Sunday, November 30, 2014


North Kilkenny are running trials on
The 9th of dec at 11 o clock and to contact Donal 
Wilson on 087 4630999 to book trial 

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Review of Week 9 
All-Age Scene 
Floating Patriot (Wallace Green/Floating Spirit) is having a great season so far and now sits on top of the Champion Stakes table once again. Patriot added a victory at the Killimer/Kilrush meeting to his Kilflynn victory and two semi-final performances so far this season. He now leads the Champion Stakes placing’s with 10 points.  
There is also a new leader in the Champion Bitch standings as Late Drama (Cross Country/Wise Purchase) added another victory to her New Ross win a month ago, this time at Enniscorthy. Drama is the first bitch to land two All-Age Bitch Stakes this year.  
Light Duty (Tynwald Smokey/Beautys Outlaw) followed up on his win at East Donegal last season with a win this year in the Gold Cup. A Derby semi-finalist from last season he looked like the winner on paper and he delivered in fine style with a commanding win. He will look to add another few points over the remainder of the season and make a return to Clonmel 
Downtown James (Kyle James/Funny Honey) ran out the winner of the Knockgraffon Cup beating Liscannor winner Father Flash in the final. He also accounted for dual winner Eastern Shore in the semi-final, a runner who is performing very well all year.  
Also at Knockgraffon City Beauty (Razor Ashmore/Latest Gamble) ran out an impressive winner of the All-Age Bitch Stake for the in-form Matthew’s kennel. That now makes it four All-Age winners in three weeks for the Newry men.  
Just over a week after the death of Murtys Blaze he recorded a special double on the Rathkeale card, his son Avenue Ranger (Murtys Blaze/Madtogoagain) landed a little bit of an upset when landing the Limerick Cup. He beat the fancied Kyle Roger in the final while for the second time this season the unlucky Kilkeale Hero was unable to take his place on the second day’s card. Litter sister, Lynmarie landed the All-Age Bitch Stake at the meeting beating Barrack Millie in the final. Blades of Steel was much fancied to win this contest but was beaten in the semi-final by Barrack Millie. 
Glenlough Mick (Bexhill Eoin/Uptown Smurf) has been knocking on the All-Age door for a while and cracked it this weekend when landing a deserved victory at Rathcormac. He now sits on six points and has a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champion Stakes.  
Rossmore (Johnny Casanova/Hard to Sell) has proven herself to be a tough lady this week when winning at Rathcormac. Having reached the semi-final at Dungannon last weekend she was turned out quickly here and duly obliged. Skellig Rose was runner-up here and now has collected six points for the Champion Bitch.  
Skellig Blues (Adios Alonso/Skellig Babe) was fancied to put her best foot forward this week and did so in convincing fashion. She beat Cillowen Elite in the final and scored her first four points of the season.  
Barnish Panther (Milldean Panther/Swift Maggie) is a more than useful tracker but should his liking for the field in the All-Age Cup at Balbriggan. He beat Cobbs Clock in the final, a runner-up again for the second year having ran-up at Cavan last season.  
In the All-Age Bitch Stake Loyal Lyric and Skellig Lola were expected to go very well. Loyal Lyric reached the final but was beaten by Primeley Sceptre (Razor Ashmore/Jamaica Jane). A fast but unlucky lady last year, Sceptre got the rub of the green this time around to land the four points. Loyal Lyric moves onto six points in her bid to make Powerstown for the third year in a row.  
Fingal Master and Droopys Bestie were the fancies in the Slaney Cup at Enniscorthy but it was the track bred Hotspot (Droopys Scolari/Carlbush Jill) who landed the event. A dual duffer winner last year, Hotspot recorded his biggest success to date at Enniscorthy. 
Trial Stakes 
On the trial stake front there are a few dams whose offspring are performing particularly well this season. Cumbawn Ellen’s litter to Kyle James has added a fourth qualifier after Cullane Ellen won the Reserve Oaks trial stake at Rathcormac. Also in RathcormacLiving Next Door (Adios Alonso/Castlemartyr Jet) booked his Clonmel ticket with success in the Derby trial stake.  
Drumcrow Carol is another lady whose litter to Mafi Magic are performing well. Farnes Magic is the third runner to book his place in the Classic line-up after success at East Donegal. Flagfield Razor (Razor Ashmore/Feede Blonde) landed the Oaks trial stake in East Donegal and always looked in command from the first round. Rumour has it this lady has changed hands since her impressive success.  
Kitty Butler winner, Madtogoagain had a fantastic weekend as a dam. After the double All-Age victory at Rathkeale, Feel My Pulse, from her Kyle James litter ran out an impressive Derby qualifier at KnockgraffonBallyverry Baby (Kyle James/Mountain Guest) was the Oaks trial stake winner at Knockgraffon and looks like the type that will be well suited to the Powerstown climb.  
Carrowclough (Kyle James/Blades of Glory) and Sequin (Adios Alonso/Victory Point) were mentioned last week as bitch puppies with decent chances and both have qualified following victories at Rathkeale and Killimer/Kilrush respectively. Both have performed well throughout the season and deserved their victories this weekend. The Derby qualifiers from both meetings were Leg It Fast (Adios Alonso/Belated Legacy) at Rathkeale and Bunch of Fools (Adios Alonso/Tanyard Kerry) who landed the reserve trial stake at Killimer/Kilrush. 
Ashwood Alonso (Adios Alonso/Ashwood Dee) landed the Derby trial stake at Enniscorthy while July puppy Sunfire City (Central City/Moonveen Mealba) took the Oaks qualifier. Balbriggan’s Derby trial stake was won by Not Caught Yet (Central City/Moat Lady) and the Oaks trial stake was won by Laytown Girl (Razor Ashmore/Call Biddy).  

