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Ardpatrick All Age Cup

All Age Previews 2015-16

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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-bred dog but disappointed in his only outing this year being beaten in the working members stake in Ballyduff. He reached the semi-final of the champion puppy stake in the Irish Cup meeting but was well beat by Master of Dreams. Madrasa has no form that would seem to threaten the principals here and I think Loki will have his measure in the opening buckle. Beef Budget has run twice this year with 1 st round exits in Liscannor and Limerick City. He seemed to lose his footing coming away from slips in Limerick but was beat 4-5 lengths by Kyle Fionn. A much improved showing is envisaged and I expect him to get over Heffos Clan in the opening round. This dog won the inter club stake in Fermoy this season after winning 2 rounds in 2 outings last year as a pup. He came in as a reserve in Rathcormac last week but was beat by Breezing Johnny. Beef will be fancied to progress. The final course in the half will be a cracker with IMO nothing separating the pair. Crafty Who was a top class pup and seemed destined for the champion stakes last year but seemed flat as the season developed. He was beat in the AAD final in Edenderry a month ago but found Rory for Glory too good in East Donegal last week. A repeat of Edenderry form would see him go close. Bodens Rocket ran up to Beef Budget last year in Galbally and failed in his only outing this season. He will need to recapture his puppy form to trouble Crafty but may do so.
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-finalist of the Treaty cup. He was well beaten there but had previously clocked up well. He beat Galtee Boy in the 2 nd round coming from behind so this field will be to his liking. He will be favourite to beat Luath Ranger who was beat in the 1 st round last week in Rathkeale. His most forward showing last year was in Sevenhouses where he was beat in the final of the Reserve Derby. Limerick Tank is 0 form 3 courses this year and it is very hard to make a case for him. He is locally owned so will have his supporters but I feel his chance of success will be ended Saturday evening by Rathfort James. This dog was well liked after his Derby TS win in Regional. He ran well there this year losing to the aforementioned Getintogear by 2 lengths in the semi final. He was beat in the semi final again in Charleville and will look to better that position here. He should win his first but Dark Lord might have his measure in the second.
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.

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