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FIZZYPOP BUDDY set the standard with a sizzling 41.12sec in the first round of the Coral Regency (695 metres) at Hove on Thursday and the run was made all the more impressive by the sequence of events that had led up to it.

Due to an oversight the William Hill St Leger winner had to have a 250-metre trial at Poole on Tuesday evening in order to be qualified under GBGB rules to run in the first round of the Hove competition.

June Harvey, his trainer, takes up the story: “We faced something of a race against time to get him ready for the Regency. He had been suffering from a slight niggling injury and we were so busy treating him for it that we hadn’t given a great deal of thought to the time that had elapsed since Buddy had last raced.

“We were given the green light from the vet on Monday for Buddy to take his place in the Regency and I rang Peter Miller (Hove racing manager) to enter him. But I was shocked when Peter told me that Buddy was out of time and I would have to get a trial into him before he could run in the Regency.

“Poole kindly agreed to allow him to trial on Tuesday evening and he went really well. To be honest, running only 48 hours after his Poole trial, I really only expected him to qualify on Thursday, so for him to do the fastest time of the night was the icing on the cake.”

In what was probably the hottest of the six Coral Regency heats, Fizzypop Buddy broke best from trap six (14.05sec sectional) and ran the likes of Mossvale Ace and Droopys Cottage ragged when winning by three and a half lengths.

Doubles for Champion Trainer Mark Wallis and leading trainer-breeder Dave Firmager were amongst the highlights from the other heats.

The writing was pretty much on the wall for the others when Ribble Atom, who earlier in her career set new figures over 905 metres at Towcester, hit the front at the first bend in heat two to instigate the Wallis brace.

Trouble behind helped and in the end Ribble Atom (14.57sec sectional) was a four and three quarter lengths runaway winner in 41.61sec.

Billys Bullet, who sustained what at one stage appeared a career-ending injury in the heats of the Regency last year, landed the second leg of the Wallis double in heat five at the expense of Patchys Kerry, who again faded after leading.

It was something of an achievement by the Wallis camp to get Billys Bullet to the races as he injured a toe at Sheffield at the backend of last month, and the problem resurfaced in a trial at Henlow on April.

But make it he did and he stayed stronger than Patchys Kerry (13.97sec sectional), the early leader, to score by three-parts of a length in 41.60sec.

Fabulous Model got the Firmager double underway with a strong-running victory in the fifth heat which saw him defeat High Falcon by four and three quarters of a length in 41.96sec. Black Francis (14.36sec sectional), another trained by Wallis, was the early leader and finished third.

In the concluding heat six the Firmager-trained Romeo Storm (14.28sec sectional) made all to score by a shade under two lengths in 41.89sec from Oneco Sky, Immiconn was third.

Digby Mia was led until the fifth bend by Mustang Chick in the first heat but stayed well to score by six lengths from that rival in the opening qualifier in 41.59sec (normal). Fabulous Landing was third.


SEMI-FINALS 28/04/2016


FIIZZYPOP BUDDY starts from trap six in a hot third semi-final that includes Patchys Kerry and Mossvale Ace but he should comfortably go through if running up to his heat form.

As much as I admired his early pace last Thursday, I was particularly impressed by the way Fizzypop Buddy kicked clear off the final bend I take him to score and confirm heat form over Mossvale Ace.

Patchys Kerry is clearly finding the 695-metre trip a little taxing at present but this three times Category One winner cannot be dismissed lightly.

Droopys Cottage, third in the qualifier won by Fizzypop Buddy, is set to resume her winning form in the first semi-final.

This extremely talented stayer was third in the final last year. The winner then was Touch tackle, a brother of Billys Bullet, who is one of those opposing Droopys Cottage on Thursday.

Droopys Cottage had been in smashing form prior to her first round defeat and it took an exceptional performance from Fizzypop Buddy to bring to an end, so with any sort of luck in running Droopys Cottage should prevail.

Ribble Atom might be the best bet in the second semi-final if avoiding a possible collision with Black Francis, her kennelmate early on.



