Hard ‘Work’ expected for Needham at Desmond Cup?

The Desmond Cup at Glin is always one of the highlights of the early part of the season and this year will be no different with a number of contenders for top awards among those taking part. The meeting also provides a great insight into the top pups for the season ahead and it’ll be worth keeping a close eye on the Trial Stakes.

There’s quality scattered throughout the field for the 2015 Desmond Cup with Needham Work clearly the most noteworthy of the entries based on last season’s Irish Cup winning exploits. There are a number of other big names Floating Patriot, Kyle Fionn, Living Next Door and Crafty Who amongst them. On top of that there are another couple who may have slipped under the radar and offer decent value at big prices.

Desmond Cup– Draw and Best Betting

Carlsbush Mafi- 16/1
Sturdyandstaunch- 10/1

Moonveen King- 16/1
Breezing Johnny- 7/1

Northland Rebel- 10/1
Spalpin Fanach- 14/1

Cooga Hero- 10/1
Needham Crystal- 4/1
Glin Syn Eile- 12/1
Doomore Dave- 8/1

Time James- 8/1
Marshals Adio – 16/1

Ashmore Phantom- 8/1
Mulboy King- 16/1

Bricklane Bobby- 12/1
Brookwood Tom- 12/1
Bigbadleroybrown- 10/1
Crafty Who- 5/1

Swinging Light- 12/1
Rory For Glory- 8/1

Barrack Bolt- 6/1
Macbrides Blonde- 16/1

Living Next Door- 5/1
Missouri Spruce- 20/1
Cash Call- 10/1
Kyle Fionn- 6/1

Arcade Maximus- 12/1
Floating Patriot- 6/1

Needham Work- 6/4
Neverland Pirate- 20/1

Tarmons Alonso- 7/1
Roxboro Castle- 25/1

Front Runners

We’ll start in the bottom quarter with the current 6-4 favourite Needham Work might have hoped for a more straight forward draw. While he’ll be expected to advance past Neverland Pirate, he’s set to meet the dangerous Tarmons Alonso in round two. He was clocking among the fastest pups in Carlow last year when withdrawn in the fourth round, though that wasn’t the strongest Trial Stake of the seaon. He might just give the Irish Cup winner a worry or two.

The top half of the bottom quarter looks like a bit of a minefield with four decent dogs all drawn to meet each other. Kyle Fionn won a decent Trial Stake in Thurles last season before being beaten by Feel My Pulse in the second round of the Derby. He meets Cash Call the Trial Stake winner in Abbeyfeale in the opening round. Cash Call made his seasonal bow in Kilflynn where he lost to Stephens Owen. He’ll need an improved performance to advance here. Arcade Maximus and last year’s Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup winner Floating Patriot also meet here. I get the impression Floating Patriot might just be better fresh and should advance here against Maximus who lost out in Kilflynn last week.

The third quarter looks fairly strong but I’d expect it to come down to three to four dogs. I’m on record as having said that to me Living Next Door’s first round run was one of the most impressive from Clonmel last season. Depsite stumbling coming out of slips he put in one of the quickest first round times up there with Timber House, Tullamoy Master and Portane All In. If he brings that kind of form then the 5-1 on offer looks decent value.

Bigbadleroybrown (that’s the best name in coursing at the minute, by the way!) and Crafty Who should have cracking buckle at the top of the quarter. Crafty was a little disappointing at time last season and should really have been pushing for a Champion Stakes place, instead of just missing out. He’ll take a bit of beating if he’s at his best. Bigbadleroybrown was one of those unlucky dogs not to win a Trial Stake last season despite raising 12 flags. A little bit older now, the 10-1 about him definitely represents value, if he has matured. He’s worth keeping an eye on this season.

In the top quarter Needham Crystal looks the standout dog. The Tubbercurry Trial Stake winner missed Clonmel and connections will be eager to make up for lost time with him. Northland Rebel could be an interesting runner, he was a June pup and performed well on most of his outings without claiming silverware. A year older, he could cause an upset or two. The son of Emmas Goldrush is certainly bred to run well. Breezing Johnny though might just be the best bet to come out of  this quarter. His record is impressive with his results on the ICC website reading  SF, BFA, BF, **, 3P, SF, BF, SF. He’s a hound with serious pace and no one will want to meet him.

