Greyhound & Pet World Oaks
Similar to the draw for the Boylesports Derby, the Greyhound and Pet World Oaks has seen many of the fancied runners avoid each other in the opening round. Again, the coursing fraternity are thankful to Lar Sutton for live streaming of the draw which thousands tuned into.
1 st Quarter
The first greyhound to be picked out of the draw was Kingtone Jessie. This lady really deserved her ticket as she went so close in a number of outings. She has a real love of a testing field so Powerstown and the advantage of the same collar throughout will be an advantage should she progress to Sunday. The second course sees the puppy stake winner from Mooncoin against daythemusicdied. Somelittlelady is a ½ sister to last year’s Oaks heroine and connections will feel they have a similar chance this year. She failed to win a TS but put up a sterling performance in Mooncoin when beating dogs along the way. Incidentally, she is number 3 in the draw; the same number as Somelittlething last year! She should survive this course and is my pick to qualify to Monday morning.
Leigh Snowie has been well touted since winning her TS in Charleville. Somewhat lucky to get up in the first round there she really took off after that and to be honest won the stake rather comfortably. She is a ½ sister to Kyle Leigh who was so unlucky a couple of years ago. She meets Moonveen Magda, a bitch I really liked in Limerick city when winning her TS. She beat carrowclough in the final there coming from behind to win by a good length indicating a long field really suited her. However, her run in Abbeyfeale was a big step backwards. She was beat 3 lengths in the first round and on all known form, that is not good enough to advance here. Damian Lonergan has reported that Linden Village has been well backed this week and after the draw the money has continued to pour. She was impressive in Galway Oranmore meeting (ran in Glin), where she beat Abbeyfeale scorer Cryptic Kerry in the 3 rd round. She will probably progress to Sunday however I feel somelittlelady will have her measure then.
The next 8 see a few really fancied runners. The clash of the round could be Churchill queen v Bated Breath. Churchill won a very competitive TS in Castleisland where she beat Doon winner Boshski in the final. She then ran well in the AAB stake in Lixnaw where she found Simtam a length too good after clocking up well in the first round. Bated breath has been well fancied all year since her super trial in Rathkeale. She was backed off the board In Tradaree and South Clare but finally coming good in Milstreet where she ran away with the TS. She is just coming into form I feel and this will be enough to get her over the line. Barrow Cookie left it very late to win her TS in Macroom after a couple of near misses; however she could not have asked for a harder course than the Pat Curtin trained Breska Lantern. She absolutely hacked up in Tradaree after previously been beaten 2 lengths in the second round in Doon by Boshski. She really is progressing and if taking to the Powerstown Hill, she will be very hard to stop. She looks nailed on to qualify to Sunday and I feel she may progress to Monday to set up an interesting clash with somelittlelady.
2 nd Quarter
The top 8 in the 2 nd quarter will be very happy with their draw. All will feel they have a chance of progressing to Monday morning. Crafty Merlano ran well in her TS but took a step back in Abbeyfeale when well beat in the Corn na Feile. She meets the unexposed Magical Saorla. A bitch that hails from the Guilfoyle Kennels. She has super early toe and stays on well. If she keeps going at the top of the field here, it will take a very fast bitch to beat her. The Guilfoyles always have their dogs peaking in Clonmel so I can see her winning this round and going further. Laytown girl will probably give her most to do I feel. She was well liked in her TS win and ran very well in Borrisoleigh in the AAB stake, narrowly going down to Champion Stake runner Horgie Baby. Other bitches to note in this 8 include; Avas Sweetheart and Belated Bracelet. Ava’s sweetheart won her TS well but disappointed in the second round in the Corn Na Feile where she was well beat by Cooga Jonjo. Belated Bracelet took many attempts to qualify but struck it gold in Cork and is sure to be well prepared by Jimmy Mulcahy. Alva Lil is a young bitch and with natural improvement may also run well for connections and breeder Fergus Flynn.
The next 8 in the 2 nd quarter will also be fairly content with the outcome of the draw. Crossbound and Arcade Amy are two bitches who got their tickets in the last week of qualifying so hopefully will show no ill-
3 rd Quarter
The 3 rd quarter sees the gambled on Tobar Na Molt attempt to make a fairy-
4 th Quarter
Michael o Donovan got a dreadful draw in the Oaks with 3 of his bitches in the top 8 of the final quarter. All 3 seemed to have excellent chances coming into the draw, but now only one might make it to Monday. Boshski has the form in the book. She won her TS here in Doon after beating some classy bitches along the way (Skellig Starwars, Breska Lantern, Toem Polly and Bonerea Jenny). All these bitches have franked the form since. Incidentally she meets Skellig star wars again but I feel the same result will occur here. Two steps closer was very impressive in Borrisoleigh. She beat Cracking doll well in the final and this bitch has since won in seven-
The bottom 8 sees Cree Caisce appear. Owned by Dinny Gould (Bookmaker) and trained in Tarbert by Pat/Tom o Connor she was a talking bitch after her TS win. It has been noticed that her price has not contracted for the classic so maybe she got a set back or is not flying at home but if back to her best she will have too much for Kilflynn winner Inslipsallin. Droopys sugar was purchased after her TS win and faces a tough opponent in Coolree Nadine. Droopys sugar looked to be flying in Waterford and to my eyes was extremely lucky to get the flag in the final. She showed great battling qualities to get back up in that course and should improve from the outing. I think I will slide with Coolree to advance however after winning her TS in Catletowngeoghan and clocking well compared to Derby fancy Blades of Hope. Ballymac Adelpha was the best bitch in the Corn Na Feile and was beat 1 ½ lengths in the semi-
Overall the Oaks look very competitive with many fancied runners. Bitches and form are tricky to get right so I think a bitch that has won their TS in December and later holds a strong advantage in terms of form and fitness. Boshski/two-