Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mediation talks set to resume tomorrow morning

Talks on the Harold’s Cross dispute lasted for three hours yesterday. Stock image
Talks on the Harold’s Cross dispute lasted for three hours yesterday. Stock image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The opening session of the mediation talks on the Harold's Cross dispute lasted for three hours yesterday evening and they are set to resume tomorrow at 11am.

IGB chairman Phil Meaney issued a statement afterwards which stated that the meeting, chaired by Kieran Mulvey, lasted for three hours: "We had exploratory talks and they will resume at 11am on Friday."

The IGB team comprised of Sean Brady, Phil Meaney, Colin Walsh and Derek Frehill while the DGOBA representatives were Des Cowan, Mick O'Keeffe, Ken Mann and Paschal Taggart.

Meanwhile, there was another big success for trainer Graham Holland last night when Garryvoe Bobby justified favouritism when making a procession of the Calne Racing Arc final over 480 metres at Swindon.

A litter brother to the Irish Derby final favourite Sonic owned by Pat Moloney, Garryvoe Bobby was due to contest the semi-final of the Gold Cup which had to be abandoned due to the Dublin dispute.

Last night he broke smartly from the inside and cleared the bend on his way to a convincing victory over Black Zack

Originally there were to be six Irish runners at the meeting but Skywalker Manner was withdrawn from the sprint due to being off-colour.

The Irish raid got off to a flying start when the Peter Cronin-trained Swithins Brae quickly showed in front in an Open 480 and went on to win by almost five lengths in 28.45.

Cronin's Sab Miller missed the kick in another 480 and he finished down the field behind the dead-heaters Tynwald Baz and Castell Henry in 28.39.

Holland's Slippery Louise ran very wide in an Open 685 but led for much of the journey until caught very close home by Slick Strauss.

Irish Independent

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