Well-known English horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott can taste glory on the open coursing fields of South Tipperary on Sunday. His runner Moot Point, nominated by former National Hunt jockey Geraldine Rees, heads a top-class field for this time honoured event, the Freddie Warrell Memorial Ladies International, which will be staged for the 43rd time.
Moot Point is trained in Tipperary Town by Michael O'Donovan and won a Derby trial stake in Cashel last season.
His biggest danger in the bottom half of the draw could be Bridewell Fawn, who ranup the prestigious Tipperary Cup in Kilsheelan back in November. Clonmel hope Without Pa, owned by a syndicate of ten local ladies and running in the nomination of Fiona Gray-Cheape, could figure if overcoming a tough first round opponent in Blueview Pines.
In the top half (and arguably the place to be in open coursing), Marshals Kylie could give the Roche family from Lisronagh another success in this competition (their Marshals Hunter won in 2007 and 2008),and a bright start to the week. She is likely to meet Lone Boxer, nominated by Hawaiian-based Tiara O'Dwyer, with the winner progressing to the final.
This event, hosted by the members of Clonmel and District Open Coursing Club, is the curtain raiser to the five-day festival of coursing, greyhound racing and horse racing in Clonmel.
For judge Liam Kelly it will be the first of four busy days as he will also officiate at Powerstown Park for the National Coursing Meeting. Local man Richie Brannigan will once again handle the leathers.
Meet at Ballyclerihan Village at 9.30am (on the main Clonmel-Cashel road), with the first brace in slips at 10am.
Clonmel and District Open Coursing Club wishes the National Meeting and all runners at the event the very best of luck. The club members hope to be cheering some of the local qualifiers home at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.
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