How much can we read into today’s Irish Cup clocks?

I’m just taking a look at the fastest first round times and how things have developed in recent years.
Last year 5 of the fastest 10 dogs made the quarter-finalist. However the winner Carricktobin Lad was joint-12th fastest of the opening round. Fives Treasure was the fastest and lost out in the quarter final.

In 2012, four of the fastest 10 made the quarter finals, however Killimor Matey‘s opening round wasn’t clocked. He was however fastest in the second round. Fastest in the first round, Kyle King was beaten in his second course.

Derby Pines was up with the pace in 2011, recording the 6th fastest time. Chelsea Speed recorded the fastest time of the opening round but was beaten in the third round. Four of the fastest 10 reached the quarter final.

Times In Order

Newinn Wonder 10.66
Eshwary Leader 10.71
Needham Danger 10.73
Mr Blonde 10.80
Make Peace 10.80
Needham Simple 10.81
Phoenix Frankel 10.82
Cracking Jet 10.82
Hi Black Jack 10.84
Latest Trick 10.84
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In Cahoots 10.88
Yippee Kiyay 10.88
Game Miller 10.89
Coyote 10.90
Grayacre Star 10.91
Wyken Power 10.92
Barefoot Magnus 10.92
Kingdom Call 10.92
Crafty Yahoo 10.93
Amys Lotto 10.93
Journey of Life 10.94
Coolvackagh 10.94
Sturdyandstaunch 10.95
Dale Pinocchio 10.96
Crafty Boohoo 10.96
Fleetwood Nova 10.97
We Have Bob 10.97
Corriga Rebel 10.98
Carricktobin Lad 11.00
Catunda Magic 11.09
Legion Express (Res A) 11.10
Skellig Sunrise 11.17

Co Limerick- Irish Cup meeting- Day One results

JP McManus Irish Cup

Fleetwood Nova v Amys Lotto
Hi Black Jack v Crafty Boohoo
Game Miller v Journey of Life
Sturdyandstaunch v We Have Bob

Wyken Power v In Cahoots
Barefoot Magnus v Corriga Rebel
Newinn Wonder v Catunda Magic
Kingdom Call v Crafty Yahoo

Carricktobin Lad v Eshwary Leader
Coyote v Needham Simple
Latest Trick v Needham Danger
Grayacre Star v Skellig Sunrise

Cracking Jet v Phoenix Frankel
Mr Blonde v Legion Express
Yippee Kiyay v Coolvackagh
Dale Pinocchio v Make Peace

Woodlands House Hotel Irish Purse

Intacta Banba v Go Conquer
Sir Harvey v Isle of Dreams
Gurteen Vince v Kyle Roger
Power of Peace v Wilton Magic
Fingal Rory v King Rooney
Kyle Dixie v Skellig Way
Cuine Boy v Broadwell James
Questions v Ashwood James

Champion Working Members Stake

Gods My Judge v Tennesse Lad
Speed Dial v Horans Hero
Rockmount Asnad v Mohane Whisper
Solid Wallace v Hazors Wood

JP McManus Irish Cup 2014- Preview

The coursing season draws to a close this weekend with the eagerly anticipated JP McManus Irish Cup. It’s a meeting that allows us to see the current crop of pups make the step up into All Age company for the first time and ties together much of what we’ve seen this year. Just what can we expect?

First Quarter

Before we go on I should make a point of saying that while I don’t like criticising bookmakers, especially in our game, I’m a little disappointed with the ante-post prices on offer. I can understand bookmakers taking some precautions in pricing up the Derby or Oaks, where the form simple isn’t there. Apart from one or two dogs that’s not the case in the Irish Cup. I’d certainly like to see a little more value.

In the top quarter one dog that the books are more than happy to take on is three time Cup winner this year Skellig Way. Way’s only defeat this year came in a just up defeat in the Champion Stakes semi-final having won the Corn na Feile All Age and the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn already this season. He’s available at a best priced 16-1, although rumours of an injury sustained in Clonmel might help explain some of the bookmakers confidence in taking him on. Crafty Boohoo provides tricky opposition but if sound he’s a dog you’d imagine Skellig could beat.

The top 8 is a fairly strong section of the draw with Amys Lotto, narrowly beaten in the other Champion Stakes semi-final while Wilton Magic has shown his best form on this field. The potential second round meeting between Wilton and Skellig should be one to savour however, Hi Black Jack showed enough quality at Clonmel to make you think he could give Wilton problems.

Another pup of interest in this half is Fleetwood Nova who gave a very good showing in the first two rounds in Clonmel before running unsighted in the third round cost him a quarter final place (if memory serves me right). If a pup is to spring from the pack in this quarter it could be him.

