Drimoleague Road Trotting St Stephens Day Report - Monday 26th December 2016.

Jamie Hurley took the riding honors, riding two winners at the opening of the 2017 Road Trotting season at Drimoleague on St Stephens Day. Reenascreena based Hurley took the featured Grade A Pace on Maithi Buachaill and the Novice Pace on IB Tweedy.

In The Grade A 2016 Horse of the Year RHYDS PONDER was installed as favorite and set his usual brisk pace and led for the opening ten furlongs of the two mile contest. Here he was joined by MAITHI BUACHAILL who led at the the final turn four furlongs to the finish. The two battled it out from here to the finish but MAITHI BUACHAILL stayed on to win by 6 lengths. RHYDS PONDER lost nothing in defeat and the winner is owned by Hurleys father James and Ger Hegarty.

Presentation of the Tommy Mc Carthy Memorial Cup to the connections of MAITHI BUACHAILL.

Early in the day Hurley had a facile win aboard IB TWEEDY who is owned by The One For The Road Syndicate which comprises of Hurley, James O' Driscoll, Richard Kingston and Karl Mitchell. IB TWEEDY a four year old looks a bright prospect.

The winning connections of IB TWEEDY.

Champion jockey Deirdre Goggin also got on the score sheet aboard SAUNDERS PARIS for her father Micheal. She led from the start of this mile contest and had three lengths in hand on YOUNG DEANO.

David Brickley teamed up with his retained Lakeview Stud to take the grade B. Here RHYDS ARTIST looked to have stolen a march on his rivals but Brickley on DEMOCRAT slowly reeled in his rival to win by two length. The winner is owned by Derbyshire UK owner John Mycock.

DEMOCRAT on left and RHYDS ARTIST on the right at the finish of the Grade B.

TACTICIAN DU LYS a multiple winner last Winter took an ultra competitive Grade C. With regular jockey Timmy O' Leary sidelined with flu Micheal Goggin Junior came in for the spare ride on this imposing French Bred trotter and beat LAKEVIEW WALTER and MEADOWBRACH KIKI.

The sun was shining on Drimoleague for the start of the Road Racing season.

BEAUTYS HARMONY was friendless in the betting ring in the Grade D but put his five fancied rivals to the sword winning by six lengths for joint owners Richard Joyce and Matt O' Reilly.

Action from the Grade A at Drimoleague.

The action switches to Durrus on New Years Day with racing on "The Boggy Road" starting at 1:45 PM.

By Tim Kelleher.

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