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 A fine season continues for the six-year-old with victory in "thetotecom"Handicap for trainer Tim Doyle and jockey Sean Bowen 


landing the Nire Valley Handicap under Sean Bowen.

Simply Sideways continued the excellent recent form of trainer Tim Doyle when running out a comfortable winner of the Nire Valley Handicap at Clonmel.The mare was ridden by jockey Sean Bowen. Entering the straight, Bowen pressed on over two furlongs out and had enough in reserve to hold out.

Sean (Bowen) said she was at her ease and travelled all the way. "Sean is great value for his 7lb claim and is a smashing rider. He has now had six rides for us and four winners. He is doing us a lot of favours and this is his local track and he received a good reception.


Crystal Clear wins again for Minella Racing.
Trainer John Nallen got an instant return on recent purchase, "Is That Love"ridden by Sean D Bowen with the gelding running out a comfortable winner of the opening Manguard Plus Claiming Race at Leopardstown.
Teed Up ridden by Sean D Bowen, left goes down by a head to Brazil.
Guinness Handicap, Galway races August 2023 

Pinball Wizard

Pinball Wizard trained by ⁦Minella Racing
⁩ Naas Jun 28, 2023 

Wonderful Achievement for 17 year old

Sean D Bowen

Congratulations to Sean D Bowen on his fantastic achievement

5 wins in 9 days

  • 8th June Leopardstown Racecourse AGENDA (Lorna Fowler)
  • 9th June Fairyhouse Racecourse OUT ON FRIDAY (Phillip M Bryne)
  • 14th June Wetherby Racecourse & Conference Centre TEAM ENDEAVOUR (Ian Williams)
  • 16th June Fairyhouse Racecourse OUT ON FRIDAY (Phillip M Bryne)
  • 17th June Leicester Racecourse MY CHIQUITA (B Brooke)

Wonderful achievement for 17 year old Sean D Bowen and best of luck in all future races


🚀 𝑴𝑰𝑵𝑬𝑳𝑳𝑨 𝑴𝑰𝑺𝑺𝑰𝑳𝑬 winner of the 5yo Geldings Maiden at Stowlin P2P 1st. May 2023 ridden by Bertie Finn.

American In Paris

       American In Paris. (IRE). Track Horse.  Trainer: Denis Gerard Hogan.
Jockey Sean Bowen rides another winner at Dundalk 11/4/23

Elizabeth Nallen-Bowen  is on hand to collect the Trophy

Cristal Clere win @breastcancer

Handicap for owner-trainer John Nallen and Sean Bowen. Leopardstown RC -  2nd April 2023

Minella Double winner of the @tatts_ireland 4yo maiden at Dromahane 13/11/22


Minella Times wood sculpture by John Hayes

PARROT MOUTH: Carving Minella magic

Whether weilding a chain saw or chipping away with a chisel, John Hayes is your man for wood carvings on an epic scale

Olivia Hamilton (/journalists/ohamilton) see full article:

Seam Bowen rode another winner


 May 31, 2022 

Bowen hails from a famous racing family as his uncle, John Nallen, trains point-to-pointers. His mother, ELiz, manages the famous Hotel Minella in County Tipperary.

Realtin Fantasy trained by Willie Browne partnered by young Seam Bowen who rode his first ever winner in Dundalk on AJAX TAVERN last December.
John Nallen with a Sculpture in Wood by John Hayes at Hotel Minella. 
John Nallen receives an award from IHA.
John Nallen in Lavally
Sean Bowen rode his first ever winner at Dundalk.
Multiple winners, doubles, broken reins, there was a lot of action on the track in Dundalk

Bowen hails from a famous racing family as his uncle, John Nallen, trains point-to-pointers in County Tipperary.

“I just got my licence at the end of September 2021 and that’s my fifth ride so far,” Bowen said after partnering Denis Hogan’s 14-1 shot to victory.

“I’m riding out for Denis two days a week and the rest of the week with my uncle John Nallen.

