Will the Lady be ‘Laughing’ on Sunday at Lixnaw?

There’s a big three day card in Lixnaw this weekend with the O’Carroll-O’Connor Cup the highlight. There’s also a very interesting All Age Bitch Stake down for decision with a number of ladies already have seen market support.

All Age Bitch Stake

Whitestone Blond- 6/1
Lady Casanova- 5/1

Notgivetopaddy- 8/1
Laughing Lady- 11/4

All Approved- 4/1
Denham Og- 8/1

Kiss And Tell- 3/1
Plough And Stars- 6/1

Odee- 10/1
Queen Ulva- 8/1

Ballyduff Girl- 10/1
Chubbys Cove- 4/1

Barrack Vitesse- 4/1
Abbey Katie- 5/1

Betting Ring- 8/1
Diligent- 3/1 

Front Runners

Heading the market in Lixnaw are two ladies who have received some support over the last couple of days. Laughing Lady has been cut twice from 5-1 into 11-4 favourite with Boyles and is certainly an interesting runner here. She made 4 appearances last season, winning the Bitch Stake in Ballyheigue and running up the Ballyduff equivalent. Laughing Lady was certainly has a real chance here if she can repeat her form from early last season.

Another to receive support is Diliigent, a daughter of Kyle James and Dedicated, who has been cut from 6-1 to 3-1. Diligent has yet to win a stake but having reached the semi-finals of three Oaks Trial Stakes last season she’s been knocking on the door for sometime.

Kiss and Tell makes here comeback at the venue where she won her Trial Stake 12 months ago. When last seen she was beaten in the final of the Kitty Butler but she’d beaten some good bitches enroute to that point including Bermuda Magic. She has a difficult draw though meeting the veteran bitch Plough and Stars.

Plough and Stars got 6 Champion Bitch Stake points last year as well, winning the Bitch Stake in Newcastlewest and running up the Clonmel and Kilsheelan Bitch Stake.

The superbly bred Chubbys Cove is a 4-1 chance. The daughter of Bexhill Eoin and Chubbys Accord reached the semi-final of three Oaks Trial Stakes last term. The O’Meara’s kennel has been in good form of late and she can’t be overlooked.

All Approved represents another in-form kennel, that of John Flynn, and she’s another who went close last season losing out in the final of three Trial Stakes. She could be around at the business end if repeating that kind of form.

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Freshford- Day One

Updates thanks to Greyhound Nuts

Cup

Skellig Eoin v Cloughtany Time
Tightened Grip v Go Home Hare

Derby Trial Stake

3 : Kyle Calvin (Kyle Basil x Maureen Rua)
5 : Annual Bobby (Bexhill Eoin x Mungos Amy)

12 : Marshals Volcano (Castle Pines x Lady Bellevue)
13 : Coshair Galway (Galway Mark x Coshair Leara)

20 : So Say You (Wallace Green x Alone We Stand)
21 : Bridies Eoin (Bexhill Eoin x Social Accord)

25 : Coolalough Turbo (Kingsmill Dynamo x Skellig Mania)
30 : Don Giovanni (Kingsmill Dynamo x Ballymore Becks)

Reserve Oaks Trial Stake

3 : Cailin Orga (Kingsmill Dynamo x Silhouette)
7 : Clomantagh Time (Musical Time x Miss Shauna)

12 : We Have Gwen (Kyle James x Tullamoy Duchess)
16 : Killahys Rose (March Is On x Cilldubh Killahy)

18 : Marriage Wrecker (Johnny Casanova x Newinn Model)
24 : Marshals Tina (Be Over Quick x Marshals Chelsea)

28 : Fawny Billa (Trajectory x Hey Soul Sister)
29 : Astoughasnails (Kingsmill Dynamo x Asgoodasgold)

The ‘Secret’ is out in Mitchelstown

Oaks quarter finalist Garrys Secret makes her season reappearance in Mitchelstown on Sunday and will face a tough field with some of the better bitches in the stake drawn in the top half.

All Age Bitch Stake– Draw and Betting

Garrys Secret- 2/1
Eggemalong- 5/1

Let Me Call- 6/1
Sparkle- 6/1

Moonveen Music- 4/1
Cooga Star- 10/1

Seaside Holly- 8/1
Come On Bella- 6/1

Blazing Excel- 6/1
Eaglehawk- 4/1

Shanballa Queen- 10/1
Stay Straight- 6/1

Miss Bohola- 6/1
Laravoulta Inn- 10/1

Kendys Gallery- 8/1
Glenrock Bex- 5/1 

Front Runners

The Mitchelstown meeting see the return of Garrys Secret, one of the surprise packages of last season. Nobody paid a great deal of attention when the daughter of Cross Country won her Trial Stake in Liscannor last year but she went on to prove that her victory there was more than a flash in the pan. She mightn’t have been running flashy times but she was always difficult to beat and when running to the quarter final of the Oaks more than showed her worth. Interestingly she’s her mother’s a track bred dog, a litter sister of top sprinter and Drumcrow Obama, and she certainly got some of that pace.

