IT was a big day for the Kennedy brothers from Monacappa in Dingle on Sunday last as Paddy opened the Listowel festival in style on Habesh for Eugene O'Sullivans Mallow yard while Jack completed a double in Kilkee on Mollys Dream and Thanks Ma.
Thanks Ma, owned by well known Dingle man Garry Boyle, put up a top drawer display to win the featured Kilkee Derby in a gripping finish with Neon Tiger and Conor Banahan.
The winner was set alight from half way and despite being in front for quite a while kept on really well to put the Dingle jockey five clear in the race for the Southern championship.
The double was initiated when Mollys Dream confirmed herself the champion 14.2 pony in the land when sluicing home ahead of Carrig Nick and favourite Minnie Mee. Kennedy was narrowly denied a treble when English Bill came home fast only to be just held by Little Rock in the 15 hands contest.
Ironically the winner is owned by yet another Dingle man Joe O'Brien from Gallarus while Little Rock was winning at the course for an unbelievable tenth time.
Following this win Conor King drew level yet again with Jack Kennedy in the race for the Irish Field National Championship.
It was also a big day for Michael Jones who rode his first career winner on The Pie in the 13.2 contest. On only his second ride for the Dinny Enright yard Jones took over on the final circuit and drew right away for a fascile victory. Jones looks every inch a star for the 2013 season.
Denis Linehan is very much a star of 2012 and he continued his rich vein of form when Pick Pocket and Pablo Excobar both obliged. Pick Pocket is owned by Kilkee race chairman Willie McGrath and was scarcely out of second gear to beat Mary Jane while Pablo Excobar routed a useful field to win the ten furlong contest for Dave Keane's Castle Racing.
Danny Sheehy kept the Kilkenny flag flying when winning yet again on Another Tiger for his retainer Pat Collins while Keith Moriarty from Killorglin closed the meeting in style when Supreme Rye had enough in the locker to hold Peacemaker and Jack Kennedy as the tide came rapidly back in. The winner is owned by Sean McCoy from Abbeyfeale and was returning to her best form from last season.
This Saturday racing moves on to Ballingarry, Co Limerick with a 2pm start.