VDM Winner 2019 (Fillies Division)

RAINBOW WRITER (Sportswriter – Hepburn Bluechip)
Time: P, 2, 2:01.4
Owner: Bernard Grendon
Trainer: Bernard Grendon
Driver: Patrick Kane

By Sportswriter, sire of Oakwood Starcam who landed the spoils in 2018 Rainbow Writer gave the owner/trainer Bernard “Benny Grendon” his greatest ever day in the sport when she pulled off one of the unlikeliest of victories in VDM history. From the 3 hole driver, Patrick Kane tried to leave hard but he couldn’t quite get enough clearance.  Forced wide into the first bend the filly suddenly made a bad break. Almost at a standstill at the tail of the field most drivers would have pulled her up and saved the filly for another day – but you only get one chance at a VDM final and Kane refused to take this set back lying down. Nursed back into contention Rainbow Writer had moved into fourth by the half and using her devastating turn of foot to the great effect she was in front by the ¾ pole and found herself six lengths clear turning for home. Maintaining that margin-right to the wire Rainbow Writer had executed one of the most extraordinary comebacks ever in Irish harness racing to the shock and delight of the packed grandstand.

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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.