Preview of Week 9
There is a bumper weekend of action ahead this week with seven meetings taking place around the country from East Donegal to meeting in county Cork. A number of top dogs from last season, including four of the last eight in last year’s Derby line-up this week and will be watched closely over the weekend.
Master, a Derby semi-finalist, makes his return to action in the Slaney Cup at . Among his challengers is last year’s top All-Age performer . A winner of three cups last season before injury ruled him out of both and the Irish Cup. Nova, this seasons New Ross winner may be best in the top half.
Another Derby semi-finalist, Light Duty, quarter-finalist, Bin, and an Oaks semi-finalist from two years ago, Miss Fury, all line-up in the East Donegal Gold Cup. Both dogs are making their reappearances while Miss Fury only had one outing last season since her Oaks disappointment. Among the other runners in the line-up, Fee Fontaine does his best running at East Donegal and is back to defend his title while, Sir Harvey and Johnny have both come close in All-Ages already this year.
The Cup sees Eastern Shore line-up to bid for a third success of the season. Go Conquer makes his All-Age debut on the field of his trial stake success last year. Sonny and Father Flash can go well in the top half.
Floating Patriot has been a model of consistency this season but faces winner, in the first round of the All-Age cup at the / meeting. A terrific buckle should be in store there. Vale View Flyer, an impressive winner and Derby quarter-finalist can go close to outright success again. Colossal Force won at Dundalk last year and looks best in his half.
Hero lines up in the Limerick Cup at after victory there last year. Hero still has only met one dog good enough to beat him (Thomas The Tank), and he can go well again this year. Kyle Roger performed well at recently and can set up a good final in this contest.
Mick has been knocking on the door recently and lines up in . Must Name Him ran well at this year and these two look like they could be the final pairing.
Balbriggan struggled for entries in their All-Age Cup and eight track bred greyhounds line up. Tiger and Clock meet in the first, the winner of this will go close. However, we may have another Whiskey Galore in this field.
There are several All-Age Bitches running this week who have earned points already and they will look to enhance their chances of making it into the selected eight at the end of the season.
In Balbriggan’s All-Age bitch, Loyal Lyric and Lola look like the top runners. Both are third season bitches. Lola has won in both her second and third season while Lyric has won on all three of her seasons. The pair look likely to meet in the final here and it will be a good battle for the points.
winner Rose is in the field at and can win to add to her tally. Vicky will give her most to do as the Regional winner also goes in search of the essential four points. Another runner lines up at /. Blues lines up here and meets winner in the first round. , a winner at is also in the line-up and will provide stiff opposition to the hot first round buckle.
Blades of Steel showed she still had plenty of gears at when a beaten finalist to . She can land All-Age bitch stake where Smart Sadie may give her most to think about.
Ravel Glory will be five in February, but lines out in her fourth season in a bid to defend her crown from last year. Secret already has four points on the board and is a tough lady while New Ross winner Late Drama may well reach the final.
At , Me, who has been absent since her Limerick City success last year makes a return. City Beauty and Smokey Millie look best in the bottom half and the winner looks likely to meet in the final.
There are a few fancied runners among the Puppy ranks this week. Tynwald Wayne clocked impressively at but has a tricky first round buckle in against recent runner-up . is another runner-up from Regional and can go well again. Why Cha and Crafty are both semi-finalists reappearing in while the Derby trial stake at Balbriggan sees Reserve winners, Pandemonium and Alfie Alone bid to land this full trial stake. , a runner-up at Westmeath is also in the line-up.
In Oaks trial stakes this week will look to go one better after her runner-up performance at Limerick City, in this weekend, while is another who performed well at . At / Molly and Sequin are runners who have both went close on two occasions this season. lines up bidding to book her full ticket after an impressive Regional win.