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Greyhound & PetWorld Oaks

Coursing Previews 2014/15

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-effects of the 5 runs they had. The next buckle should be interesting. Cracking doll showed her liking to a long stretch when winning the TS in seven houses after only 2 weeks previous running up to Two Steps closer in Borrisoleigh. She was beat fairly comfortably there so I feel she will need to improve a bit to beat Dale Asgard. Since winning her TS, she has been well supported in the long odds market. She is bred in the purple out of an oaks and derby winner. She is trained by Brendan Farrelly and many shrewd observers claim that this bitch has all the right credentials for outright success. I have not seen annual edition run but her clocks in the AAB stake in Kilkenny would not be good enough here. She needs to improve further but this is not impossible. Areyoureadynow, cryptic Kerry and Sequin are others to note. Cryptic Kerry won her TS in abbeyfeale. She was said to be hurt going in to the final so to win on that basis is a good achievement. If fully recovered from this she might win a round or two but her clocks in comparison to the corn na feile were back a bit. Sequin is a sister to Micks victory, and has being knocking on the door before claiming the elusive prize in Kilrush. She loves the long stretch and actually was clocking better than Ballymac Adelpha (16/1) in Abbeydorney. She may give Dale most to do here.

3 rd Quarter
The 3 rd quarter sees the gambled on Tobar Na Molt attempt to make a fairy-tale ending to Monday. Won in a raffle, she is the cheapest TS bitch ever purchased! She ran away with her TS and could not be bred any better being a half-sister to Newinn Wonder and Thomas the Tank. She will lack nothing and I feel she will have a big say come Monday evening. She meets the Pat Curtin Windfarm ivy in the opening round but should have too much. Jogon Jeannie and Jeffys Twinkle are litter sisters of Timber House. Jogon Jeannie was the outsider in Rathdowney but kept getting her head over the line. She seems to be a jealous type and in Clonmel this types are the worst ones to meet as they keep coming back for more as they head up the hill. Jeffys twinkle won in Johnstown but was beat in the semi-final in Mooncoin by somelittle lady and needs to improve again to have a say here. Vienna Calling and sunfire both contested in puppy stakes since their TS win and barring they had a slight knock I don’t think are good enough to get involved here. Ballyverry River was to my eyes one of the most impressive TS winners this year in Cashel. She beat Fanore Ocean in the final but this one failed to qualify since so maybe the form has taken a knock. She ran in Abbeyfeale where she was beat over a length by Ava’s sweetheart. She does not seem to have progressed since Cashel so I’m leaving her out of my calculations. Ougham Ellen beat up the saints in the final up in Westport and needs to improve to get competitive here. Up the saints and since been beaten in the first round twice. Ougham is well bred however and has a good set of connections behind her. La Banba would be a popular winner for the likeable Mangan family. I’m sure Joe will be looking down on her and hopefully she will give connections a good run in the classic. The bitch to win this 8 looks to be positioned in the white collar throughout. I see her winning her TS in Templetuohy and she absolutely flew. Thanks to Michael Mc Namara and his videos, Coffee in Spirit seemed to love the tuohy stretch and I’m sure powerstown will defiantly hold no fears. She is coming into form at the right time, has great trainers in the Flanagan family and is young which indicates she is improving still. She will take stopping I feel and if she takes to Clonmel like her mother Coffee in Currow, I think she will be there Monday morning. She might be worth a small bet to win her quarter!
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-houses. She meets Isabelle’s charm in the first round and this one will not go down without a fight. She has been the most consistent of bitches all year and have a lot of courses ran. However, if holding her form, she could well give Michael O Donovan’s charge a run. The next course sees another of the Michael O Donovan runners with Manntan Maple. Bred in the purple by Mafi Magic and Class Attraction, this lady is probably one of the fastest ladies in the stake. She was beat in the final in Edenderry when money on after two rounds. She then won her trial stake in Bandon but I feel her best runs are early on. This 8 is going to be a Michael O Donovan shootout I feel and I will be very surprised if 1 of his bitches are not there Monday morning.
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-final by Cooga Jonjo. She will surely have a say in this and being a June whelp, will improve no doubt from that outing again. She will win her opening round I think and then get the better of Tuscan Cailin in the second round. Overall the quarter looks impossible to pick and it will take a brave person to back anything with confidence to emerge from here. Maybe Boshski will do it.
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-steps closer/ Coffee in Spirit/ Ballymac Adelpha/ Breska Lantern are all bitches that fit the bill. Hopefully the frosts stays away and we have an exciting 3 days action in store.

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