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All Age Previews 2015-16

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Premier Cup – Templetuohy

Pride of place in the coursing world this weekend comes from Templetuohy where many all age performers will be hoping to gain valuable champion stake points. For many it is probably last chance saloon with a victory their only hope of qualifying. The cup itself has attracted the cream of all age performers with the standout entry being last year’s Derby winner; Feel my Pule. He won’t have things his own way with several others fancying their chances including; Cooga Jonjo, Chubbys Charmer, Bunch of Fools, Call up Pal, Woodpark Alonso, Power Game, Not Caught yet and last year’s winner, Inch Hothead.

The opening course should be very tight with slight preference for the red collar Cillowen Bolt. He has not had many outings and recently reached the semi-final in Glanworth losing to Carrowkeal Jonjo. Pandemonium won a TS last year but has failed to sparkle in 3 outings this season with a semi-final place in Dungannon his best run. The next course has all the makings of a cracker. Garbally Echo is a powerful mover who has been prone to injuries during his career. He ran twice this year, losing in the second round in both Rathcormac and Listowel. His clock in Listowel was excellent but no so good in Rathcormac. If back to his best he will surely give Feel my Pulse a good course. Pulse has also had two outings this year, losing in the final of the Knockgraffon cup to Wizard Matthew while he suffered a first round exit in Kerry last week. Rumour has it he lost sight in Tralee so he will try to atone that defeat here. He get my vote to progress to Sunday morning but will need to be on his toes from the word go.

The next course should also be close with Marshall Adio meeting Chubbys Charmer. Adio started the season well but has failed to add any points to his cv since losing the final of the OMeara cup in late October. Chubbys Charmer has similar attributes to Garbally Echo with niggling injuries blighting his career. He ran last week in Borrisoleigh losing in the second round after a quick clock in the first. He gets my vote to progress in this course. Cooga Jonjo has been quite unlucky all year with 3 outings to his name. He ran up the Treaty Cup in Limerick City after a hard semi final run. His next outing was in Lixnaw where he beat Maker of Rules and Kyle George before losing to Blackpool Kyle in the final. George further enhanced this form last week in Tralee. Jonjo also ran last weekend where he looked all set for victory in the opening round when 3 lengths in front before the hare swung to the crowd. He will be looking to claim victory here to qualify for Clonmel but will need to be on his toes in the early rounds. His 1st round opponent is Bunch of Fools who hasn’t been seen since claiming victory in Nenagh. He was quite fortunate there with a bye in the quarter final and final. He has great pace and is excellent to line up his hare. In a close buckle I just fancy Jonjo to squeeze through this quartet to set up a mouth-watering clash with Feel my Pulse in the quarter final.

The second quarter is also competitive with 2 big names from the Holian kennel drawn close together. Woodpark Alonso was the most improved dog last season, going from winning a duffer stake in Tradaree to winning a TS and reaching the ¼ final of the Irish Cup. He opened his account in style in Loughrea but lost a very close buckle to Roquefort Barney in Kilrush. His opponent here is Free Advice who is owned by Brendan Matthews. Any runner from his Kennel has to be feared however it will be a major shock should he raise the flag . The next course will be another tight buckle. McBrides King is no slouch who has reached the final in Dungannon recording some very impressive clocks. Call up Pal  is on 18th position in the Champion Stakes leader board but a semi-final spot here will be enough to secure his place. He impressed many in Miltown this year and won a competitive cup in Bandon beating Kyle Fionn in the final. He might just get over the opening course but Woodpark Alonso might be too sprightly in the second. In all reality, any of the 4 runners could advance showing how competitive this cup is. The dog to watch for in the next quartet is Howdododo. He won his TS this year in Carlow so will be looking to enhance his Derby credentials with a forward showing. Sudden Cas might give him most to give after scoring in Freshford. He was beat a length in Borris so may come up short again.

The bottom half of the card doesn’t look as ‘hot’ but there are a few dogs capable of trouble the top dogs in the top. The first name out in the bottom half is Power Game. A really fast performer who has only ran 3 times. He ran up his TS last year and wasn’t seen again until Listowel where he picked up an injury in the semi-final when favourite to succeed. He ran last week in Borrisoleigh but a wayward hare made him go unsighted and he would then go on to lose the toss. He is a dog on 2 points so a win here would put him on a very strong position for Champion stakes qualification such is the hefty prize money on offer. If he is to qualify to Sunday, he will need to put in 2 very good rounds as Cashen Lighting and Not Caught Yet are 2 pacey performers. Cashen lighting ran 4 times last week losing to Kyle George in the semi final. Power should be too good and set up an eagerly awaited clash with Not Caught Yet. This dog reversed form with Needham Simple in Kilcullen after the latter got the better of him in Carlow. Im unsure what happened him in Dundalk last week as he was beat by Whatdoyoufancy in the opening round. After seeing fancy in Kilsheelan I know he can fly for a few rounds so maybe he was beat fair and square. I just have the feeling that Power Game will be too good for the in form Michael O Donovan kennel.

The final 4 in the 3rd quarter will all fancy their chances for success but on known form this season, I fancy Ballyvaughan to progress. He is a dog who really motors in the early rounds. He ran up 4 times last season and clocked some very fast times this year. The dog that may give him most to do is Inch Hothead who I suspect is trained specifically for the event after storming to victory last year. He is capable on his day and will make them all run if back to last years form.
There are only 3 bitches in the bottom 8 that can really qualify for Clonmel if succeeding. Southern Story looked quite useful in Lixnaw where Tobar na Molt only beat her in the dying strides of the AAB final. She was beat in Kerry in the opening round and will need to improve to trouble to principal dogs. Flashy Paradise won a AAB stake in Rathdowney but was beat in the first round in Mooncoin last week. A runner up spot may still not be enough for here but should run well in a field that will suit. Pauna Pronto won the AAB in Regional and looked strong in the opening round in Newcastlewest getting up in the final strides to beat recent TS winner Cooneen Kylie.  She will need to win this event to qualify also.

Overall it is clear that an exciting weekend of action lies in store for coursing followers attending the event. The top quarter looks to be between Feel my Pulse, Cooga Jonjo and Bunch of Fools with slight preference for Pulse. Holian runners look to dominate the second quarter with preference for the speedy Woodpark Alonso. Power Game looks the one in the 3rd quarter from Not Caught Yet while any of the 3 mentioned bitches will be vying for a place in the semi final. My idea of the winner looks to be Power Game with Feel my Pulse to meet it in the final.

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