Paul Cooney

A double for the kennels of Patsy & Aoife Coffey was the highlight of the Thursday SIS action at Limerick as the Doon kennels produced a brace of strong staying victories under the P-And-A-Coffey-Syndicate ownership.

Entering his A5 525 yard contest as a reserve, habitual slow starter Carrigmore Puma (Skywalker Puma/Varra Swallow) had filled runner-up position on three occasions in A4 following his rise for a strong staying A6 win. A small ease from the grader however proved just the ticket to get him back on the winning trail and he did so in thoroughly entertaining fashion.

We can almost predict that he will be last to the first turn at this stage and he was again on Thursday but his claims did look entirely ambitious when four lengths adrift of the fifth placed runner off the second turn.

Straightening on the back-straight however he again displayed pace far above his grading when making stealthy inroads on the approach to halfway as Upland Witness and Bluefield Aimme contested the lead.

Rounding two rivals at the third bend, he now sat fourth but still had four lengths to recover as Crickleowl Rob struck the front while also staying strongly, in search of his maiden success. The latter held a one length lead entering the home-straight and could consider himself unlucky when finding the Coffee charge on his tail when now only that length behind.

The ensuing surge to the front by Carrigmore Puma, while wholly predictable, was nonetheless hugely impressive as he powered past the game runner-up for a one and a half length verdict in 29.45. He will now make a return to A4 grade and while his long-term future may lie beyond the standard trip, these performances from the October 2016 youngster over 525, even in defeat, are fast becoming a graded racing highlight on the Dock Road.

An entertaining piece of viewing, here:


The Coffee double came soon after when in the A6 525 equivalent, Carrigmore Bound (Head Bound-Star Princess) produced a near carbon copy of his companion’s winning effort.

Also last in the initial exchanges, his task was not quite so forlorn when still sixth entering the second turn, he was a total of five lengths adrift of leader Elldan Act. Proving hugely game however despite a minor stumble, he made places to the top of the back-straight when gamely holding strong while racing in tight quarters amidst a packing bunch of backmarkers.

Negotiating his way to a share of third at halfway, he continued to make ground on the leader and claimed second position while racing on the outside at the third bend. Joining Elldan Act before reaching the home-straight, he powered clear to a four length verdict over a staying-on Lurriga Silver while posting 29.42 in his first career success as a January 2017 pup.

Worth a look!


The fastest return of the Thursday action came in a hugely competitive A2 525 yard event which housed a host of runners with form at higher and it was Diane & Philip Mahon’s Knockbawn Buddy (Sparta Maestro-Knockbawn Socks) who came out on top to register a fourteenth race success for trainer Michael Shine.

Breaking well from Trap 5, he paced up well to the corner when crucially taking a length lead over Excess Weight upon turning. Retaining that same length to the back-straight, he was now chased by General Manager but Knockbawn Buddy would rarely be for catching in such a situation as he stays this standard trip very strongly.

He would duly complete victory with the minimum of fuss thereafter while bounding to a five and a half-length verdict over Orlando Robbie, who again caught the eye with pace from halfway, while posting a best of the night 28.93.