Cracking Corn Cuchullain in prospect at Dundalk

The Corn Cuchullain in Dundalk is one of the more renowned Cups on the coursing calendar and the meeting has thrown up a cracking looking stake on paper this year. As well as recent winners Corriga Rebel and Blueview Charlie, the stake sees Central Investor and Rocks of Bawn set for a second round encounter.

Corn Cuchullain– Draw and Betting

Sesellsseashels- 16/1
Clonard Jane- 20/1

Miss Fury- 12/1
Killglen Queen- 16/1

Paramaddan Buzz- 8/1
Ever Stardust- 10/1

Barbican Girl- 16/1
Murphys Vote- 16/1
Ladywell Blubell- 20/1
Macbrides Blonde- 8/1

Houston Hall- 12/1
Fingal Rory- 3/1

Offshore Town- 12/1
Blueview Charlie- 5/2

Corriga Rebel- 3/1
Broadwell James- 8/1
Charlemont Ricky- 12/1
Hightown Hill- 16/1

Charlemont Snow- 14/1
Central Investor- 3/1

Droopys Newman- 5/1
Pavant- 20/1

Power Of Peace- 12/1
General Wallace- 16/1
World At War- 10/1
Judiligence- 10/1

Grayacre Star- 6/1
Ridgemount House- 14/1

Gortmelia Gorey- 16/1
Figaro- 5/1

Chubbys Gooch- 16/1
Captain King- 20/1

Front Runners

Given the number of previews that have to be completed over the next couple of days, the previews will have to be slightly more abbreviated in nature. Current bookmakers favourite is Blueview Charlie who having won Cups in Edenderry and Old Kilcullen this season has shown he can win in almost any field. He couldn’t have asked for a harder draw however with double Cup winner from last season Offshore Town his first round opponent. It’s difficult to get a handle on Town’s form this year having been laid off since Trim earlier in the season but he’s not to be written off completely.

The winner of that buckle will meet the tie of the round with stalwarts of the Cavan club set to meet in the opening round. The Walsh’s Corriga Rebel was a winner on his last outing less that two weeks ago in Cappoquin and he meets the Jones’ Broadwell James, the Cup winner in Trim on his last outing and finalist here 12 months ago. It’s a buckle that very few travelling to Dundalk on St Stephen’s Day will want to miss.

That quarter also features Fingal Rory a finalist in Old Kilcullen on his last start and Macbrides Blonde a finalist in East Donegal when last spotted. This is a field that might well suit Rory and Pat Savage has an excellent record on this field, so he’s one to keep an eye on.

The third quarter isn’t quite as strong but does feature Central Investor and Droopys Newman. Investor was a dog of real quality last year and he left me feeling we hadn’t quite seen the best of him in Clonmel, where he exited unluckily in the third round. Having missed the Cup in Edenderry he must be considered here and at 3-1 probably represents a fair price. He must make up for lack of a competitive recent run though and could well meet Droopys Newman who lost out Hi Black Jack in Gorey. Both dogs will probably feel they need a win here to rescue their season. Saturday’s third round could well be interesting if they meet. Of the others in the quarter Power Of Peace is certainly the most interesting. He’s another who hasn’t run from Trim but won the Cup in Regional on his first appearance of the season. He’s a dog of some quality and one to keep onside.

The bottom quarter sees last season’s Trial Stake winner Figaro take his place in the line-up and connections will be fairly confident that he can advance to the second morning if at his best. He could well meet Grayacre Star or Trial Stake winner Judiligence who will seek to become the third puppy winner in four years after Blueview Dan and Phoenix Frankel. Grayacre showed a return to some sort of form in Borris-in-Ossory and could well be difficult to stop on a field where he ran to a final as a pup.

The top quarter contains the ladies who will battle it out for the O’Carroll Cup for last surviving bitch. Paramadden Buzz reached the semi-final as a pup 12 months ago and could well take some beating however Barbican Girl, Sesellsseashels and Miss Fury might put up plenty of resistance.


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