The best of the native bred three-year-old fillies will hold centre stage at Caymanas Park today in the 77th running of the Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres and given the presence of a top heavy favourite in NUCLEAR AFFAIR, victory for her should be a mere formality.Offering a total purse of $3 million, this the season’s third classic has attracted 10 starters, including the first eight past the post in the April 9 Post to Post 1000 Guineas, which saw the howling favourite, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, powering home by 9 1/4 lengths from A THOUSAND STARS and SORRENTINO’S STAR in a fast 1:39.2 for a mile.NUCLEAR AFFAIR was then ridden by three-time champion, Dane Nelson, who left the island last week for another riding stint in Canada. Her connections have called up big-race jockey Shane Ellis, the reigning champion, to replace Nelson, who will be back to ride her in the derby.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR has already stamped herself as an exceptional three-year-old filly and Subratie is looking beyond the Oaks to the June 25 derby where she will come face to face with the colts.GLORIOUS UNCERTAINTY”She has everything in her favour today, having beaten seven of her opponents in the Guineas. But she still has to go out there and execute for racing is a sport of glorious uncertainty,” said Subratie, who is seeking his first Oaks win, having finished second with the 99-1 outsider ZACAPA some years ago.”She has done everything asked of her this season and I was particularly pleased with how she carried herself at exercise last Sunday morning in a six-furlong gallop, looking pretty easy in 1:14.4.”Nuclear Affair can do anything … she can run with the pace or come from behind if the situation demands and I am confident she will deliver for her deserving owner Michros,” he added.”It is only left to be seen whether my other runner, Golden Glory, can complete the exacta after finishing fifth in the Guineas. She did not have much luck in running, however, and my hope is that she can beat the runner-up, A Thousand Stars, and the third horse, Sorrentino’s Star, for second, with Ameth Robles who rode Zacapa taking the ride,” said the second generation trainer.For me, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair, bred by her owner, is so much better than her opponents that it will take an act of God to deny her today.The Wayne DaCosta-trained A THOUSAND STARS, a fast improving sort, should follow her home, again.Other firm fancies on the 12-race programme are CAMPESINO to repeat in the third race for open allowance horses; last year’s Oaks winner, MOM’S STUDENT, in the fourth; SOUND OF MIRACLE in the fifth; RUNAWAY GAL in the sixth for the Ricochet Cup; PROLIFIC PRINCESS in the seventh; and LORD EQUUS in the ninth.
Ciaran Doherty, LAC, smashed the course record. with an impressive 14mins 56secs winning time at the Ballyshannon 5k earlier this evening. Equally dominant was ‘better half’ Teresa McGloin in the women’s section – 16mins 50 secs.The PJ Branley Cups for winning male/female were presented by the late PJ’s grand daughters Aoife and Lana while Tir Chonaill Chairman, David Doherty, made presentations to the followingSenior Men 1 Ciaran Doherty, LAC, 14.56; 2 James Speight, FV, 15.27;3 Gary Slevin, City of Derry,15.46Senior Women1 Teresa McGloin, FV, 16.50; 2 Angela Speight, FV, 18.28; 3 Aisling Van Rannsberg, North Sligo, 18.36Men 40 1 James Brown, City of Derry, 16.13; 2 Paul Ward, Tir Chonaill, 16.43; 3 Aidan McKenna, LAC, 17.18Women 401 Helen Stockdale, FV 18.02; 2 Noleen Porter, FV,19.20; 3 Julie McMullan, 20.46;Men 501Jmmy Renfrew, FV, 17.48; 2 Richard McCarthy, Tir Chonaill, 18.27; 3 Gerry McManus, Tir Chonaill, 18.54 Women 501 Mary Teresa Speight, FV, 22.02; Ann Morrow, MSC, 22.55Men 601 Hugh Gallagher, LAC, 20.13; Anthony Murray, U/A,20.41; 3 Joe Flannery, Tir Chonaill, 22.51 Women 601 Mary Martin, FV, 27.58Junior Men1 Daniel Mannion, Tir ChonaillAC 18.47;Junior Women1 Lisa McHenry, Bundoran, 27.549th May 2014PositionRace NumberTimeNameCategoryClub139 14.56 Ciaran DohertySMLetterkenny