Week 13 Review
Borris In Ossory
Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze/Blades of Glory) added the Laois Cup to his list of honours and may well have booked his place in the Champion Stakes in the process. A winner already at Abbeydorney, he collected his second cup of the season during the week. He overcame Crafty Who in the final who himself moved onto six points after his Gorey victory.
Red Mania (Kingsmill Dynamo/Skellig Mania) qualified for the Derby after success in the Derby Trial Stake. He clocked well during the stake and previously impressed at both Lixnaw and Thurles.
The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake was won by Killimor Mini (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) providing a first Trial Stake for Bexhill Eoin this season.
The James Magee Memorial Cup was won by Cavan All-Age winner Janeys Eoin (Bexhill Eoin/Text It Inn). He moved into the Champion Stakes standings having landed the event after an unusual and unsatisfactory final. Gallant runner-up Fee Fontaine always keeps his best form for the Lifford stretch and reached his second All-Age final at this meeting. Having led to over half-way in the final Fee Fontaine unfortunately pulled up injured and could not go on. Janeys Eoin then took over in front only to turn back down-field before making an effort to turn his hare. This led to a lot of speculation over the judge, Brendan Purcell’s decision. After some thought the judge pulled the red flag to signal Janeys Eoin had added a second cup to his CV.
Smart Sadie (Kingsmill Dynamo/Moat Belle) was a hugely impressive winner of the Hugh Duffy All-Age Bitch Stake. This was a very competitive stake but Sadie landed it with a minimum of fuss. She beat Central Maven in the final while the beaten semi-finalists, Split Decision and Hollyhill Rosie had already landed three All-Age Bitch Stakes between them this year.
The Derby Trial Stake was an eagerly anticipated final and it was Rory For Glory (Derby Pines/Wise Purchase) who got the better of Geordie Casanova in a thrilling final to give Paul Matthews his first Derby qualifier of the season. Having been headed for most of the way, Rory powered past Geordie Casanova in the final hundred yards to run out a good winner. By the way he ran on the final day he won’t fear the Powerstown hill and he was a very likable winner.
Buckin Bella (Kyle King/Kincora Chubbys) won the Reserve Oaks Trial Stake. She looked a decent winner for Laurence Crossan and is a member of a litter who have been running very well without winning.
Tynwald Ash (Razor Ashmore/Jamaica Jane) has always been well thought of and fulfilled some of that expectation after winning the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny. He previously ran up the Puppy Stake at last year’s Irish Cup after sustaining a serious injury in Abbeydorney early last season. Glenlough Mick added a second runner-up performance to his season’s tally. He also won at Rathcormac so now sits on eight Champion Stakes points.
Fire Height Una (Adios Alonso/Skibabbey Lady) added to her Galbally Trial Stake win with a victory here in the All-Age Bitch Stake. She beat the fast Annual Time in the final, a runner-up last year in a Tubbercurry Trial Stake.
Trial Stake winners Leigh Snowie and Annual Edition were both withdrawn in the semi-finals and both had two runs in nice time after their Trial Stake wins.
The Derby Trial Stake went to Defacto (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) and joined his sister Killimor Mini who had just won at Borris In Ossory within the last week. Both have now provided a Trial Stake winner in both dog and bitch Classics for super-sire Bexhill Eoin. He beat Adios King in the final, who was already a runner-up at Cavan.
Skellig Starwars (Adios Alonso/Skellig Wave) won the Oaks Trial Stake and joined her brother and Derby favourite Crushers Oak in the Classic’s field. She clocked well throughout and improved from her previous outings. Among those previous outings, in her last two she was beaten by the winner on both occasions and further enhances the form of Doon winner Boshki who has now beaten two Trial Stake winners.
Shane Mc Loughlin
The news of the death of Shane Mc Loughlin came as a huge shock last week and he will be sadly missed by many around the coursing fields this year and for many years to come. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends at this hard time. May he Rest in Peace.