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Ladbrokes Gold Cup - Monmore 480m (£10,000)

The 2015 Ladbrokes Gold Cup was won in stunning fashion by Swift Hoffman for Lancashire based trainer Pat Rosney. He joins a long list of illustrious past winners, including Toms The Best (1997) and Taylors Sky (2011). The Gold Cup will join Rosney’s bulging trophy cabinet that already includes the 2015 Scottish Derby and Select Stakes. This victory ensures that, even in August, he's already got one paw on the Greyhound Of The Year title and who is to say more big titles are not heading his way. 

 

A lot of talk before the final was would Swift Hoffman get a clear run with so much pace on his inside? He answered that question in resounding fashion with a bullet like break that caused the crowd to gasp and no wonder because he recorded a flying 4.21 sectional. Even with that break he had to settle for turning in second after El Lema flew up the inside and ran an outstanding bend to lead. Coming out of the second-bend Swift Hoffman started to turn up the heat egged on by a cheering crowd. You have to give El Lema a lot of credit because he tried with everything he's got to keep pace with Swift Hoffman but in the end he simply could not. Pat Rosney's star powered home to win going away by 3.75L from El Lema with Pat Rosney's other runner Vatican Gurkha a further 0.75L back in third in a spectacular 27.70.

 

My Real Mutley (4th) deserves a very special mention for lining up in back-to-back Gold Cup finals and is a real credit to connections. Timaru Surprise (5th) and Starshineedifice (6th) both have highly promising careers ahead of them and will surely have better nights.

 

Pat Rosney on Swift Hoffman

 

“This dog is brilliant over any distance. I think he'd be sensational over six-bends but we have to consider his stud career. Paul will never discuss plans until one race is over so nothing definite is in place. Newcastle (All England Cup) is an option but I'd say if Paul is in agreement the Eclipse at Nottingham will be his big target. There is a lot of talk about him going to Ireland for the Night Of Stars but I just don't see that happening because it clashes with the Eclipse.”

 

“Newinn Yolo is on his way back, one more week on the lead then we can start galloping. I'm not going to rush him, Newcastle may be too early, we will see but hopefully The Eclipse can be his target also. These two dogs are the fastest I've had to train and it unbelievable they have both come along at the same time.”

 

Supporting Card 

 

Millwards Teddy successfully defended his Ladbrokes Gold Cup Festival 630m crown worth a fantastic £5,000 to-the-winner. This great greyhound divides opinion. I guess you could compare him to Wayne Rooney from the football world. The critics come out in force and he shoots them down with a very impressive performance. You look at Millwards Teddy career record and it speaks volumes and shouts out I'm one of the greatest stayers of my generation. Last year he picked up Airport Captain in style and clocked 37.78. In winning this year he stopped the clock in a sparkling 37.57.

Bubbly Time, the TV Trophy runner-up, set tongues wagging in not only winning the 835m Marathon by 6L but she also set a new track-record of 51.25. The previous clock was set back in August 2009 by the great Flying Winner in 51.26.

 

Talking of track-records Dawsons Waft went mighty close only missing the clock by one spot when storming to victory in the £1,000 to-the-winner festival 416m. Maxine Locke's charge clocked 24.21, won by 4L and looks a greyhound heading to the top.

 

Roxholme Barkley announced to the greyhound world he's a dog with huge potential when winning The Des Loughrey Trafalgar Cup worth £2,000 to-the-winner. There's been so many great greyhounds bred and reared by Dessie Loughrey over the years including, Farloe Verdict and Farloe Tango. Roxholme Barkley has some way to go to hit those heights but he looks a serious greyhound in the making and is a very worthy champion. He won in 28.23 and was immediately given a 40/1 quote for the 2016 Greyhound Derby.