Paddy(left) with his brothers and Man of War
Id like to Welcome Paddy McGhee to this Blog.
Im not a great one for writing and my editing takes up so much time. So im pleased to tell you all that Paddy McGhee is going to do regular articles for us. Paddy is a 21 year old accounting student at LYIT, from Donegal. He is involved in coursing with his family, his favourite moment came when winning
the TA Morris with Man of War.
Week 1 - Kilflynn and Liscannor
It has been eagerly awaited all summer and now it's time for our first weekend of action from the 2014/15 coursing season. Kilflynn get the season underway in Kerry on Friday and Liscannor get the scene up and running in county Clare on Saturday.
The issue concerning ground has been well documented in recent weeks. Although clubs may have watering facilities in place it is still an issue of concern among trainers and owners and has been highlighted in Liscannor this weekend. Hard ground and a long season are viable reasons for an 8-dog All-Age Cup and two 24 runner trial stakes. Kilflynn seem to have no issues of the same sort and run a 64 bitch trial stake which gets proceedings underway on Friday.
The Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn has received a very good entry for the first week of the season. Fleetwood Nova, a third round Derby runner and an Irish Cup semi-finalist sets the standard among an evenly matched group of dogs. Nova should progress to the quarter final on Sunday morning and opposition could be provided by last years Co. Kerry trial stake winner Wiseguy Paddy who failed to take his place in Clonmel. Coyote a third season runner who accumulated six Champion Stakes points last year can show well in a good quarter. Skellig Sunlight represents last years winning connections and Must Name Him is one of three trial stake winners who will be hopeful of a good opening performance of the season. Maker of Rules and Tellmenolies contest a high quality buckle in the bottom of the first half. In the bottom half of the draw there are numerous trial stake winners from last year. Hi Black Jack, Gurteen Vince, City Leader, Cuban Ando, last year’s winner here, Killeagh Jingles and the TA Morris runner up, Call Him Bale.
No less than 11 trial stake winners from last season make their reappearances in really good quality cup to start the season off. Fleetwood Nova will have high expectations for the season but will face stiff opposition along the way if he is to succeed. In the bottom half, Call Him Bale can have a big say in the stake and Hi Black Jack can also put up a good showing. A real good All-Age to get the season underway.
Kilflynns All-Age bitch stake is possibly the stake of the week. Starting at number one on the card, Sand Sea Model was impressive in Clonmel before an unwanted turn back down the field put pain to her Oaks chances. An absentee on Monday morning was the result. Winter Mountain is another trial stake winner, Adios Belle impressed in the early rounds of the 2013 Oaks and is now entering her third season. Last year’s trial stake winner and runner up are both in the line-up and Call Her Dresden will have plenty of support to land this event. A runner-up in last year’s Corn Na Feile, Dresden brings a high level of form to the table. Nidge Weasel booked her ticket at Loughrea last year and will be looking to get her season off to a strong start and Turning Pace the impressive Kitty Butler winner from last year completes the line-up and will be hoping to wear the white collar all the way to the final. An exciting bitch stake to get things underway and a few of these most definitely have Champion Bitch credentials. Call Her Dresden should perform well here and Turning Pace looks a likely final opponent in what is a competitive stake.
Liscannor have not received the entry they would have liked for their meeting. Their All-Age bitch stake however is full and remains a 16 dog stake. Hollyhill Rosie was narrowly denied in the final of her trial stake here last year but represented that trial stake in Clonmel. Narrowly beaten in the second round of the Oaks by quarter finalist Atlantic Diva, Rosie should go well here this year again. Paramaddan Buzz brings a good level of form and should take some beating here. A second round clash between both these runners could well decide the winner of the stake.
Coffee Glendower is kicking off his third season this week and this could be a good opportunity to win for the first time since winning his trial stake in Mitchelstown two seasons ago. A few duffer winner’s line-up here and may indeed have a say in the result. Windfarm Ben may also show well and his Rathdowney form from last year could secure this All-Age Cup for him.
All eyes will be on the trial stakes from now until January and one thing that stands out is the number of Kyle James pups on show this week. Many of course will be unknown quantities and this week’s experience will stand them in good stead for the coming season.
A long and eagerly awaited season finally gets underway and the excitement, thrills and spills will provide us with many talking points until the first week of March and we look forward to it all once again. Good luck to all for the coming season.