Meeting 1- Dunmanway Harness Racing Report - Monday 31st May 2021.

The 2021 Harness Racing season kicked off on Monday evening and driver John Boyle drove a double on the night albeit one being a dead heat.

The top grade Pace was the race of the night. On Top Big C making his debut for new owner Niall Forbes set the early fractions but was badgered early doors by Supreme Sunshine and John Boyle. It was break neck pace for two circuits with neither driver giving an inch. Heading out on the final circuit the field began to concertina and with a furlong to race it was take your pick for the winner.
Turning for home the two leaders were joined by Oakwood Maestro with Jamie Hurley in the bike and Brywins Starship and Richard Kingston with four runners across the track. As they hit the wire Supreme Sunshine and Oakwood Maestro flashed the camera and after checking the print a dead heat was the judges decision with Brywins Starship a neck back in third.

Boyle who celebrated his 78th Birthday today completed his double aboard IB Felicity in The Grade F Pace. Boyle is not one to hang about at the start and again was to the fore at the start. 17 year old Oisin Quill one of the up and coming drivers on the circuit “took On“ the leader with Hail Spartacus and again it was no quarters given or taken all the while Awesome Dude and Finbarr Quill sat behind the front runners. On the final lap IB Felicity got the upper hand and finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Hail Spartacus with Awesome Dude a length back in third.

In the winners enclosure Boyle was greeted by numerous well wishers with a smile as wide as mile. “These young fellows must think they can try and out wit me he jokingly said about Oisin Quill 61 years his younger” said Boyle.

Quill gained compensation in the High Grade Trot when steering Vallanzana to victory who is trained by his father Finbarr in Kenmare.

Limerick based Anthony O Donnell drove his first winner in the region when landing the Grade F Trot. Bella Despana made the early running but had to give way to the Devoir Math on the final circuit and O' Donnell on the winner was not for catching finishing 6 lengths clear of Banderillo Piya.

Tommys Girl took the opening maiden Pace for Charleville owner Alan O Neill. Well supported in the market she ran out a two length winner from Greentree Euphoria. Luke Kelleher took the winning drive.

Resolute Diamond had to pull out all the stops in the Grade G & G1 Pace. A warm order to land the odds he was all out to hold off Right Of Redemption by a neck.

The Four year old trot went the way of Hidden Love for Michael O' Donovan from Leap. Donal Murphy on the winner this time. The runner up Highland Princess ran well in defeat and will win soon.

Next weekend Portmarnock stage a two day premium meeting, The Irish American Festival with Florida based Bill Donovan the major sponsor of the meeting of course Bill has ties with West Cork and is also The main sponsor of The Red John Memorial weekend in Lyre. A large West Cork contingent will travel to the North county Dublin venue.

By Tim Kelleher.

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