Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PADDYS VIEW on last weeks coursing

Paddy McGhee  gives his view on last weeks meetings

Week 3 
Ballyheigue, Cashel, Regional & Westmeath 

All-Age Scene 
Cashel is the obvious starting point from last weekend. A successful meeting which produced some top class winners. 

Skellig Sunlight (Adios Alonso/Skellig Babe), landed the Morrissey Cup in fine style, beating Kingsmill Rover in the semi-final and Cooga Darlan in the final. Sunlight, unlucky in his puppy season when impressing in Knockgraffon made a pleasing start to his All-age season for connections. 

Loyal Lyric takes the final from Foto Castle

Loyal Lyric (Musical Time/Strideaway Smurf) landed the All-age bitch stake at the meeting beating the fast Fota Castle in the final. This is Lyric’s third victory after her trial stake win at Balbriggan and a 32 runner All-Age cup at Templetouhy last year which sealed her place in Clonmel for the second year running. A real fast lady, Loyal Lyric is now in a lovely position to make it back to Clonmel for a third successive year for the Donnelly’s.  

Ballyheigue’s White Sands Hotel cup was won by Duarigle Mystic (Mafi Magic/Oilean Mystic) beating Mystery Eoin in the final. Important points were at stake here and Duarigle Mystic joins Kilflynn winner Floating Patriot on six points.  

Maggie Dan (March Is On/Big Maggie) joins her litter sister Turning Pace on four points after landing the All-Age bitch stake at the meeting. A third All-Age bitch stake for the sire of these too impressive ladies March Is OnBallymac Town ran up a trial stake to Tynwald Jane last season at Castleisland and filled the same position in this stake.  

Power of Peace (Kingsmill Dynamo/Polar Lights) beaten in the Derby third round by Kyle Calvin, produced the goods in the James Curran Memorial Cup at Regional. The Michael and Eimear Heeney owned runner continued his good form in a competitive event and beat the Spillane’s Gurteen Vince in the final. 


Although Gurteen Vince was beaten in the final, the Spillane’s explosive start to the season continued as Lochbo Vicky (Lochbo Blake/Lochbo Abbey) landed the All-Age bitch stake. She came into the stake under the radar and beat the more fancied runners Kilkeale Queen, Rocky Hill and Magical Amber on her way to victory. A third victory in two weeks for the Spillane family.   


The Belsize Cup at Westmeath went to the track-bred Garlyn Flash (Head Bound/Our Favourite). Wood Dynamo was fancied strongly prior to the competition but had to settle for second best behind the Sammy McKeever trained runner who had the benefit of an outing at Liscannor in the first week of the season. 

Trial Stakes 
Eight trial stakes were decided over the weekend, two of which were Reserve Trial Stakes. Kyle James and Mafi Magic provided two winners each respectively while Razor Ashmore, Adios Alonso, Castle Pines and Kingsmill Dynamo all added one each.  

Kingcormac Fairy (Kyle James/Shes A Dazzler), a February puppy landed the Derby trial stake at Cashel in good fashion while the 64 runner Oaks trial stake went to Ballyverry River (Castle Pines/Quality and Dash). 


The Ballyheigue Derby trial stake went to Brownes Kitchen (Razor Ashmore/Urker Mo Ghra) a late April puppy. Clocking faster than All-Age cup winner Duarigle Mystic, I’m sure he will be well fancied between now and the Derby in February. The reserve Oaks trial stake at the meeting was won by Not My Pick (Kingsmill Dynamo/Bower Sign), beating Ballymac Alberta in the final, a full trial stake will now be on the radar.  

Rathfort James (Kyle James/Caoimhes Chill), a January dog was successful at Regional and the reserve bitch trial stake went to the Niall Heeney owned Skyfullofstars (Mafi Magic/La Madrina), a late June bitch, she can be expected to improve throughout the year in pursuit of her full trial stake.


Finally the remaining two trial stakes at Westmeath were won by Judiligence (Adios Alonso/Notindispute) a May dog and Bakers Cailin (Mafi Magic/Cuhullain Rion) who capped off a good week for sire Mafi Magic.