Looking back, and forward

No sooner are the results in on a Sunday afternoon coursing people start to look forward. The most popular questions asked on Greyhound Nuts, Twitter or Facebook aren’t usually about that days action rather they tend to focus on the draw for upcoming weekends. Sometimes though it’s good to look back and reflect.

By and large the season has gotten off to a fairly subdued start. Worries about the ground appear to be hitting entries with stakes that usually fill comfortably being reduced in number compared to previous years. Even at grounds were every effort has been made to water fields, the driest September in nearly 50 years has left owners and trainers slightly nervous about running dogs.

Yesterday saw a good start in Kilflynn for the connections of Floating Patriot who claimed the Cup from Must Name Him. Patriot’s accomplishment is made all the more impressive when you consider that he beat 4 Trial Stake winners from last season (City Leader, Gurteen Vince, Call Him Bale and Must Name Him) to win the Cup. Having claimed the 6 points he’s already very well placed for a position in the Champion Stakes and given the nature of his victory yesterday you wouldn’t want to bet against him winning again.

Also making an impressive start to the season was Kitty Butller winner, Turning Pace, who showed that the 6 times up Powerstown Park had little affect on her appetite. The daughter of March Is On will certainly be one of the leading fancies for the Champion Bitch Stake and she’ll be fancied to win wherever she goes next.

In Liscannor, Believeicanfly was well touted by Tony O’Connor in the Sporting Press during the week and she delivered the silverware getting the better of Kates Shoes in the final. She added to what was a good weekend for March Is On with his second All Age success.

Looking ahead to this weekend, the Desmond Cup will undoubtedly take top billing with Mr Blonde pencilled in to make is seasonal return at the meeting where he announced himself as a genuine contender last season. He looks the class of the field but there are a number of dogs who could well spring a surprise. Lochbo Charlie makes his first appearance since winning his Trial Stake, while Glenlough Mick, High Garden and Sturdyandstaunch could all be dangerous.

The bitch stake sees a strong field compete for the points with Garrys Secret, Careful Betty and Sullane Jess among others run while Fancy Rae Baker makes her first appearance since winning the Trial Stake in Edenderry almost 12 months ago.

In Ennis-Clarecastle Grayacre Star makes his first appearance of the season having run well at the Irish Cup and in the Champion Stakes last season. India Rio appears once again for a fourth season while Toms Wizard might well be one to keep an eye on in the bottom half.

 

Believeicanfly flies in Liscannor claiming All Age Bitch Stake

Believeicanfly justified the ante-post confidence as she claimed the All Age Bitch Stake in Liscannor from Kates Shoes. Owned by the B-T-N Syndicate Believeicanfly was the overnight favourite and proved too good for her competitors.

Father Flash took a truncated All Age Cup getting the better of Gods My Judge to claim the silverware in county Clare. The son of Mafi Magic and Tullamoy Queen, owned by the Whatever-You-Think Syndicate was 5/2 before coursing going on to prove superior to his competitors.

There was a first Trial Stake winner for Derby runner-up Blueview Sam as Advantage justified the overnight favouritism to get the better of the track bred Shyan Joonboy. Owned by Tadgh O’Sullivan the March whelp is the first dog through to February’s National Meeting.

Another sire who enjoyed a good weekend was March Is On who added the Oaks Trial Stake to the All Age Bitch Stake as Gripwell Candy got the better of Coffee In Spirit in the final for owner Patrick Grannell.

All Age Bitch Stake

Believeicanfly (March Is On x Down The Hollow) beat Kates Shoes

All Age Cup

Father Flash (Mafi Magic x Tullamoy Queen) beat Gods My Judge

Derby Trial Stake

Advantage (Blueview Sam x Billa Og) beat Shyan Jonboy (Shaneboy Nadal x Shaneboy Stella)

Oaks Trial Stake

Gripwell Candy (March Is On x Aoifes Dilemma) beat Coffee In Spirit (Kyle James x Coffee In Currow)

Patriot claims Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn

Floating Patriot got the better of Must Name Him to claim the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn. The son of Wallace Green and Floating Spirit had been a 12-1 shot earlier in the week but had too much for Must Name Him in to claim the honours in the final.

In the All Age Bitch Stake Turning Pace (March Is On x Big Maggie) proved too good for Barrack Joan to continue her good form. Having won the Kitty Butler last season she could well prove to be one of the ladies to beat this season.

The first Trial Stake ticket of the season was won by Inslips All In, providing a stunning start at stud for 2012 Derby winner Thomas The Tank. A daughter of Foxhall Smokey, Inslips All In claimed the Oaks Trial Stake from Rocking Diva for owners Matthew and David Kennedy.

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake was won by the reserve Sexy Rexy, a son of Razor Ashmore and Cross Kings. Owned by Marian Beckett, Sexy Rexy beat Gra Magic in the deciding course of the afternoon.

