Danger the dog to beat in Listowel?

There’s a really classy field assembled for the John Prendiville All Age Cup in Listowel at the weekend. Among those set to take part are the last two Corn na Feile winners, Needham Danger and Tilford Tom, as well as some very good  Trial Stake winners from last season in the form of Sturdyandstaunch and Journey Of Life.

John Prendiville Memorial Cup– Draw and Betting

Getinaboot- 12/1
Sturdyandstaunch- 6/1

Cill Ide Riocht- 12/1
Laune Emperor- 20/1

Needham Danger- 5/2
Call Him Bale- 16/1

High Rise- 10/1
Fortfield River- 8/1
Must Name Him- 6/1
Glasheen Cas- 20/1

Storming- 14/1
Journey Of Life- 5/1

Worldwide Swank- 12/1
Glanmore Nial- 20/1

Kyle Roger- 4/1
Ocean Sirocco- 16/1
India Rio- 8/1
Wheresthefella- 8/1

Garbally Sam- 7/1
Alleyesonus- 16/1

Swanky Rasper- 14/1
Sallinger- 16/1

Tilford Tim- 2/1
Tubs Grub- 20/1
Isle Of Dreams- 10/1
Fanningstown Lad- 20/1

Why Tanyard Matt- 10/1
Here Comes Mafi- 10/1

Ballybunion Sean- 16/1
You Drodera- 10/1

Nickies Magic- 14/1
Luath Leader- 20/1

Front Runners

At the head of the betting are Needham Danger and Island Cup winner Tilford Tom. Danger makes his eagerly awaited re-appearance having impressed throughout last season. The son of Bexhill Eoin and Lisloose Rain claimed his Trial Stake in Carlow at the third attempt having shown real potential on his first two appearances. He then backed up that Carlow victory by running out a convincing Corn na Feile victor. Having exited the Derby in the opening round, Danger lost out to Latest Trick in the Irish Cup before getting the before emerging an emphatic winner of the Irish Plate. If he returns in that form then he’ll take all the beating on Saturday.

I had to do a double take when I saw the 16-1 price on offer for Call Him Bale. Yes, he meets Needham Danger in the opening round, but Bale has shown that he’s no mug and should Danger be withdrawn or run below power then the price represents amazing value. Beaten in the final of the TA Morris and a semi-finalist on his first appearance this season in Kilflynn, Call Him Bale could well be primed to spring an upset. The other dog of real interest in that quarter is Sturdyandstaunch. He made his reappearance in Castleisland where he reached the semi-final. He’s had a couple of runs to shake out the cobwebs and he could be a factor at his best on Saturday.

In the second quarter the dog that really catches my eye is Irish Cup quarter-finalist Journey Of Life who is currently a 5-1 chance. Unlike a number of others in the field, Life, the Trial Stake winner here last season was probably trained with this date in mind. Beaten by semi-finalist Fingal Master in the third round of the Derby he showed his credentials once again reaching the last eight of the Irish Cup. Any improvement and this April whelp will be one to keep on the right side of.

The biggest danger in the quarter is probably Kyle Roger, currently price up at 4-1. He was beaten by Floating Patriot in Castleisland on his last appearance. He’s certainly got plenty of gears and the kennel is in good form. Perhaps the biggest issue with Kyle Roger is getting him to string a number of rounds together. He has a dangerous opening round opponent in Ocean Sirocco a dog who caught my eye on the video from Miltown-Malbay where he reached the semi-final on his last appearance. Must Name Him could also have a big say in this quarter if at his best.

The third quarter is probably the most interesting. Tilford Tom is the outright favourite at a skinny 2-1 for the stake. He’s certainly got plenty of class but having had four runs less than a fortnight ago this might well come too quick for him. There are plenty of banana skins with potential second round opponent Swanky Rasper in particular looking a real threat to Tilford. He run well on his two outings last season and is unexposed enough to have made improvements in the last 10 months. In the top part of the quarter Garbally Sam will be hoping to make up for his first round exit at the Island Cup and if he gets up and going we could be difficult to stop. Wheresthefella, a finalist in the Cup in Abbeydorney could also be dangerous. He showed plenty of consistency last season regularly making the third and fourth round of Trial Stakes without getting over the winning line.

It’s difficult to see the winner emerging from the bottom quarter but Isle Of Dreams is perhaps the best placed to make the step. Owned by Berkie Browne he’s had a couple of appearances this season and will need an improvement to win. He’s currently backable at 10-1


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