Eight go in search of crucial points in Millstreet

Millstreet normally host a competitive North Cork Cup and this weekend will be no different with  plenty of dogs running here with Champion Stakes aspirations. There are no fewer than eight cup winners scattered throughout the field and all will feel they have a decent shot of taking home some silverware.

North Cork Cup– Draw and Betting

Fleetwood Ger- 10/1
Duarigle Mystic- 8/1

Storming- 10/1
Knockrour Nash- 6/1

Sarasota Silver- 10/1
In The Centre- 4/1

Avenue Ranger- 3/1
Mafi Magician- 8/1
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Alleyesonus-6/1
Lochbo Charlie- 3/1

Roquefort Barney- 2/1
Hazors Wood- 10/1

Droopys Bestie- 6/1
Blazing Music- 8/1

Come On Bella- 10/1
Baby Mix- 10/1

Front Runners

The third quarter is the standout in this draw. Roquefort Barney is the 2-1 favourite for the stake at the minute though he could have some stiff competition to get out of the quarter. Hazors Wood in the opening round could be a tricky proposition on the best of his puppy form. Barney was expected to perform well in South Clare over the Christmas period but ran into Skellig Sunlight in the second round. He comes here in need of Champion Stake points and with a point to prove. His potential second round opponent will be decided by the meeting of Alleyesonus, another South Clare runner who exited in the opening round and another in need of points. A Cup winner at Tradaree in early December he could yet provide another surprise here. He meets Lochbo Charlie, a dog who has only been beaten once in five lifetime appearances (he was withdrawn when due to meet Roquefort at the Galway and Oranmore meeting- and lost as a pup at Glin.) This season he’s won the Desmond Cup and the Callanan Cup at Bandon and is well primed for a big run here.

In the bottom quarter Blazing Music has made five second round appearances since winning the Cup in Ennis- Clarecastle. He’s another of these dogs to have made an appearance at the South Clare meeting on St Stephen’s Day. He’s still in the running for a Champion Stakes place with a victory here. He meets Droopys Bestie, one of the few dogs who seems to be coming here as a first choice rather than as a back-up after their Christmas plans fell apart! He reached the semi-final at Enniscorthy but lost out in the opening round of the Deise Cup to Bernish Jet. I’d struggle to pick a winner between these two. Of the two bitches in the bottom course, Baby Mix has probably had the best season to date reaching semi-finals at Ardpatrick and Mitchelstown.

There are four dogs in the top half in real need of points. Avenue Ranger has probably had the best season two date, reaching a semi-final in Edenderry before going on to win Cups at Rathkeale and Dungarvan. He has a very tricky opening round against Mafi Magician who demonstrated at Limerick City earlier this season that he should be taken seriously when reaching the final. Also in that quarter, In The Centre will be hoping to recapture the form that saw him run out an impressive winner of the Six To Five Cup in Nenagh. He reached the semi-final in Borris-in-Ossory on his last start and should be respected.

The top quarter will see both Duarigle Mystic and Knockrour Nash hope to contend for points. Mystic has struggled to register points since winning the Cup in Ballyheigue most recently losing out in South Clare on St Stephen’s Day. He’ll need a better showing to get the couple of points he needs badly here. Knockrour Nash was a surprise winner in Glanworth on his last appearance but that success has given him a real chance. He’ll get nothing straight forward against Storming, a semi-finalist at Ardpatrick on his last appearance.

Galbally- Day One Survivors

Results Elaine Green on Nuts

Russell All Age Cup

Coolalough Turbo v Killeagh Jingles
Blue Beruki v Sturdyandstanch
Keldon Bolt v Hollyoak Rio
Abbeyglen Gra v Maidinthemist

Derby Trial Stake

Bodens Rocket (Mafi Magic x Ballyshannon Tri)
Kind Rain (Adios Alonso x Two Fools)

Res A: Land Down Under (Mafi Magic x La Madrina)
Sky Star (Musical Time x Whimsical Lady)

Res C: Beef Budget (Mafi Magic x Skule Hill Lady)
Carrowkeal Jonjo (Kyle James x Caoimhes Chill)

Crafty Zamano (Adios Alonso x Crafty Bonito)
Fintan (Kyle James x Chubbys Banker)

Oaks Trial Stake

Drominboy Priya (Blueview Sam x Chubbys Artic)
Uptown Caitlin (Adios Alonso x Uptown Angel)

Cavalry Charge (Adios Alonso x Castlemartyr Jet)
Matching Strides (Kyle James x Delightful Mark)

Hi Five Yankee (Kyle James x Cumbawn Ellen)
Outcast Snowy (Mafi Magic x Lyrics)

Clongeel Flame (Ballymac Maeve x Oilean Smile)
Bee Belle (Musical Time x Moat Belle)

Danger Powerstown bound as he takes Corn na Feile All Age

All roads lead to Powerstown Park now for Needham Danger as he was declared winner of the Corn na Feile All Age at the annual Abbeyfeale meeting. The son of Bexhill Eoin and Lisloose Rain was an overnight favourite and having gotten the better of Mystery Eoin and Corriga Rebel took the honours from kennel mate Needham Simple. Danger is owned by John Boyle and trained by Brendan Matthews.

