Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Thankyou to Paddy McGhee for his thoughts on the meeting this season

St. Stephen’s Day Preview
The Jubilee All-Age at Mooncoin has attracted a good entry with some Champion Stakes contenders. Fingal Master was a most impressive winner at Johnstown and Urlingford. Pat Savage’s runner will look to add to his win with victory here. Whiskey Galore has been a dual winner this season and has eight points, while Sturdyandstaunch was a runner-up on his latest outing. In the bottom half Fingal Master, Amys Lotto and Marshals Mercury are all in search of more points to make it into the Champion Stakes line-up. Marshals Mercury has already landed two Cups this season while Amys Lotto tasted victory at Lixnaw. Fingal Master may well be too good and the Derby semi-finalist can add to his Johnstown victory here.

Somelittlething gets the vote to land her second All-Age Bitch Stake of the season. She landed a top class Bitch Stake at Castleisland and can add to her victory here. Noirs Cavair and Time To Sleep can fight out the bottom half.
Mooncoin also run a Champion Puppy stake and it sees four dogs and four bitches going head to head for the prize which will attract some great interest. Somelittlelord and Fingal Yank can fight out the top half while July puppy Sunfire City may improve from her Trial Stake victory.

There are a number of runners this weekend with viable claims of a Champion Stakes position, Fingal Master has already been highlighted as a contender in Mooncoin and the Corn Cuchullain at Dundalk can play a major part in deciding a few positions while South Clare, Wexford’s Loc Garman cup, and Co. Kerry’s Kingdom Cup could all prove important in the standings also.
Kyle Roger has reached the semi-final of two 32 runner events this season and has four points. He can land the Kingdom Cup this week and put himself right in contention for the limited places. Lineroad Amigo has six points and can add to his tally. The winner of a semi-final buckle between these two can land the event.

At South Clare we have a number of runners looking to capture more points. Ballyheigue and Tradaree winners Duarigle Mystic (6pts) and Alleyesonus (4pts) can fight out the top half while in the bottom Skellig Sunlight (6pts) can get the better of Galway and Oranmore winner Roquefort Barney.

Fleetwood Nova reappears in the Cork Cup and a buckle with Lochbo Benny (4pts) can decide the outcome of this event. Sheeraghs Lad (6pts) may reach the final from the bottom half of the draw and land himself on eight Champion Stakes points.
With Tynwald Ash an impressive winner in North Kilkenny he is most likely a non-runner in

Borrisoleigh. Downtown James (4pts) can take advantage of that and the Knockgraffon winner may well find himself in a good position come Saturday evening.
Kingsmill Rover gets the vote to land the Loc Garman Cup. Bango Malone (6pts), Mitchelstown winner goes in search of more points but has a number of tough runners to get past if he is to collect here. Yippee Kiyay is a third season runner coming out for the first time after suffering injury. Kingsmill Rover may just be too good however.

At Roscommon With Grim Intent is the favourite to land the Castlerea All-Age. He had one outing at Newcastlewest this season and was a beaten semi-finalist to Needham Work. The Derby winner is expected to put up a bold showing this time round. Timmeys Bin may give him most to do in the top half. In the bottom half it is third season runners Man of War and Kilkeale Hero who make most appeal. Kilkeale Hero has been withdrawn from two second rounds this season so far while a beaten semi-finalist to Blueview Charlie in Old Kilcullen has been Man of War’s only outing. Janeys Eoin probably won’t take up his position after success at East Donegal. Last year’s Derby winner will be expected to collect his first points of the season here.

The Corn Cuchullain at Dundalk has thrown up a terrific second quarter. Corriga Rebel (4pts) goes in search of more points but meets Trim winner and last year’s runner-up Broadwell James (4pts). Blueview Charlie (10pts) is probably safe in terms of Champion Stakes qualification but looks to enhance his growing reputation with victory here. Fingal Rory and Figaro both impressed some onlookers in Old Kilcullen while Droopys Newman and Central Investor will look to improve on their Derby exploits of last season.

The All-Age Bitch’s have provided some great competition throughout the year and a very tight leader-board highlights this. Somelittlething can move onto the leader-board with victory at Mooncoin while among the other runners looking to cement their positions this year at Borrisoleigh are Skellig Lola (6pts) and Horgie Baby (6pts) who are both drawn in the top half. Kates Shoes (6pts) and Rossmore (8pts) are best in the bottom half, Skellig Lola gets the vote to land what would be her fourth All-Age Bitch success in two seasons.

At the Kingdom Cup meeting in Kerry, Turning Pace (4pts) is looking to add to her Kilflynn victory. A semi-final meeting with recent Cappoquin winner Floating Cove (4pts) looks on the cards here with the other finalist likely to come from a semi-final clash between Listowel winner Red Haired Mary (4pts) and Careful Betty (6pts) who picked up her points at the two meetings held at the new Glin stretch this season.
Skellig Blues (4pts) and Giveittobatty (6pts) look likely to meet in the final at South Clare. There will also be interest in how Aveia, Trial Stake winner at Loughrea, runs in her first outing in All-Age company.
The Wexford All-Age Bitch Stake sees Late Drama (8pts) go in search of her third Wexford All-Age Bitch victory this season after wins at both New Ross and Enniscorthy. City Beauty (4pts) was very impressive at Knockgraffon and can go well again while Loyal Lyric (6pts) looks to qualify for her second Champion Bitch Stake. Trial Stake winners Battstreet Judy and Rideout Belle will be closely watched this weekend.

