Preview of Week 13
The Laois Cup has attracted a good entry this year and in the top half Gorey winner Crafty Who reappears in a bid to double up on his points tally. Downtown James and Hotspot meet in a what will be an eagerly anticipated first round buckle for connections as both dogs are having their first runs since their victories in and respectively. In The Centre has been beaten by Make Peace and Needham Work since his win at and if forgiving him those defeats he will have a big say in the top half. and Star are both winners meeting in the first round while trial stake winner Attention Matey will be tested in a first round buckle with dual trial stake winner and Cup winner Vale View Flyer. The winner of this buckle could progress to the final with slight preference for Vale View Flyer for outright success.
went extremely close at Johnstown and in the Derby trial stake and can again go close here while Call Here Alonso and Red Mania are capable performers to keep an eye on. Misty led Sugar for a long way in the final of the Oaks trial stake in Waterford and may well land this reserve event.
The Second meeting of the season at East Donegal gets underway on Saturday of this week. The James Magee Memorial Cup and a cracking All-Age Bitch Stake are the highlights on the card.
Eoin is the only Cup winner in the top half of the James Magee and makes his first appearance since winning at Cavan. He will take some beating. Listen To Him was a runner-up in New Ross and this lightly coursed son of Bexhill Brian and can give him most to do. In the bottom half Cup winners from last season, Central Curator and Fee Fontaine meet in the first round while runner-up Johnny looks a likely semi-finalist. Preference goes to Eoin to supplement his Cavan victory with another win here.
The Hugh Duffy All-Age Bitch Stake looks to me, like the best renewal in a number of years. With seven All-Age Bitch Stakes between them this season and a total of thirteen victories in all it certainly is a high quality event. Rosie, recent winner, can reach the semi-final with a minimum of fuss. The buckle of the round sees consistent third season performer, winner and last year’s winner, Secret meet one of this seasons surprise packages in double scorer Sceptre. Central Maven has been an unlucky lady and can meet Roadside Lady in a second round buckle while Charlie double scorer Split Decision can overcome a second round buckle with Trim winner Corrupt Committee. Overall it’s going to be a fascinating stake and the highlight on the card. Split Decision may be too good however and is selected to land the event and move on to twelve points and head the ladies standings once again.
In the Derby Trial Stake Go On Dessie (Razor / Mo ) is a very capable pup and had the trial stake at the first meeting all but wrapped up until he lost sight of a wayward hare in the final fifty yards of his semi-final when well clear of Crafty Enzo. He can make up for that misfortune with success here. Of the others, Do It King has been fast in his previous few runs while Northland Rebel looks the best in the top half. In the Reserve Oaks Daughter has form with last month’s winner Razor and may be best in the top half while Jubilation looks best in the bottom after two semi-final performances.
We were getting used to seeing Light Duty coast to impressive victories at East Donegal, this week he changes course slightly and contests the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny. The result I feel however, will still be the same. Last year’s Derby semi-finalist and Gold Cup winner looks set to make his points tally shift to eight this weekend. Barefoot Magnus is a capable third season runner and can face the selection in the semi-final. In the bottom half, Tom is the stand-out runner. This season’s winner can add to his impressive tally of eight points as he is expected to overcome Father Flash and Mick along the way. The younger Light Duty may just have too much for him in the final however.
Rose already sits on six Champion Bitch points and gets the nod to lift this All-Age at the weekend. A quarter-finalist in the Oaks last season she is a top class performer and may be given most to do by puppies Leigh and Annual Edition who both reappear after trial stake victories.
The top half of the Derby Trial Stake is a tight affair with Central (RU), Adios King (RU), Annual Exchange (RU) and Waterford Reserve winner Lot Matt all involved. The winner of this half will certainly have to earn their final place and may meet Bedford Banker a semi-finalist from in the final.
The Oaks Trial Stake is another tight stake with a host of runner-ups and semi-finalists. Among the fancies are Coffee In Spirit, Annual Encounter, Rocking Casanova and , with preference just given to the latter , a runner who may pay compliment to Maple’s form from Bandon.