Boylesports Derby 2015
The draw for the Boylesports took place last Sunday evening in the Clonmel Park Hotel. A good crowd attended the event and Lar Sutton provided an excellent service to those who could not attend by live streaming the draw.
1 st Quarter
The opening couple of courses are very interesting with the 4 dogs all fancying their chances of success. Leg it fast is owned by Noreen mc Manus and I saw this one win his trial stake in Rathkeale. He showed some excellent gears from half way and beat the fancied Tynwald dog in the final. This was his debut run and will surely improve from the outing. Brownes Kitchen is a dog I like from the ‘Saleen’ Kennels in Tarbert. He ran with real gutso in Abbeyfeale and very nearly beat Serene Angel in the semi final. Brownes Kitchen was well liked in Ballyheigue and I’m sure the outing in Abbeyfeale will have brought him on again as it was over 2 months since his TS run.
The second course sees the sponsors dog Ashmore Phantom pitted against Blades of Hope. Blades of hope was well supported in Nenagh where he found his kennel mate Crushers Oak too good in the final. He then went to Castletowngeoghan where to my knowledge opened the shortest price favourite for a TS ever. He won the TS well winning the final by 2 lengths. He is bred in the purple out of super brood Blades of Glory and is definitely in the right hands. Ashmore might find Blades a tad too hot in the opening course but don’t be surprised if we have an upset here. Matthews kennels are always one to prime their dogs in Clonmel.
Crafty Tornado had a few outings before collecting his ticket. He is out of Tullamore and his runners do like the Powerstown terrain. He might be a bit short in terms of glory here and I feel his first round opponent Red Mania might have a bit too much. He ran well in Thurles where a winding hare in the final there scuppered his chances. He then was unlucky in Knockgraffon but struck it rich in Borris n Ossory. He loves a long field so Clonmel will not scare him. My only concern is he might find himself behind a bit too much in a course and will not be able to make up the ground. I fancy him to reach the last course on Sunday and set up a thrilling course with Blades of Hope or Browne’s Kitchen.
Micks victory was well liked by connections during the year and finally came good in Templetuothy where he was a convincing winner of the TS. He loves a long stretch and his owner told me that Clonmel will be right up his street. I can see him qualifying to the Sunday morning as he should be too good for Charleville winner Tilted Moon. The next course sees 2 fancied dogs do battle. Tullamoy Master has been a talking dog since his TS win and this is reflected the bookies prices as he was cut constantly since. Stephens Owen is a very fast dog who has a clear preference for the red collar and this draw will be of no favour to him. He flew in two rounds in Cashel and ran well when winning in Gorey. I think the draw will really come against him in this course and Tullamoy is my choice to progress. Looking through the last 4 it seems that Tullamoy / micks victory have a great shout of making Monday morning. All 4 underneath both of these dogs need to improve to trouble these dogs but anything can happen in Clonmel.
2 nd Quarter
The 2 nd quarter sees two of the fancied dogs appear. Since winning their TS , Kyle Bruce and Portane All in have been at the top of the market. Portane All in has a tricky opponent in the first round. Rathfort James was well liked in Regional after his victory and beat some good dogs along the way. He didn’t appear after but was 2 nd sub in Macroom so presumably trialled there. Portane won his TS in NCW convincingly and many shrewd observers suggest he is the best of Mike Donovans contingent. Looking at the draw, connections of Portane will be happy and fancy their chances of making it to Monday morning. Beef Budget has improved throughout the year and won well in Galbally for local connections. Hopefully he will give them a good run in Clonmel. The bottom 8 of this quarter sees Kyle Bruce appear and rumour has it that this dog is special. He was surprisingly opened at 33/1 for the Derby after his TS win in Castleisland but was cut straight away into 12/1. He showed exceptional pace there and dogs such as Micks Victory, Needham Crystal, Portane All in (withdrawn in 3 rd round) have franked the form. Call up Pal won the Troy electrical stake in Kilcullen but I feel he is short a bit for outright success. He should get over Derrylough Henry – a dog with exceptional early pace. He ran well in Tradaree but was beat over 3 lengths by Cooga Jonjo in the Corn na Feile. Another dog to note in the 8 is Timmy TrickieBow. He is trained by Kevin Barry and he is a good man to get a dog right for Clonmel. Trickiebow won a hot TS in Miltown malbay and im sure he will give a good account of himself here. Woodpark Alonso won a duffer in tradaree and then a reserve Derby in South Clare. He faces Macroney Rebel who was beat in the puppy stake in Mooncoin after gaining admirers in Fermoy. If coming back to his best he should have too much for the Clare runner. Overall it looks a match between Portane and Kyle with Portane my slight favourite to progress to the semi final.
