbro winner of the Grade E Pace with driver Chris O' Reilly.

The oldest driver on the West Cork circuit John Boyle from Mallow at 76 years on IB Felicity and the youngest driver Fionn O' Reilly 15 years old on Rhyds Panache fought out the finish of the Grade F Pace. Frankie Camden was the pace setter this time from IB Felicity and IB Paddington. Down the back straight on the final circuit IB Felicity hit the front and was followed by Rhds Panache with IB Paddington caught on the inside pocket. On the run home IB Felicity proved too strong for Rhyds Panache and eased to a 3 1/2 length winning margin.

Darkhill John J so often the bridesmaid finally broke his maiden tag in the opener. Royal Mint II set the early fractions but was "a sitting duck" for Darkhill John J who eased into contention turning for home and ran out an easy 2 1/2 length winner.
"We bred him ourselves and I changed driving tactics today and got a good lead and he ran on well at the finish" winning driver Matthew O' Reilly told the press after the race.

Darkhill John J winner of the Grade G Pace with driver Matthew O' Reilly.

Highland Princess got an early lead in the Grade G1 F & E Trot from stable companion Dinah Washington and maintained that advantage throughout the mile and a half contest and in the finish was 12 lengths clear at the finish. Sean Kane made his weekly journey from the Naul In Co Dublin to drive the winner for Dunmnaway based owner Jeremiah O' Mahony.

Highland Princess winner of the Grade G1, F & E Trot with driver Sean Kane.

In The top-Grade trot Banderillo Piya was the early leader but was hassled for the opening half mile by Vallanzana who took it up on the second lap. The early excursions of the two in front played into the hand of Brutenor who bided his time before running away from the staying on Banderillo Piya by 12 1/2 lengths.

Brutenor winner of the Grade D, C & A Trot with driver Patrick Hill.

The meeting on the well-presented Bishopsland Track brings the curtain down on the West Cork season but with horses fit and in form there will be plenty owners making the journey to Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin where racing continues each Sunday until late November.

By Tim Kelleher.

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