‘Hopes and Dreams’ of the Desmond Cup

What a Cup it promises to be at Glin this weekend with some of the biggest names in the country making much anticipated comebacks as they compete for the Desmond Cup.

Desmond Cup Draw: Prices from Boylesports

Downton Abbey- 20/1
Undulating Green- 6/1

Offshore Town- 5/1
Go On Slogan- 8/1

Two Hot Brandys- 8/1
Ballymacneven- 12/1

Mr Blonde- 20/1
Cherrygrove Bolt

Tubbermartin Rio- 14/1
India Rio- 8/1

Sophies Blaze- 12/1
Lochbo Benny- 10/1

Mr Mooncoin- 12/1
Longmeadow Raz- 4/1

Another Ask- 20/1
Cill Ide Abu- 8/1

Latest Trick- 5/1
Son Of Steel- 10/1

Kyle Dixie- 6/1
Bythewindsailor- 10/1

Handsome Jack- 20/1
Hatchet Man- 20/1

Moat Henry- 8/1
King Rooney- 2/1

Glin Syn- 14/1
Mission Approved- 20/1

Intacta Banba- 5/1
Here Comes Mafi- 10/1

Mr Big- 7/1
Breska Hill- 12/1

Glenhouse Jamie- 20/1
Hopes And Dreams- 4/1 

Front Runners

It’s hard to know where to start here given the open nature and quality of the draw. However to get things moving I’m going to look at dogs who have won on this field before.

Hopes and Dreams a winner of the 2011 Derby Trial Stake and winner of the Champion Stakes in Clonmel last year has obvious claims. He showed great foot to win here on his debut and followed that up last year reaching the semi-final. The John Flynn trained hound improved as the season progressed and he claimed  the Champion Stakes crown in impressive fashion having won the Cup at Ballyheigue.

To win this stake though he will have to do it the hard way. His path to the final could look something like Glenhouse Jamie- Mr Big- Intacta Banba- Latest Trick. Now that’s notional of course but this dog certainly has the class to go all the way.

The 2012 Derby Trial Stake winner Longmeadow Raz went all the way to the final of the Boylesports Derby last year before suffering what was thought at the time a career ending injury. Things have taken a turn for the better however and Raz makes his reappearance at the weekend. It remains to be seen how he’ll cope with the extra exertions but if at his best he’ll be a live contender.

The final dog to have won a major stake on the field is the Desmond Cup holder Latest Trick. Trick produced something of a surprise for his trainer Gerry Holian as he won here last year having only previously had one unsuccessful outing. He has breeding to die for and proved this his victory here was no fluke as he went to Castleisland three weeks later and claimed the Cup there. Having almost swallowed his tongue in the National Meeting in Clonmel he’s been nursed back to health and if he’s at his best he’ll probably start favourite.

The Chasing Pack

I’m not entirely sure that the chasing pack is the appropriate name for this because there are plenty of other dogs more than capable of racing to the front of the pack.

The most interesting of these are the Irish Cup runner up Intacta Banba, Derby quarter-finalist King Rooney and Mr Big who also impressed at Powerstown. All three are located in the bottom half of the draw along with Hopes and Dreams and Latest Trick making winning the bottom half alone worthy of winning the 6 points on offer.

King Rooney in particular has got a tricky looking draw with the unexposed Moat Henry his first round opponent on Saturday morning, a dog that given his relative youth last season could develop into a real star this season. He’ll have his work cut out for him at the weekend however if he’s to lead Rooney.

Go On Slogan looks like the kind of dog who could have a real say in the top half the draw. He performed with note last season winning the Castletowngeoghegan Trial Stake before reaching the third round of the Irish Cup losing out to veteran Killimor Matey. Mr Blonde was a much talked about dog last year but he never really matched the talk. It didn’t come from nowhere so if one dog is to spring a surprise it may well be him.

Veterans India Rio, Undulating Green and Cherrygrove Bolt could all make progress in the top half if matching their performances from last season.

A preview of the bitch stake will make an appearance later in the week.


Stars align for Desmond Cup

The Desmond Cup in Glin is regularly one of the top stakes of the season and a top class field has been assembled once again for this weekend’s renewal with last year’s winner Latest Trick back in the field for another crack at the top prize.

Also in the field are the last two Derby Trial Stake winners in Glin with 2012 Champion Stakes winner Hopes and Dreams and withdrawn Derby finalist Longmeadow Raz resuming his career after injury. 

Elsewhere the clash of Derby quarter finalist King Rooney and Moat Henry may be worth the admission fee alone while Mr Big and Go On Slogan make their seasonal reappearances after impressing last term. Intacta Banba the Irish Cup runner up will also be hopeful of keeping up his good record in Limerick!

Representing the older dogs are Cherrygrove Bolt, Undulating Green and India Rio who are all more than capable of springing an upset.

New Ross

The Corn Ros Mhic Treoin looks to be a fairly open affair with Aghaburren Green making his first appearance since winning the Trial Stake in Mallow last October. Twice beaten finalist last season Belfast Boy takes is place in the Wexford field along with Marshals Mercury another dog that hit the crossbar twice.

The older cohort is also represented with Kingmill Larch, Vacume Cool Dude and Kingsmill Titan in the field.

There are plenty of other interesting runners but I’ll look into them later in the week!