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

Floating Patriot (Wallace Green x Floating Spirit) beat Must Name Him

All Age Bitch Stake

Turning Pace (March Is On x Big Maggie) beat Barrack Joan

Oaks Trial Stake

Inslips All In (Thomas The Tank x Foxhall Smokey) beat Rocking Diva (Mafi Magic x Lady Casanova)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Sexy Rexy (Razor Ashmore x Cross Kings) beat Gra Magic (Mafi Magic x Cillowen Gra)

Liscannor and Kilflynn- Final Day Update

Kilflynn

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

Must Name Him v Floating Patriot

All Age Bitch Stake

Barrack Joan v Turning Pace

Oaks Trial Stake

Rocking Diva (Mafi Magic x Lady Csanova) v Inslips All In (Thomas The Tank x Foxhall Smokey)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Sexy Rexy (Razor Ashmore x Cross Kings) v Gra Magic (Mafi Magic x Cillowen Gra)

 

Liscannor

All Age Cup

Knockrour Nash v Gods My Judge
Pumpkin Castle v Father Flash

Final

Gods My Judge v Father Flash

All Age Bitch Stake

I Know Annie v Believeicanfly
Kates Shoes v  Kinielty Jazz

Final

Believeicanfly v Kates Shoes

Derby Trial Stake

Drumbane Mack Kyle James x Knockomagh Pride
Shyan Jonboy Shaneboy Nadal x Shaneboy Stella

Advantage Blueview Sam x Billa Og
Bye

Final

Shyan Jonboy Shaneboy Nadal x Shaneboy Stella v Advantage Blueview Sam x Billa Og

Oaks Trial Stake

Missouri Duchess (Johnny Casanova x Ballymore Polly)
Coffee In Spirit (Kyle James x Coffee In Currow)

Gripwell Candy (March Is On x Aoifes Dilemma)
Bye

Final

Coffee In Spirit (Kyle James x Coffee In Currow) v Gripwell Candy (March Is On x Aoifes Dilemma)

Kilflynn Day Two- Results

Ante-post favourite Fleetwood Nova remains in contention for the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup getting through the opening two rounds on Saturday. He will meet Speckled Star in the morning. In the top half Getinaboot and Must Name Him will vie for a spot in the semi-final. Call Him Bale is the headline name in the bottom quarter with another Trial Stake winner Gurteen Vince also standing. Both Floating Patriot and Lisahane Adios had shown potential last season and they’re still standing.

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

Speckled Star v Fleetwood Nova
Getinaboot v Must Name Him
Gurteen Vince v Floating Patriot
Call Him Bale v Lisahane Adios

All Age Bitch Stake

Barrack Joan v Winter Mountain
Maggie Dan v Call Her Dresden
Portinard Mags v Take That Now
Wallace Beauty v Turning Pace

Oaks Trial Stake

Rocking Diva (Mafi Magic x Lady Csanova)  v  Barrack Lucy (Kyle James x Barrack Bex)

Inslips All In (Thomas The Tank x Foxhall Smokey)  v  Sequin (Adios Alonso x Victory Point)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

(A) Sexy Rexy (Razor Ashmore x Cross Kings)
Harrys Haze (Cross Country x Boomtown Hazel)

Glouner Jim (Kyle Ranger x Fortfield Juno)
Kind Rain (Adios Alonso x Two Fools)

Smearla Central (Central City x Catchnscratcher)
Bornforthehill (Kyle James x Coffee In Currow)

Gra Magic (Mafi Magic x Cillowen Gra)
Oldcourt Patie (Kyle Ranger x Red Orchid)

Liscannor Day One- Results

There were a couple of shocks in the All Age Bitch Stake with Kinielty Jazz and Time To Spare taking care of Paramaddan Buzz and Hollyhill Rosie respectively. Believeicanfly was 5-2 joint favourite and she managed to book her place in Sunday’s quarter-final line-up.

All Age Bitch Stake

Woodfield Lark v I Know Annie
Believeicanfly v Kamar
Kates Shoes v Lift Your Kilt
Kinielty Jazz v Time To Spare

Derby Trial Stake

Drumbane Mack Kyle James x Knockomagh Pride
McBrides King Kyle King x Kincora Chubbys

Shyan Jonboy Shaneboy Nadal x Shaneboy Stella
Lone James Kyle James x Lone Dreamer

Advantage Blueview Sam x Billa Og
Get Up Murty Murtys Blaze x Get Up Bexsy

 

Oaks Trial Stake

Gortmelia Daze (Mafi Magic x Easy N Sweet)
Missouri Duchess (Johnny Casanova x Ballymore Polly)

Coffee In Spirit (Kyle James x Coffee In Currow)
Cracking Duchess (Janey MacAroo x Lakyle Vacume)

Watch Her Move (Mafi Magic x Tilt Your Kilt)
Gripwell Candy (March Is On x Aoifes Dilemma)