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After qualifying for the Limerick Senior Hurling final last weekend, the area of Clarina and Ballybrown GAA club are on a high and what better way to continue the good atmosphere but with a top quality coursing card hosted by Regional CC. The James Curran and Ned Quinn Memorial cup is the highlight with several top class runners entered. A 16 runner event for the past number of years, it is now a 32 cup with 16 all age bitches at the top of the card. The new champion stakes system has enticed clubs to run 32’s which is good for spectators and dogs chasing valuable qualification points.
The first one out of the hat is the very fast Banba Be Lucky. She disappointed many in Glin last weekend when easily defeated by Corbraigh Holly. One suspects she may have needed the outing and should be a different proposition this weekend. Her opponent Riverside Wonder was a very unlucky bitch last year after some exciting runs. She looked nailed on to qualify after I saw her compete in Kilsheelan when a longer than average hunt put paid to her chances. She was then beat in the final in Newcastlewest by the well fancied Tory Ellie. She is trained by Graham Holland and will be well ready for an early assault. Cree Gaisce was a fancied runner in the Oaks 2 years ago after romping to victory in Listowel. A semi-
Pauna Pronto has been a good servant for connections after a couple of all age wins. She is now in her 4 th season so one suspects she will not be able for 5 runs up this stretch. Pardon me Boys won her TS in Kilrush last year and followed this up with a round in the Kitty Butler stakes. She clocked up respectably well and was beat by Belsize Cup fancy Killucan Rose in the second. Miss Chatterbox is an unlucky bitch who has reached 2 finals and a semi-
Cree Delight is the first dog to be drawn in the second half. He looked good in Glin last year but an injury curtailed his chances of picking up a ticket. He ran this year in Liscannor but Crafty Korozo beat him well in the semi-
The bottom quarter looks the most competitive with a number of runners fancying their chances. Kyle Bruce is the standout performer and will start hot favourite for the event. He looked banker material in the Champion Stakes last year after impressing many in both Kilflynn and Castleisland. All was not well in powerstown but he came back to himself in Patrickswell winning 3 rounds of the Irish Cup. Cooga Hero ran with credit last year, winning 2 rounds of the Desmond cup, and winning the O Meara cup in Thurles. He had a slight setback after that event and was beat by Irish cup runner up in the opener in Patrickswell. Rock Hard was well liked as a puppy and with an outing in Ennis last week, he will be a live threat to the fancied runners. Turbo Ashmore looked above average last year and was 1 / 4 to collect a Derby ticket in Cappoquin. He was bought by a syndicate shortly after and repaid connections with a puppy stake win in the Irish Cup meeting. He has terrific early pace but has drawn a tough first round opponent in the shape of Blades of Music. This dog looked banker material in Limerick City last year after romping to victory in a reserve Derby in Kilflynn. He opened his all age season in Kilflynn where Missouri Rock beat him JU after a terrific duel. I couldn’t call the winner of this course but I fancy the victor to meeting Kyle Bruce Sunday morning.
Overall the cup has thrown up some fascinating clashes. Reports of excellent trials and the top class watering system will ensure safe running conditions for all. Kyle Bruce will be very hard to beat but I fancy Turbo Ashmore and Blades of Music to give him enough of it in the quarter final. Might be Magic might prevail in the bitches half. Best of luck to all runners.