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Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Classic - Monmore 630M - £7,500

IN the years to come Thursday’s final of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers’ Classic could well be referenced as the start of a golden staying career for two of the finalists in this highly competitive 630-metre contest.


Pat Rosney’s Fearsome Phantom and Ballymac Ramsey, trained by Barrie Draper, made their six-bend debuts in the £7,500-to-the-winner event just a fortnight ago and win, lose or draw in the decider, both look likely to go on to lucrative careers over the extended distance.


Ballymac Ramsey, winner of the Racing Post Juvenile at Wimbledon in March, has had much of the limelight given his bigger profile over four-bends. But Fearsome Phantom, possibly a slower developer, has been just as impressive over the Monmore 630-metre trip in this stakes and he defeated Ballymac Ramsey at the semi-final stage.


On the clock there is half a length between them in favour of Fearsome Phantom. But the draw – Fearsome Phantom is in trap one and Ballymac Ramsey in trap two in the decider– doesn’t really favour either as they have such contrasting styles of racing.


When they met at the semi-final stage Ballymac Ramsey shot clear and gained a very decent lead from trap three before Fearsome Phantom closed dramatically in the latter stages to win going away in by a length and a half.


The final could be a carbon copy of that race but the suspicion is that Ballymac Ramsey’s stamina will improve the more he races over this type of distance and I believe that must be factored in when considering the likely outcome of the final.


The newbies may hog the betting but lest not forget the opposition, which includes the very talented Shellam Delano and Ferryforth Fran to name but two.


The Jimmy Wright-trained Shellam Delano is a most versatile performer whom his trainer says is being prepared for a tilt at the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon in a couple of months.


If he has an Achilles Heel it is that he lacks a yard of pace in the early stages and occasionally allows the faster starters get a long lead. But what he lacks in the early stages he makes up for late on and he will be applying pressure at the business end of the race.


Ferryforth Fran represents Champion Trainer Mark Wallis. If we know anything about greyhound racing, it is that you should never underestimate a Wallis-trained dog in a final. It is also worth noting that his trainer describes Ferryforth Fran as “much underrated” which surely means the Master of Imperial Kennels feels he has a point to prove.


Belstone Fox is one of the outsiders but is unbeaten in the preliminary rounds. The dog trained by Pam Dolby has a lovely turn over early pace and the draw from which to deploy it.


Melodys George makes up the sextet. Paul Young’s dog has been second in both early rounds but comes from a kennel that knows how to win a final. He might need luck, though, because on bare form he is unlikely to score.

Ladbrokes Summer Stayers – Thursday, August 18 2016

1 Fearsome Phantom

2 Ballymac Ramsey

3 Melodys George

4 Fearryforth Fran (w)

5 Shellam Delano (w)

6 Belstone Fox (w)


Jimmy Wright (Shellam Delano): “He’s a really versatile dog and is as game as they come. My concern is and always has been at Monmore over this trip there is only a short-run to the bend and that might mean they get away from him early. But if there is trouble up front I think he has a chance. Let’s put it this way, he’s done 38.64sec at Newcastle and there are not be many who are capable of doing that.”


DROOPYS TRAPEZE appears to be Jimmy Wright’s best chance of a big race winner on Thursday’s Monmore card in the Kai Laidlaw Beautiful Boy Trafalgar Cup over 480 metres.

Paul Young’s Teejay Apache could be the biggest danger to the Gymcrack winner who is set to make all in the red jacket, whilst Charity Dragon could also play a part for Pat Rosney from trap six.

Kai Laidlaw Beautiful Boy Trafalgar Cup – Thursday, August 18 2016

1 Droopys Trapeze

2 Frankies Lad

3 Teejays Apache

4 Baran Mourinho

5 Roys Boy (m)

6 Charity Dragon (m)


Jimmy Wright (Droopys Trapeze): “I’m not over happy with his draw in trap 0ne. He’s better from the middle. I was pleased with his semi-final because he is a top of the ground dog and the trap was slightly slow. To be honest he’s not really a 480-metre dog. He’s more of a 460-metre runner who gets 20 metres more. But he is really well and goes into the final with a favourites chance.”