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Limerick City – Treaty Cup
Limerick City hold their annual 2 day coursing event the coming weekend with an attractive card for patrons. The Treaty cup is the highlight with 5 Champion Stake points on offer for the winner. The club held trials last weekend with reports highlighting the quality of the hare stock and the condition of the field.
The opening course sees Droopys Nine make his debut appearance on the coursing field. This top rated tracker will be extremely hard to beat if translating his form to this code. He has some sensational clocks on his card and could be very hard to beat early on. He should have way too much for Armada Storm who has failed to win a round since reaching the semi final in Glin as a puppy. Willing and Able has tasted victory recently, winning the 3 course event in Ballyheigue and gave Castleisland cup winner Half the Odds a good tussle last week. He is bred in the purple and is starting to get his act together. He meets another duffer winner in Cherrygrove Wolf. This dog looked really good to the eye in Regional and clockmen had him up with a lot of the cup dogs. Amyville Impact showed good form in the latter part of last season, winning a local stake in Abbeyfeale and then reaching the final of the champion local event in Patrickswell. He will need to have progressed more in the summer to see off Kingcormac Fairy who makes his seasonal reappearance. This long striding dog has a clear preference for a long field and will need to be on his toes early. One thing is for sure should he win, celebrations will last well into the week. Cree Delight is owned by the inform Gould family and they will be seeking their second win of the campaign after Cree Gaisce won an AAB stake. This dog looked good in Glin as a puppy but injury curtailed his chances of qualification after. He ran well in Liscannor this season where he reached the semi-
Defacto is an interesting runner who was top class as a pup reaching the ¼ final of the Derby. He showed snippets of the same level of form last year but was ultimately disappointed as a whole. If back to his best he will have a strong say. He meets recent Ballyheigue cup winner Essential in the opener. This is a plucky dog that just does enough to get the job done. He couldn’t have asked for a harder first course but recent outings may enable him to have the measure of Defacto. The winner of this course will be fancied to reach the semi-
This quarter seems the more competitive with all 4 fancying their chances of progressing. Almighty Man was an unlucky dog last year where he was beat in 3 TS finals and reached the 4 th round of another. He seems to have a clear preference for a long stretch so may find Cooga Harry too sprightly in the opener. This dog won the TS here last year showing good early pace. He was beat in the first round last week in Thurles but had previously shown good speed in Glin. If returning to Glin form he might just shade this buckle. Seamus Alainn ran with real distinction in Glin clocking up as well as the winner in the opening 3 rounds. He showed great early pace in the semi final where he led the red hot favourite Crafty Gonzalo until the last 20 yards of the course. In my eyes that form should be good enough to have a major say in any AA event. He mightn’t have things his own way in the first round as My Friend Paddy is no slouch. This dog ran up a TS in his puppy career and last season won a competitive cup in Roscommon.
Overall an interesting 2 days coursing awaits. The appearance of Droopys Nine will be closely watched while the bottom 8 should revolve around Essential and Seamus Alainn if going on form.