A few little bits of kennel news to report on from the last week or so, a few nice winners, our English Derby plans finalised as well as news of a professional winner’s retirement.
Starting at Shelbourne at the weekend where we hit one winner as Nitro Notorious landed victory in an open contest. Both Prawn Star and Clona Dream progressed from their heats of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks, unfortunately they have been drawn in the same heat on Saturday. At Cork, Newinn Lester was a good winner in the opening round heats of the The Drive On Tipp Open 525. He was one of two dogs on the evening to break the magical 28 seconds barrier, stopping the clock in a superb 27.98. He’ll be joined by Clona Blaze and Colarhouse Boss in the second round after they both qualified from their respective heats.
Clonmel on Sunday saw the Larry O’Rourke National Produce Stakes get underway, we recorded a a nice double here as Riverside Larry and Tree Top Danny both won their heats in fine fashion. We secured seven qualifiers in total with the next round to be run this Sunday. Full card and form can be found here.
It didn’t end there on the racing front as we hopped on the ferry and headed to Nottingham for more Star Sports, ARC & LPS Derby Trial Stakes on Monday evening. No winners to report but more valuable track experience for all travellers. The Derby entries closed on Monday and we can confirm that our team of entries are Ballydoyle Valor, Blue East, Clonbrien Prince, Clonbrien Swift, Lenson Blinder, Macaroon Cruz, Nice Charmer, Romeo Rumble, Slippy Cian, Totos Park and Wolfe. The draw is due to be made Friday at 1pm and will be stream live on the various social media outlets. We’ll share this link as soon as it is available.
The final bit of news to report is the retirement of the ultra consistent, professional winner, Drive On Tipp. Owned by Larry O’ Rourke, Tipp has contested in nearly every major competition over the course of his career. A wonderful dog to train he raced 77 times, a brilliant winner 20 times and being place another 18 times, given the level of competition he ran against this is a superb record. He was a finalist of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial and the Comerford Cakes Open 525 as well as being victorious in the Greyhound and Petworld Stakes at Cork. He also set the track record for Towcester during his English Derby campaign in 2017. He has very quickly settled to life on the sofa with Mark Halley in Cashel. Mark used to work for us and will be bringing Tipp back here whenever he goes on holiday.