Review of Week 5
A number of runners who had earned points early in the season were making reappearances this week. Some were expected to gain another few points and leave themselves in a good position for the February Classics, however this didn’t happen and we have more new winners in the All-Age ranks and no dog or bitch in pole position for a Champion Stakes qualifying position.
( Dynamo/Moat Belle) made the perfect start to her All-Age campaign when winning the ultra-competitive All-Age Bitch. Only the third Oaks winner in ten years to reappear after landing the February Classic, landed this stake in fine style from the fast Blades of Steel who was reappearing herself after an absence of exactly one year. This Stake was easily the most competitive of the season thus far and both and Blades of Steel can earn more Champion Stakes point throughout the season.
The Island Cup at went to Tom (Adios Alonso/Whitestone River). This fellow is a real classy performer and has won on each of his three seasonal reappearances while also landing the Corn as a puppy. Beating two impressive puppies from last year in the form of Needham Simple and , landed the final from Shift , a dog who was having his best performance to date.
The prefix landed an All-Age bitch double at the weekend. Lola (Bexhill Eoin/), handled by Charlie was winning her third All-Age Bitch Stake, this time at , while Rose (Matt Hyland/Beyond Tivoli), having her first run since reaching the quarter final of the Oaks, won at . Rose always looked the star performer in the line-up and obliged while Lola’s win was the second victory in a week for Charlie after Split Decision landed the All-Age Bitch Stake at .
The All-Age Cup at went to Amigo (Wallace Green/ Nine). A trial stake winner at Bandon last year this fellow was beaten in the second round of the Derby by Vale View Flyer. He had a run two weeks ago at and showed how capable he was here. beat Maker of Rules, a fellow trial stake winner in the final.
( Blaze/Blades of Glory) won the All-Age Cup at last weekend. A reserve trial stake winner last season, beating Master, he won this event from runner-up Chief. He was very consistent on the clocks throughout the event and beat hot favourite Blazing Music in the second round.
The form kennel of the season so far must be the Spillane’s from Cork and their “” prefix landed another All-Age Cup, this time with Benny (Bexhill Eoin/ Polly). A West Cork Derby winner late last season, Benny improved from his recent run at to win the Cup at . The All-Age Bitch Stake at the meeting went to Brickfield Sky (Adios Alonso/) where she overcame Oaks Semi-finalist And Away in the final. Sky’s best performance came when she ran up the Cork Oaks trial stake to Rose, a trial stake in which three of the four semi-finalists have won All-Age Bitch Stakes this season.
(Trajectory/ Floss) won the O’Meara Cup at beating Gael in the final. A member of that fantastic litter from last season, won his Derby trial stake on this field last season and returned to land the O’Meara Cup. The All-Age bitch stake went to (Kyle James/ Duchess). A trial stake winner at last season, she had failed to raise a flag after that but returned to form here with a good display. Smokey Symbol was a runner-up here after a pleasing seasonal reappearance at Cashel.
The at Waterford was won by the track-bred Whiskey Galore ( /Temple Mia). Whiskey Galore was having his first courses this week and overcame the fast Rover in his first course. There was no final here as James was withdrawn having pulled up injured after victory in the semi-final. Another talking point from this Cup was the unfortunate career ending injury sustained by the 2014 Champion Stakes winner Mr Blonde. Hopefully he will enjoy a happy retirement, it is well deserved.
View ( Dynamo/Dedicated) won the All-Age Bitch Stake at the meeting beating Magic in the final. Having her first runs since a runner-up to Sand Sea Model in her trial stake, she earned a useful four points here in good style.
New Ross ran their meeting on Monday and Tuesday of last week. The Corn Ross was won by Nova (Johnny Casanova/ Melba). A trial stake winner at last season, he was raising his first flags since then when winning this All-Aged event and beat Listen To Him in the final. The All-Age Bitch stake at the meeting went to Late Drama (Cross Country/Wise Purchase). A really consistent lady last season, when beaten in two finals before booking her Oaks ticket at in the Ballymena trial stake. This was her first outing as an All-Age and she beat Eva in the final.
Mallow continued the coursing for the week on Wednesday and Thursday. The Rakes of Mallow All-Aged event had looked like it could come down to a Wilton Magic – Mick final and indeed it turned out that way. Wilton Magic ( Magic/Mountain Guest) came out on top and landed the third victory of his career. An Irish Cup Semi-finalist as a puppy, Wilton Magic will undoubtedly be a danger to many in All-Ages during the rest of the season.
Magic had a brilliant week on the trial stake front with three daughters and one son of the sire booking their tickets.
Sugar looked impressive at Waterford and joined her sister Blue ( Magic/ Carol), New Ross winner, in the Oaks line-up for next February. Carol is also the dam of Secret, this year’s All-Age bitch stake winner at . Blue ( Magic/ Starlight) won a reserve bitch trial stake at Mallow to give Magic his third bitch qualifier of the week.
Crafty (Adios Alonso/Crafty Bonito) looked a good quality winner at and Leigh (Musical Time/Leigh Smokey) was a good winner in . Having already shown her hand at , again showed she is a useful lady when winning here. Vienna Calling (Adios Alonso/Call Up) became the second from her litter to win their trial stakes when winning at while Churchill Queen ( Sam/Gingerbread Lady) gave Sam his second trial stake winner of the season to add to Charlie’s All-Aged Cup success.
Six Derby tickets and two reserves were up for grabs throughout the week and from them we have our new Derby favourite. Kyle Bruce (Kyle James/Blades of Glory) was recording the second trial stake victory of the week for the Field family and galloping to Derby favouritism in the process. The first “” winner of the week came at where Kyle (Kyle Ranger/Ocean ) won the Derby trial stake, giving Kyle Ranger his first trial stake winner.
( Matey/Valentia ) beat the highly talked about Power Game in the final of the Derby trial stake at . Both looked good performers but landed the final in good style causing a little bit of an upset. third trial stake winner of the season. Echo (Kyle James/ Ellen) won the Derby trial stake at Mallow joining his brother Rebel in the Derby field for . Kyle James continues his superb season as a sire. Silver (Thomas The Tank/Runaway Abbey) won his trial stake at New Ross and provided a third trial stake winner for Thomas The Tank and a first Derby qualifier for the Derby winner.
Pandemonium (Adios Alonso/) is bred to perform in Park and will do so now having landed the reserve Derby trial stake at . Tilted Moon ( Magic/Island Moon) won the Derby trial stake at and beat some well fancied performers along the way. The final trial stake of the week went to Lot Matt (Matt Hyland/ Pearl) who picked up the reserve trial stake at Waterford.