Ardpatrick – An Corn Caislean
The An Corn Caislean cup is the feature event in Ardpatrick & Kilfinane coursing club this weekend. Mother Nature’s outburst last week will be a welcome to all entries and conditions should be very good come Saturday. The first name out of the hat is Cherrygrove Wolf, a dog who has impressed me this season. He could very well open up favourite for the event after winning a duffer in Regional and clocking up well in the first round of the Treaty cup 2 weeks ago. He lost a terrific battle with Droopys Nine in the second round after being in front for a lot of the journey. He should have the beating of Knockrour Storm who reached the semi-final of the all age in Charleville clocking up consistently well in the opening 2 rounds. The winner of this will be fancied to advance to the last 4 as Moontown Alonso and Lisahane Mafi will need to improve from previous outings. Mafi gets the verdict to win this buckle after winning a round of the John Prendiville cup last week. Straight Risk and Southern Spring will be keenly contested as both displayed promise in their outings this season. Straight Risk ran up the cup in Miltown Malbay after some impressive clocks while Southern Spring reached the final in Charleville. The next course will also be close when local rivalry will see Cooga Harry and Missouri Rock clash. Missouri should have the upper hand after impressing many in Kilflynn. He beat tellmemorelies in the second round and essential in the ¼ final before narrowly losing to Highland Hunter in the semi-final. Hunter then went on to lose the final but showed the form is very strong when winning the all age in Nenagh last week.
The bottom half of the card is just as competitive with a few fancying their chances. Bodens Rocket is the reigning champion and showed his well-being with 2 solid rounds in Abbeydorney before being withdrawn. He had the fastest clock in the second round and if back to his best will be very hard to beat. Blackpool Kyle makes the trip from Kerry to participate and this champion stakes runner from last season is sure to appreciate the field considering his early pace. He was due to run in Ballyheigue at the start of the season but failed to recover from a slight knock. Nodes Pride and the locally owned Shining Geemac are others fancied to run well. Nodes was purchased by new connections last year after running up the TS in North Kilkenny. He reached the semi final of the cup in Fermoy showing up well. The form of that cup is really standing up with both finalists winning a cup after. Aghaburren Class seems to do all his best runs early on so may have too much for Armada Storm who been withdrawn in the first round three times since running in Kerry on Stephens day last year.
Overall Cherrygrove looks drawn to attack from the top where Missouri will be his likely semi-final opponent. It is hard to see past Bodens Rocket or Blackpool Kyle in the bottom with so many runners having their first outing of the season. Bodens might just shade it. Best of luck to all runners.