Galbally- Day One Results

Russell All Age Cup

High And Mighty v Cuine Boy
Go On Slogan v Precious Boy
Miss Bohola v Kilty Millie
Missy Katie v Ballyina Lady

Derby Trial Stake

1 : Downtown James (Kyle James x Funny Honey)
8 : Eire Loose One (Murtys Blaze x Mrs Pops)

11 : Vale View Flyer (Murtys Blaze x Blades Of Glory)
15 : Straight Miler (Central City x Beabus)

20 : Chubbys Cousins (Kingsmill Dynamo x Quality And Dash)
22 : Dream Hunter (Razor Ashmore x Lady Delight)

26 : Cooga Darlan (Mafi Magic x Cooga Moll)
31 : Did I Pull (Johnny Casanova x Why Tanyard Tess)

Oaks Trial Stake

4 : Specific Blaze (Adios Alonso x Miss Knockillon)
6 : Valley Model (Musical Time x Ballymac Jane)

10 : Pauna Pronto (Captain Dru x Have We Six)
13 : Shanballa Dawn (Kingsmill Dynamo x Newinn All In)

18 : Uptown Chick (Kingsmill Dynamo x Uptown Dilemma)
24 : My Dream (Kingsmill Dynamo x Polar Lights)

28 : Fire Height Una (Adios Alonso x Skibabbey Lady)
29 : Cutters Chara (Cernunnos x Anam Chara)

 

Hoping for a ‘Mighty’ return

Veteran campaigner High and Mighty returns for competition yet again in Galbally to try and retain the Russell Cup which he won last season. Entering into his fifth season it’s hard to believe that he won the Corn na Feile in 2009 before going onto reach the quarter final in one of the best renewals at Clonmel in recent years. He’ll have some stiff competition though and he’ll have to return on top of his game to go well here.

Russell All Age Cup– Draw and Betting

Loose Chippings- 8/1
High And Mighty- 4/1

Cuine Boy- 3/1
Floating Exile- 8/1

Go On Slogan- 5/1
Fairyfield Mario- 10/1

Newinn Wonder
Offshore Town- 2/1

Miss Bohola- 10/1
Ceol Alainn- 10/1

Kilty Millie- 3/1
Let Me Call- 6/1

Missy Katie- 6/1
Lismadine Hannah- 8/1

Kendys Gallery- 10/1
Ballyina Lady- 8/1

Front Runners

While  High and Mighty may be the main talking point about the draw it’s easy to forget that Offshore Town is attempting to win his third Cup of the season having already claimed silverware in Nenagh and Doon. The son of March Is On and Uptown Dilemma is currently on 10 Champion Stake points and almost assured of his place in Powerstown.

He had been scheduled to meet Newinn Wonder but with Wonder proving successful in Mooncoin on Saturday it would seem unlikely that he’ll take his place in the field. Also in the quarter is Go On Slogan who hasn’t quite reached the heights of last year. Having reached the third round of the Irish Cup and the third round of the Desmond Cup he appeared primed for a big season but hasn’t kicked on. He could rediscover that form here though.

In the top quarter Cuine Boy makes a reappearance after a couple of months out. A Cup winner this season in Ennis-Clarecastle, he won his Trial Stake in Galbally a couple of seasons ago and at his best could be difficult to beat for whoever meets him. He meets Floating Exile who reached the final of a duffer on his last outing.

At the top of the draw is Loose Chippings and High and Mighty. Loose Chippings was a reserve and full Trial Stake winner as a pup and reached the final in Crohane last season. He hasn’t quite replicated that form since apart from a semi-final appearance in the same venue in October. His opponent is a veteran of 65 courses, winning a remarkable 52 of them. Whelped in June 2008 he’s certainly been one of the best dogs of the last decade and to have him compete with these younger dogs would be absolutely remarkable.

The bottom half of the draw is populated with the ladies, Kilty Millie, Cup winner in Newcastlewest and Missy Katie, a runner up in Rathcormac are the standout candidates. A good performance from Millie here could put her into Champion Bitch Stake contention.

Danger claims Corn na Feile for Matthews team

Needham Danger claimed the 2013 Corn na Feile in Abbeyfeale for Brendan Matthews beating Call Her Dresden in the final. However it wasn’t all good news for the Newry kennel as Skellig Way beat Mr Blonde in the All Age final and twice runner up Turning Pace claimed the Oaks Trial Stake from Needham Marie.