Phoenix rises to victory in Liscannor

Brendan Duffy’s Central Phoenix took the honours in Liscannor this afternoon claiming the All Age Cup having been declared the winner after Pumpkin Pines was withdrawn. Phoenix, a litter brother of Duffy’s Select Stake winner Central Heroine, was unsuccessful in four outings last season but has started his second season in the best possible way.

The All Age Bitch stake is also heading northward with Lifford’s Laurence Crossan having success with his bitch Hollyhill Marlyn. Marlyn ran up the Trial Stake in Dundalk last year and stepped up today to defeat Sparkle in the final.

In the Oaks Trial Stake, Crossan didn’t enjoy as much luck, as Stelcon claimed the honours here against Hollyhill Rosie. The Lar Collins owned Stelcon is reported to have suffered an injury in the decider however so we’ll have to monitor that.

In the Derby Trial Stake, Rosie’s litter brother Timothys Tiger claimed the first Clonmel ticket of the year for the fellas as he beat Glenbeg Archie for owners Sean and Adrian Carr.

It was a good day too, for breeder Martin Donnelly, as he bred the two Hollyhill dogs and Timothys Tiger from his brood bitches, Shes the West and Strideaway Smurf.


All Age Cup

Central Phoenix (Adios Alonso x Central Accord) declared winner v Pumpkin Pines

All Age Bitch Stake

Hollyhill Marlyn (Musical Time x Strideaway Smurf) beat Sparkle

Derby Trial Stake

Timothys Tiger (Kingsmill Dynamo x Shes the West) beat Glenbeg Archie

Oaks Trial Stake

Stelcon (Kingsmill Dynamo x Omera) beat Hollyhill Rosie

Skellig Way takes season opener

Skellig Way continued were he left off in All Age stakes last season as he claimed the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn taking the 6 Champion Stakes points that go with it. The Tim O’Driscoll owned son of Mafi Magic and Skellig Beag got the better of Kyle Leigh in the final.

O’Driscoll also reached the final of the bitch stake with his bitch Skellig Tivoli but lost out as Blades of Steel showed what she was capable off delighting owners Denis Guiney and Eric Jacobsen and all those who had her in their fantasy coursing selection.

Perhaps the performance of the weekend may have been from Call Her Dresden for Patrick McCarthy and John O’Keefe. The daughter of Oaks runner-up Call Her Now showed great grit to come out the winner of the 64 bitch Trial Stake claiming herself a ticket to Clonmel and a well earned rest!

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was claimed by Lithuanian Jinx for Maurius Kybartas as the son of Jingles and Dunkil Heros proved too good for his competitors.

Once again courtesy of the contributors to Greyhound Nuts


Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

Skellig Way (Mafi Magic x Skellig Beag) beat Kyle Leigh

All Age Bitch Stake

Blade of Steel (Musical Time x Blades of Steel) beat Skellig Tivoli

Oaks Trial Stake

Call Her Dresden (Kingsmill Dynamo x Call Her Now) beat Knocknacree Beky

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Lithuanian Jinx (Jingles x Dunkil Heros) beat Acres Gold

Day 3 Updates- Liscannor and Kilflynn

Updates courtesy of Greyhound Nuts


Oaks Trial Stake- Stelcon v Hollyhill Rosie.

Derby Trial Stake- Timothys Tiger v Glenbeg Archie

All Age Bitch- Sparkle v Hollyhill Marlyn

All Age Dog- Pumpkin Pines v Central Phoenix


Bitch Trial Stake- Call Her Dresden v Knocknacree Beky

Derby Trial Stake- Acres Gold v Lithuanian Jinx

All Age Bitch Stake- Blades of Steel v Skellig Tivoli

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup- Skellig Way v Kyle Leigh

Liscannor catch up – How they line up for Day Two

All Age Cup

Fatcatinhat v Mr Boss

Small Garsuin v Pumpkin Pines

Central Phoenix v Cillowen Bawn

Pumpkin Castle v Bond Street Boy

 All Age Bitch Stake

Queen Tania v Sparkle

Clonreddan Bex v Shes All Talk

Vacume Lizzie v Tromora Proof

Shoot Me Down v Hollyhill Marlyn 


Derby Trial Stake

Tromora Mark (Matt Hyland x Tromora Ocean) v Timothys Tiger (Kingsmill Dynamo x Shes The West)

Doitforme (Bexhill Brian x Miss Vanity) v Kingtone Victor (Prevelence x Oilean Dancer)

Cashen Dakarai (Kingsmill Dynamo x Callura Chico) v Sarasota Silver (Kingsmill Dynamo x Quarrymount Lucy)

Glenbeg Archie (Bar Time x Latest Bet) v Woodloch Dynamo (Kingsmill Dynamo x Newinn All In)


Oaks Trial Stake

Crafty Opello (Crafty Pedro x Crafty Bonito) v Stelcon (Kingsmill Dynamo x Omera)

Callura Model (Matt Hyland x Callura Hunter) v Immortal Dynamo (Kingsmill Dynamo x Aslee Annie)

Goodnight Abi (Bexhill Eoin x Skule Hill Lady) v Sandy View (Blueview Sam x Moon Becky)

Hollyhill Rosie (Kingsmill Dynamo x Shes The West) v Central Muse (Razor Ashmore x Latest Gamble)