In the final he defeated the Thomas O’Donovan, Cork, owned and Terry Corden nominated puppy Drive On Smokey, who won his trial stake at Millstreet.
The winner had a bye in the quarter-final when Duargle Darwin was withdrawn while Not Caught Yet created a minor upset when putting out Kyle Bruce by a length in his course.
At the bottom of the draw Drive On Smokey overcame All The Music by a length while the hot favourite Blades of Hope proved four lengths faster than the puppy Crafty Gonzalo, but got four turns in the course.
In the first semi-final Not Caught Yet took control from slips against Foot Solution, and from where I saw it looked to have held on by a neck as Foot Solution closed, but the judge pulled in favour of the latter, a decision that did not meet with universal approval.
Drive On Smokey then created a major upset when racing away from Blades of Hope for a six lengths win at the escape .
In the decider Drive of Smokey led for most of the way but was caught in the closing stages by Foot Solution and beaten two lengths.
There was a Cork success in the Bill Chawke Irish Plate when Miss Chloe Bowen’s (Carrignavar) puppy Glenbower Junior, who won his trial stake at Rathcormac, and was nominated by John Boyle, took the honours when getting the better of Vincent & Kieran Purtill’s (Crecora) At All Times, nominated by Jimmy Quinn.
Irish Cup (64) Winner. €40,000. Runner-Up. €12,000
L. Walsh ns.
a bye. Duarigle Darwin (withdrawn).
F. Brooke ns.
1l. bt Kyle Brue.
T. Corden ns.
(p) 1l. bt All That Music.
4l. bt Crafty Gonzalo (p).
bt. Not Caught Yet.
(p) 6l. bt Blades of Hope.
L. Walsh ns. Troy-Murphy Syndicate’s (Kildare) bd.
(Mafi Magic-Class Attraction) (1-2) 2l bt T. Corden ns. T. O’Donovan’s (Cork) dk.bd. Drive On Smokey (p) (Adios Alonso-Jamaica Jane) (evens).
Evens. Blades of Hope.
2-1. Kyle Bruce. 3-1. Not Caught Yet. 5-1. Foot Solution. 8-1. Drive On Smokey (p), Crafty Gonzalo (p). 10-1 . All The Music.
Duarigle Darwin was withdrawn.
1-2. Blades of Hope. 3-1. Not Caught Yet. 4-1. Foot Solution. 5-1 Drive On Smokey (p).
D. Kennedy ns.
1l. bt Sunfire City.
P. Higgins ns.
(p). j.u. bt Sequin.
Ms. C. Hennessy ns.
(p). 2½l. bt Banba Be Lucky (p).
T. Foley ns
(p). 1l. bt Delightful Babe.
3l. bt Satriani (p)
1l. bt Melting Pot (p)
D. Kennedy ns. P. Sutton’s (Kildare) bd.
(Musical Time-Leigh Smokey) (6-4) 2l. bt Ms. C. Hennessy ns. P. Willis’ (Mallow) bd. Rushview Emma (p) (Thomas The Tank-Emmas Goldrush) 1-3
2-1. Sequin. 5-2. Rushview Emma (p).
3-1. Melting Pot (p). 4-1. Delightful Babe (p), Tuscan Flavour. 5-1. Satraini (p), Banba Be Lucky (p). 6-1. Sunfire City.
6-4. Rushview Emma (p), Melting Pot (p). 3-1. Tuscan Flavour. 4-1. Satriani (p).
Ms. C. Foran ns.
j.u. bt Wizard Matthews.
Mrs. N. McManus ns.
4l. bt Fingal Billy.
M. Mann ns.
(p) 1l. bt Crafty Toro (p).
M. Ryan ns.
bt Woodpark Alonso
1l. bt Call Up Pal.
1l. bt Stonepark Rebel (p).
Ms. C. Foran ns. K. Culhane’s Glin) be.f.
(Kyle James-Omera) 4-6 2l. bt. M. Ryan ns. Laura And The Lads Syndicate (Nenagh) w.bd. Chubbys Charmer (Razor Ashmore-Chubbys Princess).
5-2. Fingal Billy. 3-1. Crafty Toro (p), Stonepark Rebel (p). 4-1.Wizard Matthews, Cloudy Dawn, Woodpark Alonso, Call Up Pal. 6-1. Chubbys Charmer.
6-4. Call Up Pal, Stonepark Rebel. 5-2. Woodpark Alonso. 3-1. Cloudy Dawn.
J. Boyle ns.
(p) 6l. bt Tree Top Nidge (p).
P. Dalton ns.
1l. bt Team Ike.
J. Quinn ns.
1l. bt Feel My Pulse.
B. & L. Jones ns.
(p) a bye. Time James (withdrawn).
5l. bt Crafty Resino.
J. Boyle ns. Ms. C. Bowen’s (Carrignavar) bd.
(p) (Newinn Wonder-Chance Me Betty) (evens) 2l. bt J. Quinn ns. V. & K. Purtill’s (Crecora) bd. At All Times (Skellig Wish-Skellig Babe) 1-2.
2-1. Tree Top Nidge (p), Crafty Resino . 5-2. Feel My Pulse. 3-1. Glenbowen Junior (p), At All Times. 5-1. Time James, Team Ike.
Evens. Glenbower Junior (p), At All Times. 3-1. Crafty Resino.
The Cuine Syndicate’s (Patrickwsell) f.
(Adios Alonso-Dale Roisin) j.u bt J. & B. Barry-Murphy’s (Cork) f. Wazowski (Adios Alonso-Skellig Babe).
bt The Four Pioneers Syndicate’s (Gorey) w.bd. b
(Razor Ashmore-Uptown Angel) 3l. bt M. O’Sullivan & G. Thompson’s (Foynes) w.bk. Derby Treasure (Thomas The Tank-Fives Treasure)
S, & J. Hayes’ (Clarina) f.
(March Is On-Plough And Stars) 5l. bt Mrs. M. Wilson’s (Johnstown) bk. Annual Nova (Kilimor Matey-Bocca Ceol).