Can Blue Beruki land the silverware at Regional?

There’s an open looking Cup at Regional this weekend with anything up to a half dozen dogs having claims on winning the stake. At present Blue Beruki leads the betting but Gingerbread Sam, Kyle Fionn and last year’s Trial Stake winner a Regional Rathfort James will all feel they have claims.

James Curran Memorial Cup– Draw and Betting

Mossies Magic- 12/1
Rathfort James- 5/1

Tullow Tank- 6/1
Killeagh Jingles- 5/1

Cill Ide Riocht- 6/1
Nice Fine Day- 6/1

Get Into Gear- 8/1
Gingerbread Sam- 3/1
Glenrock Gary- 5/1
Blue Beruki- 5/2

Floating Patriot- 5/1
Kyle Fionn- 3/1

Wood Viking- 6/1
Kind Rain- 6/1

Intermezzo- 8/1
Bodens Rocket- 5/1

Front Runners

Most of the interest in the early rounds of this stake will be in the bottom half with a number of the dogs having claims for outright honours. Blue Beruki is the favourite with Boyles but he’ll get nothing easy in the third quarter. He won his Trial Stake in Rathdowney last season, having run up the Trial Stake in Mallow in an earlier outing. He then ran up the Cup in Galbally but was forced to withdraw from the Derby due to injury. He’s certainly a useful dog but their’s little value in the price at present. His first round opponent, Glenrock Gary, only made one appearance last season having won a Trial Stake at Tubbercurry was a pup. If he can repeat that Trial Stake form he has a chance here.

Also in this quarter are Floating Patriot and Kyle Fionn. Both make quick reappearances after an early exit in Glin last weekend and would need sizeable improvements on that form to be competitive here. Those runs might stand to them though. Kyle won a decent Trial Stake last season and he could be due a decent run in a stake while Floating would need a return to the form of the early part of last season to be a player here.

In the bottom quarter Bodens Rocket is perhaps the most interesting runner having run admirably as a pup without claiming silverware, reaching a semi-final in Borris-in-Ossory and a final at Galbally. Kind Rain might be his biggest opposition in this quarter, having reached the semi-final in Kilflynn last season as a pup.

In the top half Gingerbread Sam might well be the standout contender having reached finals at Carlow and Westport meetings last season. A repeat of that form should put him right in the mix here. He meets the smartly bred Get Into Gear, a duffer winner in Abbeyfeale last Christmas. He could be a tricky proposition. Also in the quarter is Nice Fine Day, the runner up at the Rathcormac Trial Stake last November. On the best of his form he has a chance here but Gingerbread Sam would be fancied to progress.

Rathfort James is probably a fair price here for a dog returning in an attempt to win a Cup at a field where he won his Trial Stake. He hasn’t run much since that so some improvement might be expected! He meets the uncoursed Mossies Magic who could be anything and might be best watched. Killeagh Jingles reached the Cup semi-final here last year and saw plenty of coursing while Tullow Tank ran well in a couple of Trial Stake appearances without winning a stake.


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