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Treaty Cup – Limerick City
The Treaty Cup is a prestigious event with many top class greyhounds winning it through the years. The committee has let no stone unturned in an attempt to ensure the field is in top class condition. Photographs from the greyhoundnuts website highlight this, with a watering system in place. The weather forecast for the coming days is good (for coursing people as a lot of rain is to fall) so conditions should be perfect. The all age event is the best for many years with some top class pups from last year taking their chance.
The first dog out is Lineroad Butch. A fast greyhound who won the Reserve TS in Macroom and this year won two rounds of the cup in Ballyheigue. He clocked up fastest in both rounds so he is a greyhound I would not fancy meeting early. He meets Master of faster who showed potential last year in New Ross but failed to repeat the same since. He was beat by Gingerbread Sam in Waterford and will need to return to form to trouble Lineroad.
Joan’s Rebel is a full brother of last year derby champion and has a very attractive profile. He ran twice as a pup after two earlier withdrawals. He was beat by Timber House in the 3rd round in Ballyduff while he found Mulboy Branan too hot in the final of the Derby TS in Kilcullen. He didn’t appear since and will be a very interesting preposition here. All the Music was well liked after winning a stake in Kilflynn but was soundly beaten by Kyle Bruce in Castleisland. He will need to return to Kilflynn form to trouble the principals but his experience may stand to him in the opening buckle.
Cash Call is having a busy season so far with 4 appearances. 2 successful rounds in Ballyheigue is his most forward showing. Funny Alonso won his TS in Roscommon last year but was beat in the opening round in Ennis 3 weeks ago. The outing seemed to benefit him as he won 2 rounds the following week in Loughrea. Beef Budget won a good TS in Galbally but never recaptured the form since. He was beat in Liscannor and will need to sharpen up to overcome recent Regional cup winner Kyle Fionn. This dog came back to form with a bang there and was a comfortable winner. He was well liked after winning his TS in Thurles last year but disappointed after. He will take stopping in a field that will suit.
The bottom of the cup is as competitive with many fancied runners. Dark Lord never ran as a pup but showed potential in Kilflynn when losing in the final of the 3 course duffer to All the Music. He should improve from this and will probably get the better of Silent Rocky who reached the semi final here last year. The next round should be very tight with Galtee Boy against Madtogojam. Galtee boy sparked huge celebrations last year in Ardpatrick when lifting the Derby TS. He was beat in Ballingar by winner Macroney Rebel after a forward showing in Kilflynn. Madtogojam is another full brother to Derby winner Feel my Pulse. He ran up the TS in Templetuohy last year and this year was beat in the semi final of the Horgan Cup in Abbeydorney by Liscannor winner Bower King. He should be cherry ripe here and gets my vote to progress.
In the final quarter Sharp Edge reappears after losing his round round to central investor in Edenderry. He is from the excellent litter (Kyle James – Blades of Glory) and was hard run In the final of his TS last year. He should improve from the recent run but meets the speedy Roxboro Castle. He is a greyhound who has tonnes of ability and recently had the fastest clock in Fermoy after the 1st round. I think Roxboro might sneak through. Cooga Jonjo was a top class pup last year and won his TS on this field. He reappeared in Abbeyfeale where he was withdrawn from the Corn na Feile final .He looked to have huge gears and a preference for a long field but injury struck prior to the Derby. If back to his best he will be very hard to beat and is my idea of the favourite along with Kyle. His opponent Brownes Kitchen won a super TS last year and the first round of the Derby. He ran with distinction at the Irish cup meeting finding only Needham Simple too good in the Plate. He has had a disappointing second season so far with losses in Abbeydorney and Ballyheigue. He was due to run last week in Waterford so will need to be cleared to run. If he does then he will give Jonjo a great buckle.
Overall, the cup looks very competitive. Kyle Fionn will probably have enough in hand in the top half and gets my vote to go all the way with maybe Madtogojam or Cooga Jonjo to meet him in the final.