Killimor Matey lucky to survive
Killimor Matey started favourite to win the JP McManus Irish Cup on the opening day of the three-day coursing meeting at Limerick Racecourse yesterday, but he was involved in an undecided course and was lucky to get through on the toss of a coin.
After the first round he was replaced at the top of the market by last season's Boylesports.com Derby winner Central City, which looked impressive when putting out Cantalach Cocaim in his opening course.
There was a number of surprises yesterday, with the puppy Lixnaw Eoin getting the flag against Rightogowrong, Strike The Lotto accounting for the fancied Droopys Babs and 100/1 outsider Brannig Riobamba putting out the puppy Aftertiming, which reached the last eight in this year's Derby.
There are two rounds down for decision today. In the top quarter, Kyle Ranger, which won this year's Champion Stake, will be strongly fancied to make it to the final day.
In the second quarter the opening course between Kyle King and Killimor Matey looks like being a cracker. It should be very close with Kyle King given a cautious vote.
Ashmore Master and Dresden Call can make it through from the third quarter, while Central City can dominate the top of the fourth quarter, but he could be tested by Chelsea Speed, which he is likely to meet in the third round.
Coursing continues this morning (11.30).