Inchydoney Harness Racing Report, 17th May 2015

Dublin based driver Billy Roche stole the headlines recording a treble on the opening fixture of the ITHRF summer racing season at the splendid Inchydoney Beach races on Sunday.

Roche one of the leading drivers on the Irish circuit kicked off his three winners aboard Celtic Panda a fantastically coloured Skewbald who is owned and trained by Craig Cullen also from North County Dublin .This son of Dreamwork led from the start and never looked in danger of defeat and connections have targeted the “Painted Mile” in June a coloured only race in Portmarnock for this five year old.

The “Le Trot Prix De Wild Atlantic Way “ for French trotters saw seven French imports face the starter over one and a half miles of the sand. Volcan Erem a winner in Portmarnock last week led for the opening six furlongs. Here Une Star Piya joined and led and with two furlongs to go looked a winner but Roche was only waiting in the wings and pounced late on Rital Brio to win by three lengths. The winner is owned by Joe “Slim”Gannon who commented after that this consistent son of Capprico was holding up the form of his two previous placed efforts in Portmarnock.

Lyons Monty owned by Brian “Redser” Redmond took the final top grade pace giving Roche the third of his wins and sent the large Dublin contingent home happy. The winner was sent to the front from a gate draw and held off the late challenge of race favourite Maximus Lad with Ringo Star running on to take third.

Saunders Picasso with Mike Goggin Jnr in the seat played his cards late allowing Hillside Dartanian and Scorpion scrap it out at the front before overtaking the leaders close home. Further wins are on the way for this five year old son of Play With A Full Deck.

Pan Cam Drift looks another with a bright future .Lightly campaigned by owners in her three year old season (not fully developed according to connections) picked off her rivals with consummate ease and is one to watch for one of the big handicaps later in the Summer.

IB Rapido with Seamus Quill in the bike was another to win in smart fashion taking over from early leader Tims Surprise and winning from the unlucky Lyons Stallone who didn’t get out of the traffic until late.

The ITHRF season depends on all grass venues which are all working farms in the area and a delay in the harvest of the Lisangle venue has meant a change in dates and venues so the next meetings will be as follows:

  1. Sunday, May 31st Dunmanway
  2. Sunday, June 7th Clonakilty Show
  3. Sunday, June 14th Lisangle Caheragh

By Tim Kelleher.

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