THE Ennis-Clarecastle coursing fixture takes place next weekend and club members and supporters are keeping their fingers crossed that the inclement weather conditions of late will not be a setback to plans to maintain very high standards associated with the Manus venue.
The Ennis-Clarecastle club has been rejuvenated since moving to Manus in recent years. The magnificent stretch placed at the disposal of the club by the McInerney family has witnessed some of the best coursing ever associated with the club and hopes are high that the faithful will be in for another treat on Saturday and Sunday.
Apart from the usual all-age cups, trial stakes and members stakes, the card this year also features a trial stake for eight nominated trial stake winners the first time. It is named the Fourth of July puppy stake after past Derby winner, Fourth of July, who often galloped over the Manus fields. He was owned by Paddy Considine from Abbey Street, Ennis, an uncle of Pat McInerney snr.
There is a nice line up for the HJ Murphy Memorial all-age dog stake (16). Bookmaker Denny Gould will have Soundmanpaddy on the boards as the 3/1 pre-coursing favourite. Trained by Gerry Griffin, Abbeyfeale, he put in two rounds in Liscannor before being withdrawn injured. He will be fancied to come out of the top half which also includes last year’s winner, Ann Quinlan’s Quarrymount Man.
The ones to watch for in the bottom half will be Banna Joker who reached the semi-final in Abbeydorney and Ballywiliam, owned by Frank Kelly and Mikie McInermey, Sixmilebridge ,who put in a few rounds in Doon and reached the semi-final in Limerick City.
Camogue Sky, the recent winner in Abbeydorney, will be the 5/2 favourite to win the Coote family all-age bitch stake (16). It could well a final between her and Gerry Griffin owned and trained Sporting Fatima who won the trial stake at this venue last year and more recently reached the final of the all-age stake in Limerick City.
Bookmaker Denny Gould will have a vested interest in the outcome of the first running of the Fourth of July Puppy stake as he is among the owners of the Oranmore winner, Ibrickane Pat, who will be the pre-coursing favourite at even money.
Other prices will be 2/1 Gally’s Bridge, 3/1 Brazen Serpent, 4/1 Ashtown Rusty, Oileán Fantasy, Vacume Smasher, 5/1 Finuge Molly, 6/1 Upsetter.
The full draw made in Clarecastle on Sunday night is
Judge Bernard Gould; Slipper Denis Crowley.
Oaks Trial Stake (32)
First quarter: Ballymore Mimic V Bilbao Queen; Liuscannor Molly V Brandy All Round; Burnpake Sadie V Aristo Roo; Scholar’s Dilemma V Tullybrack Mona.
Second Quarter: Drimeen Cameo V Scattery Jane; Danagher’s Bet V Gold Charlie; Arbula Ricket v George’s Street Diva; Telecoursing V Danema Lady.
Third Quarter: Mirabella V Killeedy Reason; Cillowen Icon V Leigh Madam; Schalo V Bird’s Lady; Litofin Lady V Game Roisin.
Fourth Quarter: Upstager V Missing Hyland; Shedcandoit V Derrylough Flyer; Go for it Manic V Fishermans Jade; Cailín Oran V Lively Blonde.
Reserves: (a) Vacume Flyer; (b) Cabby Lucy; (c) Homestead Mist; (d) Ballyegan Kerry.
All-Age Dog Stake (16)
Top half: Karrakatta Ger V Freeda Fred; Quarrymount Man V Vanuata; Murty’s Dilemma V Sound Man Paddy; Captain’s Dream V Finuge Smurf.
Bottom half: Liscannor Heor V Duke of Inagh; Shadow Murty V Vintage Trio; Banna Joker V Gortglass Patrol; Ballywilliam V Rathmeehan Jimmy. Reserves: (a) Vacume Legacy; (b) Dunsallagh Milo.
All-Age Bitch Stake (16)
Top half: Bankview V Bebo Blonde; Startfromscratch V East and Sweet; Danagher’s Tale V Clonmore Katie; Camogie Sky V Squid of Inagh.
Bottom half: Tromora Ocean V Killalan Pumpkin; Black Donail V Sporting Fatima; Cillowen Pearl V Rith Rialta; Mrs Pops V Woodpark Dancer. Reserves: (a) Banner Clonde; (b) By Mistake.
Fourth of July Puppy Stake (8)
Ashtown Ruisty V Upsetter; Gally’s Bridge V Brzazen Serpent; Oileán Fantasy V Ibrickane Pat; Vacume Smasher V Finuge Molly. Reserve (a) Ballydodoon Best.
Reserve Dog Trial Stake (16)
Top half: Narra V Morning Tom; Kiribati V Him Over There; Aroo Mac V Darujue; Bird’s Blaze V Cathal’s Joy.
Bottom half: Find More Stars V Los hervideros; Drimeen Butcher V Murty’s Tip Top; Burren Monarch V Matts Jet; Foreverablaze V Ballyegan Time.
Reserves: (a) Querrin Toora; (b) Mayor Macaroo; (c) Scattery Harbour; (d) Quick Work.
Working Members Stake (16)
Top half: Rathmeehan Yailza V Tacos Back; Drimeen Crash V Barntick Luke, Go for it Polka V Haven Type; Geata Ban V Danagher’s Bua.
Bottom half: Maybe Brett V Wall Street; Corgrigg Beauty V Conduct of Honour; Danagher’s Polly V Burren Gold; Collar Bone V Cool Mock. Reserves (a) Ballaghboy Model; (b) Donail Gold.
Surplus Members’ Stake (8)
Bypass Ourway V Mahonberg Spec; Clonlaheen Rebel V Black Abbey Champ; Small Warrior V Donail Athlacra; Classical Moment V Media Blitz. Reserves: (a) Magical Rio; (b) Ballyshea Lass.
Order of running: Saturday (11.30pm) twice through Oaks trial stake and once through reserve dog trial stake, all-age dog stake, Fourth of July puppy stake. Working members and surplus stake; Sunday (11.30pm) start with all-age bitch stake and complete card.