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All Age Previews 2016-17

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Regional All Age

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-final place in Templetuohy was her best achievement last season but she matched that already this year when filling the same position in Liscannor. She will need to be right back to her best to trouble to 2 above in this cup. Skellig Bright comes from the O Driscoll team who have started the season where they left off last year. She ran up the Oaks TS in Johnstown to Killacolla Kiwi but disappointed in 2 outings after. She should win her first round and set up an interesting buckle with Casanova Banba. This bitch was desperately unlucky not to qualify in Borrisoleigh after some near misses. She has lightening early pace and will be suited to the field.
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-final in her career. She might fall a bit short in the opener. Might be Magic is locally owned and finished last season with a flourish with wins in both track and field. She ran up the all age bitch stake in Tipperary after reaching 3 semi-finals of TS’s. She then went to the Irish cup meeting and won a bitch puppy stake in impressive fashion. After that she collected top prize in Limerick track for the Coursing bred sweepstake. She is clearly a bitch on the up and will be very hard to beat. Her biggest obstacle in the quarter looks to be in the first round where Shimmerandshine makes her 3 rd appearance of the season after an improved run in Glin. She was beat in the semi final there but showed good pace in her opening 2 rounds. The winner of this buckle should advance where the winner of the top buckle will likely to be waiting in the 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-final. Improvement is a must to clinch victory here. Foxhollow King is a big striding dog who ran up the TS last year here. He didn’t seem to progress from the outing and will probably play second fiddle to Cree in the opener. Wallace Cruise is probably the most interesting runner in the event. He had only one outing last year in Glin and was kept the whole year by the maestro Brendan Matthews for All age events. He is a brother of Wallace Banner and if anything like his brother he will not be too far away. Blue Beruki is a 3 rd season dog who looked good as a puppy but never ran with the same promise in his 2 nd season. He meets another 3 rd season dog in Ardmore Rusty. This fella won the TA Morris stakes in Clonmel 2 years ago but disappointed last year. Both of these have similar profiles and it will be interesting to see how the course fares out.
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.

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