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Leaderboards 2017-18

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As it turns out, Touch Of Class (pictured) did not need to run at Sevenhouses this weekend to secure her place in the line-up for the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stakes at Clonmel next month. However not only will her owners The Nomads Syndicate & trainer John Kiely have derived great joy from watching their Oaks quarter-finalist win the Seamus Hughes Memorial Cup but they will also be thrilled that she now goes into the record books as the highest points scorer for the 2017/18 season, a remarkable achievement considering the quality of All Age Bitches on show. Hanging on to the eighth and final qualifying spot at the moment is Straightlegs who appears in the draw for Macroom as does 12th placed Iberostar and 16th placed Daydream Lady.

Last season’s Kevin Smith Champion Stakes runner-up Kyle Mozart will have a few familiar faces around him once again as he heads to slips for the 2018 renewal. Like twelve months ago he will be joined by his litter brother Domain King and now following his victory in the Ulster Cup his kennelmate Kyle Alex will be there too. This also means that their sire Kyle Basil will have three of the eight runners in the All Age Dog Classic as will Newinn Wonder (Kilkillogue, Ballygerald Buzz, Barefoot Marine).  Incidentally Adios Alonso breeding dominates the All Age Bitch Classic with five of the current top eight by the champion sire.

A terrific battle has been going on in the Sporting Press Fantasy competition all season but this may be the first time that we have had a six way tie for the lead in the middle of January. Looking through the selections of the six leaders it is remarkable that Patrick O’Donovan has the four top points scoring bitches but only has Skellig Shane to represent him in the Champion Dog Stake. All six co-leaders look like having five runners each in Clonmel (mixture of dogs & bitches) but some of the greyhounds waiting in the wings like Floating Victor, Wi Can Riki & Trillainminella would strengthen their hand if they got in. Mary Guiney remains in the lead for the Fantasy Charity prize but the victory of Touch Of Class today brought Caoimhe Cullen & Liam McAuliffe back into contention. There is a long way to go yet before we know who will be picking up these cheques at the ICC Awards in Limerick on Saturday April 14th.

  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Kilkillogue 18.5 4,700
2 Ballygerald Buzz 18 6,800
3 Blades Of Fire 17 6,000
4 Skellig Shane 15 6,700
5 Kyle Alex 15 4,900
6 Kyle Mozart 14 3,650
7 Domain King 13 4,700
8 Barefoot Marine 13 4,500
9 Floating Victor 12 4,050
10 Wi Can Riki 12 3,750
11 Shanballa Joe 12 3,550
Jt 12 Chicago Shuffle 11 3,500
Jt 12 Reikers Island 11 3,500
  Greyhound Points Prizemoney
1 Touch Of Class 16 5,000
2 Dicks Bimbo 15 4,900
3 Bexhill Anna 15 4,600
4 Tree Top Kerry 14 4,200
5 Kingsmill Ariel 13.5 3,700
6 Do It Chubbys 12.5 3,450
7 Babes Cottage 11 2,950
8 Straightlegs 10.5 2,630
9 Trillainminella 10 3,250
10 Gripwell Nancy 10 3,050
11 Legally Brindle 10 3,000
12 Iberostar 10 2,630
Jt 1 Leo Walsh & Denis Daly Donabate 570
Jt 1 Conor Flynn Tarbert 570
Jt 1 Patrick J O’Donovan Dunmanway 570
Jt 1 Sean Doyle Ennis 570
Jt 1 Sean Doyle Ennis 570
Jt 1 Vincent Morrissey Johnstown 570
1 Mary Guiney Enniscouch 500
2 Caoimhe Cullen Kilkenny 490
Jt 3 Shane Curtin Tournafulla 480
Jt 3 Paddy McGhee Ballindrait 480
Jt 3 Liam McAuliffe Athea 480