Trial Stakes
Smearla Central gets a confident vote to land the Co. Kerry Derby Trial Stake. He was impressive at Ardpatrick on his way to the final and can make up for that here. Magical Harvey may reverse form with Ballymac Abraham in the Derby Trial Stake at Borrisoleigh.
The Doon Oaks Trial Stake has produced another two winners since it has been run and runner-up Bonerea Jenny reappears this weekend in Borrisoleigh. Also in the field is Nenagh runner-up Deirin Kerry while Rush for Gold was a beaten finalist to Ballyverry Baby. This Trial Stake will be watched closely as it looks good on paper.
In Co. Kerry Blizzard Maria, Ardpatrick reserve winner reappears in a bid to book her full ticket. Barrow Cockle was clocking very well at Newcastlewest and this looks like it could be the final buckle.
At Mooncoin Kingtone Jessie gets a confident vote to book her Oaks Ticket, twice a runner-up at Thurles and Clonmel and Kilsheelan she bids to go one better here and make it third time lucky.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a successful Christmas weekend on the field.


Week 13 Review
Borris In Ossory
Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze/Blades of Glory) added the Laois Cup to his list of honours and may well have booked his place in the Champion Stakes in the process. A winner already at Abbeydorney, he collected his second cup of the season during the week. He overcame Crafty Who in the final who himself moved onto six points after his Gorey victory.

Red Mania (Kingsmill Dynamo/Skellig Mania) qualified for the Derby after success in the Derby Trial Stake. He clocked well during the stake and previously impressed at both Lixnaw and Thurles.

The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake was won by Killimor Mini (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) providing a first Trial Stake for Bexhill Eoin this season.

East Donegal
The James Magee Memorial Cup was won by Cavan All-Age winner Janeys Eoin (Bexhill Eoin/Text It Inn). He moved into the Champion Stakes standings having landed the event after an unusual and unsatisfactory final. Gallant runner-up Fee Fontaine always keeps his best form for the Lifford stretch and reached his second All-Age final at this meeting. Having led to over half-way in the final Fee Fontaine unfortunately pulled up injured and could not go on. Janeys Eoin then took over in front only to turn back down-field before making an effort to turn his hare. This led to a lot of speculation over the judge, Brendan Purcell’s decision. After some thought the judge pulled the red flag to signal Janeys Eoin had added a second cup to his CV.
Smart Sadie (Kingsmill Dynamo/Moat Belle) was a hugely impressive winner of the Hugh Duffy All-Age Bitch Stake. This was a very competitive stake but Sadie landed it with a minimum of fuss. She beat Central Maven in the final while the beaten semi-finalists, Split Decision and Hollyhill Rosie had already landed three All-Age Bitch Stakes between them this year.
The Derby Trial Stake was an eagerly anticipated final and it was Rory For Glory (Derby Pines/Wise Purchase) who got the better of Geordie Casanova in a thrilling final to give Paul Matthews his first Derby qualifier of the season. Having been headed for most of the way, Rory powered past Geordie Casanova in the final hundred yards to run out a good winner. By the way he ran on the final day he won’t fear the Powerstown hill and he was a very likable winner.
Buckin Bella (Kyle King/Kincora Chubbys) won the Reserve Oaks Trial Stake. She looked a decent winner for Laurence Crossan and is a member of a litter who have been running very well without winning.

North Kilkenny
Tynwald Ash (Razor Ashmore/Jamaica Jane) has always been well thought of and fulfilled some of that expectation after winning the Walsh Cup at North Kilkenny. He previously ran up the Puppy Stake at last year’s Irish Cup after sustaining a serious injury in Abbeydorney early last season. Glenlough Mick added a second runner-up performance to his season’s tally. He also won at Rathcormac so now sits on eight Champion Stakes points.
Fire Height Una (Adios Alonso/Skibabbey Lady) added to her Galbally Trial Stake win with a victory here in the All-Age Bitch Stake. She beat the fast Annual Time in the final, a runner-up last year in a Tubbercurry Trial Stake.

 Trial Stake winners Leigh Snowie and Annual Edition were both withdrawn in the semi-finals and both had two runs in nice time after their Trial Stake wins.
The Derby Trial Stake went to Defacto (Bexhill Eoin/Graigue Cascade) and joined his sister Killimor Mini who had just won at Borris In Ossory within the last week. Both have now provided a Trial Stake winner in both dog and bitch Classics for super-sire Bexhill Eoin. He beat Adios King in the final, who was already a runner-up at Cavan.

Skellig Starwars (Adios Alonso/Skellig Wave) won the Oaks Trial Stake and joined her brother and Derby favourite Crushers Oak in the Classic’s field. She clocked well throughout and improved from her previous outings. Among those previous outings, in her last two she was beaten by the winner on both occasions and further enhances the form of Doon winner Boshki who has now beaten two Trial Stake winners.

Shane Mc Loughlin
The news of the death of Shane Mc Loughlin came as a huge shock last week and he will be sadly missed by many around the coursing fields this year and for many years to come. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends at this hard time. May he Rest in Peace.