Asdee Races is the final fixture in the annual pony racing circuit, making it one of the most anticipated meetings of the year..
Asdee Races is held every October on Littor Strand. It's the final fixture in the annual circuit, making it one of the most anticipated meetings of the year and the conditions on Sunday certainly didn't disappoint.
"We had a fantastic day of it with huge crowds and brilliant weather and there's great credit due the local committee for all their hard work on it," Secretary of the Horse and Pony Racing Association Ernest Tyner told The Kerryman.
Along with Ballylongford, Asdee is one of the oldest meetings in the HPRA world making it a special event for the entire region and not just north Kerry.
But plenty of local winners added no end to the local excitement on the day.
Patsy Maher's Razzle Dazzle came first in the One-Mile ridden by Patsy's son Darragh and The Grey Ruler, owned by local man Jim Collins, won the local race with Mikey Mulvihill in the saddle. The local race saw Go, Roger, Go (ridden by Conor Keane of Ballylongford) and Shrek owned by Asdee Races chairman Ray Keane (ridden by Dara O'Keeffe) placed second and third, respectively.
Meanwhile, Dingle pony Sikorski romped home to victory in the Maiden Race for the second year running. Rathkeale-owned Ballybrown Boy won the the Derby - the big race of the day.
"Asdee is a favourite destination on the circuit and we were delighted to enjoy such a fine day's racing there once more. We would also like to wish jockeys Jack Kennedy from Dingle, Killian Leonard and Denis Lenihan all the best as they finish with pony racing and get their licences to ride inside the track!" Ernest said.
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Well, the day dawned dry and bright and the excitement was building as Littor Road became a one way street with traffic and horse boxes. We just had a spring tide and racing started early because “the tides were answering.”