So what have been the strongest Trial Stakes so far this season?

I’ve taken another look at the various stakes held to date this year in Derby Trial Stakes to work out just which stakes are proving to be the strongest. As one might expect the 64 dog Trial Stakes feature prominently and towards the head of the list.

The Castleisland Trial Stake, which was won by Needham Simple, has worked out particularly well with 8 Trial Stake winners having competed in it. The Glin, New Ross and Ballyheigue Trial Stakes have also produced plenty of winners and runners up.

The table (below) lists dogs who have run in a Trial Stake either before or after they ran in that stake and have won or reached a Trial Stake final, before or since. (If that makes any sense)

The one dog that interests me from an ante-post point of view is Sturdyandstaunch. He won a competitive Trial Stake in Ballyheigue beating Trial Stake winners With Grim Intent and Twilight Star along the way, clocking with and ahead of most of the other top dogs in the Stake. He’s also bred from a line that’s been shown to appreciate the long Clonmel stretch with half sisters Miss Fury and Broadwell Blonde impressing last year. 20-1 seems like a fair price at this point.

**Disclaimer- the numbers to the best of my knowledge are correct. I can double check if anyone has queries.

Dogs Qualified Winner TS Winners TS R-Up
64 Castleisland Needham Simple 8 3
64 Glin Bold And Brazen 5 6
64 New Ross Fleetwood Nova 5 4
64 Ballyheigue Sturdyandstaunch 5 3
32 Tradaree Hi Black Jack 4 0
32 Rathcormac Twilight Star 4 0
64 Listowel Journey Of Life 3 5
32 Liscannor Timothys Tiger 3 2
32 Old Kilcullen Who Needs Time 3 1
32 Edenderry Central Investor 3 0
64 Lixnaw Call Him Bale 2 4
32 Galway and Oranmore Wheres Cranny 2 3
32 Ballinagar Blazing Music 2 2
32 Freshford Kyle Calvin 2 2
32 Co. Cavan Fingal Rory 2 2
32 Enniscorthy Sunfire Nova 2 2
32 Dungarvan Droopys Rover 2 2

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