Eastern Shore moves to the head of the Champion Stakes table

Eastern Shore, owned by Michael Ryan, claimed his second All Age Cup of the month in Freshford as he beat World at War to win the Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup to add to the Cup he collected in Fermoy just over 2 weeks ago. The son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Lochbo Polly now sits on top of the Champion Stakes table on 8 points as the first dog to win twice this season.

In the dog Trial Stake there was success for Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his son Brian Barry-Murphy as their dog Thats The Man got the better of Jaxie Trooper to claim his ticket to Clonmel. Thats The Man is a son of Adios Alonso and Funny Honey and had one previous outing at Fermoy where he was knocked out in the opening round.

In the Oaks Trial Stake Battstreet Judy, a 5-1 chance overnight, got the better of Candy Twist to emerge victorious. Owned by Eugene McCabe, Battstreet Judy is a daughter of Kingsmill Dynamo and Beautiful Smile. The April whelp had one previous outing, at Crohane, where she lost out in the opening round but proved her quality in Freshford.

Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup

Eastern Shore (Kingsmill Dynamo x Lochbo Polly) beat World at War 

Derby Trial Stake

Thats The Man (Adios Alonso x Funny Honey) beat Jaxie Trooper (Thomas The Tank x Cilldubh Killahy)

Oaks Trial Stake

Battstreet Judy (Kingsmill Dynamo x Beautiful Smile) beat Candy Twist (Murtys Blaze x Musicinmyheart)


Derby semi-finalist back on ‘Duty’ but could he feel the ‘Power’ at Trim

Derby semi-finalist Light Duty makes his return at the weekend as he competes in the Gilroy Cup in Trim. He’s pitched into action in the same half of the draw as recent Regional Cup winner Power Of Peace, a prospect which makes for a mouth-watering semi-final.

Gilroy Cup– Draw and Betting

Shaunas Baby- 12/1
Border Fox- 10/1

Clonaheen Rover- 10/1
Light Duty- 2/1

Power Of Peace- 3/1
Munie Gang- 10/1

Pumpkin Gang- 10/1
Cobbs Clock- 12/1
General Wallace- 12/1
Must Deliver- 6/1

Bernish Jet- Dbt
Fernisky Bobby- 12/1

Ardmore Diamond- 8/1
Skelp Lad- 8/1

Houston Hall- 6/1
Broadwell James- 4/1

Front Runners

The betting suggests that three stand out from the field here and I’d largely go along with that based on their level of performance last season. Light  Duty is a deserving 2-1 favourite. Largely overlooked heading into the Derby at the National Meeting, in spite of performing with credit in the Ulster Cup at Ballymena, Light Duty showed what he was made of to reach the semi-final. From memory Trim isn’t the kind of expansive field that Clonmel is or East Donegal (where he won his Trial Stake) is, and it will be interesting to see how he performs here.

Drawn in the top half but in a different quarter is probably Light Duty’s most dangerous opponent, Power Of Peace. A Trial Stake winner at Glanworth last season he reached the last 16 of the Derby, where he lost out to Kyle Calvin. On his return to the field this season he got the better of some very good dogs to win the James Curran Memorial Cup at Regional. That level of form will make him very difficult to beat and a formidable opponent for Light Duty.

The standout name in the bottom half is Broadwell James, now in the care of Laurence Jones. A fairly consistent performer Broadwell James reached a Trial Stake final in Lifford as a pup and then ran to the final of the Corn Cuchullain last season. He ran well in the Irish Purse reaching the semi-final of the stake. He has a tricky opener against Houston Hall. Hall, reached the final of the Derby Trial Stake in Glin last season and reached the third round in Lifford. He then missed a large chunk of the season but didn’t return quite the same dog. Freshened up he could well be an interesting contender.

Of the others Bernish Jet showed ability last season but he would appear to be missing the weekend’s engagement if a post from connections on Nuts earlier is anything to go by.

