The midweek Old Kilcullen meeting has drawn a strong field for their JE Brennan All Age Cup with connections of 9 or 10 of the dogs in the field probably feeling that if things go well they’ve got a decent chance.
JE Brennan All Age Cup– Draw and Betting
Swift West- 12/1
Fee Fontaine- 8/1
Greenisle Legend- 12/1
Man Of War- 3/1
Barefoot Magnus- 5/1
Captain King- 10/1
Offshore Town- 8/1
Blueview Charlie- 5/2
Fingal Rory- 5/1
Dale Pinocchio- 5/1
Go Conquer- 4/1
Sir Harvey- 5/1
Lobnamna Fagan- 12/1
City Leader- 6/1
Starting at the top of the draw and Man Of War is set to make his first appearance of the season after an injury his campaign last season. He had shown when fit that he was among the best in the country last season and you would have to feel that at his best he should have too much class for most of the top quarter.
The second quarter certainly has more depth with Barefoot Magnus, Blueview Charlie and Offshore Town all cup winners and capable of winning here. Blueview has been one of the inform dogs this season making up for an injury his 2013. He was an impressive winner of the Cup in Edenderry before reaching the final of the Cup in Carlow. He won’t get things all his own way in his opener if his opponent Offshore Town, who won Cups in Doon and Nenagh last season, can reproduce that form. He’s had an outing this season already in an English Invitational Stake losing out to Who Needs Time. Barefoot Magnus also makes his first appearance of the year and he’ll be eager to recover the form that saw him win the Cup in Loughrea in impressive fashion last season.
The third quarter is another strong looking quarter with all four dogs having shown real ability in the past. Last year’s winner Dale Pinocchio makes his first appearance of the season. At his best he certainly has class but it remains to be seen whether or not the wear and tear of two tough season’s has caught up with him. He meets Fingal Rory from Pat Savage’s in-form kennel. Having begun last season in flying form, Rory didn’t quite reach those heights in Clonmel but showed in the opening two rounds of the Irish Purse, before his withdrawal, that he had the pace to mix it with the top dogs in the country. It’ll certainly be an interesting opener.
The Owen McKenna trained, Go Conquer ran into Eastern Shore on his debut outing this season in Knockgraffon losing out in the second round. He meets Sir Harvey who demonstrated in Galway and Oranmore, where he beat Needham Simple and Crafty Who, that he can compete at this level. He shouldn’t be under-estimated and could well spring a surprise.
In the bottom quarter, Stormont fresh from his final appearance in Nenagh, is priced at 3-1 but he could find City Leader and Figaro tough nuts to crack. He should on this year’s form at least give City Leader his fill of things. Leader has plenty of ability but hasn’t been able to find the sort of form that saw him win the Ballymena Trial Stake. Figaro ran well in his opening course at Cavan but disappointed in the second when fancied and crashed out. The Derby 3rd rounder should be an interesting contender if he can recover his best form.