Ballineen Harness Racing Report, Sunday 12th July 2015

Cruise Howard collected his second big handicap of the season when winning the PJ & Kathleen Shanahan Memorial Memorial at the annual Ballineen Races which were held at Manch Raceway on Sunday. The meeting signalled the re opening of the half mile grass oval in Manch and racing had was delayed by fifteen minutes to accomodate the bumper attendance.

James Shanahan presenting the PJ & Kathleen Shanahan Memorial Cup to Caroline O' Brien, owner of Cruise Howard winner of the Handicap Final.

In the first of the four heats of the Handicap (two horses to qualify from each heat) Vyrnwy Terror was sent to the front early and put in his best performance of the season so far to win by three lengths from race favourite Cruise Howard who despite a bad start made up a lot of ground to qualify.

Heat two went to Rhyds Heartbeat who after finishing second in Drimoleague after a two year layoff. The winner was given a patient drive by Donal Murphy coming from the pack to collar Hillside Dartanian by the minimum short head.

Racing through the grain fields at Manch Raceway.

Murphy completed a quick fire double in the next heat on IB Maximus. Immortal Mojo set the running and with a furlong to go Murphy produced the winner but just held off the fast finishing Lyons Stallone by a neck.

The final qualifier produced the easiest winner Tims Surprise led to halfway but Patrick Hill went from last to first on Hail Spartacus on the back straight and won by an easy four lengths from Oakwood Diamond.

In The final Hillside Dartanian and Vyrnwy Terror traded blows in the opening quarter. Timmy O' Leary on Cruise Howard was not going to hang around and went to the front and never looked in danger, eventually having four lengths to spare from Vyrnwy Terror with Rhyds Heartbeat running on to claim third place.

Winning driver of the PJ & Kathleen Shanahan Memorial handicap, Timmy O' Leary with his family.

The top grade pace went the way of Kestrels Dot Sammy who was given a master class drive by Kieran Sheehy who waved goodbye to long time leader Best Talent with two furlongs remaining and won by five lengths.

Shelley Brickley collected her second winner of the season in the saddle race. Talented Man and Meadowbranch Rappos looked to have it between them but Brickley produced the winner in the final furlong to win by two lengths.

Saddle horses in full flight at Ballineen races, Ringo Kid right the eventual winner with jockey Shelley Brickley.

The mile and a half Prix De Deus Villages Le Trot saw Volcan Erem and Mike Kelleher claim their third win of the term. Une Star Piya went off stride at the start allowing Kelleher to dictate matters at the front and in the finish outstayed his six rivals to win by six lengths.

Heather Breeze opened his account in the maiden pace. This half brother to Talented Man and Best Talent was too good on the day for newcomer Lily Allen who wont have to wait long before making the podium.

Children getting to know the model harness racing horse "I AM A MONEY MAKER"and cart at Ballineen races at Manch Raceway.

Next week the racing action moves to Gloun where the Gloun race committee will hold their annual fixture.

By Tim Kelleher.

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