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Munster Cup – Newcastlewest
The Munster cup has a long tradition of being a top quality affair and this year will surely be no different. The first dog out of the hat will likely to be favourite and if reproducing his Abbeydorney and Kilsheelan form, will be hard to beat. Serene Angel was a comfortable winner in Abbeydorney at the start of the year but seemed sluggish in the early rounds in Kilsheelan. He ran a great semi final showing his class and led a long way in the final however, he succumb to the fast finishing Arcade in the final 100 yards. He will be looking to add to his 6 champion stakes points and a runner up position here may just be enough to qualify. He meets Take a Hike whose best run was in Abbeyfeale last year, winning the local stake. This rise in class should be a different ball game and it will be a huge shock should Serene not win. Kyle prince was a fast puppy last year and looked all over a winner of the Derby TS in Abbeyfeale last year. His connections are on a hot streak at the moment with all ages and being a local runner, will be well primed for this. He has failed to shine this season with second round exits in Ballinagar and East Donegal and will need to step up to trouble Serene in the second round should they meet. He will not have things his own way in the opener as Swanky Marcelo was a well liked pup last year before getting injured. He was beat in the semi final in Lixnaw clocking up well ahead of the field in the quarter final. What do you fancy led him in the 3 rd round in Abbeyfeale where he clocked up well again but has not run since. Im unsure if he may need the outing and Kyles assured fitness just swings the decision for him.
Duarigle Darwin has showed excellent pace this year winning the cup in Fermoy but in his last two outings has gone offline. He was in command last week in Ardpatrick and again was in front in Knockgraffon but having this tendency makes him a risky proposition. Cuine Gift has being very disappointing in all 3 outings this season and if Darwin keeps his eye on the game will surely be too good. Get into Gear was the greyhound who benefitted from Darwin’s ill fortunes last week but was comfortably beaten in the second round. MadtogoJam ran well in Lixnaw, losing to Maker of rules and a repeat of that performace will be good enough.
Mungos Rio won a reserve Derby TS 2 years ago in Mooncoin and his best run last year was in Mooncoin where he lost to Fingal Master in the All age final. His runs this year in Loughrea, Carlow and Enniscorthy indicate he is hard to fancy for outright honours and will be hard pushed to trouble recent Ballyheigue TS winner Rhythm and Rhyme. Owned and trained by the Flynn family in Tarbert, he will be putting his Derby credentials on the line. He was liked by shrewd observers when winning so with natural improvement will be in the shake up. He gets a confident vote to win his opening course but will find the second round a different ball game. Maker of rules is a very fast dog who is slowly coming to hand this year. Owned by Basil Holin his aim is surely to have a crack at the Irish cup where he was most unfortunate last year going unsighted in the quarter final when in front. He ran last week in Lixnaw but lost a good buckle to Cooga Jonjo. He should get the better of Smart Kid whose only outing this year was losing to Sturdy and Staunch in Abbeydorney. Maker will be hot favourite to advance and his experience in the second may just get him through to the semi-
Call here Alonso is a fast dog but has had his problems this year. He ran once in Kilflynn bowing out in the 2 nd but his trainer should have him right now. He will be fancied to beat Neverland Pirate who was beat in the 2 nd round in Rathkeale 2 weeks ago. Parlour Game is another Derby TS winner from this season looking to enhance his reputation. He was most impressive in Castleisland and got better with each run. Exceed and Excel, Black Barracuda and Cuine Yet have franked the form well so this dog will be highly fancied. His opponent looked to be a shoe in for Clonmel last September when winning the competitive cup in Kilflynn. He has failed to sparkle in a couple outings since but is in good hands and may recapture that form. It will be a very interesting buckle with the winner likely to meet Maker of Rules in the semi final.
Overall it appears Michael O Donovan could have a major say with fancied runners in each half. IMO if maker of rules continues to improve from the runs last week he will have a strong chance if staying sound.