By Fiona Morrissey
We all had to feel our pulses as the Rose of Tralee echoed throughout Clonmel on Sunday February 9th. The script was written for Timber House to take the Derby but Feel My Pulse had other ideas.
Timber House had put on a show in Clonmel, giving the course lightening times of 12.08 on Day 2 and 12.13 on Day 3 but victory wasn’t to be.
As Clonmel 2015 came to an end, Dan Brassil trained Feel My Pulse (Kyle James x Madtogoagin) was crowned Boylesports Derby winner. When the much fancied Portane All Inn (Mafi Magic x Newinn All in) was withdrawn from the final.
Greyhound and Petworld Oaks winner Vienna Calling (Adios Alonso x Call up) trained by Michael Murphy beat Leigh Snowie (Musical Time x Leigh Smokey)
Speaking with Paddy Bowles, of Portane, Pallasgreen, the joint owner of Timber House and Portane All Inn, Fiona Morrissey got his thoughts on the weekend.
This is your first time in reaching Clonmel, how did it feel to have the favourite and second favourite for the Boyle Sports Derby?
It was a lifelong dream to reach Clonmel and with two great dogs it was the icing on the cake.
As you reflect on the Boyle Sports Derby, how do you feel now?
We had two great dogs and we still have two great dogs. Timber picked up a little injury and it was our decision to pull Portane All Inn as he wasn’t 100%.
Do you think the week break had a big impact on their performances?
There is a lot of “What if’s” floating about but that won’t change the result. Timber gave an exhibition last weekend and Portane was fresh. Michael O’Donovan had both dogs in great shape all year and both dogs were prepared for both weekends.
Once Portane All Inn reached the final the Boyle Sports Derby dream was still alive?
It was a hard decision. Joe, Michael and I discussed it and the dog wasn’t a 100%. We put the dog first and I’m happier now that both dogs will be rested and fit for the next step.
What’s the future for both dogs now?
When we talk to Michael we will decide what to do.