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Newmarket trainer wins $2m Dubai race

LOS Angeles-based Newmarket-on-Fergus race horse trainer Carl O’Callaghan trained Kinsale King to win the $2m Group 1 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai last Saturday.Ridden by Garrett Gomez and owned by Dr Patrick Sheehy from Cork, Kinsale King became the ninth American-based horse since 2000 to win the race.The race unfolded exactly as O’Callaghan predicted last week. Garrett Gomez kept Kinsale King behind the Japanese horse Laurel Guerreiro for the first quarter-mile, engaged the leader on the turn and took the lead in early stretch before holding off Rocket Man to win by a half-length. Kinsale King ran about six furlongs in 1.10.89.On December 6, 2009, Kinsale King won the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes Grade 3 at Hollywood Park, LA.“He had a lot of issues with his feet, a lot of quarter-crack problems. My blacksmith, Robert Guest from England, is a real talent. I worked him on the turf at Del Mar to save his feet and got him …

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Clare girls punch their way into history

LAST Saturday will be regarded as a day of special significance in the annals of Clare boxing. It was the day when ladies boxing superseded the hitherto male-dominated world of championship winners in the county. Junior ladies Kayleigh McCormack from Kilfenora and Antoinette Keane from the Ennis club won the 57kg and 63kg titles at the National Boxing Championships in Dublin and created a niche for themselves and their sport, setting a marker for their male colleagues in their respective clubs.Clubmates Lee Sherlock in the boy 4 category and Paddy O’Connor in the youth heavyweight (91kg) had to be content with silver in their finals, but Clare mentors Sean Carrig, Tommy Lyons and Patrick McCormack were delighted with the performances of all four boxers who had made their way to the finals after five days of intense action in the National Stadium.Reverting to the action in the awesome confines of the National Stadium in Dublin it must be said that …

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A gala night for the county’s stars

THE 2009 teams of the senior hurling and football championships were honoured at The Clare Champion’s fifth annual gala awards night at the Clare Inn Hotel last Friday.This year, for the first time, community leaders were honoured, as well as a number of high achievers in athletics, handball, swimming, hurling and football.Clare Champion managing director John Galvin congratulated the award winners and spoke of the company’s decision to “honour men and women who give of their time within their communities on a voluntary basis”. He went on to say that the awards scheme will continue in next year.Replying on behalf of the award winners, Donal Madden, a member of the hurling team of the championship, spoke of the “importance of this scheme to the thousands of club players”.He went on to compliment the sponsors on the decision to recognise the work of people within their communities by including the community awards. He also availed of the opportunity to congratulate the …

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Another lucky break for the Banner

Clare: 1-9 Carlow: 1-11   CLARE are still unbeaten and leading the way in Division 2 of the National Hurling League but those who witnessed their latest display at Dr Cullen Park in Carlow on Sunday will find it difficult to understand how they are in this position. For the second week in succession, Lady Luck smiled on Clare and they were extremely fortunate to come away from the Leinster venue with the maximum points.This was one of the poorest performances from a Clare side for quite some time and there will have to be a huge improvement if they are to get back into the premier division.With a team that showed five changes in personnel and a number of positional switches from the previous week in Antrim, Clare went into action well warned about Carlow’s wins over Down and Wexford in the previous two rounds.Three of the changes were forced on the management team, with Pat Vaughan and Darach …

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First-half performance seals win

Clare: 0-12 Longford: 0-9 VERY competent in the first half, not so convincing during the second but Clare did enough in the end to remain unbeaten and on top of Division 4. Nobody in Pearse Park could remember the last time Longford played 35 minutes of competitive football without scoring.The sparse Clare support at the Midland venue would have had equal difficulty establishing if Clare had ever kept their opponents scoreless during the first half of a league game. They did last Sunday and scored nine points themselves, leaving Clare on the cusp of their sixth successive NFL Division 4 win at the interval.Despite the reality that Longford were exceptionally poor, were it not for an excellent Joe Hayes’ save from Francis McGee 11 minutes from full-time, Glen Ryan’s team could have completed what would have been a remarkable come-back. As it was, Longford outscored Clare 0-9 to 0-3 during the second period and eventually dragged themselves to within three …

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Clonlara off to winning start

REIGNING Clare Champion Cup title-holders Clonlara got their campaign off to a winning start when they accounted for Tulla at Dr Daly park on Saturday.Given that the South East Clare side had to line out without the likes of Domhnaill and Cormac O’Donovan, Darach Honan, John Conlon, Nicky O’Connell, Donal Madden, Pat O’Hare and Diarmuid Conway, this was an impressive result.Newly-promoted Whitegate got their campaign off to a great start when they had a one-point win over county champions Cratloe. It was a merited win for the East Clare side on a day when Cratloe scored their goals late in the tie.Tommy Guilfoyle got his term as Newmarket coach off to a good start when they had an impressive win over a Crusheen side who were without their inter-county contingent of Donal Tuohy, Cian Dillon, Pat Vaughan, Alan Brigdale and Gerry O’Grady.Clarecastle, with a strong finish, earned a share of the spoils with Sixmilebridge, while Clooney-Quin put in a strong …

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Ennis U-14s take Garda Cup title at Shannon

ENNIS U-14s enjoyed victory at the weekend when they won the Garda Cup at St Senan’s on Sunday. In their first game against Kilrush, Ennis led from the start but it was a very tight game in the end, with Ennis winning by seven points. The Ennis side’s next encounter was in the semi-final against hosts St Senan’s and even though the home team notched up the first score, Ennis showed great heart to come back and run out winners by 33 points to 12.This saw Ennis qualify for the final against Bruff. Ennis started off with a great score from Brian Cahill before Bruff came back with an unconverted score. It was a very competitive game with scores difficult to come by.With only five minutes remaining, Ennis were only two points ahead and were soaking up a lot of pressure from Bruff. Ennis made a great break with Evan Courtney and Brian Cahill and went on to score under …

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Cascaders and school double victories

CLARE Cascaders completed a double on Sunday in the NUIG Kingfisher Arena Galway with a 32-19 win over Maree Basketball Club Oranmore. The Ennistymon club secured the cup earlier this month when they beat Maree in the cup final. This capped a very successful week for Clare basketball after Coláiste Mhuire Ennistymon girls did the double in Kerry by being crowned South-West regional winners in the first and second-year finals.Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon travelled to Athea last week to represent Clare in the first year and second year girls’ regional finals. They won both Munster titles on what was a very historic and successful day’s basketball for the North Clare School.On their way to the Clare finals, both teams had an unbeaten run with victories over Ennistymon Vocational School, Kilmihil Community College, Kildysart Community College, Spanish Point Secondary School and Kilrush Community College. In the Clare finals, held at Coláiste Muire in Ennis, Scoil Mhuire’s (Ennistymon) first year team beat Coláiste …

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