Historical week for Waterford Racing Club

Robin Kelly continued his excellent run of form when he once again finished in the prizes in the tough Des Hanlon Memorial in Co Carlow.

Robin Kelly continued his excellent run of form when he once again finished in the prizes in the tough Des Hanlon Memorial in Co Carlow.

It’s been a busy week for Waterford Racing Club. The club had a huge turnout for the popular Bobby Power Memorial, hosted by our neighbours in Carrick on St Patrick’s Day. It was a productive day for the club with Robin Kelly and Daniel Merriman both making it into the prizes in sixth and eighth places respectively.

The main event however was the Des Hanlon Memorial in Co. Carlow. At one hundred miles long with not a flat road in sight this is arguably the toughest and most prestigious race on the Irish domestic calendar as evidenced by an enormous turnout of more than 500 riders.

Robin Kelly, normally a sprinter rather than a climber had his work was cut out for him if he was to maintain his extraordinary run of finishing in the prizes in every single elite race that he has finished in 2015 so far.

However we are very proud to report that Robin’s record remains intact following an incredible race where following a brutal war of attrition he was beaten only by two specialist climbers who were riding in the professional ranks last year to take the third and final podium place.

Meanwhile, it was a historic day for our newly formed ladies racing team. Martina Cronin and Emma Walsh were our representatives and they weren’t there to make up the numbers. Emma was one of the main protagonists on the day and created the breakaway that would eventually contest the prize placings before eventually finishing in sixth place to score our first ever prizes and points in ladies racing.

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