Review of Week 4 from Paddy McGhee
Abbeydorney, Crohane & Killenaule, Fermoy, Edenderry & Loughrea
Fermoy held their midweek meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Eastern Shore (Kingsmill Dynamo/Lochbo Polly) became the latest from the ‘Lochbo’ breeding to be victorious this season when landing the Ballyarthur Stakes. Breezing Johnny was fancied for outright honours and reached the semi-final but was defeated by Eastern Shore. The winner collected four points for the Champion Stakes after he beat Ballyverry Snowey in the final, the latter collecting two points for the ladies equivalent.
Blueview Charlie (Blueview Sam/Moon Becky) landed the All-Age Cup at Edenderry on Sunday. Charlie only had two outings as a puppy, a runner-up at Galway and Oranmore his best performance. Kilkeale Hero and Central Investor were the big fancies this time last week but it wasn’t to be for either. Central didn’t run in the first round while Kilkeale Hero was withdrawn after winning his first round. Blueview Charlie took advantage of the opportunity however, clocking well throughout the Cup and is another welcomed winner for sire Blueview Sam. Jacksons Lane ran well to reach the final and remains a consistent performer.
Loughrea’s Connacht Cup went to Echo Johnny (Johnny Casanova/Dusty Track), a trial stake winner in January at Millstreet, he failed to raise a flag at Clonmel but has got his All-Age campaign off to a flyer when landing this prestigious event. Toms Wizard was a beaten finalist while Hi Black Jack, who was fancied for outright honours reached the semi-final. The All-Age Bitch stake at the meeting was won by Split Decision. Beautifully bred, by Derby winner Kingsmill Dynamo and out of Oaks winner Fortuna, Split Decision landed the Westport Oaks trial stake at the Roscommon meeting last year. Beating Rocky Hill in the final, a bitch who is knocking on the door for outright glory soon. Split Decision is a lady who is bred for Powerstown and has put herself in a good position to qualify again.
Derby Quarter-finalist Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze/Blades of Glory) was well fancied in Abbeydorney to land the Horgan Cup and he justified favouritism. Clocking consistently, Vale View landed the stake in good style for the on-looking ‘If the truth be told’ syndicate. Wheresthefella made a good start to his All-Age campaign when running up to Vale View Flyer here.
The All-Age bitch stake was landed in good style by the Brendan Maunsell owned Horgie Baby (Jingles/Dunkil Heros). Horgie Baby was well fancied prior to the start of the meeting and duly obliged from Sand Sea Model. Sand Sea Model improved on previous outings and got her first points on the board for the Champion Bitch Stake.
VALE VIEW FLYER
The Slievenamon Cup at Crohane and Killenaule was once again won by Marshals Mercury. An extremely fast son of Musical Time and Marshals Pearl successfully defended his crown here which he won last year. Mercury beat Wyken Power in the semi-final and Broadwell Johnny in the final. Broadwell only had two outings at East Donegal last season and is a capable performer which may well improve more throughout the season. Mercury’s achievement however is one which is deserving of a greyhound who may well have been in the Champion Stakes if not for his misfortunes in Clonmel and Kilshellan last season. It is good to see him back on track.
The All-Aged bitch stake at the meeting went to Eggemalong (Bexhill Eoin/Narrow Lane). A real consistent lady who qualified for the Champion Bitch stake last year beat the more fancied Call Her Dresden in the final. Dresden was having her second outing of the season and can pick up more points throughout the season. The winner however is a real tough lady and it would be no surprise to see her pick up another few points throughout the season.
The first Derby trial stake of the week was won at Fermoy by Macroney Rebel (Kyle James/Cumbawn Ellen). Winning on his first outing of the season, Rebel beat the Kilflynn reserve winner Sexy Rexy in the semi-final and Galtee Boy in the final. The Oaks trial stake at the meeting went to Knockelly Ann (Killimor Matey/Asgoodasgold), given Killimor Matey his first trial stake winner of the season. Both are April puppies and can improve throughout the year.
Edenderry’s Derby trial stake has thrown up some good types in recent years and it was won this year by Game Mikey (Mafi Magic/Why Tanyard Tess). This January puppy was always ahead on the clock in this stake and beat Annual Exchange in the final. The Oaks trial stake was won by Annual Edition (Derby Pines/Latest Gamble). Manntan Maple was clocking impressively throughout the stake and the daughter of the classy Class Attraction got some people talking last weekend. However the Annual prefix was already beaten in one final and wasn’t to be denied a victory as Annual Edition landed this Oaks qualifier.
Noreen McManus owns the current Derby Champion With Grim Intent and landed her first trial stake winner of the season last weekend when Call Up Pal (Adios Alonso/Call Up) landed the Derby trial stake at Loughrea. This lad was consistently good in each round and beat Centenarius in the final. Aveia (Kyle James/Cheryl) gave Kyle James his first Oaks qualifier of the season when landing the Loughrea Oaks trial stake. The February puppy had an outing at Ennis/Clarecastle previously and that experience helped her here.
Both Abbeydorney trial stakes went to well-known prefixes as Skellig Harbour and Ballymac Adelpha landed the Derby and Oaks trial stakes respectively. Both had been favourites overnight and both look like good quality winners. Skellig Harbour (Skellig Wish/Skellig Babe) gave the O’Driscoll’s a first trial stake winner by Skellig Wish and Ballymac Adelpha (Thomas The Tank/Ashtown Amy) landed a second Oaks qualifier for Thomas the Tank and a first this season for Liam Dowling.
Killimor Matey sired his second trial stake winner inside a week when Attention Matey (Killimor Matey/Attention Matey) landed the Derby trial stake at Crohane and Killenaule. This fellow had a couple of outings previously at Glin and Regional and beat Sunfire Nova in the final. The Oaks trial stake was won by the track bred Rideout Belle (Timor Blue/Awesome Belle). She was fast throughout and ran out a decent winner in the final.