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Regional All Age Cup

All Age Previews 2015-16

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Regional All Age Dog Stake


The James Curran memorial cup is the highlight of Regionals card this weekend. Every effort to make this meeting a success have been undertaken. Pictures from Yvonne Harrington have highlighted the fantastic watering system in place and ground conditions should not be an issue Saturday morning.  Reports of fantastic trials last weekend will sharpen the hares and ensure an excellent weekend of action.

The opening course should see last years Regional Derby TS winner advance to round two where he meets the unraced Mossies Magic. Although well bred, he might find Rathfort James too sharp. Tullow tank is a brother to Stephens Owen who ran with great credit in Kilflynn in the opening weekend of the season.  He only ran in two TS where a semi final spot in Rathcormac was his best achievement. He more than likely picked up an injury there as didn’t reappear until the Irish cup meeting losing to Seamus Alainn in the opening round of the puppy stake. He meets the evergreen Killeagh Jingles and a good buckle looks in store. Owned by fantastic coursing supporters, Killeagh has given David Casey and his family a lot of enjoyment in the past 2 years. He won his TS in Kilflynn and has ran with credit in every meeting he ran since. Last years highlight was winning the AA cup in Ardpatrick and nearly qualified for the champion stakes when beaten in the semi final in Galbally. He will ensure the tank will need to be on his game here.
Cil Ide Riocht has 19 wins from 30 courses with his best effort in a surplus all age in macroom where he got the better of Now Talk in the final. He meets Nice Fine Day who failed to deliver in Galbally last year when opening up favourite for the TS. He had previously ran up in Rathcormac to Living next door and that form was franked both in the Derby and the All age in Glin last week. The final buckle sees the duffer winner from Abbeyfeale meet Gingerbread Sam. Sam is an interesting contender who reached the final in Westport last year, losing to Ardmore rusty. They both clocked well ahead of the field here highlighting this dogs ability. He gets my vote to go through and set up a semi final with Rathfort James.

When picking dogs for fantasy coursing it is always advisable to choose dogs who were unfortunate not to win a TS (or won one and got injured before Clonmel). Blue Beruki fits that category here. He was well liked in Mallow running up to Galbaly Echo before storming away with the TS in Rathdowney. He then ran in the Russell cup at the Galbally meeting losing in the final. He received a set back there but should be back to his best here. His opening round opponent here (Glenrock Gary) impressed me 2 years ago where he won his TS in Tubbercurry. He ran with distinction in the Derby losing out to Central Investor after a terrific buckle. I was sure he would win cups last year with his early pace but never got right, hence only having one outing. His well-being has to be taken on trust but may find Beruki too hot either way.
Floating Patriot won 2 cups last year, in Kilflynn and Killimer-Kilrush. He was beat by runner up Arcade Maximus last week in Glin and if back to his best may have too much for last years Thurles TS winner Kyle Fionn. Fionn lost his form a bit last year I feel but won a round in Glin. He too was beat by Arcade Maximus (second round) but preference is for Floating to get his neck in front.
Wood Viking will need to step up considerably on all known form and will probably find the well bred Kind Rain too good. Rain was beat in the semi final in Kilflynn last year after clocking up fastest in the quarter final. He got a setback in Thurles and reappeared then 2 months later in Galbally. He is an interesting runner here. The final course sees Dunleek open cup winner Intermezzo clash with Bodens rocket. After reaching the semi final in Borris n Ossory, Rocket then ran up in Galbally. He was favourite to win the final there but found Beef Budget too good. He should win his opening round to set up a clash with Kind Rain.
Overall, the cup is quite open. The winner of Floating and Kyle will probably make the final  but my idea of the winner is Gingerbread Sam. His TS form last year has been franked in Clonmel and with the field to suit; he will surely take all the beating.

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