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An Corn Caislean – Ardpatrick / Kilfinane
The Corn Caislean is the feature event in Co. Limerick this weekend with a couple of dogs looking to cement their place in Powerstown come February. The cup itself looks competitive with fancied dogs in each quarter. Since moving to Bulgaden on the outskirts of Kilmallock, this club have enjoyed great success. The field itself is circa. 350 yards long with a slight pull up to the escape in the final 100 yards. With reports of good trials 2 weeks ago, ground conditions being ideal and excellent facilities nearby; this meeting is sure to be a success.
The opening course will see a return to action for Have a monkey on. He is making his seasonal appearance after some promising runs last year in Trim, Gorey and Dundalk. He reached the quarter final each time. His opponent Seamus Alainn has promised more than delivered after an excellent run in Glin last year (Galway/Oranmore meeting). This should be a close buckle with preference for Monkey to squeeze through. Dale Loki is a well-
The bottom half of the card is equally as competitive with 2 cup winners. The opening course sees High Garden return to action after running up the Desmond cup in Glin last year. He failed to run to the same level after so has question marks to answer. Cooga Hero has ran 3 times this year and has improved with each outing. He was beat just up in the ¼ final of the Desmond cup before capturing the O Meara cup in Thurles. He gave Tipperary Cup winner Arcade Maximus an excellent buckle in Kilsheelan and with this field likely to suit will be on my shortlist for victory. He should win his opening round and set up a mouth watering clash with either Duraigle Darwin or Getintogear. Darwin showed good form as a puppy and trained on well with victory in Fermoy this season. He is very fast away and won the final there comfortably. He reappeared last week in Knockgrafon and looked set for victory against the eventual winner Wizard Matthew before going unsighted. He has super early pace and in excellent hands (Dan Joe Guiney). Another dog who summered and trained on well is Getintogear. He won a duffer stake in abbeyfeale last year and his only outing this year saw him lose a terrific final to Treaty cup winner Kyle Fionn in Regional. That form alone would see him in the shake up. This will be the buckle of the round with preference for Darwin, but only just.
Dark Lord has only 2 outings to his name; beaten in a very competitive duffer stake in Kilflynn and semi-
Many dogs will fancy their chances of success but IMO the cup may be decided Sunday morning if Cooga and Duraigle meet. My fancy is Duraigle to win and go all the way. Beef Budget or Crafty Who may face him in the final.