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Fermoy get there midweek meeting underway on Wednesday. Breezing Johnny will be expected to put up a bold showing in the Stakes. Other runners to note are Vibe and Sarasota Silver, who can oppose the selection in the final.
Runners with more experience are now beginning to reappear in more and more meetings. A notable entry in the Derby trial stake at Fermoy is reserve winner Sexy .
The Cup at and attracted a good interest. The winner of the first round buckle between Power and Call Him Bale will be expected to go a long way and the top half of the stake can be a battle between Sudden and Cracking Jet.
Diligent beat Cashel’s winner Loyal Lyric in a good All-Age bitch stake at last year, but it is the more fancied Call Her Dresden, who is expected to win here. Reported to be unlucky in the semi-final at , Dresden can get back to winning ways here.
All-Age Cup has turned out to be a cracker on paper. Hero, beaten only once in his career, by Thomas The Tank in the Derby Semi-final of two years ago, lines up here as the defending champion. Central Investor, defeated in the third round of the Derby having gone back to slips, can oppose Hero in the final. A final which would be highly anticipated. Newry Awake and Crafty Boohoo look set to provide stiffest opposition.
Connacht Cup sees Mr Blonde reappear in a bid to step forward on his performance. He looks set to do the business here with Crafty Yahoo the biggest danger.
Flow on Jess can get the better of last year’s trial stake winner Weasel and progress to the final while Rosie and Fortuna Delight look best in the bottom half. Rocky Hill is also respected in a wide open stake.
The Cup at provided a memorable day for my family last year with Man of War. This year Vale View Flyer looks the one to beat. Incidentally he was the competitor who was sent back to slips with Central Investor in the third round of the Derby last year which resulted in Vale View being a non-runner on the Monday morning. Browne’s Isle of Dreams could oppose him in the final while Play It Cool represents our kennel in Man of War’s absence.
Castle Tornado, a Kitty Butler semi-finalist meets in what will be a good buckle and Sand Sea Model is also in a tricky top half. Baby looks likely to progress to the final while wearing the white collar all the way.
King and Vibe were unlucky not to pick up trial stakes last season and both can perform well in the Corn at New Ross, which gets underway on Monday. Vibe is declared at Fermoy on Wednesday so a notable performance there may mean he doesn’t take up his place in Wexford. Hi Black Jack is another who may not run in New Ross if he performs well in the Connacht Cup in .
The All-Age Bitch stake has attracted an impressive entry and Needham Marie looks the one to beat. The Bitch Puppy Stake winner at Limerick will be fancied to succeed by many this week. Roadside Lady can provide a test in the bottom half while New who upset Bank Perspective in the Oaks, can oppose Marie in the final.