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William HIll/Underground Peterborough Puppy Derby - Peterborough 435M


WE are still winding down from Jaytee Jet’s magnificent victory in the William Hill Derby at Wimbledon last Saturday but already talk has begun about the likely winner of next year’s competition.

There are plenty who believe they may already have identified the successor to Jaytee Jet in the shape of the precocious puppy Newinn Shadow. So much so that Wiliiam Hill, the sponsor of the Derby, has already priced up Seamus Cahill’s dog at 40-1 for next year’s big race.

And there was nothing about Newinn Shadow’s performance in the second semi-final of the William Hill/Underground Puppy Derby at Peterborough on Wednesday that would question the credibility of the December 2014 son of Kinloch Brae as a serious Derby candidate.

Following an easy enough success in the first round last week, this looked a more serious test of Newinn Shadow. Holdem Rio had his favoured trap one starting position and the impressive first round scorer, Droopys Polly, was in trap five.

Nevertheless, Newinn Shadow knuckled down to the task like an old hand. He trapped well, matched pace with the very speedy and more experienced Holdem Rio between the second and third bends, before putting the race to bed on the run-in, where he went clear to score by two and a half lengths in from Holdem Rio in 26.20sec (0.40sec slow).

Droopys Country, who had caught the eye with a strong-running effort behind Killinan Infanta last week, resumed rivalries with David Pruhs’ January 15 whelp and was made a warm favourite to turn the tables in the first semi-final.

That he did – cutting the bend to go into the lead at the first bend – by registering an easy success by a length and half from the Jason Ray-trained Savana Lord in 26.41sec (0.40sec slow).

The rest of the field were involved in crowding at the first bend and had little or no chance of catching the first and second placed greyhounds.

Jimmy Wright, the trainer of Droopys Country, was forced to withdraw his Gymcrack winner Droopys Trapeze (toe infection) from the third semi-final, which meant that Kooga Klammer started favourite.

But the race went to Ballymac McCole, who produced a slick run up the rails from trap one to score by two and half lengths from Dranoel in 26.43sec (0.40sec slow).


Jimmy Wright (Droopys Country): “He has a dreadful draw but is running well so hopefully he can get a run, even though I expect him to cut across to the middle at the first bend. There could be little trouble because Holdem Rio is likely to go to the rails from the middle. I’ve been impressed with Newinn Shadow. He is running ever so well and if he does everything right he has a huge chance. Droopys Country is probably suited by a bigger gallop – like Newcastle. We entered him because we were travelling with Droopys Trapeze, who we had to pull out of the third semi-final with a toe infection. It was frustrating to say the least because Trapeze would be okay to run today but wasn’t last night. He’ll go to Sunderland for the William Hill Classic (next month).”

The William Hill/Underground Peterborough Puppy Derby Final 15/06/2016

NEWINN SHADOW hasn’t put a foot wrong in his two career starts and gets the vote to come off best from what could be a cracking battle in the £8,500 final over 435 metres at Peterborough.

There is a real air of excitement surrounding the Seamus Cahill-trained Newinn Shadow, who possess impressive early speed and stamina in equal quantities, but this could be a tricky assignment.

Droopys Country is drawn in trap six but wants to be in the middle – he made his preference clear during Wednesday’s semi-finals when cutting across from the outside at the first bend – and Holdem Rio has a penchant for the inside and will almost certainly make a beeline for the rails early on from trap three.

Newinn Shadow seemed happy enough in the orange jacket in the first round of this competition and would appear to have enough pace to be well placed early on before asserting along the far side.

Whatever the outcome, it looks like being a fabulous final.

1 Ballymac McCole

2 Dranoel

3 Holdem Rio

4 Savana Lord

5 Newinn Shadow (m)

6 Droopys Country (m)