The Corn na Feile Puppy saw two Michael O’Donovan trained runners meet in the final with Serene Angel declared winner. The son of Adios Alonso and Uptown Angel had gotten the better of Browne Kitchen in the semi-final to give owners the Irishtown Syndicate the silverware. Cooga Jonjo saw off Ballymac Adelpha in the semi-final to claim his place in the decider.

In the Derby Trial Stake there was success for Cash Call, a son of Adios Alonso and Ballyina Lady. Owned by Dan Nelligan, Cash Call had previously reached a final at Ballyheigue (where he lost out to Corn na Feile semi-finalist Brownes Kitchen) and a semi-final at Bandon where he lost to winner Carrowkeal Gavin. He saw off the unfortunate Bedford Banker who has now been knocked out in 4 of the 5 Trial Stakes he has contested by the winner. His previous best had been reaching the semi-final in Castleisland where he was beaten by Kyle Bruce.

The Oaks Trial Stake was won by Cryptic Kerry, a daughter of Razor Ashmore and Kerrykil Lass. Owned by the Lifestyle Syndicate, Cryptic Kerry knocked out overnight favourite Skellig Mint this morning before getting the better of Dublinfourdasher in the final. Cryptic Kerry had previously lost out in the final of the Lixnaw Trial Stake to Tobar na Molt and the third round at the Galway and Oranmore meeting to winner Linden Village.

Corn na Feile All Age

Needham Danger (Bexhill Eoin x Lisloose Rain) declared winner Needham Simple withdrawn

Corn na Feile Puppy

Serene Angel (Adios Alonso x Uptown Angel) declared winner Cooga Jonjo (Adios Alonso x Cooga Clause) withdrawn

Oaks Trial Stake

Cryptic Kerry (Razor Ashmore x Kerrykil Lass) beat Dublinfourdasher (Razor Ashmore x Skibabbey Lady)

Derby Trial Stake

Cash Call (Adios Alonso x Ballyina Lady) beat Bedford Banker (Kyle James x Chubbys Banker)

Abbeyfeale- Day One Survivors plus Betting

Corn na Feile All Age

Somelittlelord v Needham Simple
Getinaboot v Rossies Kingdom
Gurteen Vince v Corriga Rebel
Mystery Eoin v Needham Danger

Betting:

Needham Danger- 2/5
Gurteen Vince- 4/1
Needham Simple- 4/1
Rossies Kingdom- 6/1
Corriga Rebel- 6/1
Getinaboot- 8/1
Somelittlelord- 8/1
Mystery Eoin- 12/1

Corn na Feile Puppy

Ballymac Adelpha (Thomas The Tank x Ashtown Amy)- 4/1
Cooga Jonjo (Adios Alonso x Cooga Clause)- 6/4

Brownes Kitchen (Razor Ashmore x Urker Mo Ghra)- 5/2
Serene Angel (Adios Alonso x Uptown Angel)- 4/5

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Oaks Trial Stake

All Stressed Out (Kyle James x Madtogoagain)- 5/1
Windgap Dee (Adios Alonso x Ashwood Dee)- 3/1

Skellig Mint (Skellig Wish x Skellig Babe)- Evens
Cryptic Kerry (Razor Ashmore x Kerrykil Lass)- 5/1

Dublinfourdasher (Razor Ashmore x Skibabbey Lady)- 6/1
Wickam Way (Adios Alonso x Dale Roisin)- 6/1

Katies Wine (Adios Alonso x Wine For Shine)- 3/1
Ballymac Alberta (Thomas The Tank x Ashtown Amy)- 4/1

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Derby Trial Stake

Kyle Prince (Kyle King x Whitestone River)- Evens
Sunday Session (Murtys Blaze x Musicinmyheart)- NR

Bedford Banker (Kyle James x Chubbys Banker)- 4/1
All The Music (Musical Time x Leigh Smokey)- 5/1

Cash Call (Adios Alonso x Ballyina Lady)- 6/1
Dan Mcgrew (Kyle James x Dusty Track)- 8/1

Whatdoyoufancy (Kyle James x Alainn)- 2/1
Swanky Marcelo (Mafi Magic x Swanky Jean)- 5/1

Couple of thoughts on a quiet Sunday night

Qualification for the Champion Stakes will be on the minds of plenty of owners and trainers over the next fortnight or so. While all might seem lost for many they could well take inspiration from Cracking Lord who at this point last season hadn’t registered a point. By the final meeting of the ‘regular’ season in Macroom he’d booked an unlikely place in Champion Stakes with 10 points.

