The South Clare Cup has drawn a number of dogs with Champion Stakes aspirations eager to add to their points and prizemoney before the cut off in a couple of weeks time. Roquefort Barney leads the betting but with Skellig Sunlight and Duarigle Mystic also in contention it’ll be no coronation.
South Clare Cup– Draw and Betting
Duarigle Mystic- 3/1
Rockmount Asnad- 10/1
Fortfield River- 8/1
Rathorpe Jet- 10/1
Limerick South- 8/1
Muileann Cross- 10/1
Wheres Cranny- 10/1
Blazing Music- 4/1
Loyal Lord- 5/1
Callura Yank- 8/1
Wood Dynamo- 6/1
Skellig Sunlight- 3/1
Roquefort Barney- 5/4
Glasheen Cas- 10/1
Roquefort Barney has been seen only once this season en-route to winning the Galway and Oranmore All Age Cup in Glin at the end of October. He returns here and will have to be at his best to claim the honours. He showed during that Galway and Oranmore stake that he’s not to be messed with and could take beating here. At 5-4 though I’d be a little reticent about rushing in to back him.
Should he get over Glasheen Cas he could well set up a mouthwatering clash with Skellig Sunlight. Sunlight has been fairly consistent this season, reaching a semi-final and two finals in three outings, winning one. The Dennis O’Driscoll trained hound bumped into an in form Fingal Master on his last appearance but he shouldn’t be overlooked here. He would probably represent a step up in class to anything Roquefort has met this year and could be an intriguing buckle. He has the ‘small’ matter of Wood Dynamo in the opening round. Dynamo has been trying to rediscover the form that saw him reach the final of the Belsize Cup.
Elsewhere in the bottom half litter brothers Blazing Music and Wheres Cranny are set to meet. Blazing hasn’t quite hit the heights he hit early in the season recently while Wheres Cranny made his first appearance in over a year at Tradaree. He beat Blueview Charlie to win his Trial Stake last season so has ability, it’s a buckle that’s too close to call. Loyal Lord won a duffer in Ballyheigue on his last start and has ability. He meets Callura Yank who hasn’t run in a year.
The standout competitor in the top half of the draw is Duarigle Mystic, a cup winner in Ballyheigue in October. He was withdrawn after a round in Limerick City and after a lay-off returns here. He looks a cut above the rest of the dogs in his quarter if he performs at his best.
In the second quarter Alleyesonus won on his last appearance in Tradaree, having improved with each outing this season. His first round opponent Alexis could cause him problems while Limerick South is not without ability. If Alleyesonus brings his best form however he’s got a real chance.