Breezing Johnny is a hot favourite to claim the Ballyarthur Stake at Fermoy which starts tomorrow, Wednesday but he’ll face plenty of competition from Coyote, Kingsmill Vibe and Sarasota Silver.
The Ballyarthur Stake– Draw and Betting
Shining City- 6/1
Eastern Shore- 5/1
Foxhall Johnny- 8/1
Breezing Johnny- 2/1
My Sweet Garson- 8/1
Bricklane Bobby- 6/1
Johnny Houdini- 6/1
Kingsmill Vibe- 3/1
Sarasota Silver- 3/1
Glanmore Nial- 8/1
Rushmoor Joker- 5/1
Creamery Swallow- 8/1
Crescent Dynamo- 8/1
Ballyverry Snowy- 6/1
Breezing Johnny is a deserved 2-1 favourite for the Trial Stake in Fermoy at the weekend. Johnny was on course to be one of the most unlucky dogs last season having run up Trial Stakes in Cappoquin and Dungarvan before finally securing his golden ticket in Clonakilty. He went on to run the fastest time of any winner in the opening round of the Derby when beating Garbally Sam before taking care of City Leader in the joint fastest time of the second round. He eventually succumb to Timmeys Bin in the third round. Having won 18 of his 21 courses he’s a worthy favourite and the 2-1 might even represent value.
In the top half Shining City could well represent the biggest threat to Breezing Johnny having won 13 of his 17 courses last season. He was unlucky reaching the semi-final of Trial Stakes in Dungarvan, Borrisoleigh and Macroom. Given his consistency he represents some value at 6-1 though he’d need to get the better of Breezing Johnny.
He also needs to get the better of Coyote, a dog who claimed 6 Champion Stakes points last season. A semi-finalist in the 32 Cup in Abbeydorney, he took his first silverware in Tradaree last season. While not quite reaching those heights after that last season he will have a real buckle on Wednesday with Shining City.
Also in the top half Eastern Shore, a Reserve TS winner in Johnston and Urlingford and semi-finalist in the DTS in Templetuohy could also have plenty to say about who will reach the final but you’d have to side with Breezing Johnny at this point.
In the bottom half the top buckle should be an interesting encounter. Headupfrankie got better with ever outing last season before winning the Cork County Open at the end of the season. He meets Kingsmill Vibe, twice a runner-up and twice a semi-finalist last season.
The winner will probably meet Killimer Kilrush Reserve TS winner last season Sarasota Silver who makes his seasonal reappearance. He showed some good form last season and could well be the dog to beat in this half. At the bottom of the draw bitch Ballyverry Snowy will be hoping to get back on track after a couple of disappointing efforts.