Clonmel officials named

FOLLOWING the completion of voting, officials for the National coursing meeting in Clonmel at the end of the months have been named.

The judges are the highly experienced pair of Liam Kelly and John O’Connell with Paul Horan taking the reserve post.

The slippers are the well travelled Martin Murphy and Richie Quinn snr, with Alan Kelly acting as reserve.

Injury has forced the withdrawal of the well fancied Scartview Sage from the Boylesports Derby.

He won his Trial Stake in Castleisland and will be replaced by Fortfield River, the Reserve TS winner in Killimer/Kilrush.

Castleisland runner-up Smart Touch was already in the draw having won a full Trial Stake in Rathkeale.

The draw for the 87th National meeting will take place next Sunday in the Clonmel Park Hotel at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the ICC Awards night is moving out of Clonmel for the first time in 10 years, the Charleville Park Hotel being the venue for this year’s celebrations on Saturday, March 24.

Current line-up for the Champion Stakes: 1. Caesar Music; 2. Whitestone Rai; 3. Dresden Call; 4. Righttogowrong; 5. Pay Me; 6. High And Mighty; 7. Droopys Babs; 8. Kyle King

Res: A. Kyle Ranger; B. Kyle Tanyard

Grace Bruton Memorial Champion Bitch Stakes: 1. Cheryl; 2. Why Tanyard Ash; 3. Class Attraction; 4. Southside Tess; 5. Why Tanyardpenny; 6. Portinard Nine; 7. Skellig Babe; 8. Beautiful Chrisy

Res: A. Party Flamingo; B. Carolina Crystal.

Sunbeam Blitz has been officially withdrawn and following the toss of a coin Party Flamingo is Reserve A and Carolina Crystal Reserve B. Both were equal on points and prize money.

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