Another Winner for Sean Bowen

Rachael Blachmore is honoured by IHA
Minella Branded products for Sale
Minella Indo. is poster boy at the sales.
John Nallen at his Farm in Lavally outside Clonmel.
Minella Indo
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Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales🚀NOTEBOOK 🚀 makes it the 2nd Gr.1 winner of the day for Tattersalls Cheltenham Graduates as he takes the Racing Post Novice Chase (Gr.1) at LeopardstownRC for Gigginstown and Henry de Bromhead. December 2019Sold at the 2018 #CheltenhamMay Sale by John Nallen to Mags O'Toole for £70,000
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“You have a higher conversion rate with five-year-olds.” Nallen notes. “You will get less money but they are more likely to do the business because they haven’t been gunned. The one five-year- old we’d left this year, Minella Trump, he won at Ballycahane and we sold him at Aintree (for £90,000). He’s gone to Donald McCain. He’s a good horse. “Minella Indo could have made it at four but I didn’t want to take the chance. You want to do right by the horse too.”


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Personality of the year John Nallen with family and friends.14th. June 2019
Personality awardThe hotel played host to The Irish Field Point-To-Point Awards recently and fittingly Nallen was presented with Healy Racing Personality of the Year award, though he admits that “they caught me rotten”, having had no clue at all what was coming. It was well deserved. Horses are in the genes, his mother Babs Lenihan having been reared in a hunting-mad family around Ballylaneen in Co Waterford, while “The Boss”, Jack Nallen hailed from Banagher, Co Offaly. He was immersed in flapping during the 1940s and maintained an interest in horse racing subsequently. He loved greyhounds too and it was the sale of one particularly good racer in 1961 that funded the purchase of an old Georgian property in Clonmel a couple of years later. The Minella name came with it. They bought land at Lavally and began to educate young horses themselves. In the ‘90s, they raced them with Anne-marie O’Brien, then her husband Aidan and when they moved on to Ballydoyle, Annemarie’s father Joe Crowley. Hotel Minella, Minella Man and Minella Lad filled the No 1 slot regularly.After a while, they trained the horses for the track themselves but around the turn of the century, logic prevailed.
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John Nallen with some young stock on his Farm at Lavally Clerihan Clonmel.
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Rocco Hunt Chase Cheltenham 2016


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“Notebook is probably the best horse to jump we ever had’’
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“Sometimes they jump out at you the minute you see them. Minella Indo was a a Beat Hollow and a good family but the mother was 22 and people said ‘how did you buy a foal out of a 22-year-old mare? “We bought two Beat Hollows that day. One was Minella Beat and we always thought he was better than your man (Indo) but we got him beat in a bumper. He’s with Jamie
Snowden now and he’s very happy with him"

Team Minella Racing 

Minella Trump EIRE 2014 BG

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Minella Melody 

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Minella Melody Winner of 4yo Mares Maiden for John Nallen in Boulta on Sunday 16 December 2018

Minella Royale

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Minella Royale at Lingstown
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Minella Royale Dec 4

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Lingstown - 5yo Geld Mdn MINELLA ROYALE (GB) by Shirocco B Lawless John Nallen

Minella Bobo

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Hotel Minella on Twitter: "Great winner Minella Bobo @Inchp2p #minellaracing #minellawinner… "
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Minella Bobo comes from the family of Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own.
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Piltown 2018

Minella Beat

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10/3/18 - Minella Beat won a Lismore point by 12 lengths

Minella Encore

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Killeagh point-to-point - The Irish Fieldn and Sean Bowen after their win Minella Encore with Conor Bowen, Jack Nallen.
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Hotel Minella on Twitter: "Another Minella winner Minella encore at ... Another Minella winner Minella encore at Killagh

Minella INDO

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Minella INDO at Dromhane Point to Point - 18/3/18
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Goffs UK‏ @GoffsUK19 Mar 2018Great debut run by MINELLA INDO (by Beat Hollow) to win by 6L in the Goffs UK 5YO maiden at Dromahane. Congratulations to J C Barry and John Nallen

Minella Rocco

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The Irish Field - 06 February 2015John Nallen returns with Minella Rocco at Horse and Jockey

Minella For ME

Minella For ME
Minella For ME Owned by John Nallen was a winner at The Roscommon Races on Sunday 1st November. 2015

