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All Age Previews 2016-17

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Ballyduff - North Kerry Cup

The village of ballyduff are on the count down this week in anticipation of their annual coursing meeting where a large crowd is expected to attend. The feature on the card is the 16 all age North Kerry Cup where a star-studded field has assembled. The first dog out of the hat will likely go off hot favourite and attempt to continue Michael O Donovans excellent strike rate this season.

True North was a top puppy last year, losing the Derby semi-final narrowly after being hot favourite at the time. He has shown his well-being this season with impressive runs in Cashel. A nasty fall in the semi-final ended his chances of success there and connections rightly withdrew him. He has been given time to get over that exertion and will be the one they all have to beat Saturday morning. Seamus Alainn looks his likely second round opponent but may find the favourite a few lengths too good. Alainn ran with distinction in Glin losing narrowly to Crafty Gonzalo in the semi-final. He later ran in Limerick city but was beat just up by My Friend Paddy after a terrific duel. Carrowkeal Gavin has a 100% record this season after winning at his local meeting in Mallow. He has a clear liking to a long galloping stretch and ballyduff should play right into his strengths. He is clearly a class act when on song after recording two impressive victorious last year and will need to return to that form to claim victory. He will need to be on his toes early as Ballymac Seb is no slouch in the early rounds. He has yet to appear this season but showed terrific form early last season reaching the final of the reserve Derby in Kilflynn and winning rounds in both Miltown and Listowel. Gavin may have too much firepower however. The last course in the top half should see At All Times progress. He is one of the fastest dogs in training when things go his way and he seems to be ideally drawn as he will have the white collar for 3 courses should he progress. He should have too much for Cashen Lighting, a dog who has plenty of running done throughout his career.

Drive on Smokey is a fast hound that was narrowly beat in the final of the all age in Ballyheigue. He showed gradual improvement as a pup and if continuing this season, will be fancied to make the final of this stake. Fleetwood Al is a track bred greyhound who has been successful in a couple of minor events on the field. A dog from this kennel is always to be feared but Smokey will surely prove too good. Wallace Cruise has been kept busy by connections and seems to be improving with every outing. He was beat well in Regional but ran well in Castleisland and Carlow after. He meets Rhythm and Rhyme who has proved a shade disappointing this season. He was well liked as a pup and connections will be hoping that the 3 runs last week in Listowel will have done him good. Willing and Able won a competitive stake in Ballyheigue but has failed to win a round in 3 outings after. A lot of eyes will be on Kyle Mozart this weekend as he returns to action after being withdrawn from the second round in Glin. He was a talking dog last year and was somewhat unlucky in the final of the TS in Abbeyfeale, losing a close buckle with Octane Wonder. He should beat Willing and set up a titanic clash with Tellmemorelies. This dog stunned the favourite last year in the opening course of the Derby and showed all was well this season when narrowly losing the ¼ final to Drive on Smokey in Ballyheigue.

Overall this is as competitive a cup as you will find all season. True North looks to have the ideal draw at the top of the card but At all Times could give him a scare in the semi final. In the bottom of the card Drive on Smokey is likely to meet Kyle Mozart/Tellmemorelies with Smokey fancied to advance.

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