Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Week 4 
AbbeydorneyCrohane & KillenauleEdenderry, Fermoy, Loughrea & New Ross 
Fermoy get there midweek meeting underway on Wednesday. Breezing Johnny will be expected to put up a bold showing in the Ballyarthur Stakes. Other runners to note are Kingsmill 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 Kilflynn reserve winner Sexy Rexy 

The Slievenamon Cup at Crohane and Killenaule attracted a good interest. The winner of the first round buckle between Wyken 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 Cas and Cracking Jet. 
Diligent beat Cashel’s winner Loyal Lyric in a good All-Age bitch stake at Rathdowney 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 Kilflynn, Dresden can get back to winning ways here. 

Edenderry’s All-Age Cup has turned out to be a cracker on paper. Kilkeale 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 Kilkeale Hero in the final. A final which would be highly anticipated. Newry Awake and Crafty Boohoo look set to provide stiffest opposition. 

Loughrea’s Connacht Cup sees Mr Blonde reappear in a bid to step forward on his Glin 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 Nidge Weasel and progress to the final while Hollyhill Rosie and Fortuna Delight look best in the bottom half. Rocky Hill is also respected in a wide open stake. 

The Horgan Cup at Abbeydorney 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. Berkie 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 Ballymac Ashie in what will be a good buckle and Sand Sea Model is also in a tricky top half. Horgie Baby looks likely to progress to the final while wearing the white collar all the way. 

Ashmore King and Kingsmill Vibe were unlucky not to pick up trial stakes last season and both can perform well in the Corn Ros Mhic Treion at New Ross, which gets underway on Monday. Kingsmill 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 Loughrea.   
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 Ballarue New who upset Bank Perspective in the Oaks, can oppose Marie in the final.   

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