Can Eastern Shore seal at hat-trick at Knockgraffon or can the Coalition Syndicate ‘Conquer’?

There’s a very open All Age Cup this weekend in Knockgraffon with five dogs priced a 4-1 or shorter. Leading the field in terms of price at the minute is Eastern Shore who goes in search of his third All Age Cup of the season. He’ll not have things his own way however with his potential path to the final looking daunting at every step.

Knockgraffon Cup– Draw and Betting

Glenlea Sonny- 8/1
Cracking Jet- 6/1

Fat Pat- 8/1
Kilbreedy Rock- 6/1

Now Talk- 10/1
Kingcormac Cian- 6/1

Isle of Dreams- 6/1
Father Flash- 4/1
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Eastern Shore- 3/1
City Leader- 4/1

Go Conquer- 4/1
Classic Johnny- 8/1

Downtown James- 6/1
Tynwald Ash- 4/1

Keldon Bolt- 10/1
Power To Deliver- 10/1

Front Runners

It makes sense to start in the third quarter where 3 of the 4 dogs who will go to slips are 4-1 or less. Eastern Shore has been doing the business for Michael Ryan to date this season first winning the Ballyarthurs Cup in Fermoy and then proving too good for the field in Freshford. He beat some decent dogs along the way and is a deserving favourite here. He’ll have a difficult opening buckle on Saturday morning with City Leader most certainly capable. The Ballymena Trial Stake winner last season could well find Eastern too strong for him.

The winner meets the winner of the buckle between Go Conquer and Classic Johnny with the former returning to the field where he achieved his greatest success to date when he won the Trial Stake here 12 months ago. Owned by the Coalition Syndicate, Go Conquer is making his first start of the season. He could well be meeting a dangerous opponent in the well related Classic Johnny, a brother of Needham Danger. He’s won a duffer this season already in Waterford and not been disgraced on his two other appearances.

In the bottom quarter, I think I would be right in saying that both Downtown James and Tynwald Ash come from the Michael O’Donavon kennel and one or the other will fancy their chances of reaching the semi-final. Both have failed to fire on their most recent efforts but there’s probably a greater upside to Tynwald Ash and he’s the fancied option to progress to the semi-final.

In the top quarter veteran Cracking Jet meets even older veteran Glenlea Sonny. Both sturggled on their last appearance with Cracking Jet running well in Cohane to reach the semi-final. Sonny in comparison won here last season  but has age caught up with him? Also in the top quarter Fat Pat and Kilbreedy Rock meet with little on paper to choose between either.

In the second quarter there’s an intriguing buckle between Isle Of Dreams and Father Flash. Father Flash has claimed silverware in Liscannor this season though that was only an 8 dog cup. Isle Of Dreams hasn’t set the world alight this year after some respectable showings last season so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Kingcormac Cian showed a little pace on his last outing in Nenagh having previously won the duffer in Cashel. He could well be the dog to come out of this quarter if things fall for him.

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