The Carlow Trial Stake winner Danger, proved too good for Call Her Dresden in the final having accounted for her litter brother Call Him Bale in the final. He’ll certainly move close to the head of the betting for February’s classic.

In the All Age Cup, Skellig Way continued his perfect season to date as he got the better of Mr Blonde in the final. Way rounded off what has been a fantastic year for the O’Driscoll’s claiming a remarkable 11th All Age Cup so far this season and a third of the Christmas period with Skellig Tivoli and Skellig Sunrise also obliging. Both Mr Blonde and Skellig Way could renew acquaintances in Clonmel as both are avoiding injury likely to line up in the Champion Stakes.

The Derby Trial Stake was claimed by High Garden for the Off Side Syndicate. The son of Matt Hyland and Socialite had five previous outings this season but came good in Limerick today to claim his place in Clonmel in just over a months time.

The Oaks Trial Stake saw a deserved victory for Turning Pace, a lady who had done just about all she could this season without winning a Trial Stake. A semi-final appearance in Ballyheigue was followed by followed by final defeats in Lixnaw and Glanworth. She’s now won a total of 18 courses this season and more than deserves her place in the Powerstown. The daughter of March Is On and Big Maggie got the better of Needham Marie in the final.

Corn Na Feile All Age

Skellig Way (Mafi Magic x Skellig Beag) Mr Blonde

Corn Na Feile Puppy

Needham Danger beat Call Her Dresden

Derby Trial Stake

High Garden (Matt Hyland x Socialite) beat Dynamic Billy (Kingsmill Dynamo x Polar Lights)

Oaks Trial Stake

Turning Pace (March Is On x Big Maggie) beat Needham Marie (Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl)

Abbeyfeale- Day Three Update

Corn Na Feile All Age

Hopes And Dreams v Skellig Way
Mr Blonde v Fortfield River

Final

Skellig Way v Mr Blonde

Corn Na Feile Puppy

Call Her Dresden v Needham Danger

Derby Trial Stake

Dynamic Billy (Kingsmill Dynamo x Polar Lights) v High Garden (Matt Hyland x Socialite)

Oaks Trial Stake

2 : Needham Marie (Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl)
10 : Lightning Queen (Murtys Blaze x Rock Music)

23 : Turning Pace (March Is On x Big Maggie)
25 : Kilcastle Lady (Bexhill Eoin x Inspiring)

Final

Needham Marie (Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl) v Turning Pace (March Is On x Big Maggie)

Updated Champion Stakes standings

I’ve updated the known Champion Stake standings. There were a few big movers this week most notably Skellig Sunrise and Gurteen Time.

There were a few others who gave themselves chances as we head into the last couple of weeks qualifying most notably Colossal Force. From my reading of it he has 6 points and €3,000 which has yet to be confirmed by the ICC. This would put him into a tie for the final qualifying spot. Off course there’s action on going in Abbeyfeale with more in Millstreet and Galbally over the next week. It could all change again.

Where prizemoney has yet to be allocated I’ve marked the dog with an asterix.

Position Dog Points Prizemoney
1 Droopys Bestie 12 4500
2 Skellig Way 10 4500
3 Offshore Town 10 4000
4 Skellig Sunrise* 10 1600
5 Latest Trick 8 4300
6 Glenlea Sonny 8 4200
7 Kilkeale Hero 8 3500
8 Skellig Eoin 8 3400
9 Man Of War 8 3300
10 Mr Blonde 8 3200
11 Grayacre Star 8 3000
12 Corriga Rebel 8 3000
13 Kyle Leigh 8 2900
14 Gurteen Time* 8 1000
15 Mission Approved 6 3500
16 Amys Lotto 6 3000
17 Screwdriver 6 3000
18 Tilford Tom 6 3000
19 Marshals Mercury 6 2200
20 Yippee Kiyay 6 1950
21 Kyle Dixie 6 1650
22 Ashwood James 6 1500
23 Colla Eoin* 6 1500
24 Coyote 6 1500
25 Dale Pinocchio* 6 1500
26 Here Comes Mafi 6 1500
27 Spruce Bolt 6 1300
28 Belfast Boy* 6 1200
29 Cracking Jet* 6 300
30 Colossal Force* 6 0