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RFS PUPPY DERBY - WIMBLEDON 480m (£10,000)

You have to credit John Turner and everyone at RFS because their puppy competition is just getting better and better. This year it was promoted to category one status and carried a magnificent first-prize of £10,000. Puppy competitions are so exciting. They are about producing a potential superstar and in 2015 the RFS Puppy Derby looks to have unearthed a real star in Droopys Roddick. 

 

Pat Buckley won this competition in 2014 with Lenson Sanchez and he sails back over the Irish Sea with this year's trophy courtesy of Droopys Roddick. The greyhound and trainer may be back in Ireland but they left an impression on Wimbledon like few ever had before them. This son of Droopys Jet blasted out to make the first-bend in front and soon turned on the style to scorch around Wimbledon in the second fastest time ever. The winning distance of 8.75L over the talented Jaytee Spartacus does not flatter him and neither does the winning time of 27.97. He does not turn two until April and to produce a run of this calibre is truly outstanding. Eden The Kid broke the track-record posting new figures of 27.95 but that was on a fast track of +20. This pup did his time on a track rated normal and it is the greatest performance we have ever seen from a puppy at Wimbledon in the modern era.

 

He will be back for a crack at the £150,000 to-the-winner Derby in May and he is set to have a massive following. The Derby sponsors went 33/1 immediately after the race and there was a stampede and he is now joint favourite at 25/1. This was a very good competition and it's easy to forget but Jaytee Spartacus, Millwards Mates, Ballymac Ramsey, Pretty Lane and the non-runner Droopys Nine all look to have exciting futures ahead of them.

 

Pat Buckley On Droopys Roddick

 

“I honestly knew Droopys Roddick was capable of doing a run like that he is very special. We came over to give them experience of Wimbledon before next year's Derby and this race is the perfect platform. You have to thank John Turner for his incredible sponsorship and we are delighted to win it. The plans now are Droopys Roddick will have two big targets the Derby and the Irish Derby. You won't see him race now this winter he will be put away”.

 

SUPPORTING CARD 

 

Blue Bees Bolt made it three wins on the spin for Jim Reynolds. This exciting sprinter continues his rise up the sprinting ranks by taking some big scalps here and scoring by 2.5L in 16.06. 

 

There was no fairytale for the KSS Syndicate in the St Leger but the powerful owners landed an impressive four-timer with King Dan 28.64, King Alley 28.59, Fire Height Tosh 28.77 and King Dec 16.45. King Dan looks a very exciting prospect and does not turn two until March; what a job Bernie Doyle is doing with this youngster. 

 

Beachy Head will have given Claude Gardiner a much needed tonic after the Derby winning trainer was at home suffering from a spider bite. She put in a powerful performance to take the marathon by 1L over odds-on 2/9 Burgess Borna in 56.12. 

 

Get full results here; http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?racedate=10/11/2015%2000:00:00&track=Wimbledon