VDM Winner 2018 (Fillies Division)

OAKWOOD STARCAM (Sportswriter – Camadian)
Time: P, 2, 2:02.7
Owner: Meadowbranch/Brian Redmond
Trainer: William Flanagan
Driver: John Richardson
Breeder: Oakwood Stud (IRL)
Oakwood Starcam was the highest priced yearling filly ever sold under auction when the hammer fell at Brightwells Standardbred Sales in October 2017 and the £28,000 given seems cheap considering she went unbeaten throughout 2018 culminating in an unlikely but deserved victory in the 2018 VDM. From an uncompromising draw 8 and trouble in running the filly dug deep into her reserves under John Richardson to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for owners Meadowbranch/Brian Redmond who shared the winner’s enclosure with an emotional Delaney family who had finally bred an Oakwood suffixed winner of their late brother’s memorial event. The time of 2:02.7 was inconsequential given the manner of her victory.

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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.