MORRISSEY STRIKES RARE SUCCESS - A good crowd attended a mixed card in Gowran Park last Sunday afternoon, as there was rare success for Castlekelly native James Morrissey in the concluding bumper.
Melanjo went off a 20/1 starting price, and certainly wasn’t spoken off in terms of a possible each-way place, let alone the likely winner.
However, turning into the home straight, a shock result was certainly a most likely outcome as Melanjo surprisingly took up the running.
One of two mares in the race, Melanjo had gone clear but was soon challenged by Lord Sam.
The two fought it out to battle inside the final furlong, and Lord Sam loomed up alongside the eventual winner to challenge, but Melanjo dug deep to pull out all the stops and record a half length success.
James Morrissey’s wife was the winning owner, and the 6-year-old mare was bred by Maureen Mullins wife of the late legendary trainer Paddy Mullins.
Elsewhere, the feature event, the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes was won by the David Wachman trained Tannery who made virtually all under veteran rider Niall McCullough, while Wachman later completed a double when Oh Happy Days swooped late under Billy Lee to land the Follow Gowran Park on Facebook Handicap in a cracking finish.
Next meeting in Gowran Park is an all flat meeting tomorrow week Thursday May 17th.
SUCCESS FOR LOCAL ATHLETES AT COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS - The first stage of the County Championships got underway last Sunday in Scanlon Park, and it was a busy day that proceeded with a full programme of events for the Juveniles. The main winners were Sarah O’Donnell in the Girls Under-10 80 metres, James O’Neill in the Boys under-14 discus, Ted Drea in the Boys under-14 high jump, and Clare Farrell in the Girls under-15 Javelin. There were several other medalists also.
BUSY TIMES AHEAD FOR ALZHEIMER CENTRE - Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre and Home Care are holding a Tea Day this coming Friday morning, the 11th of May between 11am and 1pm in St. Fiacres Parish Centre beside SuperValu in Loughboy.
The Alzheimer Centre are also participating in the Stoneyford 10KM walk/run on Sunday week May 20th in Stoneyford Village.If you are interested in sponsoring for the event, or if you would like a sponsorship card, please contact 056 7771230.
CEMETERY MASS - The annual Cemetery Mass in Gowran goes ahead on Tuesday 3rd July at 7.30pm