Grade A Road Trot to Conway Tiger at Ballygurteen

Conway Tiger with regular jockey Deirdre Goggin in the plate who was second on the opening day in Drimoleague went one better in a keenly contested featured Grade A Trot at the well attended Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races on Sunday the 11th of January 2015.

Meadowbranch Mc Coy who won the Grade B last day out opted up to the top grade and was sent off as the favourite .Veteran On The Run made the running for the opening mile. Heading out to the final turn. Goggin sent Conway Tiger to the front with “McCoy” close in second .Both got good turns with four furlongs to race and a battle royale between the two ensued with Conway Tiger finally getting the upper hand in the final eighth of a mile to win by two lengths.

This was the second leg of a double for Goggin who earlier gave Mountain Dew Lad an assured ride reeling in leader Glan Morgan in the final two furlongs to follow up on their opening day win.

The original committee comprised of Johnace Hegarty, Youen Jacob, John Crowley, Teddy Browne, Ralph Skinner and members who have passed away Bertie Connolly, Barty Scully and DD O Driscoll. Today members include John and Declan Crowley, Danny Connolly, Maeve McCarthy, Sinead and Tim O Reilly, David and Jenny Brickley, Donal and Tadhg Murpy, Finbarr and Pauline Brickley, Aiden O’ Driscol, Ciaran Brickley, Martin Leonard, Youen Jacob, Paddy Collins, Jerry O’Driscoll, Mike O’ Mahony, James McCarthy, Brian Holmes, Paidi Hegarty, Seamus and M J O’ Driscoll and John Hurley who will all be on duty on the day in lending a helping hand.

Racing opened with a facile victory for Dont Push Me who had too much fire power for his four rivals to make it two wins from two starts on tarmac.

The Grade B went the way of Cams Decision .Rhyds Ponder and Lakeside Dragon made the early running .At the final turn Cams Decision hit the front and ran out a five length winner from Lyons Stallone who stayed on well and seems to be improving with each start.

Lakeview Walter made the long journey down from Limerick a winning one. Jockey Mossie Ahern opened his account for the season allowing Toys 4 Boys to lead to the two furlong pole and here Ahern, oozing confidence, sent the winner to the front and winning by a four length margin.

The Grade D attracted the largest field of the day with eight runners facing the starter and on paper looked a competitive contest but Myross Son ran out an easy winner. Beautys Harmony and Red Jackpot led early and looked to have it between them but Matt O Reilly produced Myross Son with a blistering run inside the final furlong and won eased down and further wins look in store for this former smart turf performer.

Sunday 25th of January the action moves to Skibbereen for one of the biggest days on the calendar the annual Memorial Day with another six race programme.

By Tim Kelleher.

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