Deirdre Goggin & Rhyds Ponder make it four straight at Dunmaway - 14th February 2016.

Rhyds Ponder once again cemented his ever growing reputation as one of the leading players of the 2016 road trotting season with another facile victory in his first outing in the Grade B following three unbeaten starts in Grade C before a large attendance who enjoyed a beautiful Spring afternoon on the Kilbarry road venue.

Rhyds Ponder and Deirdre Goggin on their way to another win in the Grade B.
(All photos courtesy of David Shine Photos)

With usual pilot Deirdre Goggin in the plate this son of Hasty Hall put his rivals to the sword in a fashion that may just put him in line for a tilt at the coveted All Ireland Road Title which will be held in Old Chapel Bandon in March.

Goggin emulated her feat of three winners in Skibbereen with another treble today.

Connections of Rhyds Ponder winner of the Grade B.

Hillside Mustang collected his third win from as many starts in the opening Novice Pace. Big Jim and The Hatchet Lady both shared the lead but "Mustang" a son of Harmony P was only biding his time sweeping to the front with two furlongs to pace and his one length winning margin flattered his four rivals.

Connections of Hillside Mustang winner of the Novice Pace.

Hillside Dartanian who was unlucky in Skibbereen gave Goggin her third winner in the Grade E but she had to be at her brilliant best to hold off Wellfield Damian who was given an inspired late drive by Marie "Funsize" Moloney and IB Rapido were involved in a three way photo with the winner all out to hold on by a neck.

A blanket finish to the Grade E: IB Rapido (Left) Wellfield Damian (Centre) and Hillside Dartagnan (Right).

Imported French trotter Tactician Du Lys was too good for his six pacing rivals in the Grade D. Talavary Songster led for much of the twelve furlong contest but "Cool Hands" Timmy O' Leary produced the winner with a furlong to pace to win by four lengths.

Tactician Du Lys winning the Grade D with jockey Timmy 'Cool Hands' O' Leary.

The Best finish of the day came in the Grade C "Election Challenge Pace". The five runners were nominated by candidates in the Cork South West Electoral area and it was Rhyds Artist who just held off Lakeview Walter by a short head.

Marie 'Funsize' Moloney on Rhyds Artist winner of the Grade C 'Election Challenge Pace'.

There was high drama in the concluding three runner Grade A. Arch rivals Dream Maker and Conway Tiger went to war once again and another classic looked set to unfold. At the final turn Conway Tiger when in front slipped on the sand and with Dream Maker and Lakeside Dragon in close attention all three horses unseated there riders. The quick intervention of officals ensured all jockeys and horses came out of the incident safe and the race was declared void.

Turning the bale in the Grade B.

Lining up for the start of the Novice Pace at Dunmanway.

Looking out the course on the Killbarry Road.

Durrus which was cancelled on New Years Day is re scheduled for Sunday 24th of Feburary 2016.

By Tim Kelleher.

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