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Glin coursing club have gone from strength to strength since they purchased a new field 3 years ago. They have continually developed their grounds and ensured that the set-
Throughout the card we are treated to some mouth-
Chubbys Charmer had a run last weekend in Kilflynn but may have needed it. He finished strong last season winning the cup in Templetuohy and running up the Irish Purse in Patrickswell and will need to be on his toes early as he meets another 3 rd season runner All the Music. This dog disappointed in Kilflynn when beating 2 lengths by see more lights but maybe the conditions didn’t suit. He gave Timber House a real shock in Abbeyfeale last year and if returning to his old form he might get the better of Chubbys. Coshair Oggie is a big striding dog and finally collected his powerstown ticket in Mooncaoin after a number of near misses. He seems to get better as the competition hots up and has won 13 of his 17 courses. Nemos Django showed very little in 4 outings before storming to victory in Roscommon. He won 2 rounds of the Derby after so is clearly a dog on the up. His early pace may be enough to see him get the better of Oggie. The next course should be a cracker, with the very fast Kingsmill Jasper meeting last year’s Champion Stakes runner up Wizard Matthew. Since making his debut in Crohane last year I felt Jasper was a shoe-
Scattery Alonso looked like a progressive pup last year reaching the semi final in Ballyduff and then being demoted to the runner up position in Newcastlewest. He was beat in 4 courses after and will need to return to old form to have any say. Glenbowen Junior comes from that excellent Newinn Wonder –Chance me Betty litter and finished last season on a real high when winning the Irish Plate on the last day of the season. Being a may pup he should progress again and gets a confident vote to progress to Sunday. The 3 rd quarter seems to least competitive so he will have a strong say in reaching the final 4 come Sunday afternoon.
The bottom quarter is filled with top class pups from last year. Cooga Harry won his TS in Limerick City but disappointed in 2 outings after. He showed enough speed last year to give him a chance if returning to Limerick form. Rhythm and Rhyme was well liked last year by connections when winning a competitive TS in Ballyheigue. I saw him compete in Mooncoin where a nasty fall and hunt curtailed his chances of winning the AAD stake. Trainer John Flynn has an excellent record in this field and I won’t be surprised if he takes home the top prize on offer. Local Time ran well on this field last year in the Derby TS and again at the Galway/Oranmore meeting in November. He only won 1 round after in 3 outings so will need to have trained on very well to be in the shake up. La Marseillaise was a dog I had jotted down for fantasy purposes at the end of the year after running up 2 trial stakes. He clocked up consistently well in both and was only narrowly beat in the deciders. He meets the somewhat disappointing dog from last weekend Kyle Mozart in the first round. This dog was 5/2 favourite on Berkies board when prices went up but got overturned by the reserve A in the first. A surprise at the time but when Highland reached the final the run can be forgiven. The final course should be tight with 2 of last years top pups pitted against each other. Crafty Gonzalo was in my eyes the fastest pup last year but his clocks went back abit as the competition progressed. He reportedly had a set back but I believe is back in prime condition and ready to impress. He meets Mr Orange who was a standout performer in the Boylesports Derby last year. He won a good quality TS in Templetuohy and seemed to progress considerably in Clonmel. He comes from the Chubbys line who seem to train on well the following season. Brendan and Paul Matthews will have him cherry ripe and if he gets over the opening round I think he will be the dog to beat.
Overall, the cup looks the hottest for years. Conditions, stock and forecast looks ideal for an exciting weekend. The first and bottom quarter look standout and it will take a tough dog to come through. With 9 champion stake points on offer, a win will put someone on a very strong position for qualification come January. Portane Ash, Half the Odds, Kingsmill Jasper, Rhythm and Rhyme, Crafty Gonzalo and Mr Orange look the most likely winner with Portane just getting the nod.