‘Leading The Field’ – a six part series looking at the strong racing culture in the East Cork/West Waterford area.
It will explore the locals’ love affair with the sport of horse racing, highlighting the various successes that the local jockeys, trainers and breeders have had on a local, national and international level. Many well-known personalities such as Davy Russell, Denis O’Regan, Frank Motherway, Jimmy Mangan and Henry De Bromhead are featured in the CRY104fm documentary, which will examine how the area is now rivaling Kildare for the ‘Home Of Racing’ title.
The documentary, made in association with the BAI, is produced and presented by Jordan McCarthy and edited by Tom Maher. Episode One will air on Sunday 22nd May at 6.30pm – and a new episode will be broadcast then every Sunday until end of June at the same time each week.
The idea came from the 2014 Gold Cup really. Lord Windermere was bred in Killeagh, ridden by a Youghal man in Davy Russell, and the runner-up, On HIs Own, was bred in Killeagh too. Horses bred a few miles apart along the N25 in the Killeagh / Youghal area and all that separated them at the line of the biggest race of the season was a whisker – it is quite the story! Epsiode one focuses on that famous Gold Cup and the career of dual champion jockey Davy Russell.