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CORAL REGENCY & BRINKLEYS ESTATE FUTURE CHAMPION UNRACED - HOVE-

BILLYS BULLET brought the house down at Hove on Thursday when producing one of the most memorable comebacks in greyhound history to take the £10,000 Coral Regency.

Most of those present and watching on SKY TV could remember vividly the image of Mark Wallis’ super stayer being carried from the track with a fractured hind-leg, sustained during the first round of this competition last year.

At the time, saving Billys Bullet was priority – a future on the track was the last thing on the minds of Billy Boyle and Scott Murray, his owners, and Wallis. An operation by leading greyhound vet Daniel Doherty went well, and so began the long road to recovery.

Move the clock forward to a sunny Hove on Thursday. Billys Bullet is back in rude health having won both preliminary rounds of the 695-metre competition. This looks tough, though, with the inform Fizzypop Buddy on the outside of a field that oozes class.

It was imperative Billys Bullet (trap four) trapped quickly. He did. Quickly setting himself up with a lead, ahead of Droopys Flash (trap three) with Digby Mia (trap five) and Fizzypop Buddy (trap six) sitting in behind.

June Harvey, the trainer of Fizzypop Buddy, had expressed concern her dog was drawn on the outside of the fast-starting, wide running Digby Mia and she was right to be worried as they came together and quickly became detached from the leader.

There was only going to be one result thereafter with Billys Bullet maintaining a ferocious pace up front to score by three and a quarter-lengths from Jet Stream Trail in 41.31sec – his fastest run through the stake. Fabulous Model (trap two) stayed on for third.

WHAT THE TRAINER SAID

Mark Wallis: “This is up there with anything I have ever achieved. There have been a couple of times along the road when we thought perhaps we wouldn’t make it. I thought it was a brave decision by Billy (Boyle) and Scott (Murray) to enter him given what happened last year. I must say a massive thanks to all my team. To Daniel Doherty who fixed the hock in the first place and to Ron Mills for all the physio he has done on Billy over the last few months.”

 

WHAT THE OWNERS SAID

Scott Murray: “Mark (Wallis) said he would get him out of the boxes and to be honest I wasn’t sure. He is such a tough dog. He is really difficult to pass once he leads so we were pretty confident when he hit the front.”

Billy Boyle: “Outside of family this dog is everything to me. What he has done for us is amazing. I must say the support from greyhound people has been fantastic since he sustained his injury. It’s a real community – especially when things go wrong for people.”

 

THE highlight of the undercard was the final of the Brinkley Estate Unraced Future Champion and in Droopys Missouri the 515-metre event has a top class inaugural winner.

The withdrawal of Magical Scotty (trap four) meant only five went to post for the £5,000-to-the-winner contest. Blissful Scolari, on the back of a couple of sizzling runs in the heats, was the odds-on favourite.

As the traps opened, however, Blissful Scolari took a hefty knock from Young Force (trap two), who moved right from the boxes, leaving Droopys Missouri (trap five) to enjoy a trouble-free passage to the turn.

Blissful Scolari gained ground once he got going but there isn’t much between him and Droopys Missouri and the latter kept on well to score by a length and three parts for Paul Young in a slick 29.75sec.

Afterwards Mim Emmett, assistant trainer to Paul Young, said: “We have laid him out for this race. He could have run six weeks ago but we thought this was the right race for him. He is very decent and is going the right way.”