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BETFRED GYMCRACK - Kinsley- (£8,000)

LIVE paddock pictures are not always insightful, be they of greyhounds or horses. Only so much can be learned from the gait of a horse as is it paraded or the demeanour of a greyhound.

But there was a moment during SKY Sports build up to Betfred Gymcrack final at Kinsley on Wednesday when the camera conveyed an image of Droopys Trapeze which in an instant encapsulated a greyhound completely at one with what was expected of him.

The dog who, won’t lose his puppy status until September, stood upright, muscles taut and eyes focussed, ready to explode into action. Anyone who also witnessed the pictures will, I am sure, have felt compelled to back Jimmy Wright’s runner.  

All the “experts” agreed this was one of those races that would be decided at the first bend. And how right they were as Droopys Trapeze (trap three) set out his stall from the start with another cracking break.

His section – 05.17sec – was almost a length and three parts inferior to the one he recorded when setting new figures for the 462-metre trip here, but it was quick enough to put him ahead of Holdem Rio, the odds-on favourite, from trap one, on the dash to the turn.

That now familiar burst of speed off the second turn propelled Droopys Trapeze to stretch his advantage to the best part of two lengths at halfway with Holdem Rio in second. Banner Lightfoot (trap four) was third.

Droopys Trapeze was still ahead rounding the final bend but Lowgate Hagrid (trap five), eye-catchingly strong in the two preliminary rounds, was just beginning to unleash a powerful surge.

It’s a long run-in at Kinsley which occasionally catches out those with limited stamina. Droopys Trapeze doesn’t fall into that category, however, and he got home two and three-quarters of a lengths clear of Lowgate Hagrid, who picked up Holdem Rio in the final few strides to finish second. The winning time was 27.23sec (0.20sec fast)

The win brought Droopys Trapeze’s career record to five wins from seven starts and marks him as the youngest the rest will have to aspire to in the confined puppy events through the summer.

Lowgate Hagrid goes into the notebook as a dog to keep and an eye on, particularly over extended distances. Holdem Rio has huge potential and will no doubt be a major player in the big opens as will Banner Lightfoot whose serious early pace will always serve him well. Riverside Escape has come on leaps and bounds, having won an A9 at Hove in January, and can only get better, whilst a huge future is predicted for Live Anne, who didn’t get the rub of the green in the Gymcrack final.

 

THE WINNING TRAINER

Jimmy Wright: “He showed his class tonight. He has improved and improved since this stake got underway. He has always been a good starter – with the exception of his run at Monmore, where he didn’t get on with the traps – and he stays. He is the complete package. If he keeps on improving he really could be something special. He won’t be going to the Derby. Our dog for that competition this year is very definitely Droopys Buick. Droopys Trapeze will be kept for the Puppy Plate at Sunderland (sponsored by William Hill and underway on July 9).”

 

THE SUPPORTING CARD

Highlight of the undercard was a track record run for Roxholme Magic in the Betfred TV Marathon over 844 metres.

Hayley Keithtley’s dog clipped the best part of half a second off the previous best by none other than the ultra-talented King Kane when displaying sizzling second-lap pace to win by 13 lengths in 51.95sec. (0.40sec fast).

“She’ll pretty much do the clock wherever she runs,” said Mrs Keithtley afterwards as she confirmed the defence of her William Hill Dorando Marathon title was next on the agenda for Roxholme Magic.

Jimmy Wright, the trainer of Droopys Trapeze, was also successful earlier on the card with youngster Droopys Bouchard in the Sue Fradgely Memorial over 462 metres in a slick 27.30sec (0.20sec fast).

Seamus Cahill (Crossfield Molly and Southfield Jock) and Charlie Lister (Tyrur Fergal and Coolavanny Lass) had doubles to compensate for the defeats of their runners in the Gymcrack and there was also an impressive performance from Master Lego over 268 metres in a very fast 16.01sec.

Trainer Colin Hanford for long-time owner Ian Smith said: “He’s (Master Lego) has won two from two now and seems to be getting better with every run. He was only a half length outside the track record tonight.”