In the absence of a trophy race at Caymanas Park today, the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over a mile takes the spotlight on the nine-race programme. Seven starters have been declared, including top contenders MIRACLE STAR, ROYAL VIBES, RAGING PROSPECT and BOLD AVIATOR. The Wayne DaCosta-trained ROYAL VIBES will have lots of supporters in this not-too-hot overnight field, having been a model of consistency even though failing to win a race in the last six months. The five-year-old son of Royal Minister-November Lace is ideally suited to a mile and is fit enough to land a blow under his in-form rider, Robert Halledeen. However, the fact that ROYAL VIBES finished behind RAGING PROSPECT the last two times they met says a lot for the chances of the 6-year-old gelding RAGING PROSPECT, from the stables of Patrick Lynch. RAGING PROSPECT, who beat the very useful MILITARY MOVE over this trip back in April, caught the eye when finishing two lengths second to PRINCESS SHINE over 2000 metres on September 5, a race in which he had the then favourite ROYAL VIBES behind in third, BOLD AVIATOR (fourth), MIRACLE STAR (sixth) and BLACK THORN (seventh). All renew rivalry today, but with RAGING PROSPECT coming down 4.0kg in the scales by virtue of the 4.0kg claiming allowance of promising apprentice Odean Edwards, he’s definitely the pick of the weights, with only 50.0kg. Blessed with good pace and in good nick for this race, RAGING PROSPECT should win at the expense of the Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR and ROYAL VIBES. Other firm fancies on the card are MY COMPANION in the third race for maiden two-year-olds, BATTLE SONG in the fourth, AUNT HILDA in the fifth and LONG RUNNING TRAIN over recent winner ROYAL ASSAULT in the seventh race over the straight.
The recently published reports by the RSA and Garda Siochana on road fatalities have highlighted drink driving as one of the main factors in the increase in road deaths. An Garda Siochana and the RSA will commence drink driving enforcement and increased education initiatives in July and August with the aim of targeting this behaviour on our roads.Since June 1st 2015 to date 184 people have lost their lives on our roads. July and August are high risk months when driving on our roads, with a lot more traffic as people drive long distances for holidays and to visit family and friends. Gardaí have said that motorists can expect to see more checkpoints, breath testing and arrests for drink driving over the coming months. Drink driving detections in Donegal have increased, with one motorist being detected over the legal limit every day on average.Drink driving has again become a major challenge and motorists do not seem to be getting the message that it is wrong and they have reverted back to the old ways and drink driving is becoming too common.Drink driving is no longer socially acceptable and is a serious offence that can be tackled with the support of the community. The Gardaí have urged people who see someone who have been drinking getting behind the wheel to drive a vehicle, to report it immediately to them. It is important that everyone takes personal responsibility and not sit back and make the easy decision to look the other way.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said Donegal has featured in recent reports for the wrong reasons. “Donegal has a lot to offer with groups and individuals actively promoting Donegal as a Tourism destination and trying to attract visitors to our County, but it is unfortunate that the image of Donegal being portrayed is that of our roads being unsafe.“Too many families and communities have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions and for others involved in collisions they have had to cope with life changing injuries. Road traffic collisions are unexpected but avoidable and are traumatic events occurring in a split second but with consequences that last a lifetime. Too often motorists take a risk and make the wrong decision. Is that risk worth a life”.With the Donegal Senior team and Minor team playing in their respective Ulster Finals on Sunday the number of people travelling will increase considerably.The main messages for the busy period ahead on our roads are very clear – never ever drive after consuming alcohol or drugs or travel in a car driven by someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs, always obey the speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination, always wear your seatbelt, never use a mobile phone while driving and beware of driver fatigue.To date in 2016, 89 people have been killed on the roads – 9 more than the same period in 2015. COUNCIL ISSUES ROAD SAFETY WARNING AHEAD OF DEADLIEST DRIVING PERIOD was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Campaigndonegaldrink driving