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Thousands of race fans to flock to Listowel

Thousands of people from Clare will be making the annual trek across the river Shannon next week to attend Listowel’s seven-day Harvest Racing Festival, which kicks off on Sunday afternoon. A firm favourite with race goers from all over Ireland and beyond, this year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever with an increase in attendances forecasted during race week at the popular North Kerry town. Action on track over the seven days that runs from this Sunday until Saturday, September 18, is headed by the Wednesday’s Guinness Kerry National. Weights for this three-mile event were published last week with the 40 contenders headed on 11st 10lb by Michael Hourigan’s top-flight performer Mossbank. Hourigan, who also has JP McManus’ Dancing Tornado (10st 12lb) in the field, has said he will let both Mossbank (who is returning for an 876-day break) and Dancing Tornado take their chance in this €150,000 contest. Last year’s winner, Northern Alliance is set to defend his …

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Intriguing derby final in store

The draw has not been took kind to the Tyrur dogs for the final of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby in Shelbourne Park or Saturday night.The fancied Tyrur Big Mike has been drawn in trap four and his kennel companion, Tyrur McGuigan, will run in his immediate inside in trap three. As the sole wide seed, Barefoot Bullet, will run from six and the only inside seed, Tullymurry Act will wear the red jacket. Krug Ninety Two will challenge from trap two and Thurlesbeg Joker from five. The unbeaten Tyrur Mike starts as favourite but the draw makes it a more intriguing contest and a fantastic race is being looked forward to.Now in his first season as a trainer, young Conor Fahy had a marvellous visit to Shelbourne Park last Saturday night when his Tyrur dogs won both semi-finals heats of the derby.The performance given by Tyrur Big Mike was the talk of the stadium after he continued his unbeaten run. …

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Second-half control gives Corofin victory

U-14 Division 3 Football Championship Corofin 4-12Clooney-Quinn 0-4Corofin defeated Clooney-Quin in the U-14 Division 3 football championship final in Cusack Park on Monday. The large scoring difference suggests a one-sided final but this would not be a true picture as Clooney-Quin were very much in the game at half-time, trailing by just a goal.

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