Skibbereen Road Trotting Races Report - Sunday 29th January 2017.

A double on the day for David Brickley, Saunders Paris and Maitha Buachaill maintain their unbeaten run and Hillside Mustang made it two wins on the bounce were the headlines from the annual Skibbereen Memorial Day on Sunday.

Brickley kicked off his brace of winners with a hard fought win on The Red Rebel in the opening Novice pace. This one had a length to spare over Van Helsing.

Joe Carroll presents the Pat Hurley Memorial cup to Donal O' Callaghan owner of The Red Rebel winner of the novice race.

The double was completed in the very next race the Grade C. Here Brickley set the pace on Meadow Branch Kiki who he owns jointly with John Shanahan. Coming off the final turn he had a four length advantage and despite a late rally from Springhill jazz this son of Kikicolt held on to win by a length with Beautys Harmony a further two lengths back in third.

Connections of MeadowBranch Kiki winner of the Grade C race.

Saunders Paris has been a revelation in her debut season on the tarmac and the fine run continued in the Grade D. Gadgie Pan and Young Deano disputed the running for the opening mile. Approaching the final turn Deirdre Goggin eased this daughter of Play With A Full Deck to the front and went on to win by four lengths.

Tommy Bennett Snr presents the Joe and Martin Bennettt Memorial Cup to Micheal Goggin owner of Saunders Paris. Also included are members of the Bennett Family Dublin (Sponsors), Deirdre Goggin (Jockey), Sarah Thomas Wales and friends and supporters.

Old rivals Rhyds Ponder and Maitha Buachill crossed swords once again in the Grade A. The scoreline read 3 - 0 to Buachill from their three previous meetings and he had to give a twenty yard handicap to his five rivals.

Maitha Buachaill left and Rhyds Ponder Right battle out the finish of The Grade A.

Rhyds Ponder set all the early fractions from trotter Tactician Du Lys. Maitha Buachill remained in touch. Turning for home Rhyds Ponder looked as if he might upset the favourite.

In a titanic battle to the line both horses gave their all with Maitha Buachaill just getting up on the line for a half a length victory with Tactician Du Lys four lengths back in third.

Luke Kelleher presenting the Tim 'Cooper' Kelleher Memorial to connections of Maitha Buachaill owners Ger Hegarty and James Hurley. Also included Jamie Hurley jockey, Martin & Angela Hurley and Joe Carrolll Skibbereen Race Committee and supporters.

Hillside Mustang followed up on his Ballygurteen victory with another impressive performance in the Grade E. This son of Harmony P led from the start to beat IB Tweedy who was having his first outing since being upgraded from the Novice Grade. Jason O' Reilly rode the winner for the Cuigear Racing Syndicate and steps up to grade D next time.

Mark Kane presents the Paddy & Jason Kane Memorial Cup to the Cuigear Syn members owners of Hillside Mustang winner of the Grade E.

The next meeting takes place in Dunmanway on Sunday the 12th of February.

By Tim Kelleher.

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