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Work to claim Desmond Cup
After a great weekends coursing, we are all set for Glin to get under way this week. Scheduling a 64 DTS will provide relief to many owners wishing to ‘get’ into trial stakes. Last weekend saw somewhat of an upset in Kilflynn with At all times roaring to victory in the AAD stake. This dog clocked up well in many trial stakes last year without reaching the finishing line in front. Tom and Patrick O Connor did a wonderful job in getting him ready for this outing and all going well, should collect that elusive powerstown ticket with another cup. As is like previous years, non TS winners often outrun their odds the following season with Blueview Charlie a prime example in 2014.
The Glin Cup has attracted a wide range of entries, ranging from the reigning Irish cup winner to many dogs who failed to win even a TS. Who is to say that one of these will not be successful come Sunday evening. The star entry has to be Needham Work. He is a dog that really caught my eye in Cashel last year. He then went on to win 2 all age events and subsequently proved a most deserved winner in Limerick on the final day of the season. He puts his unbeaten record on the line here, but one would have to predict this will still be intact come Sunday evening.
The opening half looks open with several dogs liking their chances. The opening buckle should see the John Flynn trained Sturdyandstaunch progress. He was a well liked puppy and was not disgraced in AA company last year where a ‘hard’ course took its toil as the season progressed. He ran with great credit in Kilflynn, losing by 1 ½ lengths to runner up Kyle Bruce and really should be too good for Carlsbush Mafi here. Breezing Johnny is a very fast greyhound that did not run much last year. He reached two semi-
The second quarter looks ultra competitive. Glin Syn Eile ran well here last year reaching the semi final. He must have picked up an injury as only ran once after. He meets another locally owned greyhound Doomore Dave in the opening buckle. Himself a TS runner up who qualified for Clonmel after the withdrawal of Blue Beruki. He ran well in Clonmel and might just shade this buckle. Time James looks the pick in this quarter after really impressing in Glanworth. He didn’t make Clonmel but should be back to full fitness here. Ashmore Phantom is another from the Matthews camp. This dog is owned by coursings great sponsor, John Boyle and would be a well deserved winner for him. He got the better of Viva BobbyJo in Wexford to win his TS last year and although disappointed in the Derby, he gets my vote to progress to Sunday and set up an intriguing contest Time James. Brookwood Tom might prove too srong for Bricklane in the final buckle of the opening half but it is hard to envisage any of these claiming the top prize Sunday.
The opening course of the 2 nd half could provide a shock. Bigbadleroybrown looked very fast in Templetuohy last year before injury struck. He was short price favourite after a couple of rounds and may get the better of the Crafty runner. ‘Who’ himself was unlucky not to qualify for the champion stakes last year but after being freshened up over the Summer might return to his best. A fascinating buckle looks in store. John Boyles second runner goes in the next buckle and this East Donegal winner might prove too strong for Swinging light. Rory clearly likes a testing field so Glin should be right up his alley; however, I feel he will fall short in the second round. Barack Bolt may have needed last weeks run in Kilflynn and granted natural improvement, may win his opening course to set up a clash with Living Next Door. This dog impressed shrewd observers in Rathcormac before being withdrawn in the 3 rd round of the Derby. He showed excellent early pace there and will be very hard to beat here. He should win his opening two rounds to meet Bigbadleroybrown/Crafty Who in the quarter final.
The final quarter is definitely the hottest with the star attraction being the aforementioned Needham Work. Kyle Fionn was well backed to win his Trial stake in Thurles last year. He showed super pace but never quite reached the same heights after. Rumour has it that he summered very well and is ready to rock this season. He meets the speedy Cash call in the opening round and should have enough in hand. Arcade Maximus and Floating Patriot could go either way with slight preference for Floating. He ran very well last year and local owners would love to collect this cup Sunday evening. The final buckle will be close and word on the grapevine is that Roxboro Castle has really come of age during the summer. He would be a great winner for the Mangan family and everyone knows Joe will be cheering on also.
Overall this cup looks to be at the mercy of Needham Work. He will love the field and will be ready for the outing. Looking at the draw, one would not be surprised if we have a Matthews 1-