Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Review of Week 6 
Freshford, Limerick City & Trim 
All-Age Scene 

Eastern Shore followed up his Fermoy win of two weeks ago with another professional performance to launch himself to the top of the Champion Stakes leaderboard when landing the Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup at Freshford. The son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Lochbo Polly was meeting Figaro in his first course in what looked the buckle of the round. Having beaten Figaro he went on to land the Cup beating, Needham Gadget in the semi-final and World At War in the final and jumping to the top of the Champion Stakes Standings on eight points and the first dog of the season to earn points in both his outings.  
Black and White

The Treaty Cup at Limerick City went to unlucky puppy Black And White. Ironically a blue brindled son of Bexhill Eoin and Bambas Hawkeye, Black And White was withdrawn from a final of a trial stake in Borris In Ossory last year on only his second appearance and was having his first run since. Beating Cooga Darlan and Intacta Banba before beating Mafi Magician in the final, Black And White landed four points for owners Noreen and Kieran McManus.  

Broadwell James (Kyle James/Eastwell Blonde) landed the Gilroy Cup at Trim and was gaining a well-deserved victory in the process. A beaten finalist in the Corn Cuchullain last year and a semi-finalist in the Irish Purse, gained a first success of his career in his third season. Broadwell James won the Gilroy Cup for the Jones’ family beating Bellinter Vic, a Ballymac Vic puppy in the final.  

Pauna Pronto

All-Age Bitch Stakes this weekend were held at both Trim and Limerick City. Corrupt Committee (Kyle James/Cois Farraige) won the Clarke Cup at Trim. A semi-finalist at East Donegal last year, Corrupt Committee was always fastest in the stake and landed the final from commentator’s nightmare Sesellseashels 
Limerick City’s bitch stake went to Pauna Pronto (Captain Dru/Have We Six). Her best performance as a puppy came at Limerick City where she reached a semi-final. Having already ran at both Glin and Regional Pauna Pronto made it third time lucky for the season and collected four points after beating Magical Jasmine in the final.  

Trial Stakes 
Adios Alonso had a good week as a sire as all three Derby qualifiers were sons of the Derby winner. Brendan Farrelly’s District Twelve (Adios Alonso/Dale Roisin) landed the Derby qualifier in good fashion at Trim. That’s The Man (Adios Alonso/Funny Honey), a New Year’s Day puppy booked his Derby ticket at Freshford while Cooga Jonjo (Adios Alonso/Cooga Clause), a late May puppy gained entry to the Clonmel Classic at Limerick City for the McLaughlin’s of Limerick. 

Battstreet Judy (Kingsmill Dynamo/Beautiful Smile) was the first Oaks qualifier of the week landing the Oaks trial Stake at Freshford for Eugene McCabe. Limerick City’s Oaks ticket went to Moonveen Magda (Kyle King/Moonveen Lola). Having performed well at Cashel reaching the fourth round, Moonveen Magda landed the trial stake here clocking impressively in the early rounds. Carrowclough was noted for her clocks at Loughrea and ran well to reach the final at the weekend. Trim’s Reserve Oaks trial stake went to Athcarne Charm (Mafi Magic/Easy N Sweet) giving Mafi Magic his third Reserve Oaks Trial stake winner to join his three already in the Oaks line-up. 

Preview of Week 7 
Galway & Oranmore, Carlow, Listowel & Nenagh. 
Galway and Oranmore’s meeting has already gotten underway at the new Glin field and of the dogs left in the Derby Trial stake, Fermoy semi-finalist Crafty Enzo and Liscannor runner-up Shyan Johnboy both bring a good level of form to the table. The Oaks trial stake Ballyheigue runner-up Ballymac Alberta will be looking to join her sister Ballymac Adelpha in the Oaks line-up. Barrack Mia and Crafty Martino are both trial stake semi-finalists this year and can go well again.  

The All-Age Cup has received a top entry and Needham Simple who has had the benefit of runs at Castleisland recently has solid claims. Crafty Who also has good claims on his seasonal debut and the Limerick Puppy winner will be expected to put up a good showing. Fingal Rory was an impressive Derby qualifier at Cavan last year, while Roquefort Barney is another who can go well. Lochbo Charlie returns to the field of his Desmond Cup victory and can give a bold showing again. A top quality All-Age with some of the leading performers from this and last year.  

Glin’s All-Age Bitch stake winner and runner-up, Garrys Secret and Careful Betty return to the surroundings again while Needham Marie, Atlantic Diva, Crafty Diviso all add more quality to the event. Regional winner Lochbo Vicky is another who adds to this event and can take some beating. There was a Lochbo double at this field’s first meeting and both these runners have already picked up Champion Stakes points and may add to their tallies this week.  

The Corn Ceatharlach at Carlow sees four Cup winners from this season do battle. New Ross winner Sunfire Nova and dual Crohane winner Marshals Mercury are in the top half while top performers Floating Patriot and BLueview Charlie are in the bottom. Irish Cup runner-up Intacta Banba is back in action after a run at Limerick City while World At War picked up two points for a runner-up performance at Freshford recently.  

Skellig Blues looks best in the All-Age bitch and can improve on her recent performances. Roadside Lady returns to defend her title while Flagfield Dash was a good performer last year and both can go well here.  
Sunfire Central is of interest in the Derby Trial stake after a runner-up performance in Crohane recently.  
Nenagh’s Cup sees Skellig Sunlight make a return to action and he looks the star performer once again. The impressive Cashel winner can add to his points tally here. Cuine Rock is having his first run since his TA Morris victory in Clonmel and can give the winner most to do with Glenlough Mick a likely finalist from the bottom of the draw.  

In the trial stakes at NenaghJiiving Celik and Doomore Dave look like the interesting runners in the Derby while Carrigmore Katie looks interesting in the Oaks after a semi-final performance in Glin 
The John Prendeville Cup attracted a good entry once again. Sturdyandstaunch and Needham Danger are top quality runners from last year and Must Name Him is another who has already landed four points. Journey of Life is having his first run of the season on the field he made a winning start last year. 

Recent Castleisland winner Tilford Tom is the selection in the bottom half and Kyle Roger can give him most to think about.  
Skellig Rose and Horgie Baby have already collected four points for the Champion Stakes and look the pick of the runners. Believeicanfly is another on the four point mark for the season. Skellig Rose is a top class runner and can land this quality event.  

Tententwenty and Cash Call have good chances in what looks a high class Derby Trial stake. Time James looked a nice prospect at Glin and can perform well again.