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Coral Sussex Cup - Hove 515M - £10,000

JUST when he thought life couldn’t get much better, along comes a Category One winner to put the icing on the cake. I think that sums up the lot that is Patrick Janssen’s at the moment following the success of Barricane Tiger in the £10,000 final of the Coral Sussex Cup (515m) at Hove on Wednesday.

Fresh from celebrating his wedding to wife Cheryl, at a ceremony in Las Vegas conducted by an Elvis-lookalike minister, the Belgium-born Janssen marked another milestone by securing his first winner at the very highest level.

Prior to the race we were contemplating how it might provide a first of another kind - that of a victory for Charlie Lister OBE, whose Oscar Whisky was the odds-on favourite after two extremely authoritative performances in the preliminary rounds.

The Coral Sussex Cup, which has been won by notables such as Toms The Best (1997), Barnfield On Air (2007) and Exocet (2014) to name but a few, is one race that has so far eluded Lister. That, however, looked likely to be put right this year.

It all seemed to be going to plan for the odds-on favourite Oscar Whisky when the traps opened. He broke well from trap one but then failed to accelerate quickly enough to contain Barricane Tiger (trap four) and Oakfield Caesar (trap six) went ahead as they approached the first bend.

Barricane Tiger turned in front, followed by Oakfield Caesar with Oscar Whisky in third. The latter moved into second place along the farside but was unable to make any significant impression on Barricane Tiger who scored by a shade over two lengths in a smart 29.79sec.

Oscar Whisky had a further two lengths to spare over Oakfield Caesar, who, in turn, was two and a quarter-lengths in advance of Calco Flyer. Ascot Woodie was fifth, whilst Dorotas Tiger, a brother of Oscar Whisky, finished last.

THE SUPPORTING CARD

YOU couldn’t fail to be interested in the comments from trainer Paul Young after the £2,500 Coral Puppy Trophy.

Hot on the heels of his impressive success in the William Hill Puppy Plate at Sunderland, Bubbly Bluebird was the red-hot favourite for the 515-metre contest and he again showed himself to be a youngster of the very highest order when making all to score by four and a half lengths in 29.73sec.

I’m not sure anyone will have been prepared for Young’s remarks afterwards. He said: “He is the best I’ve ever trained.” Now Young has had plenty of quality dogs through his hands, including the fabulous Droopys Vieri, so that is high praise indeed.

The victory means the September 2014 son of Droopys Sydney has won four of his five starts since joining Young and he now heads to Nottingham for the Puppy Classic, which starts on August 15.

Live Annie is going to Towcester for the Lowther Stakes (starts August 13) after a real eye-catching run in the £2,500 Coral Ladies Trophy over 515 metres.

Seamus Cahill’s bitch returned from a two-month break when finishing second in the heats and showed the benefit of having a run under her belt with a sizzling trap-to-line success by more than six lengths in 29.66sec.

Cahill said afterwards: “Towcester is where she heads next. She is a top quality bitch and could be anything. He looks like she’ll stay as well.”

TRAINER QUOTES

PATRICK JANSSEN (Barricane Tiger): “I’m absolutely delighted. He’s a great dog. Once he came away and then cut across at the first bend I knew the others were in trouble. They were definitely going to struggle to catch to catch him. He has won over 575 metres and stays well. He’s a nice, kind dog. To be honest I have a couple of Jayfkays (Razldazl Jayfkay, the sire of Barricane Tiger) and they are all kind dogs. I like him as a sire. There are so many people I would like to thank. In particular Cheryl (wife) and Pete (Moorhouse) who keep the whole show on the road. Barricane Tiger next runs on the card supporting the TV Trophy at Towcester on Wednesday.”