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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-
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-
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-
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-
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.