Fine weekend coursings to finish off a busy week

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.

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Suddenly Cas comes good in Freshford

After what one can only presume was an injury hit couple of seasons Sudden Cas claimed his maiden Cup as he got the better of Cloudy Dawn in the final of  the Handsome Billa Purdon Cup in Freshford. The son of Johnny Casanova and Sudden Cheer had shown potential on his first start in Glin a couple of seasons ago but has made few appearances since, reaching the third round of the Premier Cup in Templetuohy being the most notable. Brian Loughnane will have plenty to cheer tonight. He got the better of Cloudy Dawn who lost his second Cup final of the season. Dawn now moves onto 6 Champion Stakes points as a result.

In the Derby Trial Stake there was finally some joy for the Divilys as Crafty Toro claimed the Derby Trial Stake. Having lost almost too many finals to count over the last three weeks Toro, from what looks like an excellent litter by Adios Alonso out of Crafty Pinero, saw off Alcar in the final. I have no doubt Crafty will be joined in Powerstown by a couple of litter comrades.

In the Oaks Trial Stake, Fr Dan Dunne and Niall Handy will be celebrating tonight as Tullamoy Dream, a daughter of Adios Alonso and Chubbys Excel claimed stake success. This lady had one previous run losing to beaten finalist Dale Sansa in Westmeath. She got the better of Killahys Jodi in the final here.

Handsome Billa Purdon Cup

Sudden Cas (Johnny Casanova x Sudden Cheer) beat Cloudy Dawn (Kyle James x Omera)

Derby Trial Stake

Crafty Toro (Adios Alonso x Crafty Pinero) beat Alcar (Wallace Green x Class Attraction)

Reserve Oaks Trial Stake

Tullamoy Dream (Adios Alonso x Chubbys Excel) beat Killahys Jodi (Razor Ashmore x Killahys Babe)

Freshford- Day One Results

Handome Billa Purdon Cup

Sudden Cas v De Great White
Cloudy Dawn v Jeffys Twinkle

Derby Trial Stake

Wazowski (Adios Alonso x Skellig Babe)
Gap Of Dunloe (Newinn Wonder x Catunda Magic)

Sudden Breeze (Newinn Wonder x Sudden Lily)
Crafty Toro (Adios Alonso x Crafty Pinero)

Half The Odds (Thomas The Tank x Call Posie)
Barrack Brian (Adios Alonso x Barrack Becky)

Alcar (Wallace Green x Class Attraction)
Gillogue Elmo (Adios Alonso x Live At Two)

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Reserve Oaks Trial Stake

Tilly The Tank (Thomas The Tank x Needham Beauty)
Private Magic (Mafi Magic x Pony Link)

Ready For Tea (Kingsmill Dynamo x Key Partner)
Killahys Jodi (Razor Ashmore x Killahys Babe)

Mickeys Duchess (Johnny Casanova x Dungill)
Seaside Sophie (Adios Alonso x Way Back When)

Tullamoy Dream (Adios Alonso x Chubbys Excel)
Moat Anah (Central City x Moat Elsa)

A few thoughts on Freshford…

There’s an interesting looking card at Freshford tomorrow with the Handsome Billa All Age Cup with a half a dozen dog who will feel they have a chance. Perhaps the most interesting runner is the favourite Leg It Fast. A winner in at Rathkeale last season I get the feeling that we havent’ seen the best of this dog yet. His current price of 3-1 is probably fair.

He has a tricky opener against Annual Assembly, a Trial Stake winner in Ballymena last season. The two bitches at the bottom of the card are both useful and should be watched as the season progresses, Jeffys Twinkle showing great pace in Clonmel this year, while Long Drive remains fairly unexposed, after reaching the Oaks Trial Stake final in Glanworth last season.

In the top half Blazing Music and Sunfire Central will have a cracking opening buckle, the latter perhaps a bit of value at 8-1. If De Great White can find some consistency then he’ll be a real challenger for honours but it remains to be seen whether or not he can.

