THE Gurranabraher Credit Union All-Ireland Senior draghunt will take place on Sunday at Whitechurch on Sunday in what should be a memorable race to complete a disrupted season.
It has been a tough year for all sports but Cork association chairman Damien Wade paid tribute to the board of the Gurranabraher Credit Union for coming on board.
“We have indebted to Michael O’Connell and his fellow board members for once again showing their generosity to our sport on the biggest day for all draghunting trainers,” said Damien Wade.
There is little doubt the story of the season at this level has been the performance of the Clogheen hounds.
Jamie’s Lady will most likely start favourite but on Sunday last she had to play second fiddle to clubmate Slievemish Spring.
The one hound that has impressed many folk in this campaign is the Ryan Duffy and William Freyne trained Jazzy Whizz.
This hound has it all as it can lead and finish and if there is any check it is has the ability to come solo.
The other Clogheen trio of hounds Overwater Roger, Not Now Nelson and Viper Whizz have all consistently throughout the campaign.
On Sunday last the reigning champion Penny Lane of the IHT who has been ravaged with injuries won the non-winners draghunt in fine style defeating the reigning All-Ireland champion Son of Mossy which could be the first time this has happened in the history of the sport.
Penny Lane is a serious hound on her best day and it would be foolish to write her off if she lines in this draghunt.
It has been a poor season for the IHT in the Senior grade but the Joe and Sean Hennessy trained Kilanetig Lad has a serious outside chance.
Authority of Northern Hunt was leading hound in the championship race for many weeks and trainers John O’Callaghan and Darren Clarke will be hoping they can produce a season best to capture the title.
Kerry Pike and Fair Hill Harriers joined forces at the start of the season and their lack of hounds competing at this level is noticeable with Star Man their leading hound for Sunday’s race.
Southern/Carrigaline Harriers will be hoping their seven- and a- half year old bitch Conor’s Jack can repeat her success of 2017 with Samantha’s Lass another leading contender.
The Kerry association came in force to compete in the Puppy All-Ireland and they are bound to have a good entry for this draghunt.
Trainers are asked to continue with the social distancing on the field and to adhere to the instructions of the executive committee.
The start and finish are near the Rockmount Soccer pitch and with a scheduled slip of 4pm all members are asked to be on the field for 4pm.