Dunmanway Harness Racing Report, Sunday 23rd August 2015

Micheal Goggin Snr drove a double at Dunmanway on Sunday at a meeting that was transferred from Lisangle due to weather conditions.

Saunders Paris took the opener. Splash The Cash led early with Rock On Jo Jo. With three furlongs to pace Goggin had crept into the contest and hit the front and went on to win by six lengths from Ringo lady who came from off the pace to finish second. The winner a son of Play With A Full Deck heads to Tregaron in Wales next week.

Saunders Paris With Micheal Goggin in action in the Grade F & G Pace.

Rocky Atout in the trotters gave Goggin his second win of the afternoon. Une Star Piya went off stride at the start and this gave Rocky Atout a good start over his four rivals. The advantage remained but Silviano Bello tried to close down on his rival but Rocky Atout was not to be caught on his first local success. Goggin trains from his base in Goleen.

There was a shock result in the top grade handicap. Rhyds Destiny was the punters choice despite a twenty yard trail from the gate. Patrick Hill set out his stall early and set a blistering pace on the testing ground. With three furlongs to pace he still had a six length advantage and extended that to eight lengths at the finish. The winner is owned by his father Pete from Leap.

Cruise Howard continued on his winning run and looks certain to take the Horse Of The Year award. Rhyds Heartbeat led for most of the journey but Timmy O' Leary on the winner made his move (with Ease) to the front on the final circuit and won with a little left in the locker.

Cuise Howard with driver Timmy O' Leary on his way to another win in the grade B & C Pace in Dunmanway.

Lyons Stallone returned to winning ways after some disappointing recent displays on grass. Chris O' Reilly was oozing with confidence on the winner from pole position and had this one put to bed well before the end eventually easing down to win by five lengths.

Rhyds Cobbler was another to collect an overdue victory for Mike Healy. Champion driver Donal Murphy came in for the spare drive on this son of Hasty Hall fending off the late challenge of Springhill Joseph.

Connections Of Keystone Wingman winner of the Grade E Pace at Dunmanway.

The consistent Keystone Wingman gave Seamus Quill another winning drive in the Grade E. Quill blew out from the three hole to make every yard of the running in a four length win from Meadowland Tom.

Racing concluded with a saddle race and first season jockey Sean Twomey collected his second win of his career hitting the front with two furlongs to pace on Myross Son to beat Meadowland Tom who was given a good spin by another first season pilot Cian O' Reilly in the plate.

Myross Son and jockey Sean Twomey with family and friends after winning the Saddle Race in Dunmanway.

With the big three day Tregaron Festival pencilled in for next weekend there is no local action until Saturday, September 5th in Lisangle Caheragh.

By Tim Kelleher.

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