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Puppy Classic - Nottingham 500M - £7,500

SUCH has been the impression made by Bubbly Bluebird in the half dozen races he has had since joining Paul Young from Ireland that the September 2014 whelp is already right alongside Irish wonder dog Clares Rocket at the top of the ante-post betting on next year’s English Derby.

With a record of five wins from those six starts – he was defeated on debut at Romford – Bubbly Bluebird is also a strong market leader for the Nottingham Puppy Classic (500m) at Colwick Park.

The dog trainer Paul Young says is the best he has ever trained is drawn in trap three in the first semi-final on Monday, and, whilst he will be a very warm order, the likelihood of Newinn Blitz trapping quickly and moving to the middle on the run-up – just as he did at the first round stage – adds a minor element of doubt.

Connections will be mindful of the potential for trouble but given the performances thus far from Bubbly Bluebird the likelihood is that he will come out on top and make his way to the final of this high class competition won in 2015 by Seamus Cahill’s Crossfield Caesar.

First Semi-Final

1 Newinn Blitz

2 Garryglass Teddy

3 Bubbly Bluebird

4 Balboa Vadar (w)

5 King Diego (w)

6 Fabulous Apple (w)

SEAMUS CAHILL has a marvellous record in the Puppy Classic having won it three times in the last six years and he will be hopeful Newinn Shadow, a youngster with huge potential, can add to that tally.

The December 2014 whelp burst onto the scene during Peterborough Puppy Derby, and he has won three of his five starts and finished second on the other two occasions.

He was beaten on merit by Bubbly Bluebird at the first round stage but he has the ability to take care of this field and secure himself a place in the decider.

All About Class impressed in the first round and has won six of his nine starts. He has smashing pace up and will be thereabouts around the first and second turns but it is doubtful that he will hold on if Newinn Shadow gets a run as is expected.


Second Semi-Final

1 Romeo Desperado

2 All About Class

3 Ballymac Benz

4 Newinn Shadow (m)

5 Vatican Venice (w)

6 Murrys Act (w)

BALLINAKIL BIDDY can enhance what ought to be a strong-hand for Seamus Cahill in the decider on Monday week by taking the third semi-final.

The Hove trainer chose the first round of this competition for the UK debut of Ballinakil Biddy and she impressed when finishing second to Truly A Legend, who posted a decent 30.10sec (0.10sec fast).

The pair renew rivalry but from a different draw – Ballinakil Biddy starts on the inside of Truly A Legend this time – and with that run under her belt, I fancy Ballinakil Biddy to turn the tables.

Ballinakil Biddy started just three times in Ireland and won from trap one – her draw tonight- in 28.41sec over 480 metres at Shelbourne Park on her last start.

Truly A Legend has won three and been second three times in his six starts to date. He looks a fabulous addition to Russell Warren’s Sheffield kennels.

Third Semi-Final

1 Ballinakil Biddy

2 Truly A Legend

3 Kildallon Bolt

4 Caherina Piper (m)

5 King Kid (w)

6 Broadway Scout (w)



Paul Young (trainer Bubbly Bluebird): “I firmly believe this is the best dog I’ve trained. He is so professional, so forward. He has enormous potential. I was really pleased with his first round at Nottingham. He likes the track, particularly the long straights. He goes into the semi-finals in good order. I’m aware that Newinn Blitz moved broke quickly and moved off in the first round and might be a problem. But we beat him at Sunderland and I think we can again.”

THE FIRST ROUND – Monday, August 15 2016

Heat 1: Favourite backers got off to a good start when All About Class made all to score in convincing fashion. The Ray Pleasants-trained runner has been kept to open race company since his arrival from Ireland in June and he made it six wins from nine starts by beating Caherina Piper by a shade over four lengths in 30.26sec (0.10 fast). Romero Desperado, who had been travelling well when in trouble at the penultimate turