King can reign in Irish Cup

Local owner Marie Field from Patrickswell has a strong hand in the J.P. McManus Irish Cup, which gets underway at Limerick Racecourse this morning.

Her two stars, Kyle Ranger and Kyle King, reached the final of the Champion Stakes at Clonmel earlier this month and are leading fancies in the chase for the €80,000 to the winner prize. Throw in multi cup winner Kyle Basil and it’s clear the kennel will have a big say over the three days.

Kyle Ranger, who ran up for last year’s Boylesports.Com Derby and won the Cup at Galbally this season is drawn at the top of the opening quarter and is an obvious choice to make the last 16.

At the bottom of this section Pay Me, successful in all-aged stakes at Mitchelstown, Waterford and Ennis and Clarecastle makes most appeal.

Kyle King dominates the top of the second quarter and is confidently expected to make it to the final day where he could be joined by kennel mate Kyle Basil, although the latter will need to negotiate a tricky passage to make it to the last eight.

The top of the third quarter is tricky but Apple Dreamer looks the percentage bet to advance while at the bottom Uptown Don, who has Cup wins at Knockgraffon and New Ross to his credit this season, looks the part.

The final sector looks the toughest of the lot. Last year’s Derby winner Central City is obviously one to note, but Droopys Babs, a cup winner at Gorey, Old Kilcullen and Wexford this season is preferred for a place in the final eight. At the bottom the puppy Aftertiming, who reached the last eight of this year’s Derby at Clonmel, looks the one to beat.

Kyle King has plenty going for him and can give Marie Field another major success.

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