Brudair day at Ballabuidhe

THE Brudair brothers from Listowel, Co. Kerry had a day to remember at the opening session of Ballabuidhe yesterday afternoon before a huge crowd at Droumleena Lawn, Dunmanway.

Gearoid and Kevin combined for a double apiece, including the featured Irish Examiner Derby with Follow Sue.

Kevin rode a peach of a race here and was in front from flag fall on Des O’Sullivan’s mare. On the final circuit last weekend’s Courtmacsherry hero Medicean Woman threw down a strong challenge but could never really get on terms and Follow Sue who had two lengths to spare at the line.

Kevin followed up on The Guzzler, who took control before the straight and held on well from Tuf at the Top.

Kevin’s brother Geroid was not to be outdone and he was on the mark with Sally O’Brien and Here Comes Trouble. Sally O’Brien was a hugely popular winner of the 15 hands as she is owned by the Tyner family from Innishannon, Co. Cork, who are secretaries of the H.P.R.A. — the governing body of the sport in the South of Ireland.

The double was completed in the first split of the Maiden when Here Comes Trouble, owned by David Granville from Dingle and trained by the Tyner Family, came late and fast to catch Usher close home.

Denis Linehan from Mallow Co. Cork is enjoying a great run and he was on the mark again when Grey Dancer romped home to win the 13.2 pony race from Another Nun.

Keith Moriarty is another rising star of the game and he gave his own pony Vodka a smashing ride to take the 14.2 hands from Dingle winner Minnie Mee.

In the harness racing Johnny McSweeney was on fire, winning two and coming second in two more and whichever horse he chooses to drive will be well fancied in the finals of The Paddy Connolly’s Memorial Race and the Murphy Stout Sulky Grand Prix today.

* Ballabuidhe continues with 11 races today and 8 races tomorrow.

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