LOCAL jockey Jack Kennedy from Mona Cappa completed a double on Molly's Dream and Bradley at Ballyferriter races last Sunday held, as always, on Beal Ban beach where a huge crowd was rewarded with top class racing and really exciting finishes.
The southern and national champion struck first with his father Billy's Molly's Dream, who wound up her Dingle preparations in some style to beat Aoife's Pet. The winner will now be the one they all have to beat in the pony derby in two weeks time in Dingle, which she won a year ago.
Bradley has been a regular at this meeting for many seasons and he put up a fine performance to win the local pony contest for owner Troina Ni Muircheartaigh. Given a fine drive by Jack Kennedy Bradley struck for home down the centre and ran on well to see off Dawn Dancer.
Horan's Cross, last year's Glenbeigh Derby winner struck again for the Cahill family from Abbeyfeale when getting up close home to beat Wait and See with local horse Rock Hopper in third in the featured Beal Ban Derby. This completed a double for Glantane Mallow jockey Denis Linehan who earlier made most on Che Guevara to win the ten furlong contest for Castle Racing. The winner now heads for Dingles Golden Mile.
Keith Moriarty from Killorglin struck for Deelview racing from Castlemahon, Co Limerick when Chubby Chandler landed the first split of the 12 furlong contest from the most unlucky Coola Boola who was carried out at midway but stayed on well to be two lengths down at the line. Chubby Chandler and Coola Boola will be on many people's shortlist for Dingle.
Darragh O'Keeffe from Doneraile, Co Cork completed a brace in the opening two contests on Templehill Tamara and Gerry Darkie and both ponies are now Dingle bound.
Mike Kenneally was yet another jockey in double form courtesy of Credit Crunch and Squeeze Your Knees both of whom are owned by Dave Keanes Castle Racing.
The concluding Maiden went to Toddy McMahon from Abbeyfeale when Davanti routed his nine rivals under Navan jockey Connor Banahan.
This Sunday and Monday the action moves to Dunmanway for the Ballabuidhe Welcome Home festival with racing at 2pm.