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Sniffing out success at Clonmel

 
A STRABANE greyhound racer says he is absolutely delighted that not one, but three of his dogs have qualified to race at Clonmel.
 
Lorney Crossan from Hollyhill tasted success recently when each of his three greyhounds won their respective races in three different Irish counties, enabling them to compete at the famous BoyleSports Coursing Derby, Clonmel on February 3, 4 and 5.
 
‘Hollyhill Moira’ recently raced to victory in the Cork Oaks Trial Stake, while her brother, ‘Hollyhill Miley’ came first in his race at the Balbriggan Derby Trial Stake. Similarly, ‘Hollyhead Teresa’ tasted success during her race in the Ennis Clarecastle Oaks Trial Stake.
 
Each of Lorney’s three greyhounds are around two-years-old and are in optimal health.
 
“It is a big thing to get one dog to Clonmel, let alone three, so I am absolutely delighted,” Lorney said. “The Clonmel Racecourse is the best in Ireland; everybody looks to get there, so it is a massive deal for my family and I, and we can’t wait.”
 
Both Hollyhill Teresa and Hollyhill Moira have qualified to race at the Oaks in Clonmel, while Hollyhill Miley has qualified to race in the Derby at Clonmel.
 
“There will be 64 dogs racing in the Oaks, and 64 racing in the Derby,” the 34-year-old added. “We hope that it goes well, and get to at least the last 32 in the competitions. But if we can get a win out of them, it will be a bonus.”
 
Ahead of the competition, Lorney has expressed his thanks to his parents, William and Teresa; his wife, Megan; his three sisters, Teasy, Cathy and Briege for all their help with the greyhounds, and of course to friends, Robert and Pauline Porter from County Kerry who are part-owners of Hollyhill Moira and Hollyhill Miley.
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