James Curran Memorial Cup Regional CC
Regional Coursing club hold an exciting host of dogs for their annual Coursing meeting. The main event on the card is the James Curran memorial cup. With intense watering and thunder showers forecasted for the week, all things are set up for another fantastic meeting.
In the first buckle of the meeting, High Rise and Cuine Sam do battle. High Rise owned by David Casey’s daughter in Caherconlish is an interesting contender. He is litter brother to a number of top class dogs and improved considerably as the season developed last year. He won 2 rounds of the trial stake in abbeyfeale and Clonakilty before losing the Latin and Emily puppy stake final at the Tipperary meeting in February. He was 2 nd favourite at 3/1 after two rounds there so was clocking well according to the bookies. Cuine Sam is very well bred and has had a busy career with 14 outings. He won his TS 2 years ago late in Kilcreevin and performed well last year in all ages without striking it lucky. I think high rise may get the better of him , being a younger dog and with more improvement in him
The 2 nd buckle sees Cracking Lord v winning touch. Cracking lord is an ultra consistent dog who won a TS and ran with credit in the Derby in 2013. He won 2 cups late in the year in 2013/14 to qualify for the champion stakes but found MR Blonde too hot in the 1 st round. He subsequently never took part in the Irish stakes owing to the fact he might not have been 100%. His opponent winning touch is very interesting. He is owned by the Matthews kennel in the north but has no worthwhile form to bring to the table here. Indeed he was beaten by A Noble Ash in the first round last week in Glin so my preference is for Cracking Lord.
Next buckle sees Luath Leader and Cooga Mafi. Luath Leader won an open stake in Fedamore last year while Cooga Mafi won a duffer stake at the Tipperary meeting. Cooga Mafi was beat by Mr Blonde in Glin last week and that outing might just see him over the line here.
The final buckle sees the likely favourite, Power of Peace v Fanningstown lad. Power of peace won a competitive TS last year in Glanworth while also winning 2 rounds of the Derby in Powerstown. He was beat well by Needham Danger in the Irish cup meeting and subsequently won a round of the purse. His opponent is a very interesting contender. He was beat in the semi final of the TS of Limerick city last year and didn’t run after. However this buckle should see the red collar win.
The first buckle in the 2 nd half of the card sees Killeagh Jingles v Cloughtany Time. Killeagh Jingles was a v good winner in the res TS in Kilflynn last year and was subsequently purchased by Dave Casey. He ran 3 very good rounds in Rathkeale but was beat in the semi final when trying to collect a full ticket. He was beat in the first round by Central Investor in clonmel and this year went back to Kilflynn but was beat by Call him Bale. Cloughtany times form is not as hot as Killeagh Jingles and was beat in the 1 st round in the AAD stake in Kilflynn so preference is for Killeagh. Next buckle sees Cill Ide Riocht v Sail along Jack. Both have failed to win more than 3 rounds at any meeting but Cill Ide ran with credit in the Ballyduff TS last year losing out to Gift Razor. Indeed Gift Razor beat Derby winner With Grim Intent in the final. Sailalong only had two outings but only won 1 round so Cill ide is my choice here.
The 2 nd last buckle Gurteen Vince v Gods my Judge. Gurteen Vince will be one of the likely winners of the cup IMO. He showed good form as a puppy, winning a trial stake in Mallow at the 2 nd attempt and 2 weeks ago won 2 rounds of the AAD cup in Kilflynn. He clocked up well that that and was beat by eventual winner floating patriot in the 3 rd round. The outing will have brought him on and I expect him to be there or thereabouts come Sunday evening. Gods my judge won a local stake in abbeyfeale and ran up the cup in liscannor but I feel he will fall short at the first hurdle here.
The final course sees fairyfield park v shorten the road. Both dogs have no form to threaten the stake however Shorten the road was beat in the semi-
Overall I see it as Power of Peace v Gurteen Vince in the final. Power of peace hails from top kennels however the outing for Gurteen in Kilflynn might have him more forward and spot on for this cup and I’m putting him forward as the likely winner.