Can Coshair claim his second Cup on home territory?

In a weekend of intriguing Cups, Rathdowney are among the clubs hosting one that looks too close to call. With Boyles pricing the stake up at 3-1 field, there’s not much to choose between most of this field. Indeed if he gets an opportunity reserve Dale McCoy might just prove an interesting runner here!

Pete Delaney Memorial Cup– Draw and Betting

Coshair Slane- 4/1
Fhink Fast Fred- 10/1

We Have Bob- 6/1
Capoley Dan- 10/1

Einaudi- 6/1
What Went Wrong- 6/1

Boynepark Conor- 8/1
Frenchfort Tom- 8/1
Mission Approved- 5/1
Grayacre Star- 5/1

Sunfire Nova- 6/1
Sheeraghs Lad- 5/1

Chubbys Gael- 4/1
Lincolns Call- 8/1

Winning Touch- 8/1
Lochbo Benny- 3/1

Front Runners

Starting at the bottom of the card and Lochbo Benny makes the trip to Laois to try and claim his second Cup of the season. The son of Bexhill Eoin and Lochbo Polly proved too strong for the field in Charleville. On his last appearance at Ardpatrick he lost out to eventual winner Killeagh Jingles in the second round. He comes here with a place in Clonmel certainly in his sights and given the draw, connections have every reason to be optimistic. He should have too much for Winning Touch, who has only raised one flag. His second round opponent could well be the 4-1 Chubbys Gael. After a strong performance at Thurles, where he reached the final, Gael has fallen to Wyken Power and Kyle Roger in his outings since. He’ll have to be at his best to get past Lincolns Call, who seems to have made a habit of winning a round before losing out in the second this season.

There are some very useful dogs in the third quarter with Mission Approved, the Lixnaw Cup winner a season ago set to meet Grayacre Star in the first buckle. Mission Approved, comes from the same litter as Newinn Wonder and Thomas The Tank and he’s making his first start of the season. In the other buckle, Sunfire Nova, a winner in New Ross will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing performance in Johnstown where he seemed to be taking control of the course before losing out. Sheeraghs Lad ran well on his last appearance in Clonmel and Kilsheelan where Whiskey Galore got the better of him.

The top quarter will be expected to be a contest between Coshair Slane, who will be running at his home meeting, and We Have Bob, who tasted success at the Laois Cup meeting in Borris In Ossory last season. Bob was denied by Dealbhna Mor in Ballinagar, his best performance of the season to date but he may have to go better if he wants to get the better of O’Meara Cup winner Coshair Slane.

The second quarter sees Brendan Matthews introduce a pup, What Went Wrong. Given that City Mouse reached an All Age Bitch Stake final a couple of weeks ago, the Newry maestros not afraid to let the pups run. Boynepark Conor might well be the dog to beat in this quarter if he can recapture some of the form that saw him reach two Trial Stake finals last season.


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