Week 12 of the coursing season did not generate any major changes to the Championship or Fantasy leaderboards. However it will be remembered for a fantastic All Age double for the Mackey family from Mooncoin. At Old Kilcullen, Bango Licious (pictured) was winning for the second time in three weeks having scored in the All Age Bitch Stake at Enniscorthy in late November and she now finds herself in third place on the league table with a huge chance of qualifying for the Grace & Matt Bruton Champion Bitch Stake. Some 100 miles or so down the road in Cappoquin her kennelmate Moonveen Sparkle finally gained the victory she so richly deserved having reached numerous finals & semi-finals in the past. It will be interesting to see if connections wait for the Select Bitch Stake at the Irish Cup meeting in which she reached the semi-final as a pup or make one final attempt to get her into Clonmel. With Bango Licious beating the dogs & bitches at Old Kilcullen and the 2019 Derby qualifier Undersupervision beating the older dogs at Cappoquin it was left to Ahamore Wonder (Deise Cup) & Chooseyourweapon (Laois Cup) to make a mark for the All Age dogs. However both were winning for the first time this season and have a bit more to do before we see their name on the leaderboard.
Due to the results from Week 12 there was also little or no movement either in the Fantasy Coursing competitions. John Behan from Gorey is the only new name on the leaderboard thanks to the five extra points he gained when Barrack Bruce reached the semi-final of the Cup at Borris In Ossory. John & also Ian Bourke will be hoping Cobra Commander can do the business at North Kilkenny this coming weekend. However he faces stern opposition from the local hope Long John Silver & Derby runner-up City Link whose trainer Brendan Matthews has a great record in the Walsh Cup. Both of these greyhounds appear in the selections of Marian Young & John Healy who lead the competition so will they widen the gap to their nearest rivals heading into the Christmas meetings ?
Mary Nolan who continues to lead the Charity Fantasy competition also has Long John Silver & City Link running for her so Brian Arnold desperately needs a big performance in the All Age Bitch Stake at Ballyragget from Graigues Legacy. Last season’s Corn Na Feile Oaks winner is making her All Age debut. We hope to update all our leaderboards on Sunday night after North Kilkenny so that current standings are known heading into the Christmas meetings.
|KEVIN SMITH CHAMPION STAKES LEADERBOARD 18/12/18|
|4||Always In the Run||12||3,700|
|10||Long John Silver||8.5||2,500|
|GRACE & MATT BRUTON CHAMPION BITCH STAKES LEADERBOARD 18/12/18|
|1||Share The Dream||13||4,050|
|Jt 6||Blades Of Honour||9||2,600|
|9||Please Marry Me||7.5||2,120|
|SPORTING PRESS FANTASY COURSING LEADERBOARD 18/12/18|
|Jt 4||John Behan||Gorey||420|
|Jt 4||Sean Doyle x 3||Ennis||420|
|Jt 4||Fintan Kennedy||Murroe||420|
|Jt 4||Gerry Gately||Loughrea||420|
|Jt 4||James O’Connor||Killarney||420|
|Jt 4||John O’Donoghue||Cree||420|
|Jt 4||Ian Bourke||Oola||420|
|SPORTING PRESS FANTASY FOR CHARITY LEADERBOARD 18/12/18|