3 rd Quarter
The opening course in the 3 rd quarter has all the makings of a cracker. Rory for Glory took a while to collect his TS but connections are the best to get a dog ready for Clonmel. He was beat well in Nenagh when I saw him so unless he has improved considerably, I feel he may well come up short in this buckle. Chubbys charmer has all the makings of a derby winner. Bred in the purple and sired by Razor Ashmore, im sure this fella will love the Powerstown hill. He was overly impressive in Mooncoin and seemed to get better and better as the stake unfolded. The next course sees That’s the Man against Ashwood Alonso. Ashwood ran in castleisland but showed marked improvement when winning down in Wexford at the next attempt. That’s the man is owned by Jimmy Barry Murphy and this dog will attempt to make up for the pain of losing Backstreet boy in Borrisoleigh who seemed well up in the final of the Derby TS only for to get severely hurt. That’s the man was all the talk in a Clonmel preview down in Kilkenny last week. He was mighty impressive in Freshford winning his TS and has been supported in the ante post market. He is exceptionally well bred and is in super hands. He should progress to Sunday but will need to pull out all the stops I feel.
Kyle Fionn will be hotly fancied to qualify to Sunday. He showed great form in Thurles but ran poor in Abbeyfeale. Rumour has it he had a bit of a cold after abbeyfeale so this may well explain his performance. He beat red mania (beat Cooga Jonjo In ¼ final) in the final in Thurles who went on to win a TS so the form of the TS is good. Fergal showed vast improvement to win the TS in Borrisoleigh. He was well behind in the final to Backstreet boy but had beaten Carlow semi finalist Missouri Spruce in the semi final. Kyle will probably have his measure here. Crushers Oak the Derby Favourite is also in this 8 highlighting the quality here. He was outstanding in Nenagh where he beat Blades of hope comfortably in the final. This was his first outing here and will surely have improved since. It has been documented that he got a longer than average course in a trial last week so his well being is taken at trust. He is a worthy favourite and all things equal he should progress to Monday morning. Noreen Mc Manus has the fortunate honour of having 6 qualifiers, however the draw was not so fortunate as 2 of her dogs were drawn together in the 3 rd quarter. What a legacy has great form, winning the TS in Mitchelstown while running up to Corn na Feile winner Serene Angel in Listowel. Funny Alonso does not have the same level but this will be a close buckle. Maybe Legacy to prevail. Fingal Billy will be hot favourite to progress to Sunday in the bottom 8 and rumour has it that this dog flew in a trial. He has been supported into 14/1 for success and one thing is certain, Pat Savage always has his qualifiers ready for Clonmel. He will be short of nothing. Galtee boy will have a strong following and you will hear it from the stands should this one qualify to Sunday. Cash call won a good TS in abbeyfeale but seemed a bit behind Serenes clocks from the Corn na Feile. Pat o Connor will have him spot on and may hold too much for Gortmelia in their opening round. Overall it is probably the toughest quarter with a number of strong fancies.
4 th Quarter
The opening course of the 4 th quarter sees Serene Angel against Judiligence. Serene has super form to his name, probably the best in the competition. He ran well in Listowel winning his TS well. He then appeared in Abbeyfeale and since the opening round he was favourite. He clocked up the same as Needham Danger in nearly all the rounds and that form alone would be good enough to win a Derby. If he has progressed again since Abbeyfeale, then I think the 14/1-
The bottom 8 is wide open with a number of dogs fancying their chances. Somelittlelord has been out a few times since Glin and I think his best performance was in Abbeyfeale where he ran Needham Simple to a tight length in the second round of the cup. He seemed to be staying on well In that course so Clonmel will be ideal for him. He hails from last years Oaks winners kennel so he will be short of nothing. The other dogs have sowed their ability a number of times except for Galbally echo. He has not ran since winning his TS in Mallow, a field similar in style to Clonmel with a great pull from slips to the escape. His clocks were impressive and he beat Blue Beruki (TS winner who has since withdrawn from the classic) comfortably in the final. I feel with natural improvement he will ha e a great say in this 8 and will be there or thereabouts Monday morning.
Overall the fancied runners will all be happy with the draw. They are evenly spaced up setting it up for one of the best classics in years. Doon CC would like to wish all runners the best of luck especially the locally owned runners.