Munster Cup - Newcastlewest All Age
The Munster Cup is the feature event in Newcastlewest this weekend where a bumper card has assembled. The main stake has attracted some of the top dogs in the training including Kyle Bruce /Mozart, Highland Hunter, Cuine Hero, Killeagh Sunny, Octane Wonder, Carlingford and Essential. We have some fascinating buckles in store and it will take a brave person to call a lot of the 1 st round clashes.
The opening course sees the ever improving Highland Hunter meet the smart Cuine Hero. Hero was a decent pup, reaching two semi-finals and then winning the puppy stake at the Irish cup meeting. He only ran 2 weeks ago where he was withdrawn from the final of the all age stake in Balbriggan so one would have to question his well-being. His opponent, Hunter, has continued to develop as a second season runner, reaching the final of a 32 cup in Kilflynn and then proving a very popular winner of his local cup in Nenagh. He has 11 champion stake points and a win or runner up will cement his place in the Champion Stakes. Cherrygrove Wolf is finding the step up in class difficult since running away with a duffer stake in Regional. His best performance was reaching the semi-final in Rathcormac. Kerry Abu is struggling to gain any more points since winning the cup in Kilflynn at the start of the season. 4 unsuccessful attempts is a worry and may find Cherrygrove that bit sprightly in the opening round. Cree Delight is another dog who ran well early in the season but the wheels have seemingly come off and 2 first round exits since suggest he will struggle in this field. Bridewell Adios could be the surprise dog in the competition. He showed terrific pace in Rathkeale where he led Tellmemorelies in the semi-final before losing sight of his game. He should get over the opening round and set up a titanic clash with Kyle Bruce or Killeagh Sunny. Since winning his TS in Castleisland 2 years ago, Bruce has been a model of consistency with some fantastic runs to his name. He opened up 6/4 favourite for the champion stakes last year highlighting his ability but has struggled on the second day in both runs this year. Sunny was a good pup last year, reaching the semi final in Knockgraffon before winning a TS in Borris In Ossory. He reached the 3 rd round of the Derby and was subsequently purchased by new connections. He has only ran once this year where he was withdrawn from the 3 rd round in Kilflynn. He will need to be on his toes from the word go and I feel he may well need the outing after such a long break.
The second half of the card is as competitive with many fancying their chances. Straight Risk has bene kept busy over the past 3 weekends with a semi-final position in Killimer Kilrush his best result. He has good early pace but will find it hard to contain one of last years top puppies in Octane Wonder. This dog was due to reappear in Kilflynn but a setback ruled out any involvement. He is one of the quickest dogs in training and few will like to meet him on Saturday or Sunday morning. Chubbys Charmer has failed to relive up to his form last year where he won the Premier cup in Templetuohy and reached the final of the Irish Purse. One flag in Kilflynn is the best he has achieved in 5 outings this year. Carlingford is clearly a dog with serious potential after winning 2 rounds in Knockgraffon last year before failing to run again. He reappeared this season in Bandon where reports indicate he was very unlucky in the opening round against the winner where he led for all of the journey. He should win his first round but may find Octane a bit sharp in the second. Essential is a very consistent dog that has run with distinction in his 4 outings this season. He won a competitive cup in Ballyheigue and stands on 9.5 champion stake points. He seems to hold his clock well and is difficult to beat as the event goes on. He should account for Loughrea duffer winner Georges St Hero but will find Kyle Mozart a different proposition in round 2. This dog has been the ‘talking greyhound’ in coursing circles ever since he appeared in Nenagh last year. He was unlucky not to qualify for Clonmel and came back to form this season in Ballyduff where he blitz a strong field. He has super early pace and stays on strong; 2 attributes which make him one of the fastest in training. If he runs similar to that form in Ballyduff I can’t see him being beat and he gets a confident vote to collect his 2 nd cup of the season and a probable ticket for the champion stakes in late January. Doon Coursing Club wish all the competitors the very best of luck.