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…After two wonderful but cold days at Powerstown Park, Clonmel

By Fiona Morrissey

As expectations and tension rose at Clonmel, Day 3 was postponed to Sunday, February 8 due to unsafe weather conditions for the welfare of the hares and the greyhounds.

This caused huge disappointment among the thousands who had thronged into Clonmel for this annual event.  It was very upsetting for everyone in the I.C.C.  But all is not lost they hope to run it this Sunday and there is no doubt that there will be huge crowds there again this weekend.

There were two magnificent days; brilliant hares, great coursing and an electric atmosphere. It is now down to the last eight (quarter finals in all stakes).

The talking point of Clonmel 2015 so far:

Can O’Donovan win the Derby, for the first time? Michael O’Donovan from Tipperary has won everything in greyhound racing and has won the Waterloo Cup on many occasions.

The Tipp man has lost six derbies, this year O‘Donovan trains odds-on favourite Timber House and second favourite Portane All Inn. He also trains the Oaks’ favourite Manntan Maple who will meet joint favorite Windfarm Ivy first thing Sunday morning.

Joint owners of Timber House and Portane All Inn; Paddy Bowles of Portane, Pallasgreen, and Joe Blair, originally from Co Down but now of New inn, spoke to Fiona Morrissey about their dogs.

Where did the names Timber House and Portane All Inn come from?

Joe – I own a company called MBC Timber Frames and sell timber houses across Ireland and the UK.

Paddy– I’m from Portane and the dogs dam is New Inn all inn.

What are your thoughts for Sunday?

 Paddy-We knew Timber and Portane were special. Timber emptied the tank in Clonmel last weekend and we hope he will do the same again on Sunday.

Joe– they both excelled in their trial stake Timber House in Ballyduff and Portane All inn in Newcastle west. Timber House had the best time of Clonmel so far with 12.08.

Speculation on Sunday evening suggested that Timber House picked up an injury?

 Joe-That’s all rumors Timber is a 100 per cent and will be ready for Sunday. Portane got two free passes on Day 2. He was fresh for Day 3. It’s wide open again as all the dogs have a week’s rest.

As Sunday is nearly upon us. Will Timber stay on fire? Is Portane going to put it All Inn, Can Bruce quietly sweep the title or Does Blade need all the Hope. It’s any dogs Derby.

In tther Clonmel Coursing results:

The Champion Stakes favourites are Fingal Master and Vale View Flyer but as they are in the same half of the draw they are destined to meet in the semi-finals.

The T.A. Morris stake favourite is Ardmoore Rusty and the Kitty Butler favourite is Blue Abella.


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