More news from Paddy McGhee
Last weekend saw host their first meeting at their new field. In what has been described as a sensational field (pictures confirm these descriptions), combined with excellent hares, have set a high standard for clubs to follow for the rest of the season.
Lochbo Charlie leads Mr Blonde
Charlie ( Blake/ Abbey) got his career back on track in the prestigious Desmond Cup in . Having missed the National Meeting last year after an impressive trial stake win at Regional, Charlie proved a decisive winner here, clocking impressively throughout and getting the better of some big names along the way. beat three trial stake winners from last season and indeed Champion Stakes winner Mr Blonde in a semi-final encounter. High Garden, the qualifier from last season, was his opponent in the final however Charlie ran out an impressive winner and increased his record to ten wins from eleven courses.
Secret (Cross Country/ Carol) was another who missed the National Meeting last year having qualified for the Champion Bitch Stake but she is well on her way to qualification this season again as she secured her first four points for the season. A semi-finalist in the Limerick all-age bitch at the end of last year and an Oaks Quarter finalist in her puppy campaign, this consistent lady got the better of the fancied Careful Betty in the final. A second win for the Dempsey family in the opening two weeks of the season.
At Ennis and Blazing Music ( Blaze/Rock Music) landed the HJ Murphy and Ryan Memorial Cup. A third round defeat to Rock in the TA Morris at was his best performance last season and he got his season off to the best possible start on reappearance. On his way to victory Blazing Music overcame dual cup winner from last season Star and bitch, Fallen Prey in the final who picked up two points in the all-age ladies standings.
Double celebrations were in order for the Spillane’s as Pearl (Musical Time/ Polly) took the honours in the Oaks trial stake at . Pearl impressed on the clock from the first round and this January puppy had enough in reserve to see off in the final.
The Derby trial stake at was won by the (Central City/Moat Lady). The John Flynn trained runner got the better of Time James in the final to book his ticket at this early stage and being a late April pup is entitled to improve significantly from his weekend exertions. Clocking well throughout, there was undoubtedly some decent performers in this stake and it could prove to be a good form guide throughout the rest of the season.
Ennis and Oaks trial stake ticket went to the well-bred Miss Buttons (Matt Hyland/ ). The Reserve Derby trial stake went to Alfie Alone ( Magic/ ), and he will continue on pursuit of a full ticket before the season comes to an end.
Although it’s early days to be evaluating sires and dams with their offspring, I have noticed all eight trial stake winners have been sired by different stud dogs.... Who will be the first to double up with their qualifiers?
, Cashel, Regional & Westmeath
There are four meetings this week as the season begins to hit full stride. Each meeting has good All-age events but Cashel certainly stands out in terms of the quality on display. Both second and third season dogs and bitches line up in their respective events in what looks set to be a fantastic meeting.
A valuable six points will be at stake at this week in the White Sands Hotel Cup while Cashel, Regional and Westmeath all run sixteen runner all-aged events. The All-aged bitches will also be in action at , Cashel and Regional respectively this week.
At , Lotto, a Champion Stakes semi-finalist from last season, and Call Him Bolt make most appeal in the top half, while at the bottom Paddy may benefit from his outing at where he clocked well in his first round. Amigo is also drawn in the bottom half and can improve on his trial stake win at Bandon last season.
In the Bitch stake here Jess, who may be the best of these, faces a tricky first round opponent in Take That Now but should she overcome this buckle, can land herself in the final with the fast Town. A runner up in a good trial stake last year to the Oaks runner-up Tynwald Jane, Town will be a tough opponent in this stake.
Cashel have received a top class entry for both their all-aged events and will welcome the return of some of the top performers from last season. In the Morrissey Cup, the return of Rover will be well watched. Most people will remember his flying second round performance in the Derby before going down in the third round to eventual winner With Grim Intent. Others to note are dual cup winner Sonny, Sunlight and Hi Black Jack who clash in the first round (incidentally both were non-runners in ), Cracking Jet, last year’s Cavan cup winner Yippee and an un-coursed son of Bexhill Eoin and Gadget Girl, Needham Work. A really competitive cup which will attract a lot of interest.
In the All-Age bitch stake, the return of Oaks quarter-finalist Blues will be highly anticipated and a semi-final clash with the flying lady Loyal Lyric would be a mouth-watering buckle. In the top half, Crafty and Marshals will be an intriguing course but it could be the third season campaigner Smokey Symbol who reaches the final here in a bid to defend her crown. A good battle between second and third season bitches is on the cards here and this is a stake which may have a bearing on the standings for the Champion Bitch Stake come February.
Regional sees the return of a few talented individuals in both All-age stakes. Cracking Lord collected ten points for the Champion Stakes last season and will bid to get his season up and running once again. The Michael owned Power of Peace was beaten in the Derby third round by Kyle Calvin and will be strongly fancied to win on reappearance and could face Vince in the final, Vince may hold a fitness edge over some rivals having won two rounds in .
Magical Amber makes her reappearance at Regional and should go well in the bottom half, her Oaks form is solid and she will be well fancied for victory. Queen looks good in the top section and can progress to the final. Shoes collected two points for running up at and is turned out quickly here. Final Date won her trial stake at Dundalk last season and could provide tough opposition for Queen in the top half.
The Belsize Cup at Westmeath is the main attraction of the meeting and in the top half Loyal Liam, a cup winner and a Puppy Stake winner at the Tipperary and District, meets Dash, Derby qualifier last year. The winner of this buckle can put up a dominant display in the top half, while a second round clash between Cuban Ando and Wood Dynamo can decide the bottom half.
An action packed weekend is in store where eight more puppies will collect their tickets. Good luck to all with runners over the weekend.