IT’S holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, with the well-supported nine-race programme featuring the Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1300 metres to be contested by 14 starters.Also on the card is the annual renewal of the $250,000 – $210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup. Twelve horses have been declared, including top contenders BARS OF GOLD, CHEERS, ROYAL GIRL, MONEY MOVE and LIGHT BRIGADE, who bids for his fourth consecutive win and could well start favourite.The main focus, however, is on the Ash Wednesday Trophy, which should see the likes of CHACE THE GREAT, PROLIFIC PRINCESS, UNCLE TAF, TALENTED TONY K, down-in-class UPPA TUNE and champion two-year-old SOTOMAYOR making his seasonal debut in preparation for the April 8 2000 Guineas, for which he is the winter book favourite.All of the above should ensure a competitive race, especially with much speed present in TALENTED TONY K, UPPA TUNE and CHACE THE GREAT.I am expecting the Dwight Chen-trained 4-y-o colt CHACE THE GREAT to prove strongest entering the straight from his convenient mark of 53.0kg and former champion jockey Wesley Henry aboard.START FAVOURITEOver this trip, the speedy son of Greatness – Our Miss Ruth should not only start favourite, but justify the support in much the same way he did when notching his last win over the distance on September 25, slamming BERRANCA and BLUE DIXIE in the fairly good time of 1:18.2.Since then, CHACE THE GREAT has run some useful races for the most part. True, he was installed a howling 1-2 favourite to win over the straight-five course on February 11, but could only manage fourth, beaten 13/4 lengths by the much-improved KING D. He was badly drawn on the far side that day, however, and was not really disgraced considering that he drifted out badly after coming on to the main track.Having trained well and the distance now ideal, CHACE THE GREAT should stave off the late-closing grey colt SOTOMAYOR, who will not find the distance too short after winning his last race over a mile, the $4.25-million SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes, on Boxing Day. CHACE THE GREAT, however, appears that much fitter and is tipped to resume winning ways.BARS OF GOLD, who won decisively over 1200 metres last time out, should give his in-form trainer Gregory Forsyth and jockey Jevanne Erwin yet another winner in the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup, while other firm fancies are FRANKENSTORM in the opening race over the straight, FEARLESS SAMURAI in the third, and BIG BLACK NATION to stave off PROUD PRESIDENT and FLYING MACHINE in the closing race over 1300 metres.
Termon have sensationally sent Gaoth Dobhair tumbling out of the Donegal SFC.Termon have sent the most decorated club side in the history of the Donegal SFC Gaoth Dobhair out of the championship following a pulsating affair at The Burn Road.Termon have endured a miserable league campaign and currently prop up the Division One table.They were defeated by Dungloe in their group opener, before securing a point against Killybegs last week following a late fight-back. Gaoth Dobhair on the other hand came into this game top of the group, following a crucial win over local rivals Dungloe last weekend.Kevin Cassidy knew if his side avoided defeat they would go through to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.However, Termon managed by Darren Gibson had different ideas and pulled off the first major shock of this year’s championship.Kevin Cassidy gave Gaoth Dobhair an early lead, but Termon responded brilliantly through Daire McDaid, and Christy Connaghan to take the lead. They traded scores for the remainder of the half, and a late score from Noel Kelly sent the sides in level at the interval.Half-time score Termon 0-06 Gaoth Dobhair 0-06 Termon really took control of things in the second-half with Daire McDaid and Christy Connaghan taking the fight to Gaoth Dobhair.Declan O’Donnell also pointed for the home side to put Termon four points ahead with fifteen minutes to go.Gaoth Dobhair hit right back and netted a goal through Noel Kelly. It looked at that stage that the momentum was with Gaoth Dobhair and that they might power on and win the match, but they squandered a number of good opportunities to draw level.Termon were fantastic throughout the game and every player in maroon left everything on the pitch.Termon then stretched their lead back out to two after a great score from the brilliant Daire McDaid, then Gaoth Dobhair responded to bring it back to the minimum.However, Termon added another super score this time from Caolan McDaid to seal a famous victory. Termon advance along with Dungloe, as Gaoth Dobhair and Killybegs bow out.TERMON STUN GAOTH DOBHAIR TO SEND THEM HURTLING OUT OF THE DONEGAL SFC was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCGAAGaoth DobhairnewsSportTermon