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Dungarvan – Deise Cup
Dungarvan and Cappoquin Coursing clubs run their annual meetings as joint ventures with a quality looking field in both all age dog stakes. The Deise Cup has a long tradition of producing a top quality winner with its victor often running well in Clonmel after. Strong running hares and superb hunting attracts crowds from near and far; I’m sure this meeting will be no different.
As similar with last weeks meeting in Newcastlewest, the favourite will likely have the red collar for all his runs. Carrowkeal Gavin was a top runner as a puppy reaching the ¼ final of the Derby losing to the eventual winner. He returned to action in Nenagh leading Kyle George a ½ length in the second round but eventually gave way to Crushers Oak in the semi final. His next outing saw him victorious as he returned to the field he won his TS; Bandon & Careys Cross. A field with a pull seems to be to his liking judging by his Derby and Bandon expoits and with similar conditions here, he is sure to run well. He has a tough 1st round opponent in Ballyvaughan. A dog with devastating early pace who never seems to get his head over the line with 4 runner up births to his name. He seemed to be returning back his own form in Lixnaw but unfortunately went offline in the 2nd round. This field will also be to his liking but might just find Gavin that little bit too classy. Skellig Harbour was another classy pup last year but seems to have gone off the boil. One flag in 3 outings is disappointing but with his Kennel starting to really find their stride, he should not be overlooked. He meets a TS winner in the first round and this dog will be hoping for an improved showing from Kilcullen. He looked a very tough dog in Thurles, winning his 3rd and semi final by minimum of margins but was really plucky in the final leading the highly touted Crafty Gonzalo (won next time out in Kilsheelan – 16/1 for Derby). IMO he will need to be winning his first round to be considered a Derby contender and may well do. Gavin will prove that bit too much in the second however.
Duarigle Darwin is a very fast dog who ran well in Newcastlewest last week. He had 3 runs there losing to Serene Angel in the semi final. He has very good early pace and should run well in a field that will suit. His 1st round opponent is a dog I would not like to meet in the early rounds. Breezing Johnny has a tendency to clock up best early but go back a bit later. His CV reads, 1 win, 4 runner ups and 3 semi final appearances from 11 outings. This course could be a cracker with the winner my fancy to progress to the semi-
The second half is just as competitive with 2 cup winners and a runner up. Game Eanna has shown pieces of form this year. He was beat by Call up Pal in Miltown Malbay and ran Serene Angel to a neck in Kilsheelan. He showed terrific early pace there but is meeting a dog with similar attributes. Marshall Adio ran up the O Meara Cup in Thurles and ran well in Kilsheelan losing to Whatdoyoufancy in the second round. He again has good early and a close buckle looks in store. Glenlough Mick is a 3rd season dog who accumulated 10 champion stake points last year but was unable to take his place in Clonmel because of injury. He showed glimpses of his own self in Listowel and Glanworth but will need to step up again. Oilill Olum was well liked in Castleisland last year losing to Kyle Bruce in the Derby TS final. He was absent for the remainder of his puppy season but reappeared in Ballyduff losing to Master of Dreams in round one. He found Macroney Rebel too good in Glanworth 2 weeks ago also and will need to reproduce the Castleisland runs to have any chance of victory.
The next course sees two cup winners meet. Speakeasy Foley will be looking for 2 or more champion stakes points after running up in Liscannor and winning in Charleville. He was beat in Rathcormac 2 weeks ago but should be well primed for this assignment. Macroney is a fast runner who won the cup in Ballinagar. He was beat in the second round in Glanworth after clocking up well in the first. He gets a narrow vote to go through. Brownes Kitchen was a dog to watch this season but has fallen to his expectations. He was an extremely smart winner of the Ballyheigue TS last year and ran well in Abbeyfeale, Clonmel and the Irish cup meeting after. His runs this year have been disappointing, losing 2 lengths to recent Lixnaw cup winner Blackpool Kyle in Ballyheigue. In limerick city he showed good early to be level with Cooga Jonjo after 100 yards but was beat around 3 lengths at the top. He seems to have been given a break after with rumours of a slight injury concern. He is great hands and a more forward run is expected at this venue. He has an excellent chance to win his first round and that bit of confidence will be well needed.
Overall this appears to be a top quality cup with so many runners having chances. I’m expecting betting to be quite competitive but the draw swings my decision for Carrowkeal Gavin. He will need to be on his toes from the get-