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Edenderry All Age Cup

All Age Previews 2015-16

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Edenderry All Age Cup

Edenderry CC is always noted as running a top class card every year with this surely being no exception. This year, we have a top class All Age Cup which will ensure a large crowd. The quality of dogs has led me to believe that the cup is wide open with up to 10 dogs having some sort of chance. The opening course should be a cracker. As previously previewed, De Great White (formerly Tynwald Wayne) is a dog of exceptional pace but has yet to put it all together in a single meeting. He meets the reigning Champion Stakes winner Blueview Charlie who will be attempting to regain his crown this year. Charlie was a very fast pup but kept getting niggly injuries which curtailed his chances of picking up a trial stake. He came back with a bang last year picking up cups in Edenderry and Old Kilcullen before beating Valeview flyer in the champion stakes final. He showed great heart and courage last year and if back to anything like his best then he should get through.
Crafty Who was well liked as a pup and showed his potential in Co. Limerick, winning the puppy stake. He won the cup in Gorey and ran up in Borris n Ossory but failed to make the line-up in Powerstown. He returned to action this year in Glin and gave a forward showing and should be cherry ripe here. He meets Ashmore King in the opening round. King was well liked as a pup running up a couple of trial stakes but did not show the same flash last year where his best result was a semi final place in New Ross. Ivy Hill Time showed massive pace last year when running in the name of Positive Timing. He won his trial stake in Sevenhouses after running unsighted in Borrisoleigh. He was beat by Kyle Fionn (winner in Regional last week) in the opening round of the Irish Cup but showed plenty of ability. Chubbys Charmer won his TS in Mooncoin last year and ran well in the Boylesports Derby. He disappointed a bit in Kilflynn but may have needed the outing as he is lightly raced.  A buckle looks in store but I feel Positive Timing may have his measure.
The final buckle in the opening half is also a mouth-watering clash. Sharp Edge is from the superb Blades of Glory line which continues to throw winners. He ran well in Dungarvan before getting a very heavy hunt in the final which surely set him back. He returns to all age company here and meets the speedy Central Investor. He is a dog with plenty of injuries and was recently withdrawn from the first round in Kilflynn. His presence here has to be taken on trust but if returning, I fancy will progress to Sunday.
Annual Exchange ran up the TS here last year but never returned to that form since. He is a ¾ brother to Kilimor Matey who seemed to get better with age. Annual was beat by Crafty Resino in Kilflynn and will have to return to the form he showed here last year to progress. Barahaven Gold is a bit of an unknown quantity after winning 2 rounds (before being withdrawn) in the Derby TS in Dundalk last year. Northland Rebel was well liked last year reaching 2 semi finals. He ran 2 weeks ago in Glin and was beat 2 lengths by Cooga Hero in the second round. He will need to improve to threaten the principals here. Judiligence was beat In the opening round of the Belsize Cup last week by the winner but may advance to the 2 nd day. The next course sees 2 non TS winners compete. Unfair Advantage ran 3 times last year. He won 3 rounds in Carlow and was beat in the semi final in North Kilkenny. Sudden Cas reached the semi final in his opening outing and was fully expected to pick up a ticket after. This never materialised with connections reporting that he had several setbacks. If repeating Glin form he should go through to set up  a clash with Game Mikey. This dog performed with great credit in the Boylesports Derby and gave owners a real buzz during the festival. He won his TS last year and will surely be too good for Fair Game who has failed to register a single Flag in 4 outings.
Overall the standard of dogs competing is of a high standard. If the saying ‘horses for courses’ is anything to go by, then Blueview Charlie (Cup winner last year) and Game Mikey (Derby TS winner) won’t be far away. The opening buckle could prove decisive and with Game Mikey’s half not being as competitive, he gets my vote to win out.

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