Goggin & Brickley share trebles at Ballygurteen Road Trotting Races - 17th January 2016.

Deirdre Goggin and David Brickley shared the riding honors each riding three winners at a very wet Ballygurteen Road Trotting races on Sunday. The ongoing battle for supremacy in the top Grade Pace continues with heavyweights Dream Maker and Conway Tiger serving up yet another titanic battle in the finale to send those who braved the elements home happy.

Deirdre Goggin turns the bale in front of Rhyds Ponder in the Grade C Race at Ballygurteen.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

Conway Tiger with Goggin in the plate set her usual fast pace but was never more than a length away from their arch rival Dream Maker.The order remained the same at each of the three turns. Facing into the final two furlongs it looked as if Conway Tiger had done enough but like in the previous meeting in Drimoleague Dream Maker rallied late to get up in the shadow of the post to win by a length. Both will resume their war of attrition at the Big memorial Day in Skibbereen in two weeks time.

Goggin had earlier ridden a treble.

Action from the Grade C Race.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

Newcomer Hillside Mustang upset the odds in the opening Novice pace. This son of Harmony P bred by Hillside Farms in Leap edged out Lakeview Romeo in a driving finish with race favourite Big Jim only third.

Owner of Hillside Farms, Pete Hill saw another one of his homebreds Hillside Dartagnan score in the Grade E. This was a popular success for owner Curry O' Sullivan who purchased the six year old at the end of last season and gave Goggin the third leg of her treble.

Sheltering from the elements at Ballygurteen.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

Rhyds Ponder was the most impressive winner of the day and was the easiest of Goggins three wins. Sent to the front early favourite backers were counting their winnings long before the end of the mile and a half contest.

Maithi Buachaill followed up on his Drimoleague win with another top drawer performance in the Grade B. David Brickley sent the winner to the front at the opening turn and never looked in danger of defeat and had four lengths to spare over Rhyds Trixter who had a torrid time at the second turn and if he were to improve on his turns could trouble the winner.

Punters studying the form during racing.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

Meadowbranch Kiki gave Brickley his third winner in the ultra-competitive Grade D where race favorite Tactician Du Lys only got into the race late on and was never catching the winner.

Well prepared for the elements Willie "Pato" O' Brien from Sams Cross hoists up his umbrella.
(All photos courtesy of Denis Boyle Photography)

The next road trotting race meeting will be in Skibbereen for the Big memorial race Day on Sunday, January 31st with a 2PM start time.

By Tim Kelleher.

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