SANDY SEA BOWS OUT
Defending champion Sandy Sea made a first round exit from the JP McManus Irish Cup earlier today. Running off the red collar he changed sides behind Gifted Hero very early in the course before coming back at his opponent on the correct side. However the turn came just in time for GIFTED HERO in what turned out to be the second fastest clock of the opening day (10.96secs).
The well drawn TIPOKA (11.00 secs) is now 4/1 joint favourite and in the morning he meets FLOATING RAIN (11.09 secs) who was involved in a hard hunt.
Floating rain getting workThe other joint favourite is WALLACE FLYER who was fastest up today (10.95 secs). In the morning he meets his kennel mate CITY DEAL who put out Brazing Serpent in another fast time (11.05 secs).
A very interesting second round buckle will be that between BEXHILL BRIAN (11.04 secs) and LISLOOSE EOIN (11.10 secs). The latter may have been slightly offline but Alarm Time gave him a big scare. Mind you Alarm Time did run very well in the Irish Purse after lunch.
Lisloose Eoin lead Alarm Time
KERRY CALL get the better of the litter brothers (11.00 secs) and he could yet give Pa Fitzgerald / Patsy Byrne a big say in this Classic despite the elimination of their 2009 Champion. He will definitely get to Sunday if he puts in two similar runs tomorrow.
The Kerry Brothers
STIFF TEST (11.02 secs) PREVELENCE (11.10 secs) and HIGH AND MIGHTY (11.11 secs) were other pups to impress while PARTY JAY CEE (11.04 secs) and KILBEACANTY HILL (11.06 secs) clocked fastest of the other All Ages.
TORY HILL BLONDE won against City Terminator after they were sent back to slips.
Heres a sequence of Kyle Basil being given the Slip
Isnt this all thats best about Coursing
Coursing resumes at 11.30am on Saturday with Round 2 of the Irish Cup