There may only be three meetings on this weekend but they’ve thrown up some fascinating buckles. There are the potential for some great buckles in quarter and semi finals, but this week I’m going to look at three first round buckles that can help to shape the season.
Doon All Age Cup
Skellig Sunrise v Kierans Sam
This first round buckle pits Kierans Sam, the Cup winner in Mitchelstown against Skellig Sunrise the cup winner in Ballinagar. The winner of this buckle will be a hot favourite for the cup here. Kierans Sam who had his colours lowered by Kyle Tanyard in the Rathcormac quarter final last weekend, makes a quick reappearance here. Sunrise should be fresher having given the Balbriggan Cup a miss last weekend. This could be a buckle to define the season for both.
Bandon and Careys Cross All Age Cup
Pay Me v Team Tyson
Triple Cup winner last season and two time winner in English Invitational stakes this year Pay Me will provide Fermoy Trial Stake winner Team Tyson with a stern test of his Derby credentials in this opening round buckle. Fermoy has had a habit of throwing up Derby contenders with the last five Derby Trial Stake winners still standing on the third morning of the National Meeting. We’ll get a better idea of Tyson’s ability on Saturday after he meets Pay Me.
Johnston and Urlingford- All Age Cup
Drumcrow View v Bridewell Kieran
I discussed this briefly in the Cup Preview blog yesterday but this has the makings of a brilliant buckle. Bridewell Kieran has been extremely consistent over the last year and it will take a top class performance to beat him. Drumcrow View has never been beaten by much in any of his buckles and really appreciates a hill as his performance in Tubbercurry last year in particular demonstrated. Regardless of who wins this buckle they’ll have to be at the very best to win this cup.
I’d a bit of luck with Yorkville Stella last weekend but Undulating Green again hit the bar. I hope this weeks selection enjoy Stella’s luck.
Fiery Sunset- 4/1
Ran up the final here last year before winning her Trial Stake in Roscommon. She entered the Oaks in Clonmel, relatively fancied last year but was beaten by Feede Blonde in an unsatisfactory course on the second morning. While I’m a little concerned that this is her first outing 4/1 seems like reasonable value for a bitch with form on the field.
Pay Me- 4/1
I’ll give Pay Me a hesitant nod in Bandon. The Sir Mark Prescott owned dog meets something of an unknown quantity in Team Tyson. Any dog that has raised 28 flags over the course of his career deserves respect. The obvious danger is Sound Pistol who won last time out in Tradaree.