Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Week 8 Review by Paddy McGhee

Ardpatrick & KilfinaneBallyduff, Cavan & Dungannon and Clonmel & Kilsheelan. 

All-Age Scene 

A ‘Needham’ All-Age double was the result of the week following on from Needham Danger’s great win in Listowel last weekend. This week it was the lesser known Needham Work (Bexhill Eoin/Gadget Girl) who was tasting All-Age success in Kerry while his litter sister Needham Marie landed the All-Age Bitch stake in Clonmel and Kilsheelan 

Needham Work was not seen as a puppy and was withdrawn after winning one round in the All-Age at Cashel earlier this year. Beating Sturdyandstaunch in the final on only his second appearance, this was quite a performance and he will no doubt be a major player throughout the remainder of the season. On the other hand Needham Marie had shown us what she was capable of when winning the bitch puppy stake at Limerick last year. A good performer last season Marie showed again what she was capable of and got the better of Barrack Eile in the final to land the four points. Brendan Matthew’s Newry kennel may well be hitting top gear and that makes it three top class All-Age Stakes in two weeks for the kennel. 

Whisky Galore (Tubbertelly Dubh/Temple Tia) joined the leaders on the Champions Stakes table with eight points after victory in Clonmel and Kilsheelan. Wilton Time’s bid for three victories in a row on the field was ended after injury forced his withdrawal after the first course. Whiskey Galore capitalised on the opportunity and followed up on his Urbs Intacta win with success here in the Tipperary Cup. This fellow remains unbeaten on the field.  

Kilty Millie (Bexhill Eoin/Lochbo Polly) earned eight points for the Champion Bitch stake last season and got off the mark this year with a fine win in BallyduffOaks winner Somelittlething was beaten by Windgap Breeze in a tight semi-final but Kilty Millie had the measure of Windgap in the final. We could see a couple of these performers in Clonmel come February. 

Cavan and Dungannon ran a Cup and All-Age bitch at their combined meeting held in Cavan. Janeys Eoin (Bexhill Eoin/Text it Inn) followed up on his Roscommon success last year in his trial stake to land this All-Age event. Janeys was withdrawn from the second round of the TA Morris in Clonmel last year but had a deserving change of luck here. The consistent Loyal Liam was a beaten finalist following up on a good showing at Westmeath previously 

Hollyhill Rosie (Kingsmill Dynamo/Shes The West) landed the first victory of her career at the Cavan venue in the All-Age Bitch Stake. Having ran-up a trial stake to the injured Stelcon at Liscannor last season Rosie took her place in the Oaks where she was beaten in a very tight buckle in the second round by quarter-finalist Atlantic Diva. Hollyhill Rosie beat last year’s trial stake winner Rossmore in the semi-final and Time To Sleep in the final to land the valuable four points at stake.  

The Corn Caislean at Ardpatrick and Kilfinane went the way of Killeagh Jingles (Jingles/Dunkil Heros). A semi-finalist in the TA Morris last season, this fellow joined his sister Horgie Baby as an All-Age winner this season. Split The Pot reached the final here in what was his best performance to date.  


The All-Age bitch stake at the Limerick meeting went to Liscannor runner-up Kates Shoes (Murtys Blaze/Rock Music). Kates Shoes now finds herself on six points and joint top of the Champion Bitch list (disregarding prizemoney). Dynalite won the All-Age bitch at Co. Kerry last season and earned her first two points of this season when filling the runner-up spot here.  

Trial Stakes 
I was impressed with Magical Saorla (Kyle James/Magical Delight) in her first course in Ballinagar in October and she landed the Oaks trial stake in fine style at Clonmel and Kilsheelan. Magical Saorla will surely be on a few shortlists for the Classic in February and is a bitch who possesses fine early pace.

a grandaughter of my own Brats Delight

 This lady landed the final from Kingtone Jessie, a bitch who may pick up an Oaks ticket also. Arcade Maximus (Caesar Music/Rushing) picked up his Derby ticket at Clonmel and Kilsheelan giving his sire a first trial stake winner. Arcade Maximus won the final from Ballymore Ryan, however commiserations must go to connections of Supa Slick, a dog who was proving himself to be a very capable performer but picked up a serious injury after victory in the quarter final.  

Galtee Boy (Mafi Magic/Marwood Babe) was noted for his runner-up performance at Fermoy and he duly went one better this weekend at the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane meeting. Beaten by Macroney Rebel on that occasion he now joins him in the Derby line-up exactly one month later. 


The Reserve Oaks trial stake went to the supremely-bred Blizzard Maria (Mafi Magic/Class Attraction). She clocked well throughout and can no doubt go well in full trial stakes in the near future for the Guiney family 

Michael O’Donovan has had a great start to the season and recorded another win with the reportedly impressive Timber House (Thomas The Tank/Lady Twinkletoes) in the Derby Trial Stake at Ballyduff. There was certainly nothing that troubled this lad on the clocks and with a closer look at his breeding, you could say that the line knows a thing or two about that Powerstown stretch. The sixty-four Oaks trial stake went to Avas Sweetheart (Captain Dru/Big Miss Muffit) providing her sire with a first trial stake winner this season. This lady’s best performance was a beaten semi-finalist at Mallow but she improved here to land this event.  

There were four trial stakes up for grabs at Cavan at the weekend. Both Dungannon’s winners were trained by Brendan Farrelly. The Derby trial stake went to Tulllamoy Master (Adios Alonso/tullamoy Queen) on his first outing of the season while the Oaks trial stake went to Westmeath runner-up Dale Asgard (Adios Alonso/Dale Roisin), a second in the litter by the Classic winners.  

The Cavan Reserve Derby trial stake went to Pat Hoban’s Ardmore Rusty (Razor Ashmore/Call Biddy). Consistently fastest on the clock, Ardmore Rusty could well be one to look out for in full trial stakes in the coming weeks. The Oaks trial stake went to Matts Country (Cross Country/Matts Festival). Another who was very consistent on the clocks and one who was having her first appearance this weekend. She may well be a smart performer. 

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