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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Huge crowds enjoy fantastic racing

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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A HUGE crowd attended the Adamstown Show on Saturday which featured some great racing across several categories.

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The show was held on the lands of the Cullen, Whelan and Redmond families and was supported by leading equestrian figures Aidan O'Brien from nearby Killegney and Jim Bolger.

Now in its 67th year, the action got underway at 10.30am and there was a range of classes on offer including horse, pony and sheep events, as well as the ever popular inter-hunt chase and show jumping.

Adamstown is now established as one of the leading equestrian shows in the calendar year with people travelling far and wide to show their most talented equine figures. Jim Bolger kindly sponsored the secretary's office and his Trading Leather finished second in the Eclipse at Sandown on the afternoon.

There was success for New Ross when Aaliyah Kirwin (8) won with Shelley in the children's lead ponies category for 5-8-year-olds. She was led by Leeoni Kirwin and the horse is owned by Mary Finn, Finchogue.

The highlight of the afternoon was the thoroughbred broodmare championship which had a prize fund of €1,500 and nominations to some of the country's leading stallions. The first prize went to the Kevin Roche owned sixteen year old mare Strong Irish. It was very much a success for the South Wexford based breeders with Brian Jordan taking the filly foal section with A Daughter of Yeats which was well handled by well- known Wexford based amateur jockey Benny Walsh.

Adamstown show wisely called upon the expertise of local man Tom Curtis who works with the famous Ballydoyle stables in Tipperary. Tom guided the large crowd through each mare and displayed his wide depth of knowledge of breeding and was a great addition to the day. Fittingly there was a minutes silence held for the late John Jude Doyle before the start of the class and the great equestrian figure was remembered throughout the day.

Other top class showing action included the Ger O'Leary perpetual cup which went to the Lorcan Allen owned Raheenavareen and was well handled by Ger Murphy. Brian Jordan won the best judged foal on show with his bay filly foal by Yeats out of Andrea Gale.

The Interhunt chase provided plenty of entertainment and had an enthusiastic audience. Among the competitors were many amateur riders among them Benny Walsh, James Rath and Gary Murphy. Walsh and Rath were part of the victorious Killinick team along with Huntsman Johnny Roche and Ciara Walsh, who fearlessly tackled the daunting course. Ballycullane man Murphy recently suffered a nasty ankle injury when competing in a hunt chase but was wasting no time in getting back in the saddle.

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