Minella Tweet

Minella tweet wins at Listowel
Minella Tweet Winner for John Nallen at Listowel 17 September 2014
Minella pushes the boat out!The Nallen Family of Hotel Minella, Clonmel, gave their generous support at the Limerick Charity Race Day on Monday 14th October, for THE JOCKEYS EMERGENCY FUND
Minella pushes the boat out!
Minella pushes the boat out!The Nallen Family of Hotel Minella, Clonmel, gave their generous support at the Limerick Charity Race Day on Monday 14th October, for THE JOCKEYS EMERGENCY FUND, Be There for JT & Jonjo, in purchasing at the Live Auction, a specially commissioned watercolour by Peter Curling for 20,000 euro.The painting depicts six jockeys, in a different set of some of the most recognisable silks, being splashed about a choppy ocean in a boat. The vessel’s sail adorned appropriately by JP Mc Manus’s silks, which JT McNamara always wore to such great effect.The clever cartoon illustration partnered the registered owners’ initiative, who pledged a minimum donation to have their colours carried in the commemorative race card, which carried the caption“ We’re pushing the boat out for JT and Jonjo – nail your colours to the mast.”Curling’s subtle portrayal of a brave band of adventurers trying to navigate their way through troubled waters gave inspiration for the Irish racing world to give generously in supporting the event.John J Nallen Trainer and Hotelier with his sister Elizabeth, said “that they were only too delighted to be able donate to such a worthy cause, and that the flagship charity event will inspire similar generosity to keep topping up the Jockeys Emergency Fund.”
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My Farming Week: John Nallen, Minella, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary5/3/2014In My Farming Week, John Nallen from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary speaks to James Taylor about his farm, Hotel Minella and next week's Cheltenham racing festival.

Minella Scamp

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Minella Scamp

Minella Reception

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Minella Reception 2 at Listowel.

Minella Reception at Listowel.


Minella for Fitness Aintree 2013.
Minella For Fitness Aintree 2013

Minella For Fitness Aintree 2013


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James Carroll .

Team Nallen

Minella Friend Dromahane 2013.

Minella Foru Navan 2013.

Minella Foru Navan 2013.

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Minella Foru at Lemonsfield.


Sivron wins 5yr.old Maiden Askeaton 2013


Sivron wins 5yr.old Maiden Askeaton 2013
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The Man from Minella

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The Man from Minella 4yr.old Maiden Templemore 2013.
Man from Minella.

The Man from Minella

4yr.old Maiden Templemore 2013.


Minella Friend and James Carroll

Minella Friend

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Minella Friend with James Carroll .

For value wins for Minella Hotel

Minella for Value


Minella for Value - 2013

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Minella Reception
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Minella Reception Listowel 2012.
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Minella Reception Listowel 2012.

Minella For Value

Minella for Value wins again.

Winner; 6-Y-O Geldings Maiden Race Liscarroll Point -to- Point. 25th. March 2012
Minella Captain

Minella Captain - Tralee 2003


Minella Leisure

Minella Leisure

Minella Leisure jack
Jack & Babs - Minella Leisure 2002

Minella Lad

Minella Lad
Minella Lad - Aintree 1998 Owned and Trained by John Nallen.
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Minella Lad winner at Gowran Park Ridden by Mrs Anne- Marie O'Brien. This picture includes Jack & Bab's Nallen after a win at the races.

Hotel Minella 

Hotel Minella
Minella Hotel - Owned and Trained by John J. Nallen - Fairyhouse  

Clonmel's Minella.

Clonmel's Minella.

Clonmel's Minella.Owned and Trained by John Nallan - Listowel 1998.



Minella Storm 1998

Minella Storm

Minella Derby

Minella Derby

Gowran Park 1996 - Minella Derby Trained by John Nallen.

Minella Express

Minella Express 1996
Minella Express 1996
Punchestown 1995
Hotel MinellaOwner John Nallen, Trainer Aidan O;Brien, Jockey Charlie Swan .

Punchestown 1995

Punchestown 1995
Mrs Shelia Burrows presents Mr John J. Nallen with the Jameson Gold Cup Fairyhouse 1995

Jack Nallen Fishing on the Suir


Jack Nallen always the sportsman.

Jack Nallen was Lucky with the Greyhounds

"Colonel Perry and Ollie's Pal" 

Greyhound Derby Winners for Jack Nallen in the fifties.
The original Quaker House.
This Quaker House was purchased by Jack Nallen and converted it to become Hotel Minella.

Hotel Minella

Coleville Road


Co. Tipperary

Telephone No: +353 (0)52 612 2388

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