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The coursing season has finally arrived and what a weekend of action we have to kick things off. Since switching their fixture to the opening day of the season, Kilflynn have constantly attracted leading all age dogs from around the country. Safe running ground and valuable prize money have been contributing factors to this. One of the top puppies from last year, Kyle Bruce heads the field. This impeccably well bred dog will be hoping to return to Powerstown next year. Since winning his TS in Castleisland last year, Bruce topped the ante-
The opening quarter in Kilflynn is extremely hot with several runners really fancying their chances. Call here Alonso won his TS late in Kilcreevin last year. He was convincly beat by Timber House in Clonmel in a hot time but given he qualified quite late, he may have improved during the year. He meets Missouri Spruce in the first round here and will be fancied to qualify to the second second. Time James was well liked in Fermoy and having had a setback before Clonmel, he was withdrawn. Hopefully he has recovered well and wil prove a stern test for Call up Alonso in the second round. Barrack Bolt is an interesting contender in the first quarter. He showed alot of pace in Regional last year before being withdrawn but has had a chance to come right and he could be a dark horse here. He meets Game Eanna, a dog that ran up last year to Time James in Fermoy. He was beat by Garbally Echo in Clonmel and will need to improve I feel to threaten the principles here. Cash Call finally broke his duck in Abbeyfeale after a couple of tight courses and had a large following heading into Clonmel. He performed well but will be up against it in Kilflynn against the highly touted Stephens Owen. He won his TS last year very convincingly and was only 20/1 on the opening day. He was unfortunate to bump into Tullamoy Master in the first round who smashed the clock. It is noted that Owen has a preference for the red collar so his draw is a negative for me against a field of top quality dogs. He may win his first round but might find Barrack Bolt too nifty in the second.
Galtee boy heads the charge in the second quarter. He is trained by John Browne for a large group of Coursing enthusiasts in Limerick and surrounding areas. He won his TS in Kilmallock last year where celebrations lasted for weeks. He is a game sort who was unlucky in couple of meetings previous. He runs against another Clonmel qualifier from last year with the winner of this fancied to make it to day 2. Crafty Resino hails from the famed Divilly camp and will be well prepared for this cup. He ran well last year but somewhat disappointed in Clonmel. If back to his best he is in with a shout.
Bedford Banker was fancied every place he ran last year. He has huge pace as shown in the Irish Cup meeting and is a dog that I would not like to meet in the opening rounds of any competition. He is fancied to survive to day 2 here and is my fancy to make the last 4 in the top half.
Kyle Bruce heads the bottom half and should have no difficulty getting to day 2. He meets sturdyandstaunch in round 1 and will need to be on is toes if Sturdy is back to his best. The interesting Central Investor is just below Kyle but one has to think this dog has had several setbacks but connections must have him spot on when out so early in the season. The next 4 dogs all have chances, Fleetwood Nova never reached the heights he achieved as a puppy and Skellig Harbour comes from the O Driscoll kennels who are one to note in All ages in previous years. Skelligs might just get through here but I think if Nova is back to his best it may be a different story. Go on Dessie was well liked up north last year but failed to win a TS for Dessie Kerrigan. He returns to action early in the season and he is not coming all the way down south to make up the numbers. Wizard Matthew also has to be respected showing good pace in meetings last year. His handler is undoubtedly one of the top trainers in Ireland and similiar to Dessie, is not travelling down for nothing.
The top dog in the 4th quarter has to be Chubbys Charmer. He was admired by many in Mooncoin last year and ran with distinction in Clonmel. He is very lightly races which may indicate he has had couple of niggly injuries and will need to be A1 here to collect such is the opposition. Blazing music won the cup in Ennis early last season and in my eyes was a certainty to claim another to qualify for Clonmel. He seemd to go off the boil as the season progressed but was freshened up well for the Irish cup and ran with great credit. Maybe he is best when fresh so will prove a stern test for Chubbys Charmer here. Im divided on who will win this buckle but it should be one to saviour. Arcade Maximus and Funny Alonso are two dogs who qualified for Clonmel last year. Funny Alonso will be favourite to advance and try to enhance his trainers fantastic record of winning all ages so early in the season. The bottom of the card is very open with margianl preference for Coffee in Spirit. She ran with distinction in Templetuohy last year and is owned by well known Fergus Flynn from Powerstown. She had a litter of pups after last season and if back to her best will have a big say come Sunday.
Overall it is clear that Kilflynn has once again delivered in its attempt to attract top dogs across the country. The many TS winners from last year and unlucky greyhounds who failed to collect that elusive ticket last year will ensure that this cups will be competitive. Going on form and class, I find it hard to look beyond Kyle Bruce. He is good away, strong from halfway and the breeding always trains on well. The last 4 might be; Barrack Bolt, Bedford Banker, Kyle Bruce and Chubbys Charmer.
Doon CC would like to wish all clubs the best of luck during the year.