13 Dec 2010

Jackie Teal Returns Triumphant

Coursing trainer Jackie Teal returned triumphant from Ireland at the end of November – her Market Crisis (owned by Harry Fetherstonhaugh) beat her last year’s winner Market Recession (Sally Merison) in the final of the Ryedale Invitation Stake at the Bandon and Carey’s Cross Coursing Club annual two-day meeting in Co Cork. Both Crisis and Recession are from the same litter, Bexhill Eoin out of Tequila Sunrise. The Purse for first round losers went to Fleet Foxx UK, trained by Dave Budd.

The Ryedale Invitation Stakes was conceived after coursing was banned in the UK under the Hunting Act – in order to give British coursing enthusiasts a reason to continue training and to keep members of the club together, Bandon & Carey’s Cross Coursing Club included this new Stake, which is run for 16 all-aged dogs trained in the UK and owned by members of the Ryedale Coursing Club.

It is part of a great weekend’s coursing, so there is plenty for the spectator as well as the owners and trainers of entered dogs. The primary stakes are the trial stakes, for 32 dog pups and 32 bitch pups to qualify for the Derby and Oaks, respectively, held at Clonmel in February each year. There is also a selection of all aged cups for Dogs, Bitches and Duffers, for the spectator to enjoy. It is a park meeting and provides a very tough test of the dogs, being 350 meters long, but with a very steep incline towards the top of the field.

Photo shows Market Crisis (left) and Market Recession being rubbed down at Bandon by Jack Teal (right) and Dave Whitehead!