Tuesday, October 13, 2015


A double for the John Flynn kennel was the highlight of the weekend, adding to last weekend’s win to bring their tally to three trial stake winners with as many weeks of the season gone. Westmeath, Ballyheigue and Regional were the meetings to be run, while Cashel had to postpone with the hope of running later in the season.

The James Curran Memorial Cup at Regional was won by last year’s Thurles Derby Trial Stake winner Kyle Fionn (Kyle Ranger/Ocean Tolula). Fionn beat Get Into Gear in the final, although, he was due to meet the talented Floating Patriot in the first round before the latter was withdrawn. Kyle Fionn was beaten in the second round of the Derby last year by the winner Feel My Pulse and may well have benefited from his couple of runs in Glin last weekend.

The All-Age Bitch Stake at Regional went to Pauna Pronto (Captain Dru/Have We Six). A lady not seen since her victory last season in Limerick City, she prevented Lochbo Vicky from completing her double at the venue.

Trial Stake action at the Limerick venue saw Cranorchard (Killimor Matey/Brianna) book his place in the Boylesports Derby. The Oaks Trial Stake went to Free and Easy (Kingsmill Dynamo/Blades of Glory), a winner for the in-form John Flynn kennels and a second litter member to win this season.

District Twelve (Adios Alonso/Dale Roisin) was a good performer last year, landing a trial stake and reaching the final of the Puppy Stake at Old Kilcullen before winning two rounds of the Irish Cup at Patrickswell. District Twelve got his season of to the best possible start on home soil in Westmeath last weekend landing the Belsize Cup. Impressing on the clock in each round, District Twelve collected the honours from Blueview Sanual. Needham Simple was a notable non-runner on day one, added to the list was Dealbhna Mor who was withdrawn from the second days action.

The Clonmel tickets at Westmeath were collected by Loyal Lar (Kyle James/Loyal Leader), in the Derby Trial Stake for the Donnelly’s, while Killucan Rose (Johnny Casanova/Your Symbolic) landed the Oaks Trial Stake and sealed another local winner for Declan Carr.

The White Sands Cup at Ballyheigue provided a valuable six Champion Stakes points to the winner, Blackpool Kyle (Kyle James/Dusty Track). The winner got the better of Cloudy Dawn in the final. Both runners had previously done battle in the 3-course duffer at Kilflynn although the result was reversed on this occasion.

Leavesinthewind (Kyle James/Madtogoagain) was a beaten finalist at Tralee last year but got off the mark with victory in the All-Age Bitch Stake here. A sister to last year’s Derby winner, Feel My Pulse, got the better of Kilcastle Lady, a runner having the first start of her third season.

For the Flynn kennels of Kerry another winner, this time in the Derby Trial Stake at Ballyheigue. Rhythm and Rhyme (Razor Ashmore/Quality and Dash) took honours here and joined his sister, Grace and Glamour in the Classic ranks for January 2016. It is safe to say the Flynn runners have “hit the ground running” this year with three trial stake winners in the last two weeks action. The Reserve Oaks Trial Stake at the meeting was won by Pumpkin Judicial (Judicial Affai/Pumpkin Aviva) for another in form kennel, this time for Jody Thompson, having had both runners in the final of the Derby Trial Stake in Liscannor on the opening days of the season.