Review of Week 10
Bandon & Cross
Charlie ( Blake/ Abbey) went one step closer to sealing his Champion Stakes position with a win in the All-Age Cup at the Bandon & Cross on Friday. Having already won the Desmond Cup at early in the season, Charlie moved onto eight points and looks to be in a great qualifying position for the February Classic run this year in the memory of the late Kevin Smith.
Runner-up Amigo himself moved up the after success in . He now sits on six points.
Another member of the Kyle James and Ellen litter has collected their ticket to the Classics in February, this time it’s Gavin who collected his Derby trial stake at the Bandon meeting becoming the fifth comrade to do so this season. This fellow has some nice clocks and may be a good performer landing the trial stake on his third outing of the season.
Maple ( Magic/Class Attraction) was mentioned last week as the star of the Oaks trial stake and she did not disappoint. She had previously impressed a few onlookers at when reaching the final. The daughter of Class Attraction booked her ticket on the same weekend as her dam some five years ago and may well be an Oaks contender come February.
The Paddy Doyle Memorial Cup attracted a very competitive entry and it was Master ( Magic/ Swagger), a semi-finalist in last year’s Derby who came out on top. He beat some top performers comprehensively on his way to victory including ( All-Age winner), Rebel (Demoted from 2014 Champion Stakes) and Sunlight (Cashel All-Age winner). This was his second outing of the season having benefited from the two runs at a week previous. Sunlight collected another two points for the Champion Stakes and is currently placed tenth in the standings.
Split Decision ( Dynamo/Fortuna) is unbeaten for the season and posted another fine victory to follow up her win. This lady was an impressive winner here and finds herself on eight points and third in the standings for the Champion Bitch Stake. She looked the top performer in the stake alongside Secret and duly obliged. The latter was a beaten semi-finalist while My Tail was a beaten finalist on her best performance to date.
Twinkle (Thomas The Tank/Lady ) joined her brother Timber House in the field for their respective Classics with an impressive win in the Oaks trial stake at the Johnstown & meeting. The final of the Reserve Derby trial stake at the meeting was a close buckle with Why (Adios Alonso/Why Penny) just getting the better of .
Doon Coursing Club ran the final day of their meeting in terrible conditions as the fog hung over the field for the majority of the day. The Corn Dun All-Age was won by Ocean Sirocco
( Dynamo/Ocean ) after Aristo Dawn was withdrawn from the final. Aristo Dawn was the last remaining bitch in the competition and received theat award. Make Peace had been expected to collect the prize after a few nice runs but unfortunately had to be withdrawn before the semi-final.
Abraham (Thomas The Tank/ Amy) landed the Reserve Derby trial stake and became the second of Amy’s pups to Thomas The Tank to land trial stakes this year. The winner got the better of strong favourite Magical Harvey and this June puppy can improve in the build-up to the National Meeting.
The Oaks trial stake was won by (Kyle James/Blades of Glory) providing another trial stake for the in-form Michael O’Donovan. Although conditions didn’t make for great viewing, reports are that this lady is quite decent.
Doon Coursing Club have their own website which is well worth checking out. The site features reports from their meeting from every year back as far as 2001.
The O’Carroll O’Connor All-Age Cup at saw Lotto (Kyle James/Shades of Oak) get back to the form of last season. The third season runner was a semi-finalist in last season’s Champion Stakes and will now focus on getting back to again. Needham Simple was runner-up in this stake and may be springing back to the dog of old and we can expect more to come from this pacey fellow. Kyle Calvin was a notable absentee on Sunday morning.
(Kyle James/ Duchess) already landed the All-Age Bitch stake at earlier this season and added another at the Kerry meeting last weekend. The trial stake winner from last year now heads the Ladies standings for the Champion Stakes and may well be a qualifier already. Knockout Kate was a runner-up here while sisters Turning Pace and Maggie Dan were both beaten semi-finalists.
The Derby trial stake at the meeting went to Master ( Magic/ Babe). Previously a beaten semi-finalist at by eventual winner , this fellow improved from that performance to land the 64-runner event.
The exceptionally bred Na ( Magic/ All In) won the Oaks trial stake on her first outing of the season. She may be quite a decent performer and beat a few more experienced rivals on the way to success here.
It will be interesting to see the quotes for this week’s qualifiers as there are a few who have entered notebooks throughout the country this weekend.
The meeting at Old got underway today (Tuesday) and runs until Thursday of this week. The Troy Electrical Puppy Stake will be watched closely while both All-Age events are of a good standard.
We are delighted to have Man of War back in action this week. He has had his fair share of problems and providing he holds up he should have a good chance. It is a high quality Cup with winner Charlie, Rory, recent runner-up Stormont, Figaro, Go Conquer and last year’s winner Dale Pinocchio all in action. It will be by no means an easy task for any of the runners and will surely be a hotly contested All-Age.
The All-Age Bitch stake at the meeting sees a few winners get back into action in a bid to earn more valuable points. Carlow winner Noirs Caviar and Lola, winner look the best in the top half, while Red Orchid looks to set an example for her first litter of puppies who are also running this season. and winner Needham Marie returns to action and gets the vote to win. She is a really good performer and can join the Champion Bitch leaders on eight points on Thursday evening.
The Puppy stake will be watched with great interest this week as it has a reputation for producing top quality winners. There are some performers in here with high reputations and the brother/sister combination of Call Up Pal and Vienna Calling are a potential final pairing. Fairy impressed a few onlookers at Cashel and so too did his first round opponent at Westmeath. After last week’s Bandon winner Maple (runner-up in ), Annual Edition’s form has stood up well. She may well be a good trial stake winner and meets another likable sort in District Twelve. It looks an intriguing contest on paper and should make for good viewing this coming week.
In the Fitzgerald Cup this week Black and White looks set to land his second Cup of the season. The Limerick City winner may well face his final opponent again in the shape of Magician. TA Morris winner Rock hasn’t quite lived up to expectation this year but a return to form would surely see him go close.
In the Derby trial stake Kyle and Backstreet Boy may go close and Sir Doolittle may also be one to keep an eye on. In the Oaks trial stake Miss Chatterbox could be the one after her runner-up performance to the fast Dale .