Skellig To Set Nenagh Alight
Skellig Sunlight can put a deposit on his place in this seasons Champion Stakes with a win in the Six To Five Cup taking place this weekend in Nenagh.
Already this season Sunlight (6/4) has ran away with the very competitive Morrissey Cup which took place in Cashel at the start of the season and bagged his connections four valuable Champion Stake points.
Speaking to his trainer Dennis O Driscoll, the maestro from Skibbereen last weekend he said: “I couldn’t be happier with the way the dog ran in Cashel, he came out of the competition in great order and is ready for road again. I thought a lot of this dog last season but unfortunately luck wasn’t on our side but we never lost faith in him and he proved us right”, Dennis is after having a great start to the season and I think the run will continue this weekend.
Sunlight never put a foot wrong in Cashel and that run can only bring the dog forward because of his lack of experience last season. He takes on Ashmore King (6/1) in the opening round who was a semi finalist recently in New Ross where he lost out to eventual winner Sunfire Nova.
The biggest danger to the selection in the top half of the draw can come from the Michael Enright trained Cuine Rock (5/1) who was the winner of the T.A Morris last February in clonmel after winning his trial stake in Wexford.
He is making his seasonal reappearance this weekend and could meet Skellig in the semi final. The bottom half of the draw is tricky to call where cases can be made for a few of the runners, High Garden (4/1) already ran up the cup in Glin, Lincolns Call (6/1) is returning to the field where he collected his Derby ticket last season and Dale McCoy who only had two outings last season where he got to the semi final in Castletowngeoghegan and was withdrawn in the final of the trial stake in Trim. A confident vote here goes to Skellig Sunlight to collect the prize and make the trip from West Cork worth while!
The Prendiville Cup
The Prendiville Cup also takes place this weekend in Listowel. Thirty two runner All Aged events are rare these days but in kerry they never fail to fill them. It looks a top class competition on paper with runners from alot of the country’s top kennels represented. Sturdyandstaunch (6/1) represents the in form kennels of John Flynn in Tarbert who ran with alot of credit in Castleisland a fortnight ago, Needham Danger (5/2) is last years Corn Na Feile winner and winner of the Irish Plate at the Irish cup meeting last season he represents the Matthews family and of course the number one sponsor of greyhound racing on these shores Mr John Boyle (Bolyesports.com track and coursing derby).
Must Name Him (6/1) has form already this season and his trainer Micheal Leahy is happy with the way the dog is coming along. Journey Of Life (5/1) is coming back to the field where he had his triumph last season for in my opinion the greatest trainer of all Pa Fitz. Tilford Tom (2/1) is fresh from his victory in the island cup two weeks ago and has form in this field after coming away with this cup last season.
Ise Of Dreams
The local support will be behind Isle Of Dreams (10/1) owned by the ever colourful Berkie Browne, imagine the scenes if this dog happens to lift the cup! In my opinion I think Sturdyandstaunch, Needham Danger, Journey Of Life and Tilford Tom are the big four in this cup. The vote will have to go to Needam Danger if he can recapture last years form and we hope he makes the trip for the bossman John Boyle down the country worthwhile!
The All Age bitch stake has attracted a classy field with no less then three runners having already won this season they are Horgie Baby (4/1) in Abbeydorney, Skellig Rose (2/1) in Milltown Malbay and Believeicanfly (3/1) in Kilflynn. Im going to give my selection to Skellig Rose to make it a memorable weekend for the O’Driscoll family of Glounthaune
There is also action taking Place in Carlow this weekend with the highlight of the card being the Corn Ceatharlach. Carlow always run a top class meeting and i guarantee this weekend will be no different. There are four runners in this field looking for their second cup of the season with Sunfire Nova (4/1), Marshals Mercury (5/1), Floating Patriot (4/1) and Blueview Charlie (3/1) already having their names on the winners list. My vote here goes to the Maxi Collins trained Blueview Charlie who i hope makes a quick winning return. The All Aged bitch stake looks between the oaks trial stake winner from this field last season Ballarue New (5/2), the Gerry Flynn owned Flagfield Dash (3/1) and Oaks quarter finalist Skellig Blues (3/1). Ballarue New gets the selection here.
BEST BET: Skellig Sunlight @ 6/4
VALUE BET: Blueview Charlie @ 3/1
We saw significant support last week for the derby trial stake winner in Castleisland Kyle Bruce he was smashed from 33/1 all the way into 10/1 outright favorite, already at this early stage he is a big loser in our outright market. I was very impressed with the derby trial stake winner in Freshford last week, Thats The Man owned by the one and only Jimmy Barry Murphy and trained in Tipperary Town by Micheal J O Donovan he was put up at 18/1 but was nibbled at and is now clear second favorite at 16/1
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