Coursing: Kerry looks right call for real value
They have travelled from all corners of the globe to gather at Powerstown Park in Clonmel this morning for the first stage of this year's National Coursing Meeting, where the first brace of dogs in the Hotel Minella Oaks will go upfield at 11.30.
There have been two major gambles for the classics with Boylesports running for cover as both Adios Alonso and Newinn All In have both been hammered in the past two weeks and look set to go off very strong favourites to be crowned king and queen of the field on Wednesday afternoon.
Adios Alonso has been described in places as a budding modern day Master Myles. He seemingly hits the scales only a matter of a few pounds short of the magical 100lb mark and reports of his homework suggests that he is going to take an awful lot of beating.
He is 6/1 favourite with the sponsors for the Boylesports.com Derby but that is very tight with six runs ahead of him up that daunting Powerstown hill and all the various disasters that can unfold over three days.
Value must be the order of the day and in that regard the dog that makes appeal is Kerry Calling, representing that tried-and-trusted team of Patsy Byrne and his legendary trainer Pa Fitzgerald. He, too, has been well supported but was 16/1 yesterday with the sponsors.
Owen McKenna, who is more associated with track success, is the man behind the Hotel Minella Oaks favourite Newinn All In, as low as 9/2. What makes this price a little skimpy is her first-round clash with the highly regarded Needham Time.
While Newinn All In is fancied to go a long way and is a likely winner, two that could represent value are Lisloose Accord and Class Attraction.
Meanwhile, Michael Lenihan from Blarney, Co Cork, made history at the Milford Open meeting yesterday when he won the O'Gorman Cup for the fourth consecutive year with the same greyhound, Check It Out.