Simple for Needham at Westmeath United?

Needham Simple comes to Raharney as the hot favourite for Westmeath United’s Belsize Cup but things rarely run that smoothly here. So who are his biggest challengers this weekend?

Belsize Cup– Draw and Betting

Blueview Sanual- 4/1
Needham Simple- 5/4

Dealbhna Mor- 6/1
Sir Doolittle- 10/1

Freffans Gary- 10/1
Fair Game- 12/1

Charlemont Blast- 10/1
Garlyn Flash- 5/1
What- 10/1
Blue Card- 10/1

District Twelve- 3/1
Judiligience- 6/1

Feede Blazor- 6/1
Coolree Romeo- 8/1

Oakview Rumble- 12/1
Sheelin Shamrock- 10/1

Front Runners

Given the withdrawal of Needham Work at Glin last weekend it’ll not be a massive surprise to see Needham Simple withdrawn here if the ground is 100 per cent. Brendan Matthews has shown no hesitation over the last year or two in withdrawing his dogs if he feels he might be taking a chance with the ground. With rain limited over the last week or two there may be some doubt that he runs. That said if he does the Irish Plate winner will take plenty of beating. He would be expected to account for Blueview Sanual who should be a little sharper for his appearance at Liscannor. The winner will meet Dealbhna Mor or Sir Doolittle with the former, a son of Murtys Blaze and Blades of Glory preferred. It should be noted that Cathal Magee handles both dogs (or at least he did at the end of last season)

In the second quarter Freffans Gary and 2014 winner Garlyn Flash will be expected to progress to the second round. Freffans showed form at times last season, reaching the final of the Trial Stake in Dundalk and winning the Newbridge Open at the end of last season. He might just be preferred to last year’s winner who hasn’t been seen on a coursing field since.

The meeting of Judiligence and District Twelve might well decide the third quarter and with Brendan Farrelly’s District Twelve favoured to reverse the form from 12 months ago. While the winner on that occasion Judiligence has failed to raise a flag on three outings since, District Twelve reached the third round of the Irish Cup and the final of the Troy Electrical Puppy Cup at Old Kilcullen after claiming the Trim Trial Stake. They would be expected to account for What or Blue Card in the quarter-final.

In the bottom quarter there might be little to separate Coolree Romeo and Feede Blazer in the first round. Coolree won the 16 dog working member stake in Nenagh last season and reached the semi-final of the Cup in Doon. Preference is for Feede Blazer however who ran well at time last term, although the son of Razor Ashmore and Feede Blonde will need an improved performance on those efforts if he has any designs on silverware here.


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