The second quarter has no real standout star but there are some interesting dogs here. Glin Syn Eile reached two semi-finals in two outings as a pup. Doomore Dave was kept busy last season and won the Glin Derby here 12 months ago. Time James was beat in the final of the Trial Stake 12 months ago, while Ashmore Phantom won the Trial Stake in Wexford last Christmas. Mulboy King is a better dog than his record shows. He was on the receiving end of gruels in New Ross and Dundalk, and was the closest dog on the clock to Blades of Hope in Castletowngeoghegan before bumping into him in the third round. Marshals Aido and Brookwood Tom both reached Trial Stake finals and can’t be taken lightly. It’s a wide open quarter and I wouldn’t be in any rush to predict it.

The All Age Bitch Stake is also wide open with three or four of last season’s top bitches in the field. Blue Abella was very impressive in winning the Kitty Butler last season, while Churchill Queen, Bated Breath and Crossbound all won courses at Powerstown. The most interesting runner in the field for me is Skellig Mint. She wasn’t seen to mid-December last season and looked sharp. She was favourite to win Trial Stakes on more than one occasion before losing out. Her litter brother At All Times showed similar characteristics last season before winning in Kilflynn. I wouldn’t put anyone off a small bet at 4-1 on her, though she’ll have to beat some cracking bitches to win here.


Best of the action from Monday in Kilflynn

It’s great to have Micheal McNamara back doing the business again this season with his camera. He was in Kilflynn at the weekend and he’s done a great job recording the various stakes. Here’s the best of Monday’s action.

PS- Glin and Ennis previews will be online tomorrow

Stephen Fuller Mermorial All Age Cup

Oaks Trial Stake

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

At All Times downs Bruce in Kilflynn to claim Fuller Memorial Cup

At All Times a son of Skellig Wish and Skellig Babe chinned favourite Kyle Bruce in the final of today’s Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup at Kilflynn. Owned by Kevin Purtill, At All Times had run well on occasions last year and was near the top of the betting in Rathdowney and Kilcreevin- Ballymote before being beaten at the semi-final stage. Having shown a bit more maturity between his first and second season’s he’ll be one to keep onside over the course of the season.

There was success for Ballyverry Baby, the daughter of Kyle James and another Oaks winner Mountain Guest, seeing off So Long Honey in the final of the All Age Bitch Stake. Ballyverry, a Trial Stake winner in Knockgraffon last season, got the better of the Gerry Holian trained bitch to claim victory.

There was double disappointment for the Dowlings as they lost out in the final of both the Reserve Derby Trial Stake and the Oaks Trial Stake with litter comrades Ballymac Seb and Ballymac Blue.

Blue had been well fancied to take the Oaks ticket over night but saw Not Really, a daughter of Kingsmill Dynamo and Wilton Mille take the honours. With the Kilflynn stake often turning out to be one of the stronger Trial Stakes of the season the January whelp might be one to keep an eye on.

The Reserve Derby Trial Stake produced a first Trial Stake win of the season for top dam Blades Of Glory as Blades Of Music, a son by Kingsmill Dynamo edged out Liam Dowlings, Ballymac Seb, a son of Blueview Sam and Ashtown Amy. Elaine Guiney’s pup will be fancied now to pick up a full ticket at some point between now and the end of the season.

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

At All Times (Skellig Wish x Skellig Babe) beat Kyle Bruce

John Herbert Memorial All Age Bitch Stake

Ballyverry Baby (Kyle James x Mountain Guest) beat So Long Honey

Oaks Trial Stake

Not Really (Kingsmill Dynamo x Wilton Millie) beat Ballymac Blue (Blueview Sam x Ashtown Amy)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Blades Of Music (Kingsmill Dynamo x Blades Of Glory) beat Ballymac Seb (Blueview Sam x Ashtown Amy)

Bower proves himself King at Liscannor as Calvin gets winner on board

Bower King, who only entered as a reserve claimed the McDonagh All Age Cup at Liscannor today seeing off Speakeasy Foley to claim the silverware. The son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Bower Sign only entered the stake as a reserve and he marked himself out as one to keep an eye on claiming the spoils here. He had claimed the Co. Cork Trial Stake at Mallow last Christmas and was withdrawn after winning his opening round in the Derby.

Foxhill Annie, who was very unlucky in Trial Stakes last season, claimed the All Age Bitch Stake from Clonreddan Molly. Katie McHugh’s bitch, by Bexhill Eoin out of Foxhill Rio, a half sister of Blueview Sam, was beaten in the Castletowngeoghegan BTS final last season. She saw off Clonreddan Molly, a bitch who raised 11 flags last season losing in the final at Ennis-Clarecastle.

