Week 12 Review
Mitchelstown Coursing Club got their meeting underway on Monday and Tuesday of last week. Malone (Jingles/ Millie) landed the Cup and moved on to six points in his bid for a place in the Champion Stakes line-up. A beaten finalist in a trial stake at Castletown last year, he was also runner-up this season at where he picked up his other two points.
The All-Age Bitch Stake was won by (Johnny Casanova/Hard To Sell). A super consistent lady this year, beaten in the semi-final at in November, she has since landed two All-Age Bitch Stakes at both and last week at the Mitchelstown meeting. is now one of the six bitches to have doubled up on their Cup victories this season.
What A Legacy (Adios Alonso/Belated Legacy) went one better than his runner-up performance at with a victory here in the Derby Trial Stake. In two outings to date he has performed very well and made sure of his ticket last week. The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake went to another member of Ellen’s litter, this time Hi Five Yankee (Kyle James/ Ellen) collected the silverware and takes up her position as sixth reserve for the Oaks.
With coursing taking place every day last week, ran the second meeting of the week on Wednesday and Thursday.
Lantern (Kyle James/Blades of Glory) was simply head and shoulders above anything else in the field when she collected her Oaks trial stake. Her clocks are phenomenal and she is now a clear 8/1 favourite for the Oaks. She paid a handsome compliment to the form of her litter sister, , who previously had beaten her at Doon. However this lady seemed much more forward on her second outing of the season. An impressive winner and one which will be watched closely at .
The All-Age Cup was won by ( Dynamo/ The West), a winner at in the Patsy Byrne Memorial, he took another step forward to land this event. The winner beat two cup winners, Ocean Sirocco and Blazing Music as well as runner-up on the way to the final and overcame Windfarm Ben in the final.
The Derby Trial Stake was won by Henry (Johnny Casanova/ Magic). The winner had only one previous outing where he was beaten in the first round at the / meeting.
Coursing continued on throughout the week with joint meetings held at both and from Friday through to Sunday.
hosted in a joint meeting which provided some good winners.
To start with the stakes; the Fran All-Age Cup was won by last years demoted Champion Stakes winner, Rebel ( Mac /Glowing Times). A tough individual, now becomes the latest third season runner to land an All-Aged event this season.
Next up was a double for the Wallace family; victories in both the All-Age Bitch Stake and the Oaks Trial Stake add to Floating Patriot’s exploits to mark a really good campaign for the team. The All-Age Bitch stake was won by Floating Cove (Wallace Green/Floating Spirit), a litter sister to Patriot. The Oaks Trial Stake winner for the Wallace’s was Belle (Castle Pines/Quality and Dash). Having previously shown good form at both and the / meeting, she went a few better to collect her ticket this time round.
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was won by (Adios Alonso/Moat Elsa). His only other victory came in the first round of a trial stake at and but he improved considerably to land this event. He is now 7th reserve for the February Classic.
The Cup was won by Dan Avenue Ranger ( Blaze/). There were galore on the first day as , Go Conquer and Whiskey Galore were all beaten. However is was the winner Avenue Ranger who came out on top from fellow Limerick winner Black and White. Both enhanced their Champion Stakes prospects with their performances here.
The Derby Trial Stake was won by Sharp Edge (Kyle James/Blades of Glory), a litter which has brought their total qualifiers to six after and excellent week. He had previously shown decent form at but makes the Classic’s field after his display in the trial stake last weekend. The Oaks Trial Stake went to Alva Lil (Kyle James/Coffee In ). This lady showed some of what she was capable of at / and improved to collect her ticket this time around. A welcomed winner also for Coffee In who’s pups , Slick and Coffee In Spirit had been performing well without success.
Much to disappointment of the seven or eight All-Age Bitch winners seeking more Champion Bitch Stake points, the All-Age Bitch which looked like a spectacular stake had to be cancelled with only the four trial stakes to be run, which did however throw up some spectacular winners.
None more spectacular than Blades of Hope (Kyle James/Blades of Glory), who was expected to land this event having been runner-up to current Derby favourite Crushers Oak (8/1) early in the season at . He duly prevailed with an impressive victory and earned a quote of 12/1 for Derby glory.
Go Home Hare, a great Derby winner had only sired one litter before he sadly met his fate on the field. His legend lives on after his daughter won the Oaks Trial Stake at the meeting. Can she emulate her daddy and provide what would be a great story for ‘The Hare’?
Ardmore Rusty (Razor /Call Biddy) became the first Reserve winner to book a full ticket with success in the Derby Trial Stake. He already showed he was a capable performer at Cavan and made the step up from a Reserve Trial Stake to a Full Trial Stake at the Castletown stretch.
Ellen (Kyle James/ Miss) won the Oaks Trial Stake. This was her best performance to date to give Michael a welcomed trial stake winner