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BETFRED ECLIPSE STAKES - NOTTINGHAM 500m (£8,000)

 

Kelly Macari landed her second Betfred Eclipse title with 20/1 shot Pinpoint Boom, who made every post a winning one in the £8,000 decider. It was a bit different in 2011 when Macari won it with 7/4 shot Mill Bling Bling, but although this win may surprise a few it certainly did not shock connections. This race is steeped in history and it's roll of honour includes arguably the greatest greyhound of the modern era Some Picture, who landed this race back in 1996. Pinpoint Boom joins an illustrious band of winners but judged on this evidence it won't be the last title he lands.

 

This was a top class field that included Ballymac Mossjoe the Sussex Cup winner, Do It For Twiggy the East Anglian and Kent Derby champion, Puppy Classic winner Crossfield Cesar, Swift Carter, a Gymcrack finalist and Blackstone Marco, a Henlow Cesarewitch winner. That's some field Pinpoint Boom was up against but none could match this new star on the night. He had not trapped in either the heats or semi-final but he exploded from the boxes in the final. Once this strong runner was out in front he was always going to take some beating. To his credit though Crossfield Cesar rose to the challenge and turned it in to an epic battle. Down the back and approaching the third-bend it looked like Crossfield Cesar was going to come out on top but Pinpoint Boom showed he had an enormous appetite for victory and would simply not be denied. Pinpoint Boom crossed the line 1.5L to the good over Crossfield Cesar in 29.74. There was a huge 7.75L back to the third Swift Carter and it really was a dominant victory. 

 

Kelly Macari On Pinpoint Boom

 

“I'm delighted he won it, I knew there was a dog in there and he was better than his two previous runs in the competition and that showed. He is open to huge improvement and this is hopefully just the start for him. He will be put away now over the Winter and we have a nice team to attack the big races with in 2016. No definite plans have been made yet and we will have to see how he comes back, but Shawfield for the Scottish Derby would look to be ideal for him. I'd not rule out us having a go over six-bends with him also, he stays the four-bend trips strong. He puts everything in to his races and leaves nothing on the track but he recovers quickly. He is bouncing this morning and you'd not even know he's had a race. 

I'd like to thank the sponsors Betfred and everyone connected to Nottingham for everything they do for the sport. It's a great feeling to now have two Betfred Eclipse Trophies and hopefully we can try and win it again next year”. 

 

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2015 is drawing to a close but the future looks very bright indeed. Coolavanny Pat stormed to victory for Charlie Lister OBE by 7L in the fastest time of the year over 480m posting 28.33. He does not turn two until January and the sport looks to have a new star who is blessed with blistering early-pace. The Derby is a long way off but he looks sure to be a player in the big one next year.

 

Scolari Sound made a big impression in taking the sprint contest. David Pruhs looks to have a superb prospect on his hands after this March 2014 puppy beat some big named rivals on his way to posting a slick 17.66. It was not merely his 3.5L winning margin and fast time that impressed it was the manner in which he did it. This greyhound possesses ferocious pace to the corner and the future looks to be ultra-exciting for this youngster.