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Doon CC 2016

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Corn Dún Bleisce – Doon All Age

The Corn Dún Bleisce takes centre stage this weekend for coursing supporters of Doon and surrounding areas. The village nestled on the Limerick Tipperary border will come alive at the weekend with 2 fantastic days of entertainment in store. The Corn Dún Bleisce and Nom Ryan memorial cup (bitches) has a strong tradition in coursing circles and has attracted a decent field to contest the event.

The first dog out of the hat is Double Decker. He is a lightly raced dog with only 3 runs to his name. As a pup it is clear he had his problems as he never reappeared after winning a round of the Derby TS in Miltown Malbay. He has a 100% record this season as he divided a members stake in Miltown Malbay recently. He takes a huge step up in class as he meets the speedy Tarmons Alonso in the opening round. This 3 rd season runner showed excellent form as a puppy with 2 notable outings. After clocking up well in Glin on his debut (winning 2 rounds), he then was withdrawn from the 4 th round in Co. Carlow. His 2 nd round and 3 rd round clocks had him fastest on the field but an injury kept him from reappearing again that season. He had an up and down 2 nd season but finished with a real rattle winning a cup in Milstreet and reaching the final of an all age in Glanworth. He had only one outing this season, losing in the second round in Miltown Malbay. He gets a confident vote to win his opening round and set up a possible clash with Donovanneighbour. This dog looked a real Derby contender after a comprehensive victory in Edenderry on his debut as a pup. The form of that victory was upheld by the runner up Crafty Tonino winning next time out in Rathkeale. He then went to Old Kilcullen to contest the Troy Electrical puppy stake where Killucan Rose beat him in the semi final. 2 outings this season has yielded limited success but the form of his loss to Longway Home in Cavan was boosted after his victor won the event. He should beat Shanballa Moss in the opening round. This dog was unfortunate to be born in the middle of December and made no appearance last year. His debut run this year returned a comprehensive victory of a 2 course duffer in Regional. He probably lacks the experience in this buckle and donovanneighbour gets my vote to qualify for the last 4.

The first course in the 2 nd quarter sees the locally owned and trained Cooga Harry pitted against Clonmore Ashmore. Cooga Harry was a TS winner last year in Limerick City but a longer than average hunt in a trial before Clonmel really ended any hopes of success in Clonmel. He returned to action in Glin showing good early pace before going down to Rhythm and Rhyme. He then was beat just up in Thurles and a narrow defeat in the second round in Limerick City. That form should ensure he will be in the mix in this event but he won’t have things his own way in the first course. Clonmore Ashmore looked impressive in the opening round in Miltown Malbay before going unsighted in the second. He has excellent early pace, a trait that is sure to suit in this field. Gingerman has little worthwhile form that would seem to trouble the principles and may go down in the first round to Moyvane Smokey. This dog seems to fly for a round or two but doesn’t seem to stay on to finish out a stake. His last two outings in duffer stakes were unsuccessful and while he may win the first round, I can’t see him progressing to the last 4.

The second half of the card comprises of 2 dogs and 6 bitches. The 6 bitches will do battle for the Nom Ryan Memorial Cup. The first course should be the course of the round with Straight Risk meeting Missouri Rock.  Risk is an interesting runner who has notable early pace. He first appeared last year in Miltown Malbay, losing the Derby TS final after clocking up well throughout. His outings after failed to show any progression but he ran with credit this year so far, losing the final of the All age cup in Miltown and more recently losing a semi-final clash with Nodes Pride in Killimer/Kilrush. If he can get over the 3 runs in Kilrush last week, he will have a major bearing on the outcome. He couldn’t have asked for a harder first round course in Missouri Rock. This dog will probably open favourite for the event after a couple of semi-final defeats this season. Last year he won first time out in Fermoy and showed himself to be above average in Clonmel losing by a couple of lengths to Crafty Gonzalo in a very fast clock. He was a shade unlucky in Kilflynn where a longer slip may have seen him get up in the semi-final. He ran in Nenagh 3 weeks ago, beaten 1 length by Defacto and although it was a step back in form, I feel he may have enough to progress to the final 4 in this event. The first of the bitches to be drawn is Heart Strings. This bitch looked special last year when winning a TS in Cavan and an all age in Castletowngeoghan. As with bitches, it is hard to know how they will perform the second season and her form needs a forward step to have any chance. A second round exit in Dungannon is her best showing in 3 outings this year. She should have too much for Knockroe Lily who won a working members stake in Thurles last year. She was beat in the early stages in Borrisoleigh and Templetuohy after and makes her seasonal reappearance.

The bitch that stands out in the bottom half is Fionntra Alva. This bitch showed good form as a pup, losing the Oaks TS final to Moat Matilda in North Kilkenny. She ran twice this year, highlighting her progression. She won the bitches section in Cashel only to lose to True North in the semi final. In Limerick city she looked well above average when winning all her courses easily before finding Banba be Lucky that bit stronger in the final. Her consistency in the clocks and early pace was a real eye-catcher there and I fancy her to lift the Nom Ryan Memorial cup Sunday evening, if not adding the Corn Dún Bleisce. She meets Knocknaboha Rose in the opening round and should have little difficulty advancing to round 2. In wait of the winner will be either Mount Ivers Side or My Girl Jodie. Mountivers is bred in the purple but has failed to live up to her breeding. She won a round of a TS in both Borrisoleigh and Templetuohy but this cup is a different kettle of fish. Jodie has similar credentials and both will need to up their game considerably to have any chance of beating Fionntra.

Overall it is all set up for an exciting 2 days action. Tarmons Alonso and Donovanneighbour look likely to fight out the first quarter while Cooga Harry may have enough to win the second. The bottom of the card looks between Straight Risk, Missouri Rock and Fionntra Alva. Putting my name on the block, I fancy Missouri Rock to lift the cup from Donovaneighbour. Doon CC would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck.

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