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Coral Olympic - Hove 515m - £7,500

DROOPYS BUICK and Barricane Tiger, both Category One winners this year, clash in the third semi-final of the Coral Olympic over 515 metres at 7.32pm at Hove on Thursday.

The pair both came through the first round with wins under their belts, and they are the bookmakers first and second favourite to land the £7,500 first prize on Thursday week.

Droopys Buick is the clear market leader with the layers. He came into this race on the back of winning the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham and is seemingly enjoying better fortune following a year of near misses and bad luck.

Barricane Tiger loves Hove and picked up the Sussex Cup over course and distance earlier in the year, and ran well when defeating the talented Peregrine Falcon, amongst others, in the first round.

It is worth, noting, Droopys Buick and Barricane Tiger met in the semi-finals and final of the Eclipse and on both occasions the former was superior by a few lengths at least.

The first two only qualify for the final so the presence of the useful Bockos Alfie, a kennel mate of Barricane Tiger, would seem to spice things up.

Seamus Cahill, the local trainer, has half the field in the opening semi-final at 7.01pm.

Coconut Corker, Cork Falcon and Ballymac Lyster fly the flag for Cahill in a race made more competitive by the presence of the John Mullins-trained duo Peregrine Falcon and Oakfield Caesar. Droopys Rogue, who is trained by David Elcock at Henlow, makes up the sextet.

It’s a tough one to call but Oakfield Caesar might take all the beating.

I must admit to being impressed with the performance from Brinkleys King in the first round when he ran second to the ever so impressive Droopys Buick.

This is a dog who came over from Ireland at the last minute to run in the Derby in the summer but went out at the first round stage. He then returned to Ireland for what was to prove a largely disappointing campaign.

Last week was the first start for new trainer June Harvey and it was certainly an impressive debut which augured well for the future.

Johns Present, who dead-heated with Ballymac Lyster at the first round stage, is the only first round ‘winner’ in the line-up.

The Coral Olympic Semi-Final Draw

First Semi-Final

1 Peregrine Falcon

2 Coconut Corker

3 Droopys Rogue

4 Cork Falcon (m)

5 Ballymac Lyster (w)

6 Oakfield Caesar (w)

Second Semi-Final

1 Johns Present

2 Danzey Exception

3 Huarache Scotty

4 Brinkleys King (m)

5 Crossfield Cesar (w)

6 Droopys Noble (w)

Third Semi-Final

1 Barricane Tiger

2 Mystical Dreamer

3 Droopys Buick

4 Bockos Alfie (m)

5 Tyrap Dragi (m)

6 Haliska Rubra (w)




Sussex Cup winner Barricane Tiger underlined his compatibility with the expansive Hove circuit by scoring readily enough. Patrick Janssen’s dog kept himself safe behind early leaders Omega Kin and Peregrine Falcon before taking it up on the rails at the second turn. The three-year-old then pressed home his advantage to score by three and a half lengths in 30.18sec (0.20sec slow). Peregrine Falcon was second and Droopys Noble, who had also broken smartly on the outside, was three parts of a length away in third.


Ante-post favourite Droopys Buick got off on the right foot with a two lengths success in what was to prove a fastest of the round 30.01sec (0.20sec slow). The Eclipse winner conceded an early advantage to Minglers Toure before producing a lovely turn of pace to take command at the third bend. He stayed on strongly enough to put a bit of real estate between himself and the runner-up, Brinkleys King. The latter caught the eye with a spirited performance after taking a hefty knock at the first bend from Ballinakil Biddy.


Oakfield Caesar made it four wins from his last five starts with a front-running length and half success in 30.11sec (0.20sec slow). John Mullins’ recent Essex Vase fifth broke well from trap five and went clear when crowding held up those on his inside. It was something of a cakewalk thereafter for the June ’14 whelp who sees out the trip well. Danzy Exception ran a creditable race in second and he was three lengths ahead of Haliska Rubra in third.


Johns Present and Ballymac Lyster produced the finish of the night that, even with the assistance of the photo-finish, the Hove judge couldn’t split them. A dead-heat was announced after the Seamus Cahill-trained Ballymac Lyster reeled in Johns Present, trained by Paul Young, after the latter had sprinted to an early lead. He was pursued initially by Crossfield Cesar but when he began to tire it was left to his kennelmate, Ballymac Lyster, to test the leader. That he did and the pair flashed across the line as one. Crossfield Cesar kept on for third.


Cork Falcon produced the fastest sectional of the round (04.19sec) when making all to score in 30.19sec (0.20sec slow). This was a real textbook display of front-running as the son of Irish Derby winner Razldazl George broke well and deployed early catching early speed to establish a decent lead before tiring in the closing stages. He still had enough in hand though to hold on from the closing duo, Tyrap Dragi and Droopys Rogue. Of those two, the former was perhaps the more impressive after riding a first bend bump.


Bockos Alfie gave Towcester trainer Patrick Janssen a first round double by taking this. The Droopys Scolari whelp made it four wins from his last five starts when trapping quickly and converting a first bend lead into a length and a quarter winning margin. The winning time was 30.14sec (0.20sec slow). Huarache Scotty was crowded at half way but stayed on best of the rest to take second place., whilst Coconut Corker, who was denied a clear passage on the way to the first bend, finished third, three-parts of a length behind the runner-up.