AC259 15.27 James SpeaghtSMFinn Valley AC313 15.46 Gary SlevinSMCity of Derry AC412 16.13 Paul McGluncheySMLetterkenny AC515 16.13 James BrownM40City of Derry AC678 16.43 Paul WardM40Tir Chonaill AC738 16.50 Teresa McGloinSWFinn Valley AC874 17.17 shane GallagherSMFinn Valley AC918 17.18 Aidan McKennaM40Letterkenny AC1051 17.28 Martin DevenneySM24/7 Triathlon1145 17.48 Derck CallaghanSMFinn Valley AC1272 17.48 Jimmy RenfrewM50Finn Valley AC139 18.01 Liam MurraySMn/a1431 18.02 Helen StockdaleW40Finn Valley AC1525 18.12 Padraig FrielSMLetterkenny AC1667 18.16 Ciaran O’DonnellM40Letterkenny AC1749 18.23 Conor GallagherSMFinn Valley AC1832 18.26 Roan MatthewsSMn/a1971 18.27 Richard Mc CarthyM50Tir Chonaill AC2011 18.28 Angela SpeigltSWFinn Valley AC2150 18.31 Gabriel O’LearySMFinn Valley AC2268 18.35 Paul McMonagleSMLetterkenny AC2370 18.36 Aisling Van RensburySWNorth Sligo AC2448 18.47 Daniel MannionJMTir Chonaill AC2561 18.54 Gerry McManusM50Tir Chonaill AC2617 18.57 Martin McGlincheySMConvoy Runners274 18.58 Christy Mc PartlandM40Sligo AC2855 18.59 Catherine DooherSWFinn Valley AC2920 19.00 Ben GeorgeSMLetterkenny AC3099 19.06 Brian McCabeSMn/a3173 19.08 Barry GallagherSMFinn Valley AC3221 19.09 Martin McNaneeM50n/a3356 19.20 noeleen PorterW40Finn Valley AC3486 19.21 Martin O Halloran M40MSC3543 19.24 Michael CarrollSMNorth Sligo AC367 19.27 Colin MooneySMn/a3765 19.28 Shaun BoyceM40n/a3823 19.31 Donal HaugheyM50Tir Chonaill AC3998 19.32 Chris GoanSMn/a40101 19.33 Brain Mc GonagleM40Tir Chonaill AC4130 19.41 Patricia FoySWSligo AC4269 19.41 Andren HorganSWNorth Sligo AC4390 19.44 Phil BoyleM40Letterkenny AC4463 19.52 Hoel HoeyM40Tir Chonaill AC4529 19.57 Tony GallagherM40Finn Valley AC4683 20.04 Ronan Mc MullinJMTir Chonaill AC4742 20.07 Gerard KilfeatherM50North Sligo AC48100 20.10 Vinnie DuffyM40Tir Chonaill AC498 20.10 Barry ChanbersSMFinn Valley AC5088 20.12 Liam McHughM50n/a5144 20.13 Hugh GallagherM60Letterkenny AC5226 20.22 Marie BoyleSMLetterkenny AC5394 20.28 Eamon ConnollySMAghyaran 5422 20.34 Rodney IrwinM40n/a5575 20.40 Cathal HarveySMn/a5610 20.41 Anthony MurrayM60n/a576 20.42 Sean CassidyM40n/a5881 20.46 Julie Mc MullinW40Tir Chonaill AC5962 20.56 Gerard Mc CaffertyM40Tir Chonaill AC6080 20.57 Darragh WardJMTir Chonaill AC6153 21.12 Gabrial Mc CrossanM50Letterkenny AC6276 21.25 Ollie HarveySMn/a6346 21.59 Canice NicholasSMTir Chonaill AC6414 22.02 Marie Teresa SpeigltW50Finn Valley AC6577 22.05 Paul Sweeney M40n/a6660 22.05 Pat ByrneM50Killybegs AC6782 22.17 Brain Mc MullinM40Tir Chonaill AC6891 22.24 Ciaran LiddySMLetterkenny AC695 22.28 Claire FloodW40Tir Chonaill AC7037 22.41 Pauric Keenaghan JMTir Chonaill AC7136 22.41 Pauric Keenaghan M40Tir Chonaill AC7285 22.50 Kay DrummondW40Tir Chonaill AC7387 22.51 Joe FlanneryM60Ballyshannon Rugby7492 22.53 Eleanor RooneyW40Tir Chonaill AC7566 22.55 Ann MorrowW50MSC7693 23.15 Aidan Mc GonagleSMTir Chonaill AC7719 23.16 Caroline McNultySWFinn Valley AC7889 23.47 Pol MagAoidhaSMn/a7979 23.49 Lynda LoughlinSWMSC8054 24.05 Craig HillSMn/a8184 24.09 Richard OrrM40Tir Chonaill AC8234 24.18 Hugh McNultyM40Tir Chonaill AC83102 24.30 majella CunnibghamSWBruckless8427 25.33 Gabbie Mc GloinW40n/a8528 25.33 Louise FoyW40n/a8652 25.43 Sarah McGroaryW40Tir Chonaill AC8757 25.46 Billy BroderickM50Killybegs AC88 25.52 Jane Gormley8947 26.07 JJ GoonJMn/a9095 26.08 Dolores mc WeeneySWn/a9124 26.13 Kieran mcHaleM50Finn Valley AC9297 27.19 Deirdre BrowneSWFinn Valley AC9316 27.27 Desmond BrownlieM60Lagan Valley AC9464 27.33 Sinead BoyceSWFinn Valley AC9558 27.47 John BoyleSMKillybegs AC96104 27.54 Riona McHenryW40Tir Chonaill AC97105 27.54 Aoise McHenryJWn/a9896 27.58 Dane McGarragleSWFinn Valley AC99103 27.58 Mary MartinW60Finn Valley AC10033 28.54 Mags Mc NultySWTir Chonaill AC10140 29.08 Orla Monaghan SWn/a10235 29.55 Frances SpencerSWTir Chonaill AC10341 30.24 Laura RooneySWTir Chonaill AC1041 46.51 Rosaleen BranleyW40n/a1052 46.51 Kama BranleySWn/a1063 46.51 Lana BranleyJWn/aBALLYSHANNON 5K RESULTS: DOHERTY AND McGLOIN TAKE HONOURS was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014Ballyshannon 5kResults