Templetuohy Coursing Club ran a highly successful coursing meeting on Sunday and Monday, January 2-3 last.
There was a great crowd in attendance on both days and they witnessed some fantastic coursing over the course of the meeting. The weather stayed reasonably good also and the threatened frost didn't materialize. As ever though the hard-working committee was vigilant and had the running grounds covered on Saturday evening just in case.
The Lotto Jackpot currently stands at a healthy E7,000 and anyone interested in joining our draw in any shape or form can contact any committee member or Lotto committee members John Egan junior on 087 807 1922 and Diarmaid Everard on 087 985 7602. The weekly Lotto draw is now the main fundraiser for this highly progressive club and is the only way the club can continue to pay off its significant debt on their new coursing field.
The results of the coursing meeting saw the featured event the Premier Cup for 32 All-Aged greyhounds go to the Roche family of Clonmel. This prestigious €4,000 to the winner event was won by their dog Marshals Safari who is by Be Over Quick out of Marshals Chelsea. This dog was declared winner when his final opponent, last season's Derby runner-up, Mafi Magic (Bexhill Eoin ex Chubbys Og), was withdrawn injured. Marshals Safari had been plagued by injury himself all season and so definitely wasn't winning out of turn for his sporting connections. Mafi Magic had also looked truly outstanding throughout this stake and with subsequent reports saying he has since been retired from coursing it was indeed a privilege to see one of the most genuine and truly pacey hounds of the recent past grace the Templetuohy stage. The winning dog was nominated by longtime Tuohy supporters, Roscrea men Martin and Purdy Loughnane.
The Derby Trial Stake went to the Kielys of Effin, Co. Limerick when their homebred Shaneboy Apollo, a white and brindle April born son of Shaneboy Daz and Shaneboy Dianna emerged victorious by the tightest of margins over Crohane Highland in a thrilling final. The winner was owned by young Eoghan Kiely and trained by his dad Michael and grandfather Des. The unlucky runner-up a March son of Matt Hyland ex Garvan Groovy is owned by great Templetuohy supporter Tom Simpson of Crohane, Killenaule and trained by Tim O'Donovan of Kilfeacle. Local girl Jennifer Russell was the Junior Nominator of Shaneboy and will be following his progress at next months National Meeting with great interest.
The Oaks qualifier was the Cahir owned Party Flamingo, a March puppy bred by James Morrissey by Matt Hyland out of his maiden brood bitch Party Victory. This lady owned and trained jointly by James and Maria O'Sullivan was a convincing winner and is actually the third of her litter to qualify for the National Meeting. Her final opponent was the Cathal Meaney of Kilrush Co. Clare owned brindle Job Done (Windfarm ex Larkspur Flash) who had come in as third reserve on the first day. Junior Nominator her,e who will be hoping Party Flamingo can do the business in Clonmel, is Fiona Kiely.
There was a very impressive winner of the Red Mills sponsored All-Age Bitch Stake in the shape of Kingsmill Pearl, who collected the fine €1,500 winner's prize. This lady, who is a daughter of Multibet and Five to Three, has now secured enough points to qualify for the Champion Bitch Stake in Clonmel and should give a good account of herself there. She is owned and trained in Barntown, Co. Wexford by Aidan and John Roche. In the final she was five lengths too good for the Anne Morrissey of Cashel and Joe O'Riordan of Pallasgreen owned and trained Toome Ban. The runner-up, by Boavista out of Across to Macks, lost nothing in defeat however running as she was her seventh course of the weekend. She had previously reached the semi-finals in Borrisoleigh on New Year's Day.
The local Derby that is the Working Members Stake was as hotly contested as ever. Two well-known Templetuohy coursing families the Kellys and the Everards ended up in the final which was a tight enough buckle between Benefit Of Porter and Samona. Eddie Kelly, who owns and trains his dog Benefit of Porter by Graigues Shadow out of Imagine This, proved two lengths too good for Ruth Everard's Samona, a brindle and white bitch by Eoin Rua out of Sound of Music. Ruth's Dad Brendan trained the runner-up. This win represents a six in a row success in this stake for the Kelly family, a serious achievement that has made the Everard Cup nearly a permanent fixture in the Kelly household at this stage.
The Longorchard Stake and Spiral Cup for 16 duffers was also hotly contested with victory ultimately resting with the Liam McCormack of Thurles trained Clondoty Max, a black dog by Tyrur Ted out of Clondoty Shelly. This dog is owned by Helen and Ned Kennefick of Tipperary Town and was handled on the day by Johnny Collins. The runner up in this stake was also supplied by the Ruth and Brendan Everard partnership with their Tonto Pride by Top Honcho out of Liskee Lady.
While a few hares went astray on the first day resulting in one or two unsatisfactory courses they were in truth absolute stags on both days. On the second day the hares were dead straight and it resulted in some superb coursing with not a hare as much as touched by dogs over the two days. The committee can be very proud of their efforts with the hares and are also to be complimented for their promptness in covering the field on Sunday evening. There was a serious team on hand and the covers were down in rapid time. As it turned out they weren't required as the expected frost didn't materialize, but the effort had been made and surely was appreciated by owners and trainers alike.
This was a fantastic meeting with a great crowd and atmosphere on both days and a fitting last meeting in the Russell family's field. Great thanks are due to Ned Russell and family for putting their lands at the club's disposal for the past 14 years. It is with great pride now that the club looks to the future with confidence as they anticipate being in their new and permanent home for next season.