MELODY of Griffin United called the tune yesterday at Blarney when the Sean O’Sullivan trained romped to an impressive win in the Singleton’s Supervalu Puppy All-Ireland draghunt.
The hounds were slipped at Dawstown before driving the hunt to Courtbrack as they veered towards Pipe House Cross.
It was then on to Grenagh where injected increased pace to the racecourse before heading back to the finish at Dawstown.
To be fair the heart of all hounds should be commended as this was the warmest day of the season for all these young dogs and credit to them all they mastered the terrain and conditions in style.
Reports from the various road crossings suggested the hounds were travelling at a decent pace with various dogs leading at the six vantage points.
When the hounds showed on the horizon of the finish it was evident there were at least a dozen that in with a chance of landing the big prize.
As the hounds dropped in it was evident the winner was beginning to ramp up the pace and on the ascendancy to the tape she finished like a scolded cat to her young trainer Sean O’Sullivan.
Indeed it was a great day for Griffin United as the Pat O’Leary trained River Lane Lass ran a cracking draghunt to fill the runner up slot.
The O’Leary kennel consistently has pups competing on an annual basis and just for good measure his other charge Curly Sue slotting into the fifth berth.
The IHT trainer Gerry Murphy had a very good season with his young charge Guinness but on this occasion, he had to content with third ticket.
Pre- race favourite Samantha’a Rose gave her all on the day but had to settle for fourth with John O’Callaghan’s Ability of Northern Hunt concluding the placed hounds in sixth.
After the draghunt the winning trainer Sean O’Sullivan was elated with his first Puppy All-Ireland success.
“We knew coming out here she would stay the distance but we were like other trainers as we just didn’t know how the heat would affect her but thankfully she done the business in style,” said Sean O’Sullivan.
The annual Non-Winners draghunt had a bigger slip than usual due to the restricted season and for the Sheila Cummins trained Penny Lane it proved to be a wonderful day.
The IHT hound who has been sidelined the majority of the season but on a rare appearance she took the honours in style that will put her into the category as a lively outsider for next weeks Senior All Ireland draghunt at Blackpool.
In the open Senior hound winners Finale draghunt Clogheen hounds dominated the finish and despite the Ryan Duffy and William Freyne charge Jazzy Whizz leading it down and on to the finish he had to be content with third ticket as the honours went to Damien Wade’s Slievemish Spring ahead of clubmate Jamie’s Lady.
The Cork City and County Harriers association would like to thank the farming community for ensuring the success of this meeting with their continued generosity in allowing the use of their land.
Pietra Dowling, Douglas, Cork, and her granddaughters Stacey and Dinamay Dowling were at the Cork City & County Harriers Association All-Ireland Puppy Draghunt near Blarney.Picture Denis Minihane.
1. Melody (Griffin United); 2. River Lane Lass (Griffin United); 3. Guinness (IHT); 4. Samantha’s Rose (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers); 5. Curly Sue (Griffin United); 6. Ability (Northern Hunt).
1. Penny Lane (IHT); 2. Son of Mossy (Mayfield); 3. Jazzy Whizz (Clogheen); 4. Border Lad (Shanakiel Harriers); 5. Tyler’s Lad (Griffin United); 6. Tiger (IHT).
1. Slievemish Spring (Clogheen); 2. Jamie’s Lady (Clogheen); 3. Jazzy Whizz (Clogheen); 4. Little Miss (Griffin United); 5. Samantha’s Lass (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers); 6. Kilanetig Lad (IHT).