WAS there anybody at all left in Barraduff last Saturday night?
One is prompted to ask that question after seeing a massive crowd from the village and its surroundings throng Tralee Track for a fund-raiser for Barraduff community field.
It was a remarkable display of community spirit and one can only admire those at the organisational end. They didn't just marshal a huge crowd. They managed to sell 158 pages of advertising, secure excellent sponsorship for twelve races, organise excellent prizes for a raffle and run a buster draw.
Moreover, there was a presentation after every race, which sweetened victory for every winning owner.
It was a good example of how a benefit meeting should be run to maximise profit and, of course, it also generated terrific business on all fronts at the Oakview venue. Indeed, on nights like this, one can really appreciate the value of the magnificent complex, which the late Eileen Kelliher, of Castleisland, helped to put in place in 1997 in her capacity as a member of Bord na gCon (with the notable backing of, in particular, the then Tanaiste, Dick Spring).
Racingwise on Saturday night, there were many highlights and one of them was most definitely provided by Labana Zig (Cashen Zig - Spa Rebel), owned by 1975 All-Ireland Kerry footballer, Batt O'Shea.
Running from trap 1 in what was the 11h race (A2 class over 500yds), Labana Zig brought his brilliant trapping ability into play once more to get himself into a winning position off the first bend and he powered home three lengths ahead of Boher Express in 27.58 (.20 fast).
Labana Zig is on a real run at the moment and this was his sixth victory. Others will undoubtedly follow.
Other winners on the night were: Farranstephen, 27.96; Millridge Ghost, 18.10; Storm Alert, 29.29; Lauragh Lennon, 29.14; Kilcurra Zoe, 18.03; Confey Causeway, 42.82; Lithuanian Vilma, 27.75; Heady Days, 28.90; Carriwkeal Zak, 31.85; Dubai Swift, 28.89; Freds Chice, 29.19.