Timber House, proved again, and little proof were needed that he’s a class hound as he returned to the field where he won his Trial Stake to win the North Kerry Cup on Sunday. The son of Thomas The Tank had looked really special in Powerstown Park in February before getting beaten at the semi-final stage and he gave fans another fine performance today. While he had been widely expected to meet Needham Work in the final, the Irish Cup winner Work was shocked in the quarter-final by Master of Dreams, who would lose out to Timber House in the final. Timber House is owned by Patrick Bowles and Joe Blair.
The All Age Bitch Stake proved to be an open affair but it was Bexhill Mandy who claimed the honours from Misty Hackup. The daughter of Bexhill Brian and Gadget Girl had shown decent form in two outings at the tail end of last season reaching the semi-final at Kilcreevin and Ballymote, a week after reaching the third round in Templetuohy. Owned by John Barrett and Conor Sheehan, Mandy could be one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks.
In the Derby Trial Stake, Tellmemorelies emerged as the winner getting the better of Essential in the final. The son of Newinn Wonder and Newinn Droopy, owned by the Strike A Booze Syndicate had been a 3-1 shot overnight. Tellmemorelies has only had one previous outing this season, reaching the third round in Charleville before being withdrawn.
One dog to take from this meeting might well be Sullane Erin, the daughter of Newinn Wonder and Bower Sign showing why she had been favourite before coursing to get the better of Banba Be Lucky in the final. This lady had run well through two rounds in Glin before being withdrawn when favourite. She made no mistake here for owner Christy Lucey.
North Kerry Cup
Timber House (Thomas The Tank x Lady Twinkletoes) beat Master of Dreams (Kerry Call x Polar Lights)
All Age Bitch Stake
Bexhill Mandy (Bexhill Brian x Gadget Girl) beat Misty Hackup (Johnny Casanova x Misty Hazel)
Derby Trial Stake
Tellmemorelies (Newinn Wonder x Newinn Droopy) beat Essential (Kyle James x Specific Date)
Oaks Trial Stake
Sullane Erin (Newinn Wonder x Bower Sign) beat Banba Be Lucky (Johnny Casanova x Oh Banba)