Secret is currently the clear favourite for the Bitch Stake in Mitchelstown although if she’s to win she’ll have to do it the hard way with difficult buckles right from the off. Her first round opponent, Eggemalong, currently a 5-1 chance, has shown she’s in good form reaching the final of the Bitch Stake in Ballyheigue. The daughter of Bexhill Eoin and Narrow Lane has shown plenty of ability and she’ll give Garrys a stern test on her reappearance. Next up will be Let Me Call, a Trial Stake winner in Macroom or Sparkle the beaten finalist of the Bitch Stake in Liscannor.

Moonveen Music is currently the second favourite at 4-1. This bitch showed some potential on her last outing in Crohane reaching the semi-final but may come unstuck if she was to meet Come On Bella a Trial Stake winner in Millstreet last term.

In the bottom half Blazing Excel looks like a dangerous runner, a beaten finalist in Borrisoleigh last year she raised 6 flags in her two outings. Stay Straight may be a danger but has failed to raise a flag since winning the Oaks Trial Stake in Ballinagar over a year ago now. Miss Bohola has reached a semi-final in her one outing this year and should be respected.

Oisin Cup

A quick glance at the Oisin Cup looks to be a shootout between the veteran Smart Touch and Coffee Glendower (the artist formerly known as Glendower). Perhaps Smart Touch’s appearance in Ballyheigue might give him an edge on sharpness over his younger adversary.

Wide open field for Lifford Gold Cup

There are plenty with chance at the Gold Cup meeting in Donegal this weekend as the coursing season makes it’s first foray into Ulster. It usually takes a good dog to win here and the Trial Stake winners in particular from the Lifford field always performing well in Clonmel. Indeed over the last three years, Central City, Go Home Hare, Man Of War and Broadwell Blonde have all enjoyed success in Clonmel after savouring victories at the border field.

Gold Cup– Draw and Betting

Wallace Time- 2/1
Ulster Rooney- 12/1

Local Present- 10/1
Ougham Star- 8/1

Charlemont Mills- 5/1
Wilton Razor-6/1

Fee Fontaine- 8/1
Critter- 12/1

Ardnasool Jester- 8/1
Broadwell James- 6/1

Brannock Sandy- 8/1
Millwood Manor- 8/1

Central Swinger- 2/1
Girl Guide- 8/1

Miss Fury- 5/1
Roadside Lady- 10/1

 

Front Runners

The betting for the Gold Cup is headed by the two most powerful northern kennels with Brendan Matthews’ Wallace Time and Brendan Duffy’s Central Swinger both priced at 5-2 for the prestigious Gold Cup. It shouldn’t be any real surprise that this is the case given the strength of the form of the pair to date this season. However the taxing field at Lifford has been known to throw up a few shocks over the years and there could well be one on Sunday afternoon.

Wallace Time on his one outing to date this season ran up the All Age Cup in Cashel to Skellig Eoin and probably showed better form here than he did at any point last season. Time made four appearances last year including losing out to Ougham Star in the Dungannon Trial Stake. Both have been drawn in the same quarter with Star priced at a much bigger 8-1.

When looking at this quarter though the most interesting of all the runners and one who may be primed to cause a shock or two is Local Present. Present’s best line of form is unquestionably on the extensive Lifford stretch losing out to winner Windfarm Hill in the Trial Stake last season however it should be noted however that there were plenty of people in Lifford on the day who thought he should have gotten the flag. He could well be one to cause an upset or two at the weekend.

In the bottom half Central Swinger is the clear favourite but it could well be argued he faces a stiffer task than Wallace Time to progress with a number of very good dogs in the stake. Swinger, a Trial Stake runner up last year in Dungannon and then a Cup runner-up in Regional where he led by a length or two in the final could well be the class of the field and to my eye the one that will take all the beating.

There’s a repeat of the Trial Stake semi-final from this meeting last year with Ardnastool Jester and Broadwell James set for a first round encounter. Broadwell James got the better of Jester on that occasion. Broadwell had a pipe opener in the first round of the Cup in Crohane where he hit the escape and was withdrawn but if he’s right he could be a real danger in this Cup to the favourites.

At the bottom of the card is the reappearance perhaps the most talked about dog of the National Meeting last year (apart from the winners of course), Miss Fury, the beaten Greyhound and Petworld Oaks semi-finalist. The daughter of Kyle James and Eastwell Blonde is now under the care of genial Antrim man Victor McDonald a man who has been no stranger to getting the best out of dogs. She could well meet Central Swinger on Sunday morning, a buckle to whet the appetite.

