Inchydoney Strand Harness Races Report - Sunday 14th May 2017.

It was a good day for father and son combination Mike and Luke Kelleher who both drove a winner on the opening day of the 2017 West Cork Harness racing season at Inchydoney Beach on Sunday.

Luke Kelleher who drove his initial winner in Portmarnock a few weeks ago steered his first winner in West Cork in the opening Grade G & G1 Pace on Panam Colt.

Action from the Grade G & G1 Pace.

IB Coyote the 2016 VDM 2 year old fillies champion was all the rage to continue on her winning ways and was an early leader. With two furlongs to pace Panam Colt began to close and hit the front in the last eighth of a mile to win by two lengths.

Heading out towards the Atlantic Ocean at Inchydoney Beach.

Meadowbranch Demon so often the "cash cow" for the Kelleher Bros delivered again in the Top grade Pace. Cruise Howard and the winner set the pace and were joined by Wellfield Ghost at the two furlong pole. The order remained the same entering the final quarter. Turning for home Camden Corleone joined in but Meadowbranch Demon was not for catching and held on from the fast finishing Rhyds Destiny with Wellfield Ghost staying on for third.

"He's just like Forrest Gump just wants to run" said Kelleher about the winner.

Cupidon De Breteil winner of the Le Trot with driver Matt O' Reilly.

The Le Trot for French bred trotters produced the best finish of the day. Those in the know betting wise "lumped on" Tarnao Josselyn and looked to have got it right when he was produced in the final eighth of a mile to challenge newcomer Cupidon De Breteil but Matt O' Reilly sat motionless on the John Shanahan trained Bay and held on to win by a short head.

Only four went to post in the Grade D & C but it was a real competitive affair where Western Dreamer held off challenges from all and sundry and the eleven year old enjoyed his day in the sun holding off Rhyds Hearbeat.

Finbarr Quill Jnr The "pin up driver" in West Cork was seen at his best on King Wills Arrival in the grade F & E pace. Fairdays Bret set a quick pace but was reeled in by the inner with two furlongs to pace and won from the unlucky Lyons Stallone.

Next Sunday the action moves to the Cornfield Oval in Manch for the first grass meeting on the circuit.

By Tim Kelleher.

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