Very open White Sands Hotel Cup at Ballyheigue

I’ll have to fly through the White Sands Hotel Cup in Ballyheigue given the time constraints on me now. It’s fair to say I’ve had a busy week between work and issues with my laptop. It’s fair to say this looks like an open enough stake with Brownes Kitchen a deserving favourite but Cloudy Dawn could offer some outside value

White Sands Hotel Cup– Draw and Betting

Killeacle Rhino- 16/1
Wicked Monk- 5/1

General Legend- 20/1
Advantage- 8/1

Cash Call- 4/1
Cashen Lightning- 6/1

Runalong Puma- 20/1
Pale Moon- 20/1
Brownes Kitchen- 2/1
Blackpool Kyle- 8/1

Rossies Kingdom- 12/1
Climbing Special- 16/1

Mystery Eoin-5/1
Big Tyson- 16/1

Farran Keelan- 20/1
Jimmy Said No- 12/1
Cloudy Dawn- 10/1
Summerfield Mile- 12/1

Amys Lotto- 4/1
Game Eanna- 10/1

Lineroad Butch- 6/1
Rathronan Dandy- 12/1

Nice Fine Day- 6/1
Clohur Coco- 20/1
Hillcrest Flower- 20/1
No Joke Shelia- 16/1

Ballyglen Scotch- 16/1
Saleen Flower- 25/1

Farran City- 20/1
Saleen Ella- 25/1

Killeacle Tabita- 20/1
Saleen Missy- 25/1

Front Runners

In the top quarter, it’s difficult to tell just how good or otherwise the trackbreds are. On form from last season the standout contenders should be Advantage, Cash Call and Wicked Monk, while Cashen Lightning showed some good form last season. Advantage has the benefit of a run in Liscannor a on the first weekend of the season and that might stand to him. Wicked Monk will be his biggest challenger and he two has had a run this season, last weekend in Ennis. Cash Call’s form has been patchy since winning the Dog Trial Stake in Abbeyfeale at Christmas and Cashen Lightning, a semi-finalist in the 64 dog Trial Stake at Listowel might be a danger in his opening course.

Brownes Kitchen was withdrawn in the second round of the Derby and reached the Irish Plate final last season so he should be the strongest of the second quarter runners though Blackpool Kyle ran well in Clonakilty last season and has three runs under his collar following his duffer run in Kilflynn. Mystery Eoin reached the final here 12 months ago but has only raised three flags in six appearances since.

The third quarter sees a couple of interesting runners. Amys Lotto would have been a clear favourite for this a couple of years ago but Father Time might well have caught up with him. Lineroad Butch, did well to win at Macroom at the end of last season while Game Eanna isn’t without a prayer and Nice Fine Day ran well to reach a final in Rathcormac. The one that interests me however is Cloudy Dawn, who ran well to reach a couple of semi-finals last season, and has had an outing in Kilflynn already. He might be worth an each way bet at 10-1

The bottom quarter contains the ladies but it’s hard to see any of them contesting for honours. Ballyglen Scotch might be the best of them but with so many track-breds  it’s really difficult to tell.


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