The participant’s in the Dunmore East RNLI Novelty Race pictured with Santa were Garda Jon Walsh, Brian Jackman, Waterford Ambulance Service, Cllr.Jim Griffin, Irish Coast Guard, Dunmore East, Cian Daniels, RNLI Dunmore East, Paddy O’Hagan, Waterford City Fire Service and Adrian O’Hara, Winchman Rescue 117 who would be chasing Ostrich Man Fran Conroy during the race. Photo: Noel Browne.
Kilcohan Park – Saturday December 10th
The final of the Somers Construction A5 event held centre stage on this nine race card. Boarding Gate was despatched as the odds on favourite but a poor start and early crowding ended any chance of him winning. The Morgan Pender owned and Philip Gough trained Hawks Bay 3/1 was prominent from the start with Ballydaniel Guci in close attendance throughout. Hugging the rails however ‘Hawks’ stayed on dourly to get the better of ‘Ballydaniel’ by a length in 29.17.
Race 1, A1 525: Honest Suckle 4/1 returned to winning form in a best of night 28.71. Gliding into a first bend lead over Genuine Vavavoom the early paced ‘Honest’ maintained a steady gallop in the lead to run out a length and a half winner over ‘Genuine’.
Race 2, A3 525: The Richard Dunne owned Maffra Darragh 5/2 showed plenty of early speed to make every yard of the running in 28.98. Cornering in front of Jumbos Shihtzu ‘Maffra’ saw the trip out well proving two lengths to good for ‘Jumbos’.
Race 3, A5 525: Time Charter looked sure to score here but on the run to the winning line he badly impeded the always prominent Corock Messi. The Mary Whittle owned Nans Angel 5/2 took full advantage of the situation coming through to beat Classic Nina by a length in 29.48.
Race 4, A4 525: The Flynn brothers Dermot (Tagalong Roisin 5/2) and James (Rathbally Chin 3/1 and Rathbally Tank 3/1) had a profitable night as they shared in a nice priced treble. Tagalong Roisin set her stall out early doors racing into an early lead over Ballydaniel Mona before deservedly scoring by three lengths in 29.30. Rathbally Chin wasn’t hanging around at the break either scampering clear before running out a facile four lengths winner over Othello in 29.19. The early paced Rathbally Tank did well to get the better early on of a fast starting Call Him Timmy and while Glenbervie Anne was flying at the finish ‘Rathbally’ dug deep to emerge victorious by a neck in 29.11.
Race 5, A3 550: After a number of solid placed outings Hatfield Bally 2/1 recorded her second race success in 30.31. Driving up the inside of Dainty Toby at the entrance to the back stretch ‘Hatfield’ was soon on her way to winning out. Staying on strongly thereafter ‘Hatfield’ hit the winning line four and a half lengths clear of ‘Dainty’.
Race 6, A5 525: See introduction.
Race 7, A5 525: See race 4.
Race 8, A2 525: See race 4.
Race 9, A1 550: The lucky last produced a 4/1 winner in the shape of Kingsmill Haven who covered the extended trip in a speedy 30.05. After an early tussle with Chancem ‘Kingsmill’ asserted along the back stretch before running out a two and a half lengths winner over Chancem.