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Coral Regency - Hove 695m (£10,000)

 

Dean Childs Enjoys A Successful Nights Work 

 

Dean Childs has a spring in his step this morning after seeing his three entries all safely qualify for next week's semi-finals. Droopys Cottage put in another big display to remain unbeaten over the 695m trip at Hove and take her tally to 4 from 4. She got her Regency bid off to a flying start winning by 6.25L in 41.93 -45. Dean also saw Droopys Tamera and Millwards Teddy qualify later on the card with both of them grabbing that all important third qualifying spot. I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to catch up with Dean Childs this morning and get the lowdown on his runners.

 

Dean Childs on Droopys Cottage, Droopys Tamera and Millwards Teddy

 

'I have to say it was a successful nights work with three entries and all of them making it safely through to the semi-final. The Regency is a fantastic competition and being on my home track I would love to win it and while you’re still in it you've always got a chance. We won it in 2009 with Lorrys Options and like all the big competitions it's an amazing feeling to win them.

 

Droopys Cottage loves Hove, the 695m really suits her but in time I think she may even get further. I was delighted with her performance and for me she just keeps improving over the staying trips. She is in great form and although it's not easy to win Regency with there being so many good dogs in it I think she is capable and certainly good enough to win it. She is hitting top form at just the right time and i could not be happier with her. 

 

Droopys Tamera we threw her in at the deep-end, she's been off the track and for her to qualify in her first race back is pleasing. If she can manage to stay out of trouble early then you always have a chance of her stamina kicking in later in the race. I think her future lies over Marathon trips. There is always a danger of a greyhound bouncing their second run back but we will be doing everything we can to help bring her on. 

 

Millwards Teddy what a year he had in 2014 winning the Yorkshire St Leger, Ballyreagan Bob and coming runner-up in St Leger. It raises the expectations level but they are not machines and he is finding life tough at the moment. It's a massive testament to the dog’s character he is grinding out results, I'm delighted he qualified. He's had blood tests and check-ups and everything is ok. He is just not firing on all cylinders since he came back from winter's rest. I'm confident his form will return and I can tell you we are doing everything we can to assist him. While he is still in the Regency he can still win it and you never know he may well hit top form in his next run'.

 

Swansalona Diva for Kevin Hutton posted the quickest first-round time of 41.54 -45 on her way to a very impressive 1.25L victory over Droopys Flash with Millwards Teddy a further 2.75L back in third. Kevin Hutton's star British Bred was not the only eye catcher. Jim Daly's Touch Tackle was also ultra-impressive recovering from being baulked at the opening corner to win by 1.25L over his litter-brother Market Heights with Droopys Tamera a further 3.25L back in third in 41.89 -45.

 

While brothers Touch Tackle and Market Heights where celebrating it was sad news for the third brother Billys Bullet who sadly broke a hock. He is at the vets this morning and I'm sure I speak for the greyhound world in wishing this fantastic greyhound the very best of luck.

 

First-Round Winning Times At A Glance (Track rated -45)

 

Droopys Cottage - (14.57), 41.93

Tybar Hondo - (14.50), 42.17

Farley Rio - (14.30), 42.05

Touch Tackle - (14.67), 41.89

Swansalona Diva - (14.31), 41.54

Watch N Learn - (14.52), 42.45

 

Semi-Final Draw

T1 Bubbly Time

T2 Droopys Flash

T3 Genie

T4 Market Heights

T5 Millwards Teddy

T6 Alma Radar

 

T1 Black Francis

T2 Last Legs

T3 Droopys Cottage

T4 Watch And Learn

T5 Swansalona Diva

T6 Lightening Speed

 

T1 Touch Tackle

T2 Woodmancote Bert

T3 Ayamzamodel

T4 Farley Rio

T5 Tybar Hondo

T6 Droopys Tamera