Speaking of remaining meetings, here’s what we’re left with:

Abbeyfeale– Tuesday and Wednesday
Galbally– Tuesday and Wednesday
Millstreet– Friday and Saturday
Templetuohy– Saturday and Sunday
Ballymena– 9th- 11th January
Tubbercurry– 9th- 11th January
Kilcreevin/ Ballymote– 9th- 11th January
Sevenhouses– 10th- 11th January
Clonakilty– 10th- 11th January
Macroom– 14th- 15th January

Of these meetings only 3 All Age Bitch Stakes remain, at Templetuohy, Ballymena and Clonakilty. There is of course the option for ladies to enter in All Age Cups and two took points from Cups yesterday, Murphys Vote runner up in the Corn Cuchullain took 4 points and €1,400 while Camarillo Blonde ran up the Cork Cup to claim two Champion Bitch Stake points. 12 months ago Loyal Lyric won the Premier Cup in Templetuohy propelling her in the Champion Bitch Stake, so it’s certainly a possibility.

There was a good day on Saturday for two of this season’s nearly ladies as Isabelles Charm and Kingtone Jessie both won their tickets to Clonmel. Isabelles Charm has won 12 of her 15 courses this season, reaching finals in Loughrea and Killimer Kilrush before her success in Roscommon yesterday. Her only other defeat, at Ennis- Clarecastle saw her beaten in the opening round by Clontuohy who also won yesterday in Wexford.

That Ennis- Clarecastle Trial Stake won by Miss Buttons has turned out to be a fairly strong one with Trial Stake winners including Aveia (Loughrea), Athcarne Charm (Trim), Killimor Mimi (Res- Borris in Ossory) and Skyfullofstars (Res- Regional) emerging from it.

Kingtone Jessie, has won 13 of her 16 courses this season, losing out to Vienna Calling in Thurles and then to Magical Saorla at Clonmel and Kilsheelan. She ran out a convincing winner in Mooncoin yesterday and now takes her place in the Oaks.

Can Black and White seal Champions Stake place at Galbally?

We really are into the final stretch now. With the St Stephen’s Day meetings behind us there are just a handful of meetings remaining for Trial Stakes to be claimed and Champion Stakes points to be gained. Killeagh Jingles, High Garden and Sturdyandstaunch will be hoping for points in the top half, while Black And White, Lochbo Vicky and Abbeyglen Gra will all travel with hope in the bottom half.

Russell Cup– Draw and Betting

Fairyfield Park- 12/1
Coolalough Turbo- 8/1

Cuine Rock- 6/1
Killeagh Jingles- 4/1

Blue Beruki- 5/1
High Garden- 4/1

Silent Rocky- 6/1
Sturdyandstaunch- 4/1
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Keldon Bolt- 6/1
Fat Pat-8/1

Hollyoak Rio- 8/1
Black And White- 5/2

Abbeyglen Gra- 10/1
Lochbo Vicky- 5/1

Glideaway Kate- 12/1
Maidinthemist- 8/1

Front Runners

Black And White is the current market leader, priced up as a 5-2 shot for victory. The Limerick City winner currently has 6 Champion Stake points and €1,800 but success here should gaurantee him his place in Powerstown Park. The son of Bexhill Eoin and Bambas Hawkeye has been given a kind enough draw on paper at least. Hollyoak Rio hasn’t fired since winning the Trial Stake at Clonmel and Kilsheelan on debut last season and hasn’t run from the end of October. While a return to form is not out of the question you wouldn’t want to be backing him. Keldon Bolt, a three course duffer winner at Old Kilcullen might well be difficult to beat if he can get over Fat Pat in the opening round.

The bottom quarter contains the bitches with Lochbo Vicky, a winner at Regional and runner-up at Rathdowney favoured to get out of the quarter by the oddsmakers. She had a great start to the season emerging an impressive winner at Regional and will be hoping to recaptured that form at Galbally. She meets Abbeyglen Gra who herself found some form to reach the final of the Bitch Stake in Newcastlewest on her last start. It’ll make for an interesting opening round buckle. Also in this quarter Maidinthemist, a semi-finalist in the Tradaree Cup could have a say but Vicky would be expected to win out here.

The second quarter sees a number of dogs with live chances entered. Sturdyandstaunch is probably the most likely of these. Connections had success here a couple of seasons ago with High and Mighty and in Sturdyandstaunch they’ve got a real challenger. He’s been consistent this season often in very classy company and he’s rarely been by a bad dog. If he’s gotten over his exertions in Mooncoin where he reached the semi-final then he could run well.

Also in this quarter High Garden ran well to reach the final in Glin and connections will be hoping for a big run from him. He’d been fancied in Glanworth but lost out in the semi-final on his last appearance. He meets pup Blue Beruki who had run well in Mallow before winning his Trial Stake in Rathdowney last time out. He could be a dog to keep an eye on with a view to Clonmel.

In the top quarter connections of Cuine Rock will try to win this Cup for the second year in succession, while connections of Killeagh Jingles will be hoping he can follow in the paw prints of Killeagh Slippy, a winner here in 2011. Cuine Rock has been a disappointment this season after his heroics at Clonmel and he has a difficult task with Killeagh Jingles up first. He showed signs of coming back to form following his win at Ardpatrick in November. Coolalough Turbo was a decent pup last term but went down to Killeagh Jingles in Doon. He’ll need to have improved to advance here.