Dynamo to make his mark in Westmeath?

The Belsize Cup meeting in Westmeath takes place this weekend and poses something of a puzzle to try and work out. The draw has something of a lop-sided look to it if the prices put up by the bookmakers are to reflect reality on Sunday.

Belsize Cup– Draw and Betting

Ballysax Pearl- 12/1
Garlyn Flash- 12/1

Congratulations- 10/1
Pushingnshoving- 10/1

Loyal Liam- 5/2
Killimor Dash- 3/1

Joshuas Prince- 10/1
Spital James- 8/1
Skelp Lad- 6/1
Guttery Lane- 12/1

Rathmullen Josie- 12/1
Border Fox- 6/1

Dealbhna Mor- 4/1
Cuban Ando- 6/1

Must Deliver- 5/1
Wood Dynamo- 2/1

Front Runners

In the top half of the draw Loyal Liam and Killimor Dash are the standout dogs both having had success last year. Loyal Liam began the season well and took the All Age Cup in Balbriggan beating Offshore Eoin in the final. From the one or two reports I did get he wasn’t 100 per cent towards the end of the year and a better performance can be expected if sound this weekend. Unfortunately for him he meets his main challenger in the top half in the opening course in the form of Killimor Dash.

Dash has form at this field having won the Derby Trial Stake at Raharney 12 months ago. Despite having raised only one flag in 4 stakes since that run, Dash did put up a very good clock in the opening round of the TA Morris Stake at Clonmel. If he can recapture that form he can go a long way at the weekend.

The bottom half, and the bottom quarter in particular, look a great deal trickier to try and unravel. Favourite with the books at present is Wood Dynamo, a dog who I have plenty of time for. He ran very well in the opening round of the Derby but got a heavy hunt in what were dreadful weather conditions and couldn’t quite repeat that form thereafter. With a few months to have got freshened up he could take beating here.

If he gets over his first course, which you would expect him to do on the basis of last season’s form, then he would meet the winner of the Dealbhna Mor and Cuban Ando buckle. Cuban Ando impressed a few people last season when winning his Trial Stake in Loughrea but never really repeated that form last season. He’s had one outing this season, losing out to Rocking Master in the opening course in Kilflynn.

Dealbhna Mor hasn’t been seen since winning the Reserve Trial Stake at Balbriggan last November. In doing so he beat Derby semi-finalist Fingal Master in the final and caught the eye of a number of shrewd observers especially given that he was a late June pup. If he’s over whatever injury he picked up last season he could well take plenty of beating on Sunday.

Of the remaining competitors Skelp Lad looks like he could be the most likely to cause a surprise having shown ability last season when reaching the final of the Westport Trial Stake. He would be fancied to reach the semi-final.


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