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.


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