Stan picks up second all-aged of season

STAN DE GAME, jointly owned by Con Riordan and Kevin Downing from Ballymacoda, Co. Cork and trained by John Condon in Curraglass, collected his second All-Aged Stake of the season when he won the Fitzgerald Cup at Glanworth yesterday.

The fawn, a 5-1 chance yesterday morning, came up against Jackie Murphy’s (Mallow) Carrowkeal McCoy, who won his trial stake at Cappoquin last season, in the final. However it turned out to be a non event as Carrowkeal McCoy was injured in the run up, leaving Stan de Game to take the prize.

A very competitive Derby Trial Stake was won in good style by the A.T.M Syndicate from Clarecastle, Co. Clare with the George Gallery trained Murty’s Shadow. The Syndicate, which comprises former Clare hurling star, Anthony Daly, his brother Michael and Tom Howard, saw their white and brindle win an exciting final against Brendan O’Connell’s (Blarney) Gaytime Chesney. There was little between the pair after leaving slips but Murty’s Shadow finished strongly to take the only turn by three lengths.

The Fethard, Co. Tipperary owned Hollyoak Ryana, who was beaten in the final of an Oaks Trial Stake at Crohane and Killenaule earlier in the season, was a hot favourite yesterday morning to go one better but she had to give best in the final to the Aine McCarthy (Banteer) owned and trained Allowdale Angel. The winner made all to have five lengths in hand in a straight run to the escape.

* NENAGH'S coursing field is flooded so the club’s meeting, arranged for December 16/17 has been transferred to Borris-in-Ossery. Owners should note that the Oaks Trial Stake has reverted to a 32-bitch event.

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