It’s been a hectic week or so in the coursing world with a little more light having been cast on who may be picking up the silverware come Clonmel in just over a months time. The countdown is well and truly on.
Perhaps the most illuminating result of the week was the victory for Phoenix Frankel in Dundalk on Thursday in the Corn Cuchulainn. The Dungannon Trial Stake winner was a fairly comprehensive victor for the Keogh- Senyk- Reilly Syndicate. His price for the Derby has been cut from 20/1 to 14/1 with BetBrowne and at the minute he may be difficult to oppose.
It was a very good day for Ian Reilly and his family as Phoenix Bruno also collected the Derby TS at the Dundalk meeting. Bruno had to work hard in the semi final to account for Cavan finalist Loyal Liam before comfortably accounting for Grayacre Star in the final. He’s been installed as a 16/1 chance with BetBrowne for the Derby.
It was also good week or two for greyhounds that ran at the joint Dugnannon- Cavan meeting. Yippe Kiyay the Reserve DTS winner for Cavan picked up his ticket in Roscommon while the Dungannon Cup winner Killimor Matey took the honours in North Kilkenny the week before Christmas.
The week previously, Bringmesunshine beaten in the final of the Dungannon OTS won her ticket at the Galway and Oranmore meeting in Castletowngeoghegan. Fingal Developer, beaten by Bringmesunshine in the Dungannon semi final also won her ticket in Dundalk.
Given that Dale Roisin and Blueview Sam where both present at the Cavan and Dungannon meeting last year- Roisin running up the Dungannon TS and Sam emerging with the Cup- this form may be worth paying some attention to.
COLLECTing their ticket
There was a bit of excitement caused by the victory of Collect Me Now in Tralee as the daughter of Adios Alonso and Moat Belle joined her litter sister Moat Ali at Powerstown.
Indeed the bitch was Collect Me Now’s fourth Trial Stake winner of the season from two separate litters, one to Alonso and the other to Bar Time. BetBrowne have installed her as a 12/1 shot for the Oaks and rumour has it that she has also changed hands in the day or two since her victory.
Another bitch installed at a reasonably short 16/1 was the Borrisoleigh OTS winner Catunda Magic. She was a real eye catcher in Ballinagar earlier in the season and I for one wasn’t at all surprised that she managed to pick up her ticket on Thursday afternoon. The daughter of Mafi Magic and Miss Solitaire is certainly one to keep an eye on in Clonmel.
10- the magic number
With 10 points looking to be magic mark that guarantees a place in the Champions Stakes, 9 dogs look to have their places in the new look stake well sown up.
Points scorers at Tralee, Hunters Glory and Smart Touch lead the way with 12 points each, while Latest Trick has had place secured for almost 2 months. Cherrygrove Bolt‘s Kingdom Cup victory has also catapulted him into the Champion Stake’s picture with the prizemoney meaning he now looks assured of a place in Clonmel.
Race for Grace Bruton Stake
In the Champion Bitch Stakes there’s a 3 way tie for the final spot with Bossa Nova Babe, Tailteann Rua and Moat Lady all sharing 8 points and €2,500 prize money.
Master Delight sealed her place with the North Kilkenny Bitch Stake just before Christmas while Magical Sophie’s victory over the Christmas period means she’s almost assured her Powerstown place.