SLIEVEMISH Spring of Clogheen Harriers was at last rewarded for consistency when he was crowned Munster Senior Draghunt champion in style at Carraig na bhFear.
The Clogheen hound trained by Damien Wade has been a model of consistency all season with his impressive front running style and on this occasion, he saw off the Ger and Jennifer Kenneally trained Conor’s Jack.
In good open country the hounds were slipped at Sixmilewater before making their way to a vantage point crossing at Republican Cross.
The race then headed towards Bottle Hill before making their way back to the finish.
The first two hounds were well clear of the third hound Samantha’s Lass trained by Dave and Damien Kidney of Southern/Carrigaline Harriers who was returning from injury.
Jamie’s Lady of Clogheen tan another fine draghunt to snatch fourth ticket with Authority and Captain James concluding the ticketing hounds.
Naturally the winning trainer Damien Wade was elated with his first win of the season.
“To be honest he is a young hound that will always give his best from start to finish and I am delighted he has at last broke his duck for the season in a major meeting,” said Damien Wade.
In the Senior Maiden draghunt Clogheen completed the double when Jazzy Whizz gave another devastating performance to land the spoils well clear of Joe and Sean Hennessy’s consistent hound Kilanetig Boy.
Trained by Ryan Duffy and William Freyne by virtue of this win Jazzy Whizz is now promoted to the Senior ranks where he could well be s formidable force.
Mossgove Lazy trained by Barry O’Sullivan of Southern Harriers ran another good draghunt in third with Viper Whizz, Mossy Junior and Tiger filling the minor places.
The Puppy draghunt got proceedings off to a good start and the attendance was treated to a masterclass finish.
In the end the honours went to the James Green trained Star Man of Kerry Pike/Fair Hill Harriers who showed the best turn of foot to cross the tape ahead of the Dave and Damien Kidney trained Samantha’s Rose from the Southern/Carrigaline Harriers.
The consistent Sheares Park Bring it On had to be content with third ticket ahead of Gerry Murphy’s IHT hound Guinness with Jamie’s Gem and River Lane Lass concluding the ticketing hounds.
Naturally the winning trainer James Green was elated after witnessing his hound win his first Puppy draghunt of the season.
The Cork association would like to thank the farming community for their cooperation in allowing the staging of these championships and also to Pat O’Mahony and Frank Allen for their work in ensuring the success of this meeting.
Munster Championship Senior: 1. Slievemish Spring (Clogheen); 2. Conor’s Jack (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers); 3. Samantha’s Lass (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers); 4. Jamie’s Lady (Clogheen); 5. Authority (Northern Hunt); 6. Captain James (Kerry Pike/Fair Hill Harriers).
Senior Maiden: 1. Jazzy Whizz (Clogheen); 2. Kilanetig Boy (IHT); 3. Mossgrove Lazy (Shanakiel Harriers); 4. Viper Whizz (Clogheen); 5. Mossy Junior (Mayfield); 6. Tiger (IHT).
Puppy: 1. Star Man (Kerry Pike/Fair Hill Harriers); 2. Samantha’s Rose (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers); 3. Sheares Park Bring it On (Kerry Pike/Fair Hill Harriers); 4. Guinness (IHT); 5. Jamie’s Gem (Clogheen); 6. River Lane Lass (Griffin United).