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Morrissey Cup – Cashel
Corn na Feile Finalists to do Battle
The Morrissey Cup is the feature event at the annual Cashel coursing fixture as the club attempt to enhance their reputation as one of the finest meetings of the year. Since development on their new field commenced, Cashel CC have done everything possible to ensure safe running grounds for all competitors. Last year David O Sullivan done tireless work in the field and ensured the surfaced was soft for the dogs. This year thanks to mother nature, the severity of watering is not as bad but this may also be down to the laying of peat base on the run up and top circle that the club done at the start of the year. A wonderful cushion of grass on this peat has made running conditions ideal for all.
The opening course in the All age cup sees Team Ike, a working members winner in Bandon take on de great white. This dog was formerly known as Tynwald Wayne and showed real pace last year. He was formerly trained by Michael O Donovan and ran up the TS in Rathkeale. He will be strongly fancied to advance to day 2. Cooga Jonjo is a real exciting dog who progressed well during his puppy year. He won the TS in Limerick City and was withdrawn from the final of the corn na feile. He got a setback just before Clonmel and was withdrawn. He should get the better of Chubbys Hill who ran in a couple of duffers last year but won a round in the Hughes Cup in Sevenhouses. He could give Jonjo a buckle here but might come up short.
The second quarter is the hottest in the stake and will see 3 dogs battling it out to progress. Whiskey Galore won 2 cups last year but was withdrawn injured from the Champion Stakes, he was favourite after one round in the all age in Liscannor but beat in the second. He meets the unexposed Sharp Edge; himself a TS winner in Dungarvan and beat in the opening round by Timmie Trickiebow in the Derby. A fascinating course looks in store. The final course in the top half should be straight forward for Glenlough Mick. A really fast dog, he ran up in Mallow, North Kilkenny and Macroom (withdrawn here) and won the cup in Rathcormac. He has been a model of consistency for owners and will fancy his chances of making it to the final 4.
The opening course of the second half should go the way of Ballymac Abraham. A young dog last year he won a good Reserve TS in Doon and was beat in the second round in Clonmel. He meets the unexposed Master of Faster and connections would not of kept him if he was showing nothing at home. Abraham to squeeze through. Blue for Gold has won in Mooncoin in 2013 and 2014 so is not devoid of pace. He takes a big step up in class here and might find Mooncoin Derby TS runner up Marshals Adio too quick. Serene Angel is the top pick in the final quarter. Winning his TS in Listowel, he went to the corn na feile and was declared the winner. He ran very well in Powerstown where his kennel mate Timber House beat him in the 3 rd round. It must be noted that the clock was sensational in that course. He was beat in the semi final of the Irish cup and on all known form will be short price favourite to land the prize here. He gets a very confident vote to win his opening round and set up a clash with Soldier Paddy or Annual Assembly. Soldier Paddy is an unknown quantity after showing terrific pace in Ballingar. He never ran after but if improved and all going well he could shock Annual Assembly. Donal Wilsons dog won his TS in Ballymena and won a round in Clonmel. He was well liked in Enniscorthy where he showed great pace from half way. He will probably win this course to set up what should be a fantastic buckle with Serene Sunday morning. The winner of this is my fancy to progress to the final where Glenlough or Cooga Jonjo will likely await. My overall vote goes to Serene. My only worry is the field might be on the sharp side for him and will need to be on his toes from the word go.