All eyes on Cashel for Morrissey Cup

The Stake of the weekend, on paper at least, is the Morrissey Cup in Cashel. There are some smart looking hounds included in the field and plenty who will have big ambitions for the season ahead.

Morrissey Cup

Maughera King- 12/1
Central Advisor- 4/1

Skellig Sunlight- 3/1
Hi Black Jack- 6/1

Kingsmill Rover- 2/1
Man Persie- 12/1

Glenlea Sonny- 6/1
Coshair Slane- 6/1
Kilbreedy Rock- 8/1
Cracking Jet- 5/1

Yippee Kiyay- 4/1
Needham Work- 6/1

Ashwood James- 4/1
Seaside Chaser- 12/1

Cooga Darlan- 6/1
Crushers Johnny- 6/1


Front Runners

On paper at least the top half certainly looks like the stronger part of the draw with favourite Kingsmill Rover and second favourite Skellig Sunlight both in that part of the draw. Kingsmill Rover clearly has plenty of potential, clocking the fastest time in the second round of last year’s Derby is not to be overlooked, he never really found the consistency of performance at the tail end of last season that would have seen him challenging for silverware. A year older now, Rover might well be the dog beat.

The O’Driscolls won this cup last season with Skellig Eoin, a dog who had shown potential as a pup but never won a Trial Stake. This year they’ve decided to give Skellig Sunlight his seasonal bow (he was withdrawn in Kilflynn before the opening round) at the same venue. Sunlight showed real potential in Knockgraffon last year and it’s know that connections think plenty of him. We could have a better idea just how good a dog he is on Sunday evening. He’ll have a very difficult opening course with Hi Black Jack offering a real test of his credentials in the opening round. He too was withdrawn before the first round in Kilflynn. He reached the last 16 of the Derby last season and on that form he can’t be written off.

Ashwood James was a dog who promised much as a pup but only began delivering on that promise last season reaching finals in Ballyduff, where he lost to Amys Lotto, and Newcastlewest, where Kyle Leigh got the better of him. He’d be well fancied to get over his opening course but his second might prove trickier.

Both Cooga Darlan and Crushers Johnny are dogs that on last season’s form could well be involved at the business end more than most this season. Cooga ran up the Trial Stake in Galbally to Vale View Flyer and Thurles to Coshair Slane. He’s certainly capable of deep run here. Crushers Johnny is one that hasn’t the most obvious form in the world but there are explanations for it. He made a late appearance last season in Mooncoin having been kept out with a toe injury. After a couple of below power efforts he got going in Clonakilty beating Crafty Who, TS runner up Getinaboot and reserve TS winner Young Dunphy enroute to the final where he lost to the very fast Breezing Johnny. If fitter this season he could well be competitive.

Others worthy of consideration are Irish Cup quarter finalist Yippe Kiyay, Champion Stakes runner Glenlea Sonny, Trial Stake winner Coshair Slane and Central Advisor.


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