Difficult tasks await Newman and Rocks at Gorey

The return of Droopys Newman and Rocks Of Bawn add to what looks like an absolutely intriguing All Age Cup at Gorey on Saturday. Both returnees face difficult re-introductions with potentially their most difficult possible opponents awaiting them on their first appearances.

Gorey All Age Cup– Draw and Betting

La Padrina- 10/1
Fingal Tiger- 6/1

Rocks Of Bawn- 2/1
Crafty Who- 3/1

Charlemont Snow- 10/1
Split The Pot- 5/1

Lobnamna Fagan- 10/1
Needham Gadget- 6/1
Cracking Jet- 8/1
Charlemont Ricky- 6/1

Hi Black Jack- 5/1
Droopys Newman- 3/1

Newry Awake- 8/1
Wyken Power- 5/1

Curragh View- 6/1
Tillyanns Leader- 8/1

Front Runners

When considering most Cups, I normally need to look down the line to potential semi-final and final match-ups to try and make some sort of prediction. At Gorey this weekend however there are two first round buckles that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the silverware. In the top quarter, the meeting of Rocks Of Bawn and Crafty Who is absolutely mouth-watering, while in the bottom half the meeting of Hi Black Jack and Droopys Newman should go a distance to telling us where these dogs stand form wise and the outcome of this half.

Crafty Who, lost out to Sturdyandstaunch in the second round in Lixnaw last weekend and makes a quick reappearance here as he seeks the points he’ll need to qualify him for the major end of season stakes. He’ll provide Rocks Of Bawn with a proper test on his first appearance since Clonmel. Subsequently suspended his season has been on ice until now. He’ll take plenty of beating if he brings his best form. This is one buckle to savour. Fingal Tiger disappointed in Balbriggan on his last outing and would need to improve to be competitive.

Elsewhere in the top half Split The Pot, finalist in Ardpatrick might really fancy his chances of reaching the semi-final, with first round opponent Charlemont Snow the one most likely to spring a surprise.

In the bottom half Hi Black Jack will give seasonal debutant Droopys Newman a real test in the opening round. Both went deep into the Derby last season, Droopys Newman to the last 8 (subsequently demoted) and Hi Black Jack to the last 16 (where he lost to Rocks Of Bawn). Withdrawn after a run in Enniscorthy, connections will hope Hi Black Jack’s firing at 100 per cent here. The winner would be fancied to get out of the quarter.

The other quarter looks like an open affair with Tillyanns Leader and Curragh View both fairly unexposed on paper. They could surprise the winner of the penultimate buckle where Wyken Power, twice a semi-finalist this season, meets Newry Awake who can produce the odd good run but can’t seem to find the consistency to threaten the latter stages of a stake.

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