Light Duty opts for North Kilkenny as Glenlough seeks a double

The trip to Ballyragget at the weekend will determine quite a bit heading into the Christmas period. Appearances by Light Duty, Glenlough Mick and Tilford Tom, dogs trying to secure their place in the Champion Stakes, mean that the Walsh Cup will one that is closely observed by many.

Walsh Cup– Draw and Betting

Handsome Jack- 10/1
Barefoot Magnus- 8/1

Cuban Ando- 4/1
Painstown Chief- 10/1

Tynwald Ash- 6/1
Bobby on Thebank- 8/1

Handsome Brendan- 10/1
Light Duty- 2/1
Father Flash- 6/1
Coolree Mozart- 10/1

Sunbeam Oscar- 8/1
Tilford Tom- 2/1

Needham Gadget- 6/1
Inch Hothead- 8/1

Nowurtalkin- 10/1
Glenlough Mick- 4/1

Front Runners

Heading the betting, and rightly so, are Light Duty and Tilford Tom. I was a little surprised to see Light Duty declared to run at the Ballyragget stretch on Saturday considering his success at Lifford over the past couple of seasons. The Derby semi-finalist underlined his class and put to bed any doubts that he’s a top dog when claiming the Lifford Gold Cup last month. Light Duty will be fancied to progress through his opening round, to set up a potential meeting with Tynwald Ash. Ash hasn’t really hit his stride yet this season after some promising runs last season most notably running up to Crafty Who at the County Limerick Puppy Stake. If he can repeat that sort of form he’ll give Light Duty plenty to consider.

In the top quarter, I would imagine that it may well come down to the meeting of Barefoot Magnus and Cuban Ando. Barefoot ran well in the opening round of the Cup in Old Kilcullen before being unlucky to run into Blueview Charlie in the second round. He should have improved for that appearance over a lay-off and should be in the running for a semi-final place. Cuban Ando hasn’t been seen from he ran in Westmeath in October but returns here and could have a say if he returns to the form that saw him win in Loughrea last season.

In the third quarter a clash between third season dogs Tilford Tom and Father Flash looks a distinct possibility. Father Flash has been running well this season, winning an 8 dog Cup in Liscannor on the opening weekend of the season before reaching reaching a semi-final in Thurles (losing to winner Coshair Slane) and reaching the final in Knockgraffon on his last outing. He could well meet Tilford Tom, one of the most consistent dogs in training. Winner of the Island Cup and runner-up in the 32 dog John Prendiville Memorial Cup in Listowel to Needham Danger  (less than two weeks after his Island Cup win), Tom has shown plenty of class during his career and will be a real contender here.

The standout dog in the bottom quarter is undoubtedly Glenlough Mick, a dog currently sitting on 6 Champion Stake points. The Trial Stake winner here 12 months ago has been busy this season winning in Rathcormac and running up the Cup in Mallow. A repeat of this form could well see him into the semi-final but can he go further and push himself onto 8 Champion Stake points


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