Review of Week 9
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 / meeting to his 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 . Drama is the first bitch to land two All-Age Bitch Stakes this year.
Light Duty (Tynwald Smokey/ 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 .
Downtown James (Kyle James/Funny Honey) ran out the winner of the Cup beating 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 City Beauty (Razor /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 Blaze he recorded a special double on the card, his son Avenue Ranger ( Blaze/) 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 Hero was unable to take his place on the second day’s card. Litter sister, 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.
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 . He now sits on six points and has a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champion Stakes.
(Johnny Casanova/Hard to Sell) has proven herself to be a tough lady this week when winning at . Having reached the semi-final at last weekend she was turned out quickly here and duly obliged. Rose was runner-up here and now has collected six points for the Champion Bitch.
Blues (Adios Alonso/ Babe) was fancied to put her best foot forward this week and did so in convincing fashion. She beat Elite in the final and scored her first four points of the season.
Panther ( 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 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 Lola were expected to go very well. Loyal Lyric reached the final but was beaten by Sceptre (Razor /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 for the third year in a row.
Master and were the fancies in the Slaney Cup at but it was the track bred Hotspot ( / Jill) who landed the event. A dual duffer winner last year, Hotspot recorded his biggest success to date at .
On the trial stake front there are a few dams whose offspring are performing particularly well this season. Ellen’s litter to Kyle James has added a fourth qualifier after Ellen won the Reserve Oaks trial stake at . Also in , Living Next Door (Adios Alonso/ Jet) booked his ticket with success in the Derby trial stake.
Carol is another lady whose litter to Magic are performing well. Magic is the third runner to book his place in the Classic line-up after success at East Donegal. Razor (Razor / 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, had a fantastic weekend as a dam. After the double All-Age victory at , Feel My Pulse, from her Kyle James litter ran out an impressive Derby qualifier at . Baby (Kyle James/Mountain Guest) was the Oaks trial stake winner at and looks like the type that will be well suited to the climb.
(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 and / 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 and Bunch of Fools (Adios Alonso/ Kerry) who landed the reserve trial stake at /.
Alonso (Adios Alonso/ Dee) landed the Derby trial stake at while July puppy City (Central City/ ) 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 Girl (Razor /Call Biddy).
Preview of Week 10
Kyle Calvin makes an eagerly awaited return to action this weekend in the O’Carroll Cup at . He looks like the best in the bottom half and can make the final while in the top half, Needham Simple meets trial stake winner Tilted Moon in what will be a good test for the puppy. Crafty Who and 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 . Queen, a trial stake winner at 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 is a fast lady making a return to action.
The All-Age Cup is a very high quality affair and will be a cracking contest this weekend. lost little in defeat to Floating Patriot last week and will be expected to go well again. Derby semi-finalist Master reappears this week and could benefit from last week’s runs. trial stake winner Harbour performs at All-Age level for the first time while the return of Rebel will be watched closely. Dual Cup winner Marshals Mercury meets New Ross winner Nova in a good first round buckle while Sunlight, recent Cashel winner and TA Morris winner Rock are also in the competitive line-up.
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.
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 is the main event at Doon and Darlan looks the best performer in the top half. Irish Plate winner, Make Peace meets recent winner In The Centre in a good first round buckle. The winner will meet winner Jingles and fight out the bottom half.
, Missouri Duchess and 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.
Amigo and Blazing Music are both good quality Cup winners and will battle out the top half. Best in the bottom half is winner Charlie. He can also reach the final.
The Derby trial stake sees both semi-finalists line-up again, Bedford Banker and Rock, while is a runner-up from and he can go close here.
Take it Away is a semi-finalist from in the Oaks trial stake while Reserve winner Blue lines up again. Maple looked like a star in on the way to the final however and she gets the vote to book her ticket and follow in her dam, Class Attraction’s footsteps, who picked up her trial stake on this weekend five season ago.