Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Week 11 Review
Week eleven hosted two midweek meetings and three weekend meetings all providing good quality action. Some Trial Stake winners from the weekend have got coursing folk wondering, while the All-Age winners, particularly the Bitches, collected more hard earned points in a bid to make the final eight.
Old meeting hosted ten finals last Thursday. A meeting which has thrown up some excellent winners will again get to display its Puppy and All-Age performers at the National Meeting.
Both All-Age winners at the meeting are proving themselves to be very useful runners this season and both seem to have secured Champion Stakes positions with their respective victories this week.
The JE Brennan All-Age Cup was won by the impressive Charlie ( Sam/Moon Becky). Already a winner and a runner-up this season, Charlie now joins Floating Patriot on ten points for the season. The winner was faultless throughout the stake and beat Rory in the final. Despite running off-line on a few occasions, Rory was putting up his best display since landing his trial stake in Cavan.
Needham Marie (Bexhill Eoin/Gadget Girl) added to her fine success at & with another impressive display in the All-Age Bitch Stake. Marie now sits on eight points and cemented her Champion Bitch credentials with success here. Runner-up Lola added another two points to her triumph and still has a chance of qualifying for the February Classic.
The Derby Trial Stake was won by (Adios Alonso/ Girl). A late June puppy, failed to raise a flag in his previous three outings but made no mistake this time as he landed what looked a strong event. He beat the more fancied Rebel in the final.
No Hawkeye (Thomas The Tank/ Hawkeye) won the Reserve Oaks Trial Stake at the meeting, providing the first half of a double for Noreen & Kieran McManus and trainer Gerry .
The second half was added when Call Up Pal (Adios Alonso/Call Up) landed the Troy Electrical Champion Puppy. The winner was the lesser fancied of the finalists having received two byes on the way there. District Twelve was impressive in reaching the final and was favourite from the outset. Call Up Pal got the better of him however and added to his Trial Stake victory. Vienna Calling performed best of the bitches in the stake and Fairy was heading into the semi-final with a realistic chance of victory only to be withdrawn.
The Fitzgerald Cup at was the main event on Wednesday and Thursday of last week at and it was won by Nash (Johnny Casanova/ Breeze). Beaten by litter brother Breezing Johnny in the semi-final last month at , this fellow went two better and landed the Fitzgerald Cup from . The runner-up was having his first runs since winning at Tipperary and District last year and could perform well in the remaining weekends of the season.
Time James (Kyle James/Be On Time) won the Derby trial stake at the meeting. This fellow previously impressed when reaching the final at and duly went one better this time around.
The Oaks trial stake was won by the (/Why Kay), providing a first trial stake winner for sire . This lady is a useful performer and beat Long Drive in the final, a runner who previously impressed in the early rounds at & .
produces its fair share of top class winners. Kyle Leigh and With Grim Intent were both winners on the card last year and With Grim Intent was the main attraction returning to the field for his first outing of the season.
The Munster Cup attracted a great entry but it was Needham Work (Bexhill Eoin/Gadget Girl) who came out on top. The winner was fastest throughout the stake and doubled his points tally for the season. Un-coursed as a puppy, Needham is now nine from nine for the season and the Matthew’s team will be hoping he can continue in that vein of form for the remainder of the season. He beat Glory in the final, a runner who will hope to collect silverware somewhere during the coming weeks. With Grim Intent’s return would have been anticipated by many, but he had to settle for a semi-final defeat to the winner Needham Work.
The All-Age Bitch Stake looked like a tight affair and it was runner-up, (Bexhill Eoin/) who came out on top. The winner now sits on six points and currently holds on to the eighth position in the Champion Bitch Stake list. One feels she may need another couple of points if she is still to be in the field come February.
All In ( Magic/ All In) won the Derby Trial stake at the meeting and has been the talking dog since then. He was extremely impressive on the clock and looks like he will have plenty of followers in . After With Grim Intent’s success in the stake last year is it possible this fellow could go on to Derby glory in early February?
The Oaks trial stake went to (Adios Alonso/). A semi-finalist at earlier in the year this lady has proven consistent throughout the season. She beat Alberta in the final, a second runner-up performance for the daughter of Thomas The Tank.
Lad landed the Pete Delaney Memorial Cup at on Sunday and boosted his possibility of Champion Stakes qualification in the process. Having already picked up two points at & Lad moved into the top sixteen for the season.
The All-Age Bitch Stake at the meeting went to She (Bexhill Eoin/ Way). This was by far her most notable performance to date having only raised two flags from three outings in her career before the weekend. Vicky was a runner-up here and moves to six points in the increasingly competitive Champion Bitch standings. Blue , the New Ross trial stake winner performed well in All-Age company reaching the semi-final.
The Derby Trial Stake went to Blue ( Magic/Hard To Sell). The Mallow runner-up went one better this time round and beat Derby winner Dave in the final.
The Oaks Trial Stake was won by Jeanie (Thomas The Tank/Lady ), a third comrade of this litter to qualify. This lady beat Happy Away in the final, a bitch who continues to impress.
Crafty Who (Castle Pines/Crafty Estado) was declared winner of the All-Age Cup at Gorey after Newry Awake was withdrawn prior to the final. The winner landed the Puppy Stake at Co. Limerick last year and picked up his first points of the season.
The All-Age Bitch Stake was won by Balbriggan winner Sceptre (Razor /Jamaica Jane). This lady had beaten both Lola and Loyal Lyric on her way to success at Balbriggan and this week takes her points tally to eight, and joins four others on that mark in the Champion Bitch standings.
Stephens Owen ( Magic/Tilt Your Kilt) was a popular winner of the Derby Trial Stake at Gorey. This fellow had some impressive clocks, particularly in the first round and semi-final which state he is clearly the fastest of all stakes at Gorey this weekend.
The Reserve Oaks trial stake went to Flashy Paradise (Kyle James/ Paradise). This lady was having her fourth outing and improved from them to land this stake here. Connections will be paying particular interest to the draw for Reserves which takes place today.