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Listowel All Age Bitch

Coursing Previews 2014/15

Listowel – All Age Bitch Stake

The al age bitch stakes in Kerry this year have been outstanding and Listowel has continued the trend for the Kingdom County. There are winners spread across the field with many exciting buckles in store. The opening course Chubbys vanilla reappear after being withdrawn in the 2 nd round of the AAB in Thurles. She ran well in that course showing she still retains the gears that led her to Rup position in Crohane oaks last year and should progress to the 2 nd round. The next course sees the favourite Skellig Rose reappear after a successful opening start to her all age season in Miltown Malbay. Fancied for the oaks last year and trained by Gerry Holian, she is sure to give this cup a rattle. She is my pick from the first quarter to qualify for Sunday’s semi-final. The next quarter sees a couple of interesting runners. Lochbo Diva was well liked after her TS win last year and was actually beat by Skellig rose in the 2 nd round of the oaks. She has not run this year but with the Lochbo team in such great form, this is not a worry. Horgie baby won her TS in Borrisoleigh last year after winning the reserve Oaks at this meeting. She has a great dash of early pace and stays on quite well .She recently won the AAB in Abbeydorney a few weeks ago beating sand sea model in the final.  She is out of Jingles; a dog who I think is underestimated as stud. He is an outcross for most bitches and his runners seem to very genuine. If getting near the business end here, Horgie baby will be hard to beat.
The 3 rd quarter should go to believeicanfly. This bitch was bought after her local win in Glin last year and connections were than hopeful for the elusive oaks ticket after. She ran a number of times after; only  rising one flag. She started off the season with a win in Liscannor and was recently beat in the first round in Thurles. She appears to appreciate a long field and if getting over the early rounds she should have a say in this competition. The winner of the bottom quarter should go to the winner of the final buckle. Red-haired Mary ran with credit at our local meeting in Doon last year and should have enough class to beat the Ballyheigue 2 course duffer runner up in first round.
Similar to the all age dog event, the top half seems to be more competitive. Skellig rose and Horgie lady are the two to concentrate on with slight preference for the Kerry bitch, Horgie Baby.  

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