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Doon CC 2014

Corn Dún Bleisce

The Corn Dún Bleisce is the feature even in Limerick this weekend. A prestigious event that’s always hard won. This year will be no different with many challengers to the elusive prize. The opening course of the stake sees sail along jack against the locally owned Cooga Darlan. Sail along has failed to register a flag raised since his debut last year but will be well prepared for this event. His opponent is a very fast dog who has been most unlucky in his career. He has run up 2 trial stakes and an all age and has yet to get his nose over the line. He ran super in Cashel where only Skellig sunlight got the better of him. He was beat in the first round by the speedy black and white in Limerick city and was evens favourite after one round in Kilmallock but an offline hare ensured plenty of bumping in his second round. Could the local air be enough for him to succeed here? He gets my vote to go through to Sunday morning.
The next course sees Coolree Romeo pitted against the locally owned Shaws Jet. Coolree has taken a while to get going but finally got the breakthrough in Nenagh where he won a duffer stake. He will give his running and should have too much experience for Shaws Jet. Shaws Jet has plenty of pace however with 29.29 and 16.36 on his card and one should always be wary of track dogs in the opening rounds. The next course also sees a track dog with Dinny Goulds Cree Shellac trying his hand in all age company after picking up a stake in Miltown Malbay. He meets Ocean Sirocco in the opening round. Ocean Sirocco is known for his fast clocks in the opening rounds so that should be enough to see him over the line. The next buckle is between Silent Rocky and Connells Cu. Connells Cu won a TS 2 years ago in Templetuohy and is a very genuine hound. He ran u the cup in Thurles last year when money on favourite in the final. This year he has ran a couple of times with his best performance in the Galway / Oranmore meeting where he was narrowly beat by Crafty Who in the 2 nd round. Silent Rocky is an impeccably bred greyhound who showed good form last year as a pup. He ran well at the Limerick city meeting lately where he found Black and white too good in the semi-final after a good buckle. I think he will just hold too much for Connells Cu in the opening round but it will be close. The winner of this course is also my selection to progress to the semi-final to meet Cooga Darlan.
The opening course of the second half should be interesting. Make peace is a fast dog but does not have age on his side. In his 4 th season it will be interesting to see if he still has his old spark. He takes on the recent Nenagh all age winner In the Centre in the opening round. This dog finally broke the bridesmaids tag there after so many near misses last year. He got the better of hot favourite Skellig Sunlight in the semi-final and won the final well. The victory might be what he needed to kick-start his career and will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of March is On who was also owned by his connections. March is On won the Corn Dún Bleisce before romping to success in the Champion stakes the same year. I fancy his to hold off make peace in this course. The next course sees recent Ardpatrick winner Killeagh Jingles appear. He only won the cup 2 weeks ago so connections must feel he has come out bouncing from the win. Coolalough Turbo showed glimpses of form last year. He actually clocked 9 spots faster than Kyle Calvin in the semi-final of the TS in Freshford last year but was beat by the disqualified Derby winner in the decider. He never recovered that form after but comes here a fresh dog and will be hoping to kick-start his all age career in style. He might find the consistent and tough as teak Killeagh a bit hot in the opening round.
The bottom of the card sees 4 bitches compete for the Nom Ryan Memorial stake. Carrigmore babe is the local runner here. Her best line of form was in Abbeydorney last year where she was beat in the semi-final by Camarillo Diva.  Aristo Dawn is a 3 rd season performer with a similar profile to Carrigmore Babe. Her best outing was a beaten semi-finalist of a TS in Co. Kerry where she was led by last year’s Champion bitch stake winner Collect Me Know. I will the local owned bitch the nod here to progress to Sunday. Highland holly has had several chances with 2 winning rounds in Templetuohy her best outing. She will need to improve considerably to hold any chance of success here. She meets Knockbrack Queen in the opening round. She was beat in the final of the reserve oaks trial stake in Cashel last year and like the rest of the bitches, winning consecutive rounds thereafter in an outing has been difficult. My vote to win this Nom Ryan stake goes to Carrigmore babe; however I feel she will find In the Centre much too good come semi-finals.
Overall In the Centre looks the dog to beat. He has solid form and connections have had great success on this field in the past few years. Cooga Darlan might meet him in the final.

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