The third quarter sees all four dogs have claims for one reason or another. Eastern Shore returns to defend his Cup having won here 12 months ago. Jaxie Trooper gave his best performance here reaching the final of the Trial Stake last season. Cloudy Dawn reached the final of the Cup in Ballyheigue on his last appearance, while Whatdoyoufancy has shown plenty of ability and having met Blades of Hope in Castleisland on Monday probably sees a slight drop in class here.

If I had to pick a final now I’d take a chance on Sunfire Central and Leg It Fast meeting

Fingal Billy starts season with a bang in the Urbs Intacta

Fingal Billy got his season off to a fantastic start as he claimed the Urbs Intacta Cup in Waterford today. The son of Kyle Ranger and Fingal Swagger had been a 6-4 chance before coursing and justified that support getting the better of Ivy Hill Time in the final. The Pat Savage trained dog will be one to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

The All Age Bitch Stake saw Tagroodha, a daughter of Adios Alonso and Uptown Angel saw off Carricktobin Oak in the final of the All Age Bitch Stake. Owned by Noel Hehir, Taghrooda had little luck last season but she broke her duck today.

There was a first Trial Stake winner of the season for Central City as Astana Rubie won the Oaks ticket. The June bitch, a daughter of Central City and Beautys Grace, got the better of Tyco Wonder in the final. Owners Michael Lawrence and Liam Corcoran can now look forward to a trip to Powerstown in February with their lady.

In the Derby Trial Stake, Coolpeach Miller, a son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Coffee In Currow, claimed the honours as he got the better of Droopys Prowler in the final. Owned by Terry Rossiter, Miller got the better of Aodhans First and Sunfire Galaxy enroute to picking up his ticket.

Urbs Intacta Cup

Fingal Billy (Kyle Ranger x Fingal Swagger) beat Ivy Hill Time (Musical Time x Leigh Smokey)

All Age Bitch Stake

Taghrooda (Adios Alonso x Uptown Angel) beat Carricktobin Oak (Carricktobin Lad x Alone We Are)

Derby Trial Stake

Coolpeach Miller (Kingsmill Dynamo x Coffee In Currow) beat Droopys Prowler (Kingsmill Dynamo x Polar Lights)

Oaks Trial Stake

Astana Rubie (Central City x Beautys Grace) beat Tyco Wonder (Newinn Wonder x Moonveen Eve)

Kyle Bruce takes the bragging rights from the Island Cup

Kyle Bruce all but guaranteed his place in the Champion Stakes today when he claimed the Island Cup in Castleisland. The Marie Field owned hound met his litter brother Blades of Hope in the final and got the nod from the judge in what was a close call. Bruce had earlier run up the Stephen Fuller Memorial Cup in Kilflynn on the opening weekend of the season.

Another to give themselves a great chance of reaching the Champion Stakes was Bated Breath, the daughter of Adios Alonso and Exact Science, claiming the honours from Giveittome. Bated Breath won the stake for the Dead Poets Society Syndicate having earlier won the Bitch Stake in Glin.

Sir Mark Prescott was celebrating for the second time in a week as Parlour Game won the Derby Trial Stake from Exceed And Excel. Owned jointedly with Shane O’Gorman, the son of Kingsmill Dynamo and Intense Focus was making his first appearance of the season for Michael O’Donovan.

Laughing Lilo was a 2-1 bet overnight but the daughter of Mafi Magic and Laughing Lady overcame Kilcastle Five in the final of the Oaks Trial Stake. Owned by Master Aodhan Maher, this was Lilo’s first outing of the season.

Island Cup

Kyle Bruce (Kyle James x Blades of Glory) beat Blades Of Hope

All Age Bitch Stake

Bated Breath (Adios Alonso x Exact Science) beat Giveittome

Derby Trial Stake

Parlour Game (Kingsmill Dynamo x Intense Focus) beat Exceed And Excel (High And Mighty x Amyville Kate)

Oaks Trial Stake

Laughing Lilo (Mafi Magic x Laughing Lady) beat Kilcastle Five (Kyle King x Amys View)