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Ladbrokes Gold Cup - Monmore 480M - £10,000

JAYTEE SPARTACUS added to what has already been a magnificent year for owner John Turner with a trap-to-line success in the final of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup (480m) at Monmore on Thursday.

For Turner it was a third major success in 2016 following the victory of Jaytee Jet in both the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park and William Hill Derby at Wimbledon for Paul Hennessy, his Irish-based trainer.

Paul Young is charged with the enviable responsibility of looking after Turner’s talented team of runners in the UK, and he coaxed a competition-best performance from Jaytee Spartacus when it mattered most – in the £10,000 decider.

The February 2014 son of Scolari Me Daddy produced his best break of the competition and went a length or so clear of a top class field as they made their way to the first bend.

Droopys Buick, the favourite, had to get away well but his trapping boots let him down when he needed them most and it was left to Charlie Lister’s Whisky Oscar to lead the pack pursuing Jaytee Spartacus at the first bend.

That order remained intact for the rest of the journey, as Jaytee Spartacus kept a decent margin ahead of Oscar Whisky throughout to score by a length in a slick 27.83sec (normal). Making Paper stayed better than Droopys Buick to take third, a further length away.

Monmore is proving something of a happy hunting crowd for Jaytee Spartacus. The Lawrence Jones Memorial Puppy Stakes was his last big race win back in December and that was also over Thursday’s course and distance.

The frustration continues to mount for the Conlon family and Jinny Wright, the owners and trainer of Droopys Buick, after another defeat in a big race. This year he has been out of luck in the Racing Post Juvenile, Scottish Derby, Wilf Husband Memorial and now the Gold Cup. Surely he will annex the big pot his talent richly deserves before the end of the year.


Paul Young (trainer of Jaytee Spartacus): “I’m really pleased. He has been a bit frustrating but we have never lost faith. On Thursday he showed just what he is capable of. To be honest I have noticed a change in him over the last few weeks. He seems really alive to things. Into everything. He went to Ireland for a trial for the Irish Derby which didn’t go well and I took the decision to reroute him to the Monmore race. He ran okay in the first round but I think he may have been tired after the Irish trip. Since the semi-finals though he has been in great form and took care of a top class field in the decider. I think he may go to Yarmouth for the East Anglian Derby but we haven’t made a firm decision on that just yet.”


The Ladbrokes Stayers Classic Final (630m)

HE may have been a 14-1 chance but you knew fairly early on during the Ladbroke Stayers’ Classic Final that Ferryforth Fran had a massive chance of landing the £7,500 first prize.

Ballymac Ramsey took them along but Barrie Draper’s dog hadn’t built a lead nearly long enough to compensate for his inability to see out this six-bend trip at top pace. Melodys George, another who doesn’t get home over this distance, was second and Ferryforth Fran, about whom there are no stamina issues, was nicely positioned in third.

The race panned out pretty much as expected, the exception being the absence of an anticipated late charge from Fearsome Phantom. The Pat Rosney-trained dog, being talked of as a force of distances in excess of this, sat mid-division throughout and was never a factor.

Ballymac Ramsey maintained his position at the front for almost all the journey. Close to home, however, Ferryforth Fran produced a last-gasp effort which got him up by three parts of a length in 37.86sec. Shellam Delano stayed on best of the rest for third.


Mark Wallis (trainer of Ferryforth Fran): “He’s been a fabulous dog for the kennel – he never lets us down, and is something of an unsung hero. He has won that on merit and picked up some very decent dogs in doing so. Matt Chapman has on several occasions called him a plodder. All I can say to Matt is that he is now officially a fast plodder.”

Alan Morton (owner): “Ferryforth Fran is the first dog I have ever owned. What a start.”


The Kai Laidlaw Beautiful Boy Trafalgar Cup Final (480m)

CHARITY DRAGON has emerged as another serious talent residing at the Lancashire kennels of Pat Rosney after an emphatic success in the final of Trafalgar Cup (480m) at Monmore on Thursday.

Before the race Rosney spoke of his concern that Charity Dragon was unsettled in the starting traps. He said: “He tends to sit down (in the traps) which is a bit of a problem. We have been trying a few things. Hopefully they have worked.”

He added: “This dog has bundles of early pace. He really is very fast and if he gets a chance he will go close.”

How prophetic those words now sound after Charity Dragon broke well and went ahead of Droopys Trapeze, the odds-on favourite, on the run-up and stretched clear to win by a magnificent seven lengths in 28.20sec.

Gymcrack winner Droopys Trapeze, squeezed when moving to the middle from trap one on the run-up, kept on for second place ahead of Baran Mourinho.