Needham Work proved his class in Johnstown and Urlingford this afternoon as he got the better of Ivy Hill Time to win the Paddy Doyle Memorial Cup. The Irish Cup holder has now given himself at least one shot to claim his place in this season’s Champion Stakes should connections so desire. Well fancied before coursing and overnight he justified that favouritism to take the top prize.
Ballyverry Baby meanwhile continued her spectacular season claiming her third Cup of the season. Geroid Cashman’s dog, trained by Dennis O’Driscoll, had already won Cups in New Ross and Kilflynn before getting the better of Mantann Maple in today’s deciding course. The daughter of Kyle James and Mountain Guest is now at the top of the Champion Bitch Stake leaderboard.
The Derby Trial Stake saw Newinn Whisper, a son of Newinn Wonder and Newinn Droopy, claim his ticket for Clonmel for the Newinn All Over Syndicate. This was the March pups second outing of the season, he had previously caught the eye at Listowel where he was beaten in the semi-final of the 64 dog stake by winner True North. He got the better of Voice in the final.
The Oaks Trial Stake saw 4-1 overnight chance Killacolla Kiwi, a daughter of Kingsmill Dynamo and Killacolla Gold, get the better of Skellig Bright in the decider to take the honours. Owned by the Killacolla Syndicate, she was beaten in the third round in Galway and Oranmore by eventual winner Vim And Vigour.
Paddy Doyle Memorial Cup
Needham Work (Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl) beat Ivy Hill Time (Musical Time x Leigh Smokey)
All Age Bitch Stake
Ballyverry Baby (Kyle James x Mountain Guest) beat Manntan Maple (Mafi Magic x Class Attraction)
Derby Trial Stake
Newinn Whisper (Newinn Wonder x Newinn Droopy) beat Voice (Johnny Casanova x Ashwood Dee)
Oaks Trial Stake
Killacolla Kiwi (Kingsmill Dynamo x Killacolla Gold) beat Skellig Bright (Adios Alonso x Skellig Babe)