With the season at a close and the National Meeting and Irish Cup results filed away, I thought I’d take a look at the most promising brood bitches this season. I’ve had to enforce a couple of rules to help narrow the field down.
The first rule enforced was that the brood must have thrown at least two Trial Stake winners this season. That’s probably unfair on bitches who have thrown small litters but in order to narrow things down at the top it’s unfortunate but necessary. The second rule is that offspring have had to get over at least a couple of rounds in Clonmel or Limerick, or show well in the consolation stakes. The final rule is that the bitch must be having her first or second litter. I’m sure I haven’t included every bitch that falls into this category and for that I apologise.
In saying all that, I’ve chosen not to mention either Newinn All In, Moat Belle or Maureen Rua because their offsprings achievements speak for themselves.
This lady has had quite a season and were it not for the extraordinary achievements of Moat Belle then she’d be among the front runners for brood bitch of the year. Having thrown a reserve Trial Stake winner from her first litter in 2010 to Bexhill Eoin she threw two of this season’s top pups.
A daughter of Whytanyard Moon and Mountain Guest, Fleetwood Denise has a great profile. Her litter to Johnny Casanova produced Derby runner up With Grim Intent, Irish Cup semi-finalist Fleetwood Nova, Hazors Wood Champion Working Members winner at the Irish Cup meeting and Trial Stake runner up and David Is Happy, Trial Stake winner at Mitchelstown.
Edit: I’ve been told that this might well have been Fleetwood Denise’s final litter.
This bitch only had four pups in her litter but all won silverware of some sort this season with Breezing Johnny proving one of the season’s most consistent pups. Knockrour Breeze was a once coursed daughter of Bexhill Eoin and Murtys Joy but she’s more than proven herself in the breeding paddocks this season. The standout pup in the litter, Breezing Johnny reached finals in Cappoquin and Dungarvan before winning the 64 dog Trial Stake in Clonakilty. In spite of this he ran well at Clonmel reaching the third round. Of the others Knockrour Jazz claimed the Trial Stake in Charleville, An Gealbhan the reserve bitch Trial Stake in Mallow, while Knockrour Nash won the Inter-club stake in Bandon.
A top bitch on the field, Floss has developed into one of the most sought after broods in the country since her move to the breeding paddocks. Having thrown two Trial Stake winners in her first litter to Central City (from four pups) she threw four Trial Stake winners and two other runners up to Trajectory.
Arguably the best dog in this litter was Bank Perspective, the Troy Electrical Puppy Stake winner in Old Kilcullen. While she lost out in the opening round of the Oaks she showed that her early season form was strong with some sensational form to reach the Kitty Butler final where she was beaten in a just up by Turning Pace. Coshair Slane, Must Name Him and Fingal Rory completed her Trial Stake winners, while Boynepark Conor and Our Girl Lorenzo both reached Trial Stake finals.
With a track damline, Polar Lights second litter, her first to Kingsmill Dynamo produced some very good pups with Journey of Life and Power Of Peace winning Trial Stakes, and Dynamic Billy showing the kind of pace that will make plenty of those playing fantasy coursing next year pick him in their selections. Journey Of Life reached the quarter final of Irish Cup and Derby third round, while Power of Peace was unlucky to meet Kyle Calvin (3rd round) and Needham Danger in Clonmel and Limerick respectively.
This lady had a good year on both the puppy and All Age scene with Droopys Bestie, from her first litter reaching the Champion Stakes after winning three All Age Cups (although injury subsequently denied him a chance to compete). Among her pups this year she had three Trial Stake winners, Kingsmill Rover, Sullane Jess and Bower Lucy, the latter winning both a full Trial Stake and a reserve. Kingsmill impressed winning his Trial Stake and was going well in the Derby until work in the second round came against him in the third.
It might be a case of stating the obvious but Babe proved in her first litter to Adios Alonso that she has what it takes to make it in the breeding paddocks. A litter of one dog and five bitches, saw three bitches win Oaks Trial Stakes, Skellig Kiwi, Skellig Blues and Crushers Babe. Indeed Skellig Blues was favourite (or joint favourite?) to claim the Oaks on the final morning of Clonmel before being headed near the escape having made the running against Tynwald Jane practically the whole way. It’ll be interesting to see how her litter to Skellig Wish perform next season.
Others to have caught the eye this season where Central Model, Sunbeam Blitz and Jamaica Jane and future litters will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.