VDM Winner 2019 (Colts Division)

MATTEUCEOUS (Armbro Duece – Another Mattie)
TIME: P, 2, 2:03
Owner: Frank Huschka 
Trainer: Alexis Laidler
Driver: Rocker Laidler
Breeder: Gareth Price

Following in the footsteps of half brothers Titanium, Miraculous, and Matticulous, the Armrbo Deuce bred Matteuceous became the fourth winner of the Colts VDM final out of dam Another Mattie in 2019. The top lot at the 2018 Builth sale costing £25,000 the Frank Hushka owned Alexis Laidler trained colt demonstrated his well-being before VDM weekend by taking out the Breeders Crown at Tir Prince a fortnight earlier. Drawn 8 in the VDM final driver William “Rocker” Laidler dropped Matteuceous to the tail of the field at the off before producing the colt with a sustained run from half-way. Four wide rounding the home turn he kicked on again in the stretch to ambush the Jordan Stratton driven Oakwood Cowboy close home to triumph in 2:03. A big future awaits the big son of the ill-fated Armbro Deuce who showed tremendous heart and courage to win going away, from what appeared to be an unlikely starting position


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The Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 VDM festival due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It was a hard decision to make, and we pushed it as long as possible, ” said chairman Derek Delaney, “Not only are we looking at the issues with the racing schedule, but we are also looking at the social aspects of the festival. Without being able to host international and local visitors at the track, we believe that canceling is the best choice to make.”

The plans are already being laid for next year, which will mark the big 10 year anniversary of the VDM weekend.

“10 years is a huge achievement, both for us as a family and for Irish harness racing,” said Derek, “When we started with a race in memory of our brother, Vincent, we could never have envisioned we would be here, gearing up for the 10th anniversary. We have big dreams in the works and the sky is the limit!”

All fully paid up horses will be refunded. For questions please contact Derek at derek@oakwoodstud.ie.