Can Music ‘Blaze’ a trail past Benny in Ardpatrick?

There’s a quality field assembled for the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane meeting this weekend to compete for An Corn Caislean. Lochbo Benny is currently the market leader at 2-1 but there are plenty more dogs ready to challenge him not least Blazing Music and Cooga Darlan.

An Corn Caislean– Draw and Betting

High Rise- 10/1
Blazing Music- 3/1

Split The Pot- 8/1
Cherrygrove Bolt- 10/1

Limerick South- 6/1
Storming- 5/1

Cuine Rock- 4/1
Kingdom Call- 6/1
Lochbo Benny- 2/1
David Is Happy- 10/1

Killeagh Jingles- 6/1
Downtown James- 8/1

Cooga Darlan- 4/1
Knockrour Jazz- 5/1

Alexis- 10/1
Torbalee Steel- 10/1

Front Runners

Starting at the top of the draw and Blazing Music is well fancied to emerge from his quarter. Having won the Cup in Ennis-Clarecastle on his first outing of the season. The son of Murtys Blaze and Rock Music ran into eventual winner Dealbhna Mor on his last appearance in Ballinagar and he’ll be seeking to get his season back on track with a big performance here. He meets High Rise who might not be the most straight forward of opponents in the first round. High Rise has been busy this season, reaching the semi-final in Regional, his best effort to date.

In the second quarter Cuine Rock will be looking for an improved performance on last weekend’s run in Nenagh. He began slowly last year however, and if the run last weekend has blown out the cobwebs then he might just be the one to beat at the weekend. In saying that Kingdom Call has shown his class in the past and a return to his best in Ardpatrick would put him right in the frame. Limerick South came with a late burst at the South Clare and Clonakilty meetings to show that he was capable of winning at this level after a consistent season and should be competitive if he can get the better of Storming.

The third quarter is probably the hardest to call on paper. Lochbo Benny is the bookmakers favourite after his victory in Charleville on his last outing. He has an opening buckle with David Is Happy, a Trial Stake winner last season. It’s difficult to read too much into the form of David Is Happy but it’s probably fair to say he’d need an improvement on his runs in Clonmel to be in contention. Downtown James at the prices just might be the one to interest me here, each way at least. He ran well in Nenagh last week and had shown decent form last year. He meets Killeagh Jingles who is yet to fire this year yet but a return to his best would see him pushing for silverware.

In the bottom quarter Cooga Darlan is overdue a bit of luck having lost out in three finals in the past two seasons, including the Cup in Cashel earlier this season. He ran into Black And White at the Limerick City meeting but should be competitive here if he can get past Knockrour Jazz in the opening round. That might be easier said than done with Jazz, a Trial Stake winner last season, more than capable of putting in a big run especially early.


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