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The Romford Puppy Cup - Romford 400m (£10,000)

There's something captivating about a big puppy competition and especially the Romford Puppy Cup. It's a thrilling competition and over the years we have witnessed some exceptional winners. This competition is often a springboard to greyhound stardom. First run in 1975, this competition used to be called the Christmas Puppy Cup and ironically the first winner was called Xmas Holiday. He was a great champion, winning countless competitions and made the 1976 Derby Final. It set the tone and right from that first running you had to be special to lift this prize. I was a huge fan of the 1990 winner Dempsey Duke who went on to win the East Anglian Derby among other titles. In recent years this competition has continued to shine brightly; Lenson Bolt, Rayvin Giovanni, Eden Star, Glanmire Lad, Ballymac Marine and Laughing Gravy are the last six winners. 

 

Semi-Finals 

 

My Little Dream for Ron Smith became the first greyhound to book her place in to the final with a trap-to-line winning performance. My Little Dream beat Roxholme Scolari by 1.5L in 24.43. You have to go all the way back to 1984 for the last Belle Vue winner (Hong Kong Mike) but Ron Smith will certainly have enjoyed the long journey back North dreaming of replicating that success.

 

Next up it was Droopys Brindle for Paul Young who put in a sublime performance stopping the clock in the fastest semi-final winning time of 23.91. She was moderately away but roared out of the second-bend to hit the front and run away from a quality field to beat Willy Whitesox by 4L. Paul Young won this competition in 2001 when he guided Droopys Survivor to victory at odds of 50/1. Droopys Brindle after this performance is sure to go off much shorter!

 

Toot Hill Wizard booked his place in the decider when he pulled off a 20/1 shock for Philip Simmonds. He was quick away and was never headed winning by a Head over Coolavanny Bisto in 24.49. Droopys Story and Roxholme Barkley both played a starring role in the heats crashed out here but we certainly will be hearing a lot more about those two in the future.

 

Final - Friday 25th September (RPGTV)

 

Will The Ladies Shine In The Final?

 

Droopys Brindle for Paul Young and My Little Dream for Ron Smith will be bidding to lift the Romford Puppy Cup on Friday night and end a 33 year wait for a bitch to win this great competition. The stats are stacked against them but both lit up Romford in the semi-finals and will head to traps full of confidence. 

 

Roxholme Scolari for Hayley Keightley got turned over in his semi-final but he was a star in the heats posting the fastest time of 23.95. If he returns to that level of form then he's an obvious danger. Hayley Keightley is having a big year and trying to force her way in to the top six. Currently only 32 points in the latest trainers championship standings behind 6th place Barrie Draper. A big win here would really throw open that race for a top six berth. 

 

Toot Hill Wizard, Willy Whitesox and Coolavanny Bisto have all performed extremely well and it would not be a major shock to see any of them on the podium collecting the trophy and the £10,000 to-the-winner prize.

 

Jack Murrell (Assistant To Paul Young) on Droopys Brindle 

 

"We had the favourite in 2001 but won it with the outsider Droopys Survivor at 50/1. It would be great for the kennel to win this fantastic competition again and we have Droopys Brindle in the final. If we could have picked her trap we would have picked trap-one being on the outside of Roxholme Scolari is not ideal. She must come away and clear him but if she does that then she's got a big chance.

 

Long-term Paul will take her to Belle Vue and let her have her a go at the Oaks she's got a very bright future. She's impeccably bred being a daughter of Oaks winner Droopys Twirl we will keep the mileage low because she's a fantastic breeding prospect. That's a long way down the line and an exciting track career awaits."

 

Jack can I ask you about Droopys Story, he went out in the semi-finals but looks to be a very exciting greyhound, what are the kennels plans with him?

 

"He's my favourite greyhound in the kennel. He's got great natural ability and I think he's got a massive future. He will miss Newcastle and we will target the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon with him. Hopefully next year he will be a Derby dog, he's a big dog and got plenty of filling out to do. I think he will be a star but like always we need that bit of luck with injuries and for him to keep progressing to realise his full potential."

 

Draw

T1 Roxholme Scolari

T2 Droopys Brindle

T3 Toot Hill Wizard

T4 Willy Whitesocks (m)

T5 Coolavanny Bisto (w)

T6 My Little Dream (w)