Can Whiskey Galore upset Magic’s Kilsheelan hat-trick bid?

Wilton Magic is the favourite at Kilsheelan on Saturday as he aims to claim back-to-back Tipperary Cups but he’ll have his work cut out for him with plenty of very good dogs aiming to knock him off his perch. Whiskey Galore winner of the Urbs Intacta might well be the most appealing but the time could be right for Needham Simple to come good.

Tipperary Cup– Draw and Betting

Chubbys Gael- 5/1
Wyken Power- 6/1

Norfolk Neptune- 10/1
Wilton Magic- 2/1

Whiskey Galore- 3/1
Westgate Romeo- 10/1

Maughera King- 10/1
Chinook Zebo- 10/1
Sheeraghs Lad- 6/1
Cracking Jet- 6/1

Classic Percy- 10/1
Fhink Fast Fred- 10/1

Flowing Wind- 10/1
Needham Simple- 4/1

Bricklane Bobby- 8/1
Johnny Houdini- 10/1

Front Runners

Any examination of the Tipperary Cup has to start with Wilton Magic, twice a winner on this field, winning his Trial Stake here and then claiming this stake in 2013. The son of Mafi Magic and Mountain Guest ran well on his debut this season when claiming the Rakes of Mallow from Glenlough Mick a couple of weeks ago.

He should have too much for Norfolk Neptune but will have a stiff examination of his credentials when he meets the winner of Chubbys Gael and Wyken Power. Chubbys Gael ran well on his last outing when reaching the final at Thurles only to lose out to Coshair Slane. Wyken Power hasn’t quite returned to his best so far this season but he will need to if he’s to threaten here.

In the second quarter is Whiskey Galore, a dog I was very taken by when winning on debut in the Urbs Intacta in Waterford. The track bred might well an unfashionable choice for this but he did precious little wrong and was showing up well on the clock. That experience and a couple of weeks rest will have stood to him and he could well be worth taking a punt on at 3-1. He will be well fancied to come out of his quarter and then anything is possible.

In the bottom half Needham Simple‘s name jumps off the page. He’s been infuriatingly inconsistent this season but I do fancy him to reach the semi-final here at the very least. On his day he’s a good as anything in the country and for the sake of my fantasy coursing selections I hope he does the business!

Cracking Jet might be the biggest danger in this half if he can return to the form which saw him claim the Hitchens Post Cuo in Borrisoleigh at the end of last season. He’s already reached the semi-final in Crohane this season and can reach the final again if at his best.


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