Last chance saloon for Champion Stakes in Clonakilty

There’s plenty to play for in Clonakilty this weekend as the last Champion Stake points of the season are battled for. With 13 dogs locked on 8 points, prize-money will probably decide who makes Powerstown Park at the end of the month but there are quite a few dogs here seeking to get into that mix.

All Age Cup– Draw and Betting

Blazing Music- 6/1
Knockrour Jazz- 8/1

High Rise- 10/1
Skellig Sunlight- 5/2

Lineroad Amigo- 3/1
Maytown King- 10/1

Getinaboot- 6/1
Breezing Johnny- 4/1
Alleyesonus- 6/1
Limerick South- 6/1

Silent Rocky- 10/1
Eastern Shore- 5/1

In The Centre- 3/1
Game Miller- 6/1

My Sweet Garson- 10/1
Gurteen Vince- 4/1

Front Runners

There are 6 dogs set to run in this All Age Cup with 4 Champion Stake points or more and in all likelihood there could be a couple of this field competing in the Champion Stakes. Two dogs currently on 8 points, Lineroad Amigo and Eastern Shore, go to Clonakilty hoping to secure their places, Lineroad’s just outside the Champion Stakes cut off while Eastern Shore is just inside in joint 14th position.

Lineroad, currently a 3-1 chance, is fancied to emerge from his quarter. Beaten by Kyle Roger in the semi-final of the Kingdom Cup, he took outright honours in Milltown Malbay and ran up to Lochbo Charlie in Bandon. He’s in good form but his biggest challenge could come from Breezing Johnny, who reached the final in Rathcormac on his last outing. Johnny has run well on his two outings this season and the potential second round meeting could well be decisive here.

In the top quarter Skellig Sunlight and Blazing Music come to Clonakilty in desperate need of points. Skellig has put in a couple of disappointing efforts in his last two runs, most notably in the opening round in Templetuohy last weekend. His first round opponent High Rise has also struggled for form since reaching the final of the cup in Mitchelstown. Blazing Music was successful in the cup in early season and reached a string of second rounds before losing to Roquefort Barney most recently in Millstreet.

Eastern Shore looked nailed on for the Champion Stakes earlier in the season racing onto 8 points in his first two outings. Since then two semi-final appearances have seen him fail to add to his total. He’d be fancied to get over the opening round while Alleyesonus or Limerick South await in the second round. Both have had some promising showings this season and can’t be taken lightly. Alleyesonus, a Cup winner at Tradaree, will still have aspirations of adding to his points total.

In the bottom quarter In The Centre will attempt to add to his victory in Nenagh where he claimed the Six To Five Cup. Both Gurteen Vince and Game Miller are not without chances here, Vince having reached the final in Regional earlier in the season and Game Miller having reached the final in Cappoquin.


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