Thursday 14 December 2017

Clonmel Festival to resume next weekend

Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Over the years the Clonmel Festival has been rather lucky with the weather.

However, the weather gods got their own back this year, with the result that the festival will now be finished next weekend after heavy frost interrupted proceedings.

The action in Clonmel ground to a halt after the last brace went upfield on Sunday afternoon. The frost caused the Gala finals programme at the track to be called off on Sunday evening, and yesterday morning saw the Powerstown Park stretch frozen to such a level that the unprecedented decision was taken to stage the finals on Sunday next (11.30).

In conjunction with this decision, the big track meeting will now be run next Saturday in the hope that a good crowd may have gathered in town for the big meeting at Powerstown Park the following day.

Track manager Eddie Anderson yesterday admitted that they had a nightmare weekend.

"Sunday's meeting would have been our big money-maker off the year and we can now only hope that plenty of people will turn up in town next weekend and we can get a good crowd for the finals on Saturday night," he said.

The postponements have also caused the Clonmel Retired Greyhound Show, which was due to be held next Sunday, to be called off.

With the coursing finals now taking place on Sunday, a new date has to be found for the Retired Show.

Newbridge also suffered from the weather and the unofficial trials scheduled for yesterday and today have been cancelled.

Gleeson news

New young star Droopys Braedon is doubtful for Saturday's Vetsearch Recharge A3 final at Limerick, according to trainer Robert Gleeson, but no decision will be made until later in the week.

Gleeson yesterday reported that the son of Sparta Maestro is very sore on the metacarpals but confirmed that there is no fracture.

"I will have him checked out again later in the week but you would have to rate him a doubtful runner at this stage," he said.

Droopys Braedon is likely to be a challenger for the English Derby along with kennel companion Droopys Nidge.

Gleeson reported that Nidge is in great form, saying: "He is going for the Easter Cup and then Willie (Hyslop) wants to run him at Wimbledon. I am thinking of giving him a trial on Saturday. If Braedon runs at Limerick I will give him a sprint trial there but if Braedon doesn't run, then Nidge will be trialled at Shelbourne".

Gleeson also reports that he will be bringing Slippery Fred to Wimbledon for Larry Dunne. Aidan Finnegan can't travel and Gleeson has previously won the Irish Derby for Dunne with Slippery Robert.

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