Portane exit gives Pulse bloodless Derby victory
The frost had relented in time for the conclusion of the National Meeting at Powerstown Park yesterday but the threat came from the fog this time.
It enveloped the field at the appointed time and the start of coursing had to be put back to allow conditions to improve.
It had been anticipated that the postponement of the meeting by a week would affect the crowd but a huge crowd turned up on the day to enjoy the action and they were well rewarded.
At the end of the day the fog was again closing in but the organisers were assisted by the fact that yet again there was no final course with the Dan Brassil-trained Feel My Pulse being declared the winner as the certain favourite Portane All In had to be withdrawn.
So, Michael O'Donovan's bad luck in the Derby continued. But for trainer Dan Brassil and the BTD Syndicate members, it was sheer joy as Feel The Pulse was acclaimed as the Derby hero.
But it was such a close call as Feel My Pulse had enjoyed just up decisions in both the quarter-final against Carrowkeal Gavin and then in the semi-final against Timber House.
But this was the Pulse's day and the celebrations would have gone on long into the night in the Speakeasy Bar in Killarney.
The winner of the Greyhound & Pet World Oaks was the Michael Murphy-trained Vienna Calling, the Thurles qualifier which is owned jointly by Murphy and John Troy.
Vienna Calling was too strong for her three rivals on the day. She put out Windfarm Ivy in the quarter-final, then had five lengths to spare over Manntan Maple in the semi and in the final she was four lengths too good for Leigh Snowie.
Vienna Calling had given notice of her ability when clocking 12.42 in the semi and she proved her superiority in style in the final.
Drogheda's Maxie Collins, who has enjoyed some great moments at Clonmel, lifted the Kevin Smith Champion Stakes when Blueview Charlie was a couple of lengths too good for the John Browne-trained Vale View Flyer.
It is difficult to keep Brendan Matthews out of the Clonmel headlines and the Newry handler had another successful national meeting as Needham Marie was a length and a half too good for Floating Cove in the final of the Grace Bruton Champion Bitch Stake.
There was a popular local success as the Kevin Barry-trained Ardmore Rusty was half a length too good for Shyan Jonboy in the T.A. Morris Stakes.
In the Kitty Butler Stakes, the honours were claimed by the James Kelly-trained Blue Abella which had a length to spare over Moonveen Magda in the finale.