CLARE owners celebrated near end-of-season wins at the hugely successful Tipperary and District coursing meeting in Galbally last Sunday.
Michael O’Donovan from Killalloe won the Glengar Stake with Shamakiya while Leo McNulty from Drumline, Newmarket-on-Fergus won the Knockane Stake for eight dogs with Mayor Impact.
Shamakiya (Handsome Billa-Waiting For Joy) won the Glengar Stake for 16 bitches when beating the Thurles-owned Red Ink (Bexhill Eoin-La Torre) by three lengths in the final. Earlier in the season, Shamakiya, trained by Pat Conway, reached the semi-final of the Oaks Trial Stake at the regional meeting and reached the second round in Clonmel-Kilsheelan and Doon.
The O’Donovan family was also represented in the final of the Quinlan’s Bar Select Champion Bitch Stakes (32) but their Highland Glow (Cillowen Harbour-Clodiagh Sun) was beaten four lengths in the final by the impressive winner, April Promise (Droopy’s Caesar-Emer’s Pride) which is owned in Castleisland. Highland Glow is owned by Jim O’Donovan, Killalloe and his nephew, Jack. She is also trained by Jim O’Donovan. She was beaten in the final of the Oaks Trial Stake at Charleville and at the semi-final stage in Nenagh.
Leo McNulty also came away with some silverware after his white and black dog Mayor Impact (Eoin Rua-Quarrymount Erin) won the Knockane Stakes for eight dogs. In the final, he beat the Killenaule-owned Haveabarney (Ahane ad-Kylremore Queen) by half a length.