Following a busy week on the coursing front there are three more meetings this weekend to get your teeth into. There are some excellent stakes down for decision across three venues, Limerick City, Trim and New Ross.
In New Ross, Desmond Cup winner Mulboy King makes his second appearance of the season with a place in the Champion Stakes in sight. He’s likely to meet stiff opposition in the bottom half from Foot Solution. He showed great pace in all his outings last season, and won the Earl of Dunraven Puppy Stake at the Irish Cup meeting. In the top half Cuban Casino looks like the sort who could challenge for honours this season having shown well on his two outings last year most notably in Mallow. Mulboy Branan is another to consider the Old Kilcullen Trial Stake winner actually beat Foot Solution in the semi-final there and showed well in the Derby.
The All Age Bitch Stake sees Ballyverry Baby make her second appearance of the season having run out winner in Kilflynn. She finds herself on the tougher side of the draw with challenges to be expected from Carricktobin Oak, Battstreet Judy and possibly Sunfire Magic if she wants to make the final. Blue Abella will be fancied on the field where she won her Trial Stake last season. The Kitty Butler winner may need to overcome Tuscan Flavour if she wants to advance to the decider.
The Treaty Cup at Limerick City is the main event on that card. Kyle Fionn makes a relatively quick reappearance after winning the Cup in Regional. He’ll face a tricky quarter with Beef Budget, Cash Call and Funny Alonso all there, the latter most likely to give him trouble. In the top quarter Joans Rebel could well be a real threat, reaching the final in Old Kilcullen on his last appearance last season. Lineroad Butch is another who could be in the mix if he’s on form. Cooga Jonjo is the standout in the bottom half making his first appearance since the Corn na Feile, Galtee Boy and Brownes Kitchen the dogs on form most likely to challenge him.
In the All Age Bitch Stake, I like Moonveen Magda, the Kitty Butler runner-up, but she’ll do well to reach the final here with Rush For Gold, Cullane Ellen and Fanore Ocean all capable of big performances. Annual Edition and Matching Strides might go close on the other side of the draw.
In Trim, Blueview Charlie is a hot favourite for the Gilroy All Age Cup. Farnes Magic and Bernish Jet would appear his biggest challengers in the top half while in the bottom half Rosskeen Chief, Loyal Lord and Sir Harvey could battle it out for a place in the final. The one interesting dog on the card is Red Mania, the second reserve who would be a lively contender with a run.
The All Age Bitch Stake could see Skellig Starwars or Derramore Star could go close, while Ocean Hannalora or Corrupt Committee could represent the bottom half depending on the winner of their opening round buckle. Needham Bloom is another interesting runner.