Champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis will have a merry Christmas, thanks to a fabulous four-timer on yesterday’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park.Saving the best for last, the 42-year-old jockey, son of 1960s champion Winston ‘Nero’ Ellis, scored a runaway win aboard the 43-1 outsider ROMAN SPY for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres to move to 83 wins – 12 clear of his closest rival Robert Halledeen, who did not ride yesterday and has seemingly thrown in the towel with only two race days remaining.Ellis also won the fifth race for Plummer aboard 4-1 chance HOLOGRAM SHADOW, the six-year-old getting up in the nick of time to beat the front-running favourite RAGING PROSPECT by a neck over a mile, followed up with 8-5 favourite PERFECT FLYER for trainer Dwight Chen in the eighth, as well as 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT who made all impressively for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in the War Zone Sprint (11th race) supporting feature. ROYAL ASSAULT won by four lengths from ACTION MAN in the smart time of 105.3.Ellis, who won his first championship in the year 2000, was elated with yesterday’s windfall and indicated it would be much of the same next year.”My ability is unquestionable, so I will only have to put my mind to it in 2016. Looking back at the season, I told myself in mid-year there was no way I would be beaten by Halledeen and only had to avoid injury or suspension to win my second championship. The wait was long, but it was worth it,” said the popular jockey.Meanwhile, PHINEAS (3-1), with Wesley Henry riding for trainer Andrew McDonald, outfinished 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO under outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson by a neck to win the Gladiator Trophy open allowance feature over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1:24.1.
Ireland’s hottest athletics talent will be on show against some of the world’s best athletes tonight (Fri) at the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event.The event will feature international athletes from USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Uganda, England, Scotland and Wales.The first race starts at 7:00pm at the Danny McDaid Track, Aura Leisure Centre with the grande finale being the men’s mile, taking to the track at 8:45pm.The Mile is set to feature seven sub 4 minute milers in a world class field, along with seven other athletes who are all within a second of breaking the magical four minute barrier.South Africa’s Jerry Motsau, Canada’s Jeremy Rae, New Zealand’s Julian Oakley, Germany’s Clemens Bleistein, Denmark’s Mads Taersbol, England’s Matt Clowes, and Scotland’s Cameron Boyek are taking on the might of America’s best milers in Peter Callahan, Tommy Schmitz, Jon Peterson and Travis Mahoney.Two of Letterkenny’s middle distance stars, Danny Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan, will be hoping to cause an upset and steal a victory in front of the home crowd, and in the process dip under the 4 minute barrier.Last year’s race saw the first ever sub 4 minute mile in Donegal with Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios running 3:59.42, so it will be interesting to see how much faster this year’s field can go.The women’s 3000m steeplechase looks like it is turning out to be one of the races of the meeting with a host of athletes chasing the qualification standard for the World Championships in Beijing and next year’s Rio Olympics.The Irish trio of Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy, fresh from representing Ireland at the European Team championships, have all come very close to the qualification standard of 9:45 in recent weeks. Letterkenny’s Anne-Marie McGlynn will make her debut over the steeplechase, and will look to stake her claim for a place at the World Championships, with an eye towards the Rio Olympics next year.The Irish girls will face some tough opposition from Americans Jamie Cheever, Sarah Pease, Mary Goldkamp, Addie Bracy and Maggie Callahan, along with Scotland’s Lennie Waite, Germany’s Ronja Bohrer and Uganda’s Juliet Chekwell. The fastest ever women’s steeplechase run in Ireland is 9:47 from 2013 and it looks like a new record will be on the cards in Letterkenny on Friday night.Spectators will barely get a chance to catch their breath as the action doesn’t stop there with many quality races planned.The men’s 800m event will see some of Ireland’s rising stars such as Garry Campbell and Shane Fitzsimons battle it out with Germany’s Patrick Schoenball and USA’s Sam Ellison, both with personal bests of 1:47. In the men’s 3000m, a host of the North-West’s top distance runners JP Williamson, Scott Rankin, Ciaran Doherty, Conor Duffy and Declan Reed will be up against Carl Stones of the USA, fresh from the US championships in Tracktown, Eugene last weekend. In the men’s 400m, Craig Lynch, who has been producing some very fast times, and represented Ireland at the World Relays in the Bahamas recently, will be chasing Mark English’s meeting record of 46.88. The one lap race will also be contested by England’s Rick Beardsall, along with the South African duo of Armand Van Zyl and Taylor Bieldt.In the women’s 200m, Scotland’s Diane Ramsay, who has Letterkenny family connections, will take on last year’s winner Steph Creaner and runner-up Vicky Harris. Another of last year’s winners Philip Redrick, USA, will be back to defend his title, but will face stiff opposition in the men’s 100m from three of South Africa’s most promising sprinters, Tsepo Lefete, Mpho Tladi and Lebakeng Sesele, along with Irish Junior sprint star Eoin Doherty. All eyes will also be on the centre-field action with the men’s javelin set to produce one of the best competitions seen in Ireland in years. England’s Joe Dunderdale and Switzerland’s Julian Lehmann have personal bests of 76m and 68m respectively, and this will be an impressive event to watch in the air, as they do battle with Strabane coach Damian Crawford’s stable of throwers Sean McBride, Danny Mullan and Darryl Crawford. In the women’s long jump, local girl Arlene Crossan will be out to impress the home crowd against Vivian Fleischer, both athletes edging closer to 6 metres.With many more names to be added in the coming week, and with such a high calibre of up to 100 athletes competing from all over the World, it is a great opportunity to come and see world class athletics in the North-West. The international programme will be kicking off at 7:00pm on Friday 10th July at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track, Aura Leisure Centre, and Letterkenny Athletic Club is welcoming everyone to come out and see a night of non-stop athletics action.GREAT CROWD EXPECTED TONIGHT FOR 4 MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:4 minute miledonegalLetterkenny AC