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 He reached the final of the Cup in Rathkeale where he was withdrawn before reaching the third round of the Irish Cup.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.


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