Reikers Island justified his favouritism to claim the Corn na Feile Puppy title at Abbeyfeale getting the better of Lodge Hill in the final. The Dr Paddy Kelly owned and Gerry Holian trained son of Adios Alonso and Blades of Glory had shown serious ability in his Trial Stake win in Westmeath and again showed the same turn of foot in Abbeyfeale. Now a 12-1 shot for the Derby, Reikers like his litter brother Blades of Fire will be one others are hoping to avoid early in the Derby. Lodge Hill, still the second reserve in the Derby will be hoping for a few late withdrawals from the Derby.
The Corn na Feile All Age Stake went to last season’s Derby Trial Stake winner Octane Wonder who saw off Kyle Mozart in the deciding course. The son of Newinn Wonder and Dynalite was a 2-1 shot overnight for owners Timothy Nolan and Maurice O’Connor. This was his second outing of the season having previously been withdrawn in the semi-final in Newcastlewest.
The Derby Trial Stake saw something of a surprise as Floating Victor, a 6-1 shot overnight, got the better of fancied Jamaica Jude in the semi-final and Killacolla Tank in the final to claim the 55th Derby ticket of the season. A son of Kyle King and Floating Spirit, and owned by Colin Wallace, Floating Victor had shown well in Glin and Listowel on his two previous starts reaching the final of the Trial Stake at the latter. Runner up Killacolla Tank’s previous best effort saw him reach the fourth round.
The Oaks Trial Stake also produced a final upset as Jumeriah Glory, a litter sister of Reikers Island was upset by Iberostar in the dying strides. Iberostar, owned by Michael Larkin, twice a runner up this season in Mallow and Cappoquin, and a daughter of Adios Alonso and Duarigle Magic claimed victory. She’ll be an interesting contender in Clonmel and one no one will want to meet.
Corn na Feile Puppy
Reikers Island (Adios Alonso x Blades of Glory) beat Lodge Hill (Thomas The Tank x Stop That Ger)
Corn na Feile All Age Cup
Octane Wonder (Newinn Wonder x Dynalite) beat Kyle Mozart
Derby Trial Stake
Floating Victor (Kyle King x Floating Spirit) beat Killacolla Tank (Thomas The Tank x Killacolla Spice)
Oaks Trial Stake
Iberostar (Adios Alonso x Duarigle Magic) beat Jumeirah Glory (Adios Alonso x Blades of Glory)