SNOW and rain greeted the brave draghunting trainers and supporters when Clogheen Harriers hosted their annual senior meet at Glenville on Sunday.
The cold wet conditions certainly stopped many trainers clipping their hounds but the large attendance was treated to two top-class draghunts.
In the Senior race, the hounds drove the hunt at pace and when they showed on the finish, Midday Charm of Mayfield had a slight lead with the chasing pack containing a few hounds in with a chance of landing the honours.
In the style of good hound, the Andrew O’Callaghan trained Midday Charm a six-year-old and former champion pulled away to cross the tape an impressive winner from the favourite Penny Lane trained by Sheila Cummins of the IHT.
The father and son Northern Hunt training partnership of Gary and Adam O’Sullivan will be happy with the performance of their duo of Stepaside and Georgie Burgess who took third and fourth tickets.
The Gerry Murphy trained Laddie of the IHT finished fifth with Trina and Ken Long’s Harvey Jack of Southern/Carrigaline Harriers in sixth place.
In the Senior Maiden draghunt, there was joy for Northern Hunt trainer Michael O’Brien when his charge Anita’s Boy landed the spoils when crossing the tape ahead of the fast-finishing Molly’s Boy from the Marie and Christy Keating Kerry Pike trained hound.
Smoker from Michael O’Brien’s Mayfield kennel took third ahead of Michelle Canniffe’s IHT ace Bandon Boy.
The remaining tickets went to Blackie of Mayfield and Little Miss of Northern Hunt.
By virtue of this win, Anita’s Boy is now promoted to the Senior ranks.
The draghunting action began on Saturday when Clogheen hosted the opening puppy draghunt of the season.
In good opening running terrain, the hounds drove the hunt at pace and when they showed on the finish the Miley O’Driscoll IHT trained Heidi’s Girl had a slender lead.
In a terrific drive to the tape Heidi’s Girl maintained her lead to the tape to win in style.
The runner up, Rosie’s Demon trained Troy O’Mahony, finished like a scalded cat to make up incredible ground with the Pat O’Leary trained Concord snatching third ticket ahead of kennelmate Comet.
Timmy McCarthy’s eight-month-old Fair Hill hound Sheares Park Look out Cause Her I Come finished fifth with the final ticket going to the Gerry Murphy IHT trained Tiger.
Speaking after the draghunt, winning trainer Miley O’Driscoll spoke of his delight in getting his club off to good start.
“We knew that Heidi’s Girl was a decent runner, but you are never sure in preseason draghunts as you have seen them in action until the official white flag drops,” said Miley O’Driscoll.
Trainers please note the Clogheen midweek run on Wednesday at Glenville is scheduled to be slipped at 5pm.
Glenville Senior: 1: Midday Charm (Clogheen) 2: Penny Lane (IHT) 3: Stepaside (Northern Hunt) 4: Georgie Burgess (Northern Hunt) 5: Laddie (IHT) 6: Harvey Jack (Southern/Carrigaline Harriers)
Senior Maiden: 1: Anita’s Boy (Northern Hunt) 2: Molly’s Boy (Kerry Pike) 3: Smoker (Mayfield) 4: Bandon Boy (IHT) 5: Blackie (Mayfield) 6: Little Mist (Northern Hunt)
Puppy: 1: Heidi’s Girl (IHT) 2: Rosie’s Demon (Mayfield) 3: Concord (Northern Hunt) 4: Comet (Northern Hunt) 5: Sheares Park Look out Cause Her I Come (Fair Hill) 6: Tiger (IHT).