Blades of Hope bounced back from his defeat in the final of the Island Cup in Castleisland to win the Limerick Cup at Rathkeale this afternoon, getting the better of All The Music in the final. Blade of Hope is owned by Tara Guiney and Erin Jacobsen and he’s a son of Kyle James and Blades of Glory. He’ll have a couple of chances now to qualify for the Champion Stakes.
While Blade of Hope won the big stake the real story here was the success of the Flynn team as they captured both the All Age Bitch Stake with pup Graceandglamour and the Oaks Trial Stake with Shimmerandshine. In the All Age Bitch Stake, Glin Trial Stake winner Graceandglamour got the better of Drominbooy Priya to take the honours and enhance her Oaks credentials. A daughter of Razor Ashmore and Quality and Dash, she is owned by John and Kieran Flynn.
In the Oaks Trial Stake, Shimmerandshine, a daughter of Tynwald Smokey and Gadget Girl, took the honours in the stake as she saw off Maidrin A Rua. In the same ownership as Graceandglamour, Shimmerandshine had previously had outings in Kilflynn, Abbeydorney and Listowel.
In the Derby Trial Stake the Divily family’s good run continued as Crafty Tonino got the better of Barefoot Slave to win. Out of a fantastic litter, Adios Alonso and Crafty Pinero, Tonino is the third Derby qualifier for this litter, joining Crafty Toro and Crafty Gonzalo in Powerstown Park. Tonino had previously been beaten in the final of the Trial Stake in Edenderry.
Blades Of Hope (Kyle James x Blades Of Glory) beat All The Music (Musical Time x Leigh Smokey)
All Age Bitch Stake
Graceandglamour (Razor Ashmore x Quality and Dash) beat Drominboy Priya (Blueview Sam x Chubbys Artic)
Derby Trial Stake
Crafty Tonino (Adios Alonso x Crafty Pinero) beat Barefoot Slave (Kingsmill Dynamo x Gowayoudat)
Oaks Trial Stake
Shimmerandshine (Tynwald Smokey x Gadget Girl) beat Maidrin A Rua (Kingsmill Dynamo x Maureen Rua)