Dunmanway Harness Racing Report, Sunday 21st June 2015

The heats and final of the George Deane Memorial Handicap were the feature at Dunmanway on Sunday. In the opening heat (two to qualify from all heats) Cruise Howard took the opening heat in convincing fashion. Driver Timmy O' Leary sent this son of Village Marquis to the front after two furlongs and ran his rivals ragged eventually coming home an eight length winner from Hillside Dartanian.

Cruise Howard on his way to winning The George Deane Memorial Handicap Final at Dunmanway.

The second heat saw the talented but erratic Rokocoko hold off in a driving finish from Saunders Paris and Myross Son. Donal Murphy a multiple champion driver on the Cork circuit was seen at his best aboard Comply Or Die in heat three. Murphy took advantage of pole position and dictated the pace right from the start and won by four lengths on this son of Hasty hall for ITHRF secretary Angela Hurley and husband Martin.

Pan Cam Drift was all the rage in the concluding heat and broke badly at the start and despite coming from well off the pace found Saunders Picasso and IB Maximus too good in a blanket finish. “Picasso“ was having his third win on the bounce.

In The final Cruise Howard was all the rage in the market and took a false step just before the start but got back on stride and engaged the same tactics as the heat and was never in danger winning by five lengths from IB Maximus. The winner is owned by Caroline O' Brien and trained at the track by Jeremiah O' Mahony and proved a poular local winner.

Gordon Deane presents the George Deane Memorial Trophy and rug to Caroline O' Brien owner of Cruise Howard. Also included Tim O' Leary (Driver) Jeremiah O' Mahony (Trainer) family and friends.

Mr Security followed up on last weeks win taking the top grade handicap. Hail Spartacus set a blistering pace and this seemed to play it into the hands of the winner who took it up with three furlongs remaining and won with a little in hand.

Twelve year old Sean Twomey rode his first winner under rules in the saddle race. Only four went to post but it was a rip roaring contest where Twomey on Talented Man just held off Meadowbranch Rappos in a driving finish.

Sean Twomey on his way to winning the Saddle race on Talented Man at Dunmanway.

Well known US owners Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco who are touring the region were guests on the day and were on hand to present the prizes for Prix De Ballabuidhe Le Trot race. Tarno Josslyn led from the start and held off Volcan Erem and Une Star Piya in another blanket finish. The visitors also took time to give an interview regarding Captain Trecharous, Artspeak and Maven and gave the locals an insight into racing in the USA. Both expressed their intention to make a return visit.

Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco making a presentation to the Quill Family owners of Tarno Josslyn winner of the Prix De Ballabuidhe Le Trot at Dunmanway.

Springhill Joseph was the punters choice in the Grade G & F and was pushed all the way by newcomer Heather Breeze who impressed on his debut.

A minutes silence was observed on the day for deceased members and families and for the six students who died in The Berkeley Balcony collapse in California USA.

Next Sunday racing takes place in Drimoleague.

By Tim Kelleher.

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