Preview of Week 10 
Kyle Calvin makes an eagerly awaited return to action this weekend in the O’Carroll Cup at Lixnaw. He looks like the best in the bottom half and can make the final while in the top half, Needham Simple meets Charleville trial stake winner Tilted Moon in what will be a good test for the puppy. Crafty Who and Sturdyandstaunch are also in the top half and will fight it out for a place in the final alongside Kyle Calvin.  
The All-Age Bitch stake could be all about litter sisters Turning Pace and Maggie Dan. Both have already picked up stakes this season and so too has SimtamChurchhill Queen, a trial stake winner at Castleisland meets Sand Sea Model in what will be a good test for the puppy.  
The Derby trial stake sees the return of two runners-up from earlier in the season. Red Mania and Tower King will both look to go one better this time around. In the Oaks, Barrack Lucy would have a good chance if improving on recent performances while Somelittlelady is a fast lady making a return to action.  
Johnstown & Urlingford 
The All-Age Cup is a very high quality affair and will be a cracking contest this weekend. Coshair Slane lost little in defeat to Floating Patriot last week and will be expected to go well again. Derby semi-finalist Fingal Master reappears this week and could benefit from last week’s runs. Abbeydorney trial stake winner Skellig Harbour performs at All-Age level for the first time while the return of Corriga Rebel will be watched closely. Dual Cup winner Marshals Mercury meets New Ross winner Sunfire Nova in a good first round buckle while Skellig Sunlight, recent Cashel winner and TA Morris winner Cuine Rock are also in the competitive line-up.  
Garrys Secret and Split Decision look like the top performers in the All-Age Bitch stake. A win for either would see them collect eight points, they aren’t due to meet until the final. 
Deirin Kerry gets the vote to win the Oaks trial stake on the back of a couple of decent performances so far this year.  
The Corn Dun Bleisce is the main event at Doon and Cooga Darlan looks the best performer in the top half. Irish Plate winner, Make Peace meets recent Nenagh winner In The Centre in a good first round buckle. The winner will meet Ardpatrick winner Killeagh Jingles and fight out the bottom half.  
Boshki, Missouri Duchess and Fanore Ocean are good performers and can go well in the Oaks trial stake. Magical Harvey is a decent performer and can land the Reserve Derby trial stake.  
Lineroad Amigo and Blazing Music are both good quality Cup winners and will battle out the top half. Best in the bottom half is Glin winner Lochbo Charlie. He can also reach the final.  
The Derby trial stake sees both Castleisland semi-finalists line-up again, Bedford Banker and Balllybeg Rock, while Centenarius is a runner-up from Loughrea and he can go close here.  

Take it Away is a semi-finalist from Charleville in the Oaks trial stake while Reserve winner Vacume Blue lines up again. Manntan Maple looked like a star in Edenderry on the way to the final however and she gets the vote to book her Clonmel ticket and follow in her dam, Class Attraction’s footsteps, who picked up her trial stake on this weekend five season ago.