1st Semi-Final

1 Romeo Storm

2 Billys Bullet

3 Droopys Cottage

4 Jet Stream Trail

5 Fabulous Landing

6 Oneco Sky (w)


2nd Semi-Final

1 Droopys Flash

2 Immiconn

3 Black Francis

4 Ribble Atom

5 Coolavanny Credo (w)

6 Digby Mia (w)


3rd Semi-Final

1 Patchys Kerry

2 Mustang Chick

3 Mossvale Ace

4 Fabulous Model

5 High Falcon (m)

6 Fizzypop Buddy (w)




Brinkley Estate Future Champion Unraced


WITH only trial form to go on the bookmakers got it spot on in the pretty much all four heats of the inaugural running of the Brinkleys Estate Future Champion Unraced Trophy with three favourites and one joint favourite all winning.

Blissful Scolari was the most impressive when taking the opening qualifier in 29.76sec (normal) and by a shade over seven lengths. The time was quick for a hitherto unraced June 2014 whelp but no surprise given that Blissful Scolari had posted 29.68sec on going rated as normal over track and trip a week before.

It also comes as no surprise that Blissful Scolari runs the Hove track so well. His mother, Little Flame, landed the Coral Ladies Trophy Final over the same course and distance in 2011. She was trained by Pat Rosney as is Blissful Scolari.

Blissful Scolari broke well enough (04.28sec sectional) to take it up from early leader Fizzypop Blaze at the first bend and he then went on to score from Baliff Flame and Mad About Rioga.

Droopys Missouri was the next best on the clock when recording 29.89sec (normal) in the concluding fourth heat. This Paul Young-trained August 2014 whelp is also well related.

He is a half-brother of that tremendous evergreen top class stayer Racenight Jenny through his mother Droopys Laramie and a full brother of Rio Vincenzo, a very fast youngster who inexplicably blotted his copy book at Monmore in a Trial Stakes for the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby.

Droopys Missouri was one spot quicker on the sectional (04.27sec) than Blissful Scolari and, whilst his winning margin wasn’t as large as that achieved by Pat Rosney’s dog, the authority displayed by Droopys Missouri in defeating his kennel mate Young Force by three and a half lengths was. Vatican Venice was third.

In terms of depth of strength, I shouldn’t think Seamus Cahill has had a better kennel than he presently has, and he unveiled another potential top talent in the shape of Guinness Four.

This September 2014 whelp is by up-and-coming sire Tullymurry Act and out of Thurlesbeg Deks, the dam more than paid her way in the grades at Hove and the occasional open race when trained by Cahill between 2011-12.

Guinness Four went to the bend well (04.25sec sectional) and then fended-off a challenge from Droopys Rogue along the far side before defeating that rival by three and three-quarters of a length in 30.14sec. (normal) Baran Blue Bee was third.

No competition would be complete without a winner from Kevin Hutton’s kennel and Magical Scotty did the business for the man from the west by taking heat three by four and three-quarters of length in 30.13sec. (normal)

Magical Scotty (0.30sec sectional) was the only winner from all four heats who hadn’t been in front at the first bend.

The Jason Heath-trained Dundrod River (04.26sec) acted as pacemaker for Magical Scotty who started from trap six but showed good track craft to pass the leader on the inside at the third bend and went on to score by a shade under five lengths in 3013sec. Balboa Skywalker ran on for second ahead of Dundrod River in third.


SEMI-FINALS 28/04/2016


All eyes will be on Blissful Scolari (trap three) and Droopys Missouri (trap six) in the first semi-final of the Brinkleys Estate Future Champion Unraced (515m).

It could easily amount to the first round the bend wins, although we really don’t know enough about these youngsters to know those who have the ability to come from behind.

The draw may well favour Droopys Missouri but I was impressed with the early zip shown by Blissful Scolari once he got going on Thursday and he could have the edge.

Magical Scotty is the third heat winner to have been drawn in this qualifier. He showed excellent track craft in his heat and appeared strong in the closing stages.

Guinness Four is the only heat winner to have been allocated the second semi-final. He looks a tenacious type, trained by a man in form, and could have the edge over Young Force and Dundrod River.




1st Semi-Final

I Baliff Flame

2 Mad About Rioja

3 Blissful Scolari (m)

4 Balboa Skywalker (m)

5 Magical Scotty (m)

6 Droopys Missouri (w)


2nd Semi-Final

1 Dundrod River

2 Droopys Rogue

3 Baran Blue Bell (m)

4 Vatican Venice (m)

5 Young Force (m)

6 Guinness Four (w)