There are a couple of very interesting re-appearances at the North Kerry Cup meeting in Ballyduff at the weekend with Dynamic Billy pencilled in as the 5-2 favourite. He’ll have a tough task though with some very good dogs throughout this stake.
Kit Browne North Kerry Cup– Draw and Betting
Dynamic Atom- 5/1
Needham Work- 7/2
Mystery Eoin- 6/1
Misty Horizon- 8/1
Tynwald Ash- 4/1
Shanavulin Magic- 6/1
Amys Lotto- 5/1
Downton Shadow- 8/1
Hunting Master- 12/1
Call Him Bale- 12/1
Dynamic Billy- 5/2
Neidin Abu- 6/1
At present Dynamic Billy heads up the market and he’s one I’ll be very interested to see in action. Billy was scheduled to make his reappearance a couple of weeks ago in Castleisland but passed by that opportunity to run here. He was one of the most exciting pups of 2013, really developing as the year went on and looked sure to claim his National Meeting ticket at Abbeyfeale before being denied in the final. He ran well in Ballyduff last season and he will take beating at the weekend.
His first round opponent Neidin Abu could well be very dangerous in the opening round but taking a line through their Abbeyfeale form from last season, Billy should prove too fast. The other buckle in the quarter should prove to be entertaining with TA Morris runner-up set to meet Sturdyandstaunch. At 12-1 Call Him Bale looks a big price but he’ll do well to overcome Sturdyandstaunch who has been busy of late. A semi-finalist on debut he was beaten by the winner Needham Danger in Listowel. At his best he could prove difficult to beat.
In the top quarter of the draw there’s a potentially exciting buckle between Needham Work and Mystery Eoin. Eoin showed potential last season, reaching a couple of Trial Stake semi-finals and on his only other outing this year reached the final of the White Sands Hotel Cup in Ballyheigue. Needham Work the 7-2 second favourite showed his capabilities on his only outing of the season so far in Cashel were he recorded one of the fastest times of the opening round. Indeed it’s the only outing of this dogs career and so while he has potential it’s hard to side with him, with any great confidence.
In the second quarter there are a couple of interesting runners most notably perhaps Tynwald Ash. He was well touted on each of his three starts last season when handled by Michael O’Donavon. On his first appearance he reached the fourth round of the Abbeydorney Trial Stake before he was withdrawn, while the nearest on the clock to Eshwary Leader. He then appeared at Templetuohy where he exited at the third round stage before reaching the final of the Puppy Stake at the Irish Cup losing out to Crafty Who in the final.
He’ll meet the winner of Shanavulin Magic and Wheresthefella in the second round if he beats Misty Horizon. Magic won on his only start last season in Macroom but lost out to Sturdyandstaunch in the Island Cup on his re-appearance this year. Wheresthefella has shown himself to be a model of consistency reaching three fourth rounds last season and the final recently at Abbeydorney. He was beaten in the opening round by Alleyesonus, a fellow contender here.
In the third quarter Amys Lotto, one of the dogs of last season, will need an improved performance to best the busy Downton Shadow. He was beaten by Wheresthefella on his last appearance but that was an improved effort for him. Maybe the dog to beat in this quarter is Glin Derby qualifier Somelittlelord. The son of Central City and Moat Lady can really set down a marker for his Derby credentials with a big run here.