The bottom half of this quarter doesn’t look quite as competitive on paper and connections of last years beaten finalist Intacta Banba will fancy there chances of at least another run to the last 8. Connections when interview in last weeks Sporting Press noted that he’d injuries during the course of last season. If he’s sound he’s one that I’ve plenty of respect for.

Another fascinating buckle in this quarter is the meeting of Questions and Sturdyandstaunch. Questions has a very similar profile to last year’s winner Carricktobin Lad in that he only made one appearance this season, in his case winning the Kingdom Cup just after Christmas. If anything he’s less exposed than last year’s winner having only appeared once last season. He meets Sturdyandstaunch who was beaten by semi-finalist Fingal Master in Clonmel having been well fancied for success. His Trial Stake form was impressive and I wouldn’t bet against an improved showing here.

Second Quarter

The second quarter contains a number of fancied runners and a couple more than capable of spring a surprise. The standout name in the top half of the quarter is Champion Stakes winner Corriga Rebel. Corriga’s performance while something of a shock was thoroughly deserved and I’m not sure he’s gotten the credit due following his win in Powerstown. He’s unbeaten this year and while not putting up fancy times in Cups he always seems to do enough to win. He’ll meet his predecessor as Champion Stakes winner, Hopes And Dreams in the opening round and he’ll certainly be no push over.

King Rooney, In Cahoots and Barefoot Magnus will make the Corriga’s path to the last eight difficult. In Cahoots in particular won on his only outing this season and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Newinn Wonder is a dog that might just be the fastest in training but for me he’s proven a little unreliable. Having been the fastest dog in the opening round of the Derby last year, he crashed out in the third round. He then lost in the second round of the Irish Cup last year. There’s no doubt about his pace, I’m just not sure I could back him at 6-1.

Ashwood James might well be the ‘dark horse’ in this quarter and he’s one that I fancy to have a big meeting (kiss of death there!) He always had plenty of raw pace but he’s shown himself to have added some reliability this year. Kingdom Call could prove a tricky opponent having reached the final in Rathkeale in his last outing and he won here last year in the Irish Purse.

Third Quarter

The third quarter of the draw has drawn plenty of attention most notably the mouth watering first round clash of Man Of War and Eshwary Leader. Man Of War was many people’s pick for the Champion Stakes before he was withdrawn before the second round. Eshwary leader was the favourite for the Derby before coursing on the opening day of the National Meeting and seemed to justify the hype leading Go Conquer well before running unsighted. He goes to Limerick again favourite but with plenty to do to claim the silverware.

The winner of this buckle could well meet holder Carricktobin Lad in the second round. He has enjoyed a similar path to Limerick as last season and shouldn’t be overlooked. Wood Dynamo and Needham Simple are two pups who can’t be overlooked. Wood Dynamo was impressive in the first round but got a heavy hunt before losing out to Kingsmill Rover. Simple was well fancied in the Derby but crashed out in the opening round to Light Duty. Both will be certainly worth watching.

The bottom half of the quarter isn’t quite as hot but it’s competitive none the less with Champion Stakes qualifiers Latest Trick, Skellig Sunrise and Grayacre Star all in with real chances. Perhaps the dog to beat here could be Corn na Feile winner Needham Danger although he’s not guaranteed to get it all his own way against Power Of Peace.

Fourth Quarter

This quarter is another with some cracking opening round buckles down for decision. The standout one here, and there are a few, is the meeting of Kingsmill Rover and Mr Blonde. Kingsmill had impressed in the second round of the Derby but got a hard hunt and lost out in the third round. He meets Mr Blonde who has improved markedly this year although he was well beaten in the final of the Champion Stakes. It’s certainly a fascinating clash of the puppy generation against their older counterparts.

Also there is the 2012 Corn na Feile winner, Tilford Tom, a dog who impressed many when winning in Listowel this year. He has a difficult opening round buckle with Phoenix Frankel, a dog who can be exceptional on his day.

Yippee Kiyay has always struck me as the kind of dog who would run well at the meeting and he’d be one to be wary of, while Sir Harvey is another with a profile not unlike Carricktobin Lad’s last year. Any of the bottom four could feature at their best. Dale Pinocchio had tremendous misfortune to be flagged out here last year, while Bridewell Kieran mightn’t have the powers of old but he showed in Tubbercurry he could still be a force at this level. Make Peace has plenty of pace but has a tricky opener against Figaro who is more than capable of a big run. Make Peace isn’t the most reliable but he’s capable of beating just about every dog on the card on his day.

Latest JP McManus Irish Cup betting

Bet Browne have updated their betting for the JP McManus Irish Cup and for posterities sake if nothing else I’ve noted the market leaders.

