KILLURIN publican Declan Roche nominated the winners of the prestigious Loch Garman Cup at the 84th Annual Loch Garman meeting held at Scaughmolin, Murrintown, on December 26 and 27th last, writes Brendan Furlong.
The feature event was won by the Armagh owned Ashmore Sambo. Coursing excellently throughout, Ashmore Sambo, owned by John and Liam Boyle, Armagh, and trained by Paul Matthews of Newry, was an impressive winner of the final buckle getting the better of Pilgrim.
The Hickey Stakes was won by Master Delight, owned by Mrs. Josie Bates and also trained by Paul Matthews. The winner, nominated by Cullen and Hore, Wexford, beat Gentle Angel in the final.
Enniscorthy owner Pat Murphy enjoyed success in the Derby Trial Stakes when his Wyken Power beat Gentstown Maxi in the final. Some excellent coursing was witnessed in the Oaks Trial Stake which was eventually won by Queen of New York, owned by Eddie Holly, and trained by Larry Mason in Bray. She was off the challenge of Have You Seen Her in the final.
The Dr. Pierse Stakes was won by Annacurra Wood owned by William Moules, defeating Lobnamna Krino in the final.
The Working Members Stakes produced the usual local interest as the Wexford town Eugene McCabe owned Kingsmill Chanel defeated Howya Buck in the final. The Ballymorris Stakes also produced another local winner with Miss Leanne Butler from Rathaspect producing Telex Thunder to defeat South-East Thyno in the final.
Wexford Coursing Club Chairman, Des McCabe, was delighted with the standard of coursing over the two days.
'We had excellent coursing over the two days with the hares making the dogs really work. It was yet another success story for the club,' he said.