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LADBROKES PUPPY DERBY - MONMORE 480m (£12,500)

Semi-Finals 10/03/16 (going -30)

 

The first semi-final was a sensational race that nearly ended in a three-way dead-heat. Candlelight Fire and Droopys Astorish had a battle royal up front and it was Elaine Parker's Candlelight Fire who forged ahead Qualification looked a certainty for the front two but out of the pack came Droopys Elite. She delivered a power packed finish to get the verdict by a neck, in 28.47. The judge could not split Candlelight Fire and Droopys Astorish and connections had the option of tossing a coin or a run-off. The end result was these two exciting youngsters, would go head-to-head in a bid to make the final on Monday.

 

The excitement was far from over and up stepped Bramble Magpie in the second semi-final. This was a polished performance from Steven Anderson's youngster; he shrugged off early crowding to surge into the lead at the second-bend. From there this super talent would not be denied, despite a huge effort from Oscar Whiskey. At the line Bramble Magpie had 1 and 1/4 lengths in hand and won in a cracking time of 28.29.

 

Odds-on shot Barricane Bullet, was all the rage in the third semi-final, but crashed out after a bumpy ride. Ballymac Lyster showed he is tough and after he suffered baulking around the opening two turns a gap appeared and he seized the moment to hit the front. He ran out a 3/4 length winner over Castell Henry, who himself had a rough passage, in 29.13.

 

Get Full Results Here: http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=137590 

 

Run-off 14/03/16 (going -40)

 

Both Candlelight King and Droopys Astorish deserve huge credit, but only one could make it to the final and it was Droopys Astorish that emerged triumphant.Just making the bend in front, he was always going to be tough to beat. Candlelight King, though, gave an almighty effort to reel him in and at the line he was still 1 length down, in 28.57.

 

Run-off result here: http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsRace.aspx?id=1856965 

 

Final 17/03/16 (Sky Sports)

 

Six greyhounds are one race away from realising a dream for their connections. Not only is there £12,500 up for grabs, but a place in history. There is no doubt about it, this competition throws up future stars of the sport. These six greyhounds and some of those eliminated will have massive futures. 

 

Droopys Astorish has already had three runs, to get to the final but will that be a benefit or a hindrance? Bramble Magpie is unbeaten, but he must now perform closer to the rails than perhaps is ideal. Ballymac Lyster, Castell Henry and Oscar Whiskey are all here on merit. Droopys Elite possesses a powerful finishing kick, but will she be close enough, to use that to her advantage? Lots of questions but two things are guaranteed; this is simply a race not to be missed and a new name will be on the trophy as none of the trainers have won it before.

 

I caught up with Paul White, trainer of Oscar Whiskey, ahead of the big decider.

 

“This is the biggest race, I've ever been in. To say I'm chuffed would be an understatement, I'm delighted. I'd have preferred him to have been drawn further inside, but it is what it is and we will give it a good go. He's a big dog and not yet fully developed, I'd say there is a lot more to come from him. These dogs are all brilliant and we’ll need a bit of luck if we are to win it, but I'd say he's finishing his races off very strongly so we’ll always have a chance.

I just want to get Thursday out of the way, but thinking long-term, I know he's young and inexperienced, but I think he would suit Shawfield so why not have a crack at the Scottish Derby with him? Looking ahead to the Derby, it's the last one ever at Wimbledon and if he's fit, then 100% we will have a go at that.”

 

“I'd like to thank Monmore and the sponsors Ladbrokes; it's been amazing to make the final and I can't imagine what I'll feel like if we won it'”

 

Draw

 

T1 Droopys Astorish

T2 Bramble Magpie (m)

T3 Ballymac Lyster (m)

T4 Castell Henry (m)

T5 Oscar Whisky (m)

T6 Doopys Elite (w)