With the first draw of the season made for the Liscannor meeting last night, the season for me at least is underway. Perhaps the major talking point for the meeting was the reduction in numbers for both the Cup and the Trial Stakes as 8 dogs line up in the Cup and 24 in each of the Trial Stakes. Given the recent dry one suspects that owners are waiting for some softer ground upon which to run their dogs.
While, I don’t publish draws in the first couple of days after they’re announced- to give ICC subscribers some sort of benefit for their €50- the All Age Bitch draw at least has thrown up a stake of some interest.
Among those included are last year’s Trial Stake winner at Liscannor Hollyhill Rosie, Balbriggan Oaks winner Paramadden Buzz, one time Tubbercurry TS winner Kineilty Jazz and I Know Annie, Clonmel and Kilsheelan beaten finalist last season.
The All Age Cup hasn’t attracted as strong a line-up with Father Flash and Coffee Glendower among those worth keeping an eye on.
The first preview piece of the season should be online tomorrow evening- for now though I’ve my fantasy selections to finalise!