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Barney Joyce Memorial Weekend

Race Cards
Saturday 15th of July  DOWNLOAD
Sunday 16th of July  DOWNLOAD

One of the richest racing weekends in Ireland with €50000 in prize money over two days..

Best Ireland’s & UK 3yo pacers, 2yo rising stars in VDM Prep races, matured trotting & pacing rockets, future stars of LeTrot 3yo series and more harness racing fun followed by Live Music and DJ, kids entertainment and snacks for guests.

Thanks to our sponsors for generous sponsorship:
Capital Grab , Dublin Plant Hire,Green Mount Equine,Kill Haulage, Sean Duggan caravans,Metal frame Contruction,
Kilshane Motors, Paul Mathers Transport, M50 SSkip Hire, Zellwood, Euro Oil, Lisadell Equine Hospital, Bear Attic Specialists and of course Joyce Family.

Entrance  €12 
Post time 2pm on both days 



Portmarnock Raceway 8-9th July

Race Cards 
Saturday 8th of July DOWNLOAD
Sunday 9th of July DOWNLOAD

Ballineen Races Sunday 23rd July…………





Management at Oakwood Stud have announced that they have reached an agreement with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms in Pennsylvania in the USA, to have semen shipped over from Sweet Lou, for breeding to pacers in Ireland and the UK.

Sweet Lou is sired by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare Sweet Future. As a two-year-old, Sweet Lou set, and still holds, the world record on all sized tracks at 1:49.

Sweet Lou currently holds the world record for older horses and the all-age mark on a five-eighths mile track in 1:47 with lifetime earnings of $3,478,894. In the summer of 2014 he won 10 consecutive races, with six consecutive wins in sub 1:48. He is the only pacer in harness racing history to achieve this feat.

“It’s an honor for us at Oakwood Stud to be able to work on such a milestone project with Diamond Creek Farms,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “and make World Champion Sweet Lou available to breeders in Ireland & the UK via frozen semen for the 2018 Breeding season.

Sweet Lou will be the fastest and richest stallion ever to stand in Ireland and the UK.

“The timing of this could not have been better with the juvenile stakes racing at an all-time high with record purses in the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Sire Stakes Ireland Program and the Breeders Crown UK/IRE in 2017,” Delaney added.

“This has encouraged breeders to import record numbers of broodmares from USA in 2016, bred to top US studs and now they will have the opportunity to breed their mares to World Champion bloodlines in their own back yard. This in turn will make for a very exciting and competitive racing opportunity in the future for both Ireland and the United Kingdom.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Bowden and all the team at Diamond Creek Farms,” Delaney said. “For their shared vision and forward thinking for the future of racing in both Ireland and the UK as we do at Oakwood Stud.” 

There is no price yet set on how much breeding’s in Ireland and the UK will cost to Sweet Lou. For more information contact  

IHRA Notice re online entries………..

Please Note:

With immediate effect all official entries for all race meetings held under the rules of the IHRA are now coordinated centrally through the IHRA website, this is to ensure that accurate and traceable information is provided in a format that is user friendly for the onward transmission for both grade allocation and race framing purposes.

The online entry form can be accessed through your local club websites and or social media platforms SHRI, NISA and ITHRF or directly from the homepage on the IHRA website.

This format also allows uncleared horses, trainers owners and/or drivers to be identified at source and dealt with accordingly. Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to date to clear horses for racing on a weekly basis it is no longer sustainable to continue jeopardising the race framing and race card production for any individuals who have not complied with the basic requirements.

Entries from any other sources will not be taken and we would kindly ask all entrants to fill in the require boxes in the online entry form fully and accurately (no abbreviations please)………….. otherwise this information has to be retyped which adds to the workload.


Portmarnock 25th of June

Sunday June 25th
First race 2:30pm  (download race card)

Portmarnock Card Sunday 18th

Portmarnock Card Sunday 18th of June 

Download Card here



IHRA Veterinary & Welfare Commission update………..

The blood sampling and TCO2 level analysis which was rolled out at the Dundalk PMU meeting on Sunday 4th June was continued at the two day Portmarnock meeting last weekend.

All horses were sampled at both the Dundalk meeting and the Portmarnock Saturday event pre warm-up with a percentage of those samples being tested with the TCO2 blood-gas analyser. On Sunday at Portmarnock a random selection of horses from all races were sampled and all of those samples were analysed.

All TCO2 results to date are within the satisfactory range and this process is expected to continue for the foreseeable future and will be rolled out to the remaining racing venues countrywide.

All results are now logged in our ongoing register of blood-gas levels for the Standardbred racing industry in Ireland.

In conjunction with the pre warm-up sampling there is a continuation of the existing regime of sampling both random and selected race winners.

Both of the major final winners at Portmarnock on Saturday and Sunday were sampled in conjunction with a number of other winners.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the trainers and handlers for their cooperation with this new process and in particular to the Irish Equine Centre who have taken a hands-on approach with the TCO2 testing process and provided on site assistance at both Dundalk and Portmarnock to ensure a smooth transition of the overall process.

The IHRA’s Veterinary & Welfare Commission is proud to acknowledge that the Standardbred racing industry is the first equine discipline in Ireland to introduce TCO2 pre-event testing and others are now expected to follow.