There was a first Trial Stake winner for Kyle Calvin in his first weekend with eligible dogs as Oilean Diligent claimed the Oaks Trial Stake and her ticket for Clonmel. Gerry Meehan’s April whelp, a daughter of Calvin and Diligent saw off Danaghers Decoy in the final of the Trial Stake

Joe Thompson had a good day with his Trial Stake dogs as he claimed the Derby ticket when his Pumpkin Adios saw off kennelmate Pumpkin Return to take the honours. The brindle son of Adios Alonso and Pumpkin View saw off Pumpkin Return to claim the silverware

McDonagh All Age Cup

Bower King (Kingsmill Dynamo x Bower Sign) beat Speakeasy Foley (Kyle James x Omera)

All Age Bitch Stake

Foxhill Annie (Bexhill Eoin x Foxhill Rio) beat Clonreddan Molly (Mafi Magic x Tromora Babe)

Derby Trial Stake

Pumpkin Adios (Adios Alonso x Pumpkin View) beat Pumpkin Return (Judicial Affair x Pumpkin Aviva)

Oaks Trial Stake

Oilean Diligent (Kyle Calvin x Diligent) beat Danaghers Decoy (Kingsmill Dynamo x Coffee In Currow)

Kilflynn- Day Two Results

Thanks to Elaine Browne and Damien Lonergan for the updates.

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup– quarter-finals

Whatdoyoufancy v Stephens Owen
Crafty Resino v At All Times
Kyle Bruce v Wizard Matthew
Blazing Music v Coffee In Spirit

John Herbert Memorial All Age Bitch Stake– quarter-final

Kilmoyley Flyer v So Long Honey
Sunfire City v Ballymac Adelpha
Lynmarie v Crafty Merlano
Ballyverry Baby v Arcade Amy

Oaks Trial Stake– semi-finals

Not Really (Kingsmill Dynamo x Wilton Millie)
Kilty Sadie (March Is On x Lochbo Zola)

Ballymac Blue (Blueview Sam x Ashtown Amy)
Barrack Ann (Kingsmill Dynamo x Barrack Court)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake– quarter-finals

Sullane Mario (Johnny Casanova x Sullane Sign)
Amyville Impact (High And Mighty x Amyville Kate)

Blades Of Music (Kingsmill Dynamo x Blades Of Glory)
Onlyforbadluck (Kingsmill Dynamo x Yorkville Stella)

Big Jimmy Oh (Jingles x Fireheight Jane)
Big Bar (Adios Alonso x Bridewell Rose)

Ballymac Seb (Blueview Sam Ex Ashtown Amy)
Mad Jingles (Jingles x Lady Asdee)

Kilflynn- Day Two Update

Update thanks to Micheal McNamara (@McNamaraMicheal)

Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup

Call Here Alonso v Whatdoyoufancy
Barrack Bolt v Stephens Owen
Galtee Boy v Crafty Resino
Bedford Banker v At All Times
Kyle Bruce v Madrasa
Fleetwood Nova v Wizard Matthew
Blazing Music v Funny Alonso
Barrack Nell v Coffee In Spirit

Oaks Trial Stake

Boomtown Tatiana (Adios Alonso x Boomtown Hazel)
Not Really (Kingsmill Dynamo x Wilton Millie)

Satriani (Razor Ashmore x Quality And Dash)
Kilty Sadie (March Is On x Lochbo Zola)

Ballymac Blue (Blueview Sam x Ashtown Amy)
Julia Estremoz (Razor Ashmore x Quality And Dash)

Quaint Girl (Kyle James x Notindispute)
Barrack Ann (Kingsmill Dynamo x Barrack Court)

Reserve Derby Trial Stake

Sullane Mario (Johnny Casanova x Sullane Sign)
Kildroum Artic (Kingsmill Dynamo x Chubbys Artic)

Amyville Impact (High And Mighty x Amyville Kate)
Thanks Tom (Kingsmill Dynamo x Cloneen Time)

Oldcourt Tom (Kingsmill Dynamo x Lucan Glory)
Blades Of Music (Kingsmill Dynamo x Blades Of Glory)

Onlyforbadluck (Kingsmill Dynamo x Yorkville Stella)
Barrack Johnny (Adios Alonso x Barrack Becky)
Lochbo Deano (Lochbo Blake x Mungos Cerella)
Big Jimmy Oh (Jingles x Fireheight Jane)

Killalon Hero (Judicial Affair x Pumpkin Aviva)
Anyexcuseboys (Razor Ashmore x Uptown Angel)

Ballymac Seb (Blueview Sam Ex Ashtown Amy)
Twice Amazing (Kingsmill Dynamo x Amazing Rocket)

Mad Jingles (Jingles x Lady Asdee)
Longmeadow Zone (Longmeadow Raz x Stonepark Maisie)