Finally a break came in the weather and the East Cork Camera Group were on their way again to yet another favourite sporting event for our members, across the County boundary to West Waterford, to Tallow Pt. 2 Pt.
Tallow races are held annually on the first Sunday in February under the auspices of West Waterford Hunt and have been running for over 100 years. They are one of the oldest Pt. 2 Pt. races in the country.
The races were held on the lands of former Aintree Grand National winning Trainer, Jimmy Mangan, at Shanakill, Conna. There were six races in all with an entry of Ninety Five. Sadly a leading Pt. 2 Pt. Trainer and Jockey, William Codd, R.I.P. passed away earlier this week and as a mark of respect to him, jockeys wore black armbands in his honour.
Tallow Pt. 2. Pt. always clashes with the Hennessy meeting at Leopardstown but T.V. coverage was provided on a big screen and the main race was broadcast over the public address. It is definitely a family day out with something for everyone such as face painters, a dog show and even a local country market .
As always there was a great atmosphere by the track with spectators shouting words of encouragement to the jockeys as they raced towards the finishing line. There were a few fallers but thankfully both jockeys and horses all walked away to ride again on another day.
It was a very enjoyable day out for E.C.C.G. and no doubt we will return again next year.
- Eileen Upton