Can Bango deliver an Oisin Cup in Mitchelstown?

Without any huge hitters the Oisin Cup in Mitchelstown offers the chance for a number of dogs to claim points and climb the Champion Stakes table. Drawn at opposite sides of the draw are Swift Escalade and Bango Malone, both of whom could make a rapid ascent up the Champion Stakes table but there are others who might have something to say about that.

Oisin Cup– Draw and Betting

My Sweet Garson- 10/1
Swift Escalade- 3/1

Hughs Comet- 8/1
Creamery Swallow- 8/1

Blue For Gold- 8/1
Cuine Boy- 5/1

High Rise- 6/1
Pumpkin Castle- 4/1
Bobby on Thebank- 8/1
Shift The Mafia- 8/1

Maughera King- 10/1
Bango Malone- 2/1

Fire And Flame- 10/1
Sarasota Silver- 6/1

David Is Happy- 3/1
Fat Pat- 4/1

Front Runners

I’ve kept a close eye on Bango Malone over the last year and he’s a dog that has impressed me. He currently leads the market here priced at just 2-1 for victory. He ran well last season catching the eye on his first two appearances in Enniscorthy and Castletowngeoghegan reaching the Trial Stake final in the latter. This season he again impressed on his only start when reaching the final of the cup at the Enniscorthy meeting. While I’d be optimistic about his chances here, there is a small concern that he hasn’t gotten his nose in front in finals when favoured. My Fantasy Selections certainly hope he can this weekend! He meets Maughera King in the opener. King’s form has been iffy reaching a Trial Stake final last season but he has also lost more than he has won. Bango should account for him.

Bango’s biggest danger in the bottom half might well be last year’s Trial Stake runner-up here David Is Happy. He could well be an interesting contender here on his return to this field. Having had a run in Ardpatrick to shake out any cobwebs a better performance might be expected here.

In the top half Swift Escalade might well be the dog to take notice off given his form this season. The track-bred first appeared on a coursing field in a Waterford duffer, winning before reaching the final in Killimer Kilrush on his last appearance. A repeat could see him perform well here. An old favourite of mine, Cuine Boy is certainly deserving of a mention. The fourth season dog had done enough to qualify for the Champion Stakes last season but was withdrawn. He could certainly surprise a few. He meets track-bred Blue For Gold in the opening round and having won a 16 dog duffer in Mooncoin on his debut he shouldn’t be overlooked.

Pumpkin Castle reached a 3 course duffer final in Rathkeale on his last start and is worthy of a mention, while his opening round opponent High Rise needs a return to form having failed to raise a flag on his last three starts.



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