Paddy McGhee reviews the week
Stud Dog Thomas the Tank
Review of Week 1
Floating Patriot (Wallace Green/Floating Spirit) got his season off to the best possible start running out an impressive winner of the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup at . Patriot had shown promise as a puppy at both and where he was a beaten finalist. He clocked very consistently throughout the competition and beat no less than four trial stake winners on his way to victory.
We knew it was a highly competitive cup on paper and the remaining four dogs in the semi-finals on Sunday, Must Name Him, Fleetwood Nova, Floating Patriot and Call Him Bale, confirmed this fact. Floating Patriot the least qualified but superior on the day.
This leaves Floating Patriot in a great position for the rest of the season and connections will hope he can pick up a few more points and secure a Champion Stakes spot for February.
Turning Pace (March Is On/Big Maggie) followed up her Kitty Butler win with a fine win in the All-Age bitch stake. Another competitive stake to start the season off, Turning Pace continued her good level of form from last season to land the prize. Turning Pace is surely a Champion Bitch Stake contender and with her winning form on the field connections would love to see her return to .
Barrack Joan only had one outing last season in an Duffer but progressed well here to reach the final. A solid start to her campaign and she is one who can build for the season ahead.
Thomas The Tank got the best possible start to his stud career with All In running out an impressive Oaks trial stake winner. This May puppy by Thomas The Tank and Smokey clocked well and can improve further between now and the National Meeting.
Sexy is the first reserve trial stake winner of the season and will no doubt go in search of a full trial stake during the remainder of the season.
These trial stakes should see a few of their respective runner’s progress to Trial Stake honours throughout the season and there were a few bitches in particular who got people talking in during the early rounds.
The turn-out for the All-Age cup at was rather disappointing with only 6 dogs taking their part in the event. Father Flash ( Magic/ Queen) a duffer winner at Old last season, won the event, beating Pumpkin Castle in the semi-final and Gods My Judge in the final. As it was only an eight dog stake it does not qualify for Champion Stakes points.
The All-age bitch stake had a few shocks in the first round, especially in the bottom half where two of the fancies Buzz and Rosie were both beaten. (March Is On/Down The Hollow) was noted before the stake for her impressive clock in the first round of a trial stake and she proved that was no fluke when running well here to collect her prize. Four points on the board this early can be crucial for a spot in the All-age Classics come the end of the season and she has put herself in a great position now.
Candy (March Is On/ Dilemma) and Advantage ( Sam/ ) collected their Oaks and Derby tickets respectively at . Both winners had similar clocks during their stakes and both also enjoyed natural byes to the final due to the 24 runner events. Connections will be delighted to have qualifiers so early in the campaign and can plan their path to carefully from here on in.
course at their new field for the first time this year and every effort is being made to ensure a memorable first meeting on the new grounds. Watering has been done and a sprinkler system is in place at both venues in the build up to this week’s action.
For the first time in quite a few years (I presume) the Desmond Cup is a 16 dog stake – a quality 16 dog stake, but this is not the norm for this prestigious event and it is likely to be due to ground concerns. Latest Trick won the event for the second time last year and the three previous winners were Music, Mucky and Bexhill Brian. That just shows the standard of entry this cup has received in the past.
This year it sees the return of last year’s promoted Champion Stakes winner and Irish Cup semi-finalist Mr Blonde. Lightly coursed as a puppy Mr Blonde sets out on a third season and will be looking to be at the business end of the action on Sunday evening. He is drawn in the bottom half of the draw and could meet the impressive Regional scorer from last year, Charlie. A much talked about dog last season who did not get taking his place in . That should make for an interesting semi-final if it pans out that way but the bottom half of the draw looks tricky and Jet, who beat Needham Danger in the Derby could have something to say about that. Also in the bottom half is Mick, a greyhound who beat Crafty Who in his trial stake final, form which was boosted at the Irish Cup meeting with the performance of the latter. In the top half it looks as though is the one to beat. Impressive at last year this lad was beaten by Derby quarter-finalist Master in a tight course at the National Meeting. High Garden looks the danger to in the top half but the latter can prevail and go on to meet Mr Blonde in what would be an enticing final.
In the All-age bitch stake there are 8 trial stake winners involved. The top half looks incredibly tricky but Careful Betty may have enough to overcome some talented opponents. In the bottom half, dual All-age winner from last season and Oaks quarter-finalist in the season prior, Secret can progress to the final. Standing in her way however will be another Oaks quarter-finalist in the form of Sand Sea Model, although beaten last week at by runner-up Barrack Joan I still think she can have a say in this stake. A high quality entry again for a stake won last year by the impressive Duchess.
At Ennis and the 16 All-age cup has received a quality entry also. India Rio meets last year’s Dundalk Corn winner Colossal Force in a first round battle that could go a long way in deciding the event. Star, Champion Stakes qualifier from last year begins his third season and will meet the winner of the buckle of the round. Also drawn in the top half is Blazing Music, beaten in the TA Morris 3rd round by the winner Rock, he will be looking to get his campaign off to a good start. In the bottom half Path of Dreams is an interesting runner, although he hasn’t raised a flag since his trial stake win at two seasons ago he may progress quietly through this event and land himself in the final.
As mentioned last week, trial stakes at this time of the season are an unknown and I will not begin to start guessing what may/may not go well. This week sees a number of extremely well-bred individuals starting out on their careers and their progress will be monitored closely in the coming weeks by all concerned. New sires to the scene include Martin with his first crop and an interesting Wish/ Babe litter which could be special. especially has a habit of throwing up a good number of trial stake runners in their line-ups and some of these will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the season.
The first week of the coursing season got off to a great start for March Is On. The Champion Stakes winner sired both All-age bitch stake winners and threw in a trial stake winner for good measure.
Thomas The Tank’s first runners yielded a winner in the form of All In and Sam’s litter to the highly successful brood produced winner Advantage.
success in the paddock was already well documented in previous litters with, Jingles, , Pines, Lady and Maureen , dam of Kyle Calvin.