Freshford- Day One Results

Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup

World at War v Marshals Volcano
Eastern Shore v Needham Gadget


Derby Trial Stake

Lisdaleen Adios (Adios Alonso x Crescent Sam)
Key Turn (Kingsmill Dynamo x Key Partner)

That’s The Man (Adios Alonso x Funny Honey)
Kyle Klien (Kyle Ranger x Maureen Rua)

Slip Up Hawkeye (Thomas The Tank x Bambas Hawkeye)
Gillogue Music (Musical Time x Marwood Type)

Cracking Bill (Janey Mac Aroo x Lakyle Vacume)
Jaxie Trooper (Thomas The Tank x Cilldubh Killahy)


Oaks Trial Stake

Annual Encounter (Kerry Call x Polar Lights)
Kilbreedy Angel (Cross Country x Gentle Angel)

Battstreet Judy (Kingsmill Dynamo x Beautiful Smile)
Percys Blonde (Matt Hyland x Montalto Pearl)

Kilara Kitty (Bexhill Brian x Swing Rose)
Candy Twist (Murtys Blaze x Musicinmyheart)

Cracking Ruby (Janey Mac Aroo x Lakyle Vacume)
Cracking Duchess (Janey Mac Aroo x Lakyle Vacume)

There’s nothing ‘Black And White’ about the Treaty Cup

Probably the Cup of the weekend takes place at the Limerick City meeting where there is an excellent blend of quality second and third season dogs. The most noteworthy dog in the field is Black and White who had looked like a really exciting prospect when reaching the final of the Borris in Ossory Trial Stake last season.

Treaty Cup– Draw and Betting

Killeagh Jingles- 6/1
Duarigle Mystic- 4/1

Kingdom Call- 3/1
Call Him Bolt- 8/1

Ozark Ranger- 12/1
Cop Squad- 10/1

Mafi Magician- 8/1
Gifted Rebel- 5/1
Party Rebel- 8/1
Isle of Dreams- 4/1

Rocking Master- 10/1
Silent Rocky- 12/1

Black And White- 3/1
Cooga Darlan- 4/1

Intacta Banba- 4/1
Learning Curve- 10/1

Front Runners

Starting in the top quarter, the returning Duarigle Mystic is probably the dog to start with. Having won the White Sand Hotel Cup in Ballyheigue on his first appearance this season Duarigle Mystic is the form dog coming in here. He has a tricky opener with Killeagh Jingles in the opening round a dog who, at his best, will take a bit of beating.

The quarter is certainly competitive with Kingdom Call and Call Him Bolt no mugs. Kingdom Call in particular is capable of a top level performance. As a pup he won the Ballyduff Trial Stake and the Irish Purse before running sparingly last year. He reached the final of the Cup in Rathkeale where he was withdrawn before reaching the third round of the Irish Cup. He’s not to be written off. Call Him Bolt will probably need to improve on his most recent outing or two if he’s to beat Kingdom Call. The second quarter looks open with an improved effort from Gifted Rebel probably the pick based on his performances from last season.

The bottom quarter is probably the most interesting of the whole stake with the return of Black And White throwing a real spanner in the works for those trying to work this stake out. He couldn’t ask for a more difficult start with Cooga Darlan more than capable. He’s had an excellent start to the season having reached the final of the Cup in Cashel where he ran into the excellent Skellig Sunlight. He’s not to be written off.The winner of that buckle could well meet former Irish Cup runner up Intacta Banba. He missed a large chuck of last season due to injury and having had more than adequate time to get them right he could well be of interest.

The third quarter sees Isle of Dreams take his chance once again. Having had a pipe opener in Abbeydorney he returns this weekend and you’d have to fancy him to run well. Rocking Master is another to note having run well on his last appearance in Ballyheigue when reaching the semi-final.

Wyken to show that he’s got the ‘Power’ in Freshford?

Freshford hosts the Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup this Thursday and Friday and there’s an interesting field assemble for the stake. The draw appears to have favoured Wyken Power who is the 2-1 joint-favourite, as he’s kept away from the other fancied runners until the final. In the bottom half there’s a fascinating clash between Eastern Shore and Figaro in the opening round.

