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Race Cards 23-24th September


Annaghmore Sept 23rd


Portm Sept 24th

Portmarnock Raceway 24th Of September

This Sunday’s card at Portmarnock Raceway is worth a staggering €77,000 in prize money. 

We have 12 top class races  (Download: 24th September Start sheet)
with the feature races being the Three Year Old Trotteur Francais Finals where they go for €65,000 broke down as follows.

⋆Gold Final €30,000
⋆Silver Final €20,000
⋆Bronze Final €10,000
⋆Consolation €4,000

The other feature race on the card sees eight top class horses go to post in the Red Mills PFFA Trot run over a mile which is worth €3,000.

Also on Sunday we have the start of the C-Class Drivers Championship which sees ten pacers going to post .
This series will be run on a points system over four weeks at Portmarnock Raceway (click  for more  info)

Racing gets underway at 2pm with music in the bar after racing.


Le Trot 3 Year Old Championship Finals

This is the final list of declared entries for next weekend’s Championship Finals with the draws included

Download 3yo finals draws


Portmarnock 17th September

Portmarnock 17th of September Card
Portm Sept 17th

Le Trot 3 Year Old Championship Final

After 38 Heats of the Le Trot 3 Year Old Championship, the final average points, based on a minimum of 6 races is as follows.
Declarations of all 3 Year Olds close tomorrow evening with the entries for this Sunday’s races at Portmarnock.
Withdrawals will have be made by 17.00pm on Friday 15th September to the IHRA office.
The reason why we need withdrawals on Friday is that horses on equal points will need to be converted to their lifetime earnings to decide on what finals they will be placed in and from the table there are 16 horses which fit this category.
Remember the following terms of the series in relation to the final:
•       In the event of horses with the same average the horse with the highest total prize money goes in the higher race, if that is also the same then its ballot.
•       The total numbers of horses for each Final are evenly split but if there is an odd number highest grades are allocated the extra horse.
•       All horses ballot for position in Final
•       No splitting for Trainers/Owners in Finals.

Sire Stakes Ireland 2018

Diamond Creek Farm/Oakwood Stud to sponsor Sire Stakes Ireland

It has been announced  that Diamond Creek Farm in the USA and Oakwood Stud in Ireland have become the sponsors of Sire Stakes Ireland for the 2018 season. 

Sire Stakes Ireland is a new racing series for Standardbred horses that was first started in 2014. The objective of Sire Stakes Ireland is to encourage breeding mares, increase prize money and to promote harness racing in Ireland and the UK.

The series is open to horses bred and foaled in Ireland and the UK, and sired by stallions nominated into the program.

Diamond Creek Farm has two locations in the USA in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. They currently stand world champion stallions A Rocknroll Dance, Always B Miki, Creatine, Father Patrick, Ponder, Southwind Frank and Sweet Lou.

“Our involvement with the Vincent Delaney Memorial has created a great relationship between Diamond Creek and Oakwood Stud,” Said Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm. “We are excited to partner with them to offer Sweet Lou to the UK and Ireland. As sponsors of the VDM, we are also big fans of Irish racing and are pleased to be able to support the stakes racing through our sponsorship.”

Oakwood Stud in Ireland has emerged over the past five years as one of the top breeders of yearlings in Ireland and the UK. Currently they stand Foreclosure N and Rachmoninov Seven and have frozen semen shipped from Sweet Lou in the USA.

“We recently were at Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky,” said Sire Stakes Ireland founder, James Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “And sealed the sponsorship with Adam Bowden.

“What a great boost this will be for Sire Stakes Ireland in 2018,” Delaney said. “Now breeders and owners have something extra to look forward in racing opportunities in 2018. All yearlings that were foaled in either Ireland or the UK from the stallions eligible for Sire Stakes Ireland, need only to fill out the nomination form and make the payments to be eligible. And now with the Diamond Creek Farm and Oakwood Stud sponsorships, the purses will be greater than ever in 2018.

“We are also introducing a Breeder’s Premium for the Breeder of the winning horse in all divisions,” Delaney added, “The person(s) who owned and bred the foal at conception will receive a trophy in all divisions plus a cash bonus too. We hope this will help stimulate more people to breed horses. We feel it’s our duty to honor and reward the breeders who have been loyal to our stallions.

“We are so thankful to Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm and Oakwood Stud for coming on board with Sire Stakes Ireland with their generous sponsorships.” Delaney said.

For the nomination forms, payment schedule and list of stallions eligible for Sire Stakes Ireland, visit their website at

Here is the list of Sire Stakes Ireland nominated stallions. 1) Ayr Glory 2) Armbro Duece 3) Arts Conquest 4) Arts Professor 5) Check On Jack 6) Connors Dragon 7) Crown Manhattan 8) Doonbeg 9) Eagle Luck 10) Forafewdollarsmore 11) Foreclosure N 12) Hasty Hall 13) Kiki Kolt 14) My Pan Mar 15) No Pan Intended 16) Stonebridge Galaxy 17) See And Ski 18) Total Truth 19) Yankee Lariat.

From Sire Stakes Ireland

Race cards 9th -10th of September


Annaghmore Sat 9th Sept


Portmarnock Sept 10th

3yo Trotters leaderboard

Following 35 Heats of the 3yo series to date and with the final heats taking place this weekend, here is the current leaders table.

Please note: The standings may change completely for horses who have not competed the minimum of 6 runs. These horses will be awarded 5th place points for every run they need to get to 6 and their average points will be calculated for this total.

An astrix beside a horse denotes it has less than six runs.