Ballyduff All Age Stake
The Kit Browne North Kerry Cup is the highlight for many patrons this weekend. Work on the field is complete and the cup has many quality performers in the line-up. The first course should see a win for the John Flynn trained Dynamic Atom. A brother to the wonder bitch Somelittlething, Atom reached the semi-final of the Galway Oranmore meeting recently and should be too strong for the Kilflynn duffer stake winner Alleyesonus in the opening course. The next course should be a cracker with the lightly raced Needham work meeting Mystery Eoin. Overall Mystery Eoin has the best form on offer after he was a gallant runner up in the all age stake at Ballyheigue in early October. Needham work ran in Cashel and to the eye looked very impressive. His pace from half way was noted that day and this can be viewed on Micháel Mc Namara’s video of the meeting. I fancy him to win here and early Sunday morning to progress to the semi-finals. Tynwald ash was a very fast puppy last year and was short priced favourite to win a TS after his showing in Castleisland. He was beat in the final of the puppy stake in Limerick by Crafty Who and with Michael O Donovan in tremendous form, this fella won’t be short of fitness for his opening bow. Wheresthefella was beat in the second round in Listowel last weekend and before that ran up the cup in Abbeydorney. I fancy him to meet Tynwald Sunday with the winner to meet Needham in the semi-final .Shanavulin Magic has plenty of gears but needs to recapture the form that saw his book his ticket to Powerstown at Macroom last year.
The bottom half sees 4 strongly fancied dogs. Amy’s Lotto was a very consistent performer last year and was not beaten far by Whiskey galore in Waterford. He should win his first round. Somelittlelord puts his Derby credentials on the line here. An impressive winner of a very competitive Trial stake in Glin, the Jel syndicate and John Flynn will be hoping for a forward showing. He has good early pace and ran on strong in Glin so this field will not hold any concerns. I feel that Amy’s Lotto might have a bit more experience for the pup but I would not be surprised if he goes through. Sturdyandstaunch is an extremely fast dog and contacts inform me he was not beaten far by Needham danger last week in Listowel. If running up to that form this week he will be the favourite in my eyes but will not have it his own way in the second round where the appearance of Dynamic Billy will be interesting. Touted as a sure-fire Derby TS winner last year he never got the bit of luck he needed. He was withdrawn recently at a meeting so his wellbeing is taken at trust. I fancy him to meet Sturdyandstaunch Sunday morning with the winner of that buckle my pick to go on and collect the 4 champion stake points and Kit Browne Cup