There’s a massive day ahead tomorrow. For the connections of dozens of owners and trainers tonight, nerves will be frazzled as they attempt to secure some of those precious last few tickets for the National Meeting which is now just a few short weeks away.
Tubbercurry is the venue for 6 of the Trial Stakes and what could well be an important Ulster Cup, with both the Champion Stakes and the Irish Cup in mind. Some of the country’s biggest trainers find themselves well represented and pitted against each other in a bid for those last few tickets.
In the Ballymena Derby Trial Stake, Jigsaw Man has been knocking on the door all season and after two just up semi-final defeats in 64 dog Trial Stakes could he be set for a victory for trainer Gerry Holian. He meets Neiden Abu in the semi final while in the other the Matthews team will be hopeful that City Leader can advance to the final when he meets the well bred Dynamic Atom.
In the Oaks Trial Stake, Janey Mac Ablack upset the short priced Needham Marie in the second round and is set for a semi-final meeting with Borris-in-Ossory Reserve winner Star Proof. Another Newry based runner, Late Drama has been knocking on the door this season running up two Trial Stakes but she’ll be fancied in the morning against Clerihan Milly.
The Kilcreevin and Ballymote Derby Trial Stake is another were some influential trainers are pitted against each other with Michael ‘Curley’ O’Donavan and Holian set to clash in the morning with Killing Time and Coolalough Turbo set for a joust. Both have been Trial Stake runners up so they’re more than worth their place at this stage. Dimora Bolsone was from all reports very impressive yesterday and having been withdrawn in the final of the Rathdowney Trial Stake connections will be hopeful of a big performance. He meets Blueview Barney, who upset the fancied Kyle Roger in the second round.
The Oaks Trial Stake wouldn’t on first appearances at least have the same depth of class but with first time runners Fiery Diamond and Dynamo Queen standing they could well prove hard to beat. Princess Suzie has been knocking at the door reaching two semi-finals in Tradaree and Dundalk while Ever Stardust hasn’t been a million miles away this season.
The Tubbercurry Oaks Trial Stake appears to be wide open with almost every bitch having shown some form already this season. Three of these ladies have reached finals (Go Tiger Lily, Heart Light and Time To Sleep) while a couple of others have been semi-finalists. It will take a good bitch to win it.
The Derby Trial Stake Central Adviser may have been the only dog beaten in a final but a number of others have been semi-finalists at various point but the stake looks fairly open without knowing times or prices.
In Sevenhouses, the Oaks Trial Stake could well provide one of this season’s more unlucky ladies an route into Clonmel with Edenderry runner-up Sunfire Magic. The Edenderry stake has proven to be one of the strongest of the year and it would be fitting if she were to take the ticket. She’ll have stiff competition though and the Sevenhouses’ field is sure to test even the best lady here.
Clonakilty could provide twice runner up Breezing Johnny a route into the National meeting, having made the final four runners. He’s been there or there abouts all season, could tomorrow be his day. Young Dunphy is already going to Clonmel as a reserve but he could yet secure a full ticket here, he meets Crushers Johnny, a half brother of Skellig Way and Sunrise for a place in the final. The Oaks Trial Stake sees Kilcastle Lady, who has been in the running this season on a couple of occasions, in the mix. She meets Kilflynn beaten finalist Knocknacree Beky in the morning, in what could be a cracking buckle.