Dog Price
Newinn Wonder 6
Eshwary Leader 6
Carricktobin Lad 10
Tilford Tom 10
Corriga Rebel 12
Needham Simple 12
Needham Danger 12
Kingsmill Rover 12
Wilton Magic 14
Skellig Way 14
Sturdyandstaunch 14
Latest Trick 14
Bridewell Kieran 14
Amys Lotto 16
Questions 16
King Rooney 16
Man Of War 16
Mr Blonde 16
Dale Pinocchio 16
Make Peace 16
Hopes And Dreams 20
Ashwood James 20
Kingdom Call 20
Phoenix Frankel 20
Fleetwood Nova 25
Crafty Boohoo 25
Sunfire Nova 25
Intacta Banba 25
We Have Bob 25
In Cahoots 25
Barefoot Magnus 25
Broadwell James 25
Fingal Rory 25
Crafty Yahoo 25
Power Of Peace 25
Skellig Sunrise 25
Offshore Eoin 25
Yippee Kiyay 25
Coolvackagh 25
Figaro 25

33-1 bar these

Irish Cup- Other Stakes

Patsy Byrne Select All Age Bitch Stake

Kilty Millie v Eggemalong
Central Heroine v Upup and Away (p)
Lady Casanova v Turbo Julie (p)
Floating Cove (p) v Smokey Millie

Loyal Lyric v Needham Pine (p)
Careful Betty (p) v Stonepark Dynamo(p)
Roadside Lady v Chow Chow
Fota Castle (p) v Garrys Secret

a Ballarue New (p)
b Hollyhill Marlyn
c Southest Brindy
d Ravel Glory

Earl Of Dunraven Kilgobbin Dog Puppy Stake

Highland Heather v Killeagh Jingles
Spital James v Light Duty
Crafty Who v Houston Hall
Tellmenolies v Downton Shadow

Kingsmill Europe v City Leader
Sand Dune v Maker of Rules
Boynepark Conor v Hollyoak Rio
Tynwald Ash v Rachmaninov

Reserves
A Dealbhna Mor
B Bango Malone
C Knockrour Jazz
D Eastern Shore

Kyle James Champion Working Members Stake

Hotspot v Gods My Judge
Tennesse Lad v Inch Harp
Speed Dial v Knockillon Rocky
Horans Hero v Cooga Junction

Stormont v Rockmount aznad
Spring Betty v Mohane Whisper
Solid Wallace v Massey Town
Hazers Wood v Bower Dynamo

Reserves
A Battstreet Ali
B Knockderk Ash
C Ruby’s Magic

Cuchulainn Bar Bitch Puppy Stake

Winter Mountain v Barrack Eile
Split Decision v Flow on Jess
Needham Marie v Onthewagonwheel
Miss Polly v Ballyverry Snowy

A Rossmore
B Holyhill Rosie

2014 Irish Cup Draw

Thanks to Yvonne Harrington for posting draw on Facebook

JP McManus Irish Cup

Gurteen Vince (p) v Fleetwood Nova (p)
Amys Lotto v Last Emperor
Hi Black Jack (p) v Wilton Magic
Crafty Boohoo(p) v Skellig Way

Game Miller v Sunfire Nova (p)
Journey of Life (p) v Intacta Banba
Sturdyandstaunch (p) v Questions
Kyle Dixie v We Have Bob (p)
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Wyken Power v King Rooney
In Cahoots v Go Conquer (p)
Barefoot Magnus v Broadwell James
Hopes and Dreams v Corriga Rebel

Newinn Wonder v Skellig Eoin
Cuine Boy v Catunda Magic (b)
Ashwood James v Kingdom Call
Fingal Rory (p) v Crafty Yahoo (p)
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Fatcatinhat v Carricktobin Lad
Eshwary Leader (p) v Man of War
Coyote v Wood Dynamo (p)
Needham Simple (p) v Limerick South

Latest Trick v You Drodera
Needham Danger (p) v Power of Peace (p)
Grayacre Star v Colossal Force
Fee Fontaine v Skellig Sunrise
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Cracking Jet v Spruce Bolt
Phoenix Frankel v Tilford Tom
Kingsmill Rover (p) v Mr Blonde
Bernish Jet (p) v Offshore Eoin

Yippee Kiyay v Dangerous Red Head
Sir Harvey v Coolvackagh
Dale Pinocchio v Bridewell Kieran
Figaro (p) v Make Peace

Reserves:
a Legion Express
b Kyle Roger (p)
c Isle of Dreams (p)
d Killing Time (p)
e Fortfield River
f Downtown James (p)