Dunmanway Harness Racing Report, 31st May 2015

Hail Spartacus took the top grade pace at Dunmanway on Sunday. Following torrential rain in the morning the fixture was in doubt but at lunch time the sun came out and racing commenced slightly later than the 2.30 start time. Hail Spartacus with Patrick Hill in the bike led from the start and never looked in any danger eventually having four lengths to spare from Oakwood Diamond who ran well on his seasonal debut.

Racing opened with a popular win for Hell Boy. A bridesmaid on several starts last season he made no mistake on the soft conditions leading home Sunnyside Jet One and newcomer Bribe The Judge.

Driver Timmy O' Leary drove two winners on the day. Scorpion opened O' Learys account in the Grade E & F Pace. After his seasonal debut in Inchadoney where he finished out of the frame this imposing chestnut had his rivals well in tone eventually winning by two lengths.

Tims Surprise who O' leary owns completed his brace of winners beating the more fancied Myross Son in the Grade E & D Pace.

The best finish of the day came in the second division of the Grade E & D. IB Maximus from pole position was a warm order in the betting and justified the odds but only just holding off Meadowland Tom by a short head.

The Le Trot series which have proven to be a huge success both in Cork and Portmarnock attracted seven imported trotters and Volcan Erem followed up on his early season win in Dublin proving three lengths too good for Socrate Du Noyer.

The low grade saddle race saw two young jockeys Luke Kelleher and Shelley Brickley showing skills way beyond their age and in a cracking finish Kelleher on Mesdowbranch Kiki having a half a length to spare over Brickley on Ringo Kid (No Doubt future battles between this early teenagers are in Store).

Clonakilty Show is the next venue for racing on Sunday, June 6th with a 5 PM start.

By Tim Kelleher.

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