Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Week 12 Review 
Mitchelstown Coursing Club got their meeting underway on Monday and Tuesday of last week. Bango Malone (Jingles/Killea Millie) landed the Oisin 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 Geoghan last year, he was also runner-up this season at Enniscorthy where he picked up his other two points.  
The All-Age Bitch Stake was won by Rossmore (Johnny Casanova/Hard To Sell). A super consistent lady this year, beaten in the semi-final at Dungannon in November, she has since landed two All-Age Bitch Stakes at both Rathcormac and last week at the Mitchelstown meeting. Rossmore 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 Listowel 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 Cumbawn Ellen’s litter, this time Hi Five Yankee (Kyle James/Cumbawn Ellen) collected the silverware and takes up her position as sixth reserve for the Oaks.  
With coursing taking place every day last week, Tradaree ran the second meeting of the week on Wednesday and Thursday.  
Breska 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, Boshki, 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 Powerstown. 
The All-Age Cup was won by Alleyesonus (Kingsmill Dynamo/Shes The West), a winner at Kilfynn 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 Charleville runner-up Cooga Mafi on the way to the final and overcame Windfarm Ben in the final.  
The Derby Trial Stake was won by Derrylough Henry (Johnny Casanova/Sandyman Magic). The winner had only one previous outing where he was beaten in the first round at the Killimer/Kilrush meeting.  
Coursing continued on throughout the week with joint meetings held at both Cappoquin and Castletowngeoghegan from Friday through to Sunday 
Cappoquin hosted Dungarvan in a joint meeting which provided some good winners.  
To start with the Cappoquin stakes; the Fran Mangan All-Age Cup was won by last years demoted Champion Stakes winner, Corriga Rebel (Janey Mac Aroo/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 Kilfergus Belle (Castle Pines/Quality and Dash). Having previously shown good form at both Kilflynn and the Killimer/Kilrush meeting, she went a few better to collect her ticket this time round.  
The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was won by Spalpin Fanach (Adios Alonso/Moat Elsa). His only other victory came in the first round of a trial stake at Clonmel and Kilsheelan but he improved considerably to land this event. He is now 7th reserve for the February Classic.  
The Dungarvan Deise Cup was won by Dan Brassil’s Avenue Ranger (Murtys Blaze/Madtogoagain). There were upstes galore on the first day as Droopys Bestie, Go Conquer and Whiskey Galore were all beaten. However is was the Rathkeale 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 Dungarvan 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 Glanworth but makes the Classic’s field after his display in the Dungarvan trial stake last weekend. The Oaks Trial Stake went to Alva Lil (Kyle James/Coffee In Currow). This lady showed some of what she was capable of at Killimer/Kilrush and improved to collect her ticket this time around. A welcomed winner also for Coffee In Currow who’s pups BornforthehillSupa 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 Nenagh. 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 Coolree Nadene 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 Ashmore/Call Biddy) became the first Reserve winner to book a full ticket with success in the Wesport 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.  
Ougham Ellen (Kyle James/Ougham Miss) won the Oaks Trial Stake. This was her best performance to date to give Michael Kilcoyne a welcomed trial stake winner

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