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Paul Young landed his third Coral Golden Sprint title courtesy of a sensational performance from Droopys Story in the £10,000 to-the-winner decider. This was the kennels first victory since they won it back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. Droopys Story joins an illustrious band of previous winners, including 2012 Derby winner Blonde Snapper. 


Droopys Story saved his best break for the final; rocketing out of the traps he recorded a super sectional of 3.66. That was too hot for his rivals and ensured he was out in front and dominating proceedings. Laughing Gravy and Vanayamzaman both missed their breaks and with it went their chance. The rest of the field could only muster up a moderate break with Pass To Go turning in second, off a 3.77 sectional. Droopys Story turned on the gas and victory was never in doubt. But we must credit Pass To Go because at the line he had closed the gap to 1 and 3/4 lengths, in 24.13 (-10).


Droopys Story is impeccably bred; he's a son of (Central City - Droopys Solange, February 2014). He's related to a host of top dogs like Millwards Teddy, Droopys Nidge, Droopys Tamera and Aimnfire among others. The next stop will possibly be the Derby but the big question is will he stay 480m? I decided to catch up with the kennel and ask that very question.


Paul Young On Droopys Story


“I'm made up he won it, it's always nice to land these big competitions at your home track. His main forte is early-pace, he showed in the final what he can do. We laid him off and brought him back at Sittingbourne on trainers' championship night and he never really suited the track. He's a proper Romford dog and the track and trip are right up his street. It was a great night and brilliant for the kennel to win it again. The track and the sponsors deserve huge credit, it's a great competition and I'm very proud to have won it for a third time”.


Paul, will you have a crack at the Derby with him and do you think he will stay the 480m?


“The owners are in America and not back till April, I will sit down and discuss it with them but I have my doubts. I think Romford, Peterborough and Sunderland are his tracks, his main target will be the Sunderland Classic. He's related to many top quality dogs who do stay but they are sired by Westmead Hawk. His sire Central City is the first track dog to win the coursing Derby at Clonmel. He throws huge pace, but they are not the strongest stayers, I've had a few and would have to say at Wimbledon it's not just the 480m, but around to the trip and then the rounds during the Derby. We will more than likely give him a trial, it's the Derby, but I think he will be better suited to the Classic”.


The Derby is not far off now, who is your best chance of landing it?


“It's a tough one, we will have a large number going for it, we are trialling double figures this week around Wimbledon. If I have to pick one it would be Jaytee Spartacus, he's only had six races but is a real nice dog. We won't head to Shawfield with him, it will be full concentration on Wimbledon and give him the best chance possible. He's definitely fast enough but you need luck, especially in the Derby”.