Handsome Billa and Purdon Cup– Draw and Betting

Boynepark Maggie- 10/1
Slim To None- 10/1

Star Proof- 8/1
Valley Model- 8/1

Cloughtany Time- 8/1
Bricklane Bobby- 8/1

Wyken Power- 2/1
Marshals Volcano- 8/1
Eastern Shore- 4/1
Figaro- 4/1

Cyclone Sandy- 10/1
Chinook Zebo- 8/1

Needham Gadget- 2/1
Lobnamna Muckka- 10/1

Larchill Logo- 8/1
Cracking Lord- 6/1

Front Runners

By a distance the most interesting of the first round buckles is the meeting of Eastern Shore and Figaro. Eastern Shore has already been in the winner’s enclosure this year having won the Cup in Fermoy on his last outing. He also had a couple of fair efforts last season, winning the reserve Trial Stake in Johnstown and Urlingford before reaching the semi-final of the Trial Stake in Templetuohy towards the end of the season. He was beaten by eventual finalist Call Him Bale in the opening round of the TA Morris Stake.

His first round opponent, Figaro, took a while to get going last season. He reached the third round in East Donegal but won just one course in his next three outings. He eventually put things together to win the Trial Stake in Dundalk at Christmas. He knocked Newinn Glory and David Is Happy out of the Derby before losing out in the last 16 to semi-finalist Light Duty. He’ll give a good account of himself if he can repeat that form from Clonmel.

The favourite in the bottom half is Needham Gadget, a dog who ran well at times last .season but never got beyond the third round. He might well have matured with age and I do fancy him to get over the first round. A litter brother of Needham Simple, there’s clearly talent in the family. It’s hard to consider him a value bet given his past form but that’s not to say he won’t have a big say in who wins this stake.

Cracking Lord is the final contender in the bottom half, a dog with plenty of ability on his day. He came into good form towards the end of last season, and if he can repeat his efforts from Millstreet and Macroom then he’ll have a big say in this Cup.

In the top half Wyken Power looks to be the standout contender. The third season dog was a winner in Gorey last year and claimed the Keen Laddie in Clonmel as a pup. An Irish Cup quarter-finalist he reached the semi-final in Crohane a couple of weeks ago and should be well prepared for his run here. His biggest danger in the quarter might well be Bricklane Bobby who reached three third rounds as a pup and went to the final of the Interclub Stake at the Tipperary meeting last season.

Of the ladies in the top quarter the second buckle between Star Proof and Valley Model could well decide the semi-finalist. Star Proof was a consistent sort last year reaching the final in Ballymena and winning the Reserve in Borris in Ossory while her opponent showed glimpses of ability in her three outings last year most notably reaching the semi-final in Sevenhouses.

Whiskey Galore in Waterford as he claims Urbs Intacta!

Whiskey Galore claimed the Urbs Intacta Cup in Waterford when he was declared winner when Ashwood James was withdrawn prior to the final. The son of Tubbertelly Dubh and Temple Tia becomes yet another track bred Cup winner this season. Whiskey Galore is  unraced on the track as of yet and is owned by Timmy Holland and Adam Dunford.

The All Age Bitch Stake was claimed by Amys View who got the better of Sunfire Magic in the final. A daughter of Kingsmill Dynamo and Dedicated, she had shown real potential for this season on her last appearance last year when reaching the final of the Oaks Trial Stake at the Co Kerry meeting. She is owned by Amy Costello.

The Oaks Trial Stake winner was Droopys Sugar, a daughter of Mafi Magic and Drumcrow Carol. Well fancied overnight she was the odds on favourite before the quarter final. Sugar is the second of her litter to claim Trial Stakes this season, Blue Abella claiming the Oaks Trial Stake in New Ross last week. It is believed that this lady has already been sold.

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake at the Waterford meeting was won by Wallers Lot Matt, a son of Matt Hyland and Montalto Pearl. A March whelp, Wallers Lot Matt is owned by Kay O’Sullivan and David O’Neill. He got the better of Brookwood Tom in the final of the stake.

Urbs Intacta Cup

Whiskey Galore (Tubbertelly Dubh x Temple Tia) declared winner Ashwood James withdrawn

All Age Bitch Stake

Amys View (Kingsmill Dynamo x Dedicated) beat Sunfire Magic

Oaks Trial Stake

Droopys Sugar (Mafi Magic x Drumcrow Carol) beat Clerihan Misty (Windgap Lar x Daltons Heresay)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Wallers Lot Matt (Matt Hyland x Montalto Pearl) beat Brookwood Tom (Central City x Central Model)

Final Day Video thanks to Micheál McNamara