Time to ‘Tango’ in Trim for Phoenix

The Plains of Royal Meath are the venue for the Gilroy and Clarke Cups in Trim this weekend with a fascinating field of both bitches and dog assembled to battle it out for honours.

Gilroy Cup and Clarke Cup– Draw

Rapid Town- 10/1
Kierans Tenth- 6/1

Belfast Boy- 5/2
Jacksons Lane- 6/1

A Happy Half- 8/1
Arise Sir Mark- 6/1

Killduff Blackpa- 5/1
Cloonturk Bex- 10/1

Phoenix Tango- 5/2
Irishtown Jewel- 10/1

Canzonetta- 6/1
Bullring Blonde- 10/1

Something Smart- 10/1
Adraville View- 8/1

Miss Tiger Socks- 8/1
Freffans Lucky- 10/1

Front Runners

Phoenix Tango, a Trial Stake winner in Old Kilcullen last season, hasn’t been seen since but she was well supported that day and Boyles are taking no chances placing her at the head of the market at a best price of 5/2. A litter sister of Derby quarter finalist King Rooney and Phoenix Frankel, Tango looks well placed to advance through the competition is at her best.

In the top half, there looks to be a little bit of value around with Jimmy Barry Murphy’s Jackson Lane making his first appearance of the season. The son of Lochbo Butch and Aghadown Laura reached the second round of the National Meeting having won the Trial Stake at the Corn na Feile meeting in Abbeyfeale. Previously Jacksons Lane had reached the semi-final of the Newcastlewest 64 dog Trial Stake. At 6-1 he certainly looks a backable price.

Killduff Blackpa has shown plenty already this season to say that he could well win a Cup at some point. He bumped into Kilkeale Hero in the final of the Cup in Edenderry recently while lost out to Kingsmill Titan in New Ross. He’ll not want for sharpness but has a tricky opening round encounter with Clookturk Bex.

Another leading the betting is the Brendan Matthews charge, Belfast Boy. The son of Razor Ashmore and Needham Beauty was twice a beaten finalist last season and on his only outing to date this season reached the semi-final of the Cup in New Ross.

Arise Sir Mark, should he appear here and not in Limerick could well go close. He’s shown himself capable of raising flags in the past and Trim might just be the sort of field that suits him.

In Cahoots favourite for Treaty crown

There are a couple of very interesting Cups down for decision at the Limerick City meeting this weekend with both the Treaty Cup and the All Age Bitch Stake looking like excellent stakes. The reappearance of Magical Sophie is a highlight in the ladies stake while In Cahoots and Yippee Kiyay are set to make reappearances.

Treaty Cup– Draw

Killeagh Prince- 8/1
In Cahoots- 6/4

Arise Sir Mark- 6/1
Pumpkin Pines- 6/1

Yippee Kiyay- 7/2
Elusive Man- 10/1

Unseen Danger- 6/1
Fionntra Bear- 6/1

Volga Rover- 10/1
Bank On It- 6/1

Max- 8/1
Red Discovery- 4/1

Southwell Novak- 5/1
Knocknasna Jack- 8/1

Fionntra Michael- 10/1
Correct March- 7/1 

Front Runners

I’m looking forward to seeing how Yippee Kiyay fares on his return to action this weekend in Limerick. When looking for dogs worth following I like to see consistent sorts and in his two outings in Trial Stakes last season the son of Cross Country and Miss Candy Floss showed plenty of it. He won the Reserve Trial Stake in Cavan at the first attempt and made it 10 raised flags from 10 courses in Roscommon when winning what looks a decent Trial Stake. He lost out in the opening round of the Derby but could certainly be in contention here.

The current market leader is the Noreen and Kieran McManus owned, In Cahoots. The son of March Is On and Uptown Dilemma won a Trial Stake in Milltown Malbay at this time last year before losing out to Cracking Lord in the Derby and then Two Hot Brandys in the final of the TA Morris Derby Plate. He didn’t appear in Loughrea but is the 6-4 favourite with Boyles here.

Others who could have a big say in the stake include Pumpkin Pines who reached the final of the Liscannor All Age Cup, Correct March who raised 13 flags last season and veteran Red Discovery who makes a first appearance in 11 months. Southwell Novak reached two semi-finals last season and could challenge to reach a final from the bottom half. Arise Sir Mark could well go close here if he appears here and not in Trim were he is also entered.

All Age Bitch Stake

Magical Sophie is the standout name in the Bitch Stake. Coming from the Guilfoyles in-form kennel Sophie won this Cup last season before going on to run up the stake in Rathcormac and win in County Kerry. Way Back When was beaten in two Oaks Trial Stake finals last year and could well be a big danger in the bottom half as could her first round opponent Cu Maggie.

Likewise Blazing Excel showed plenty of potential in only two appearances last season, while Timely Legacy and Volga Empress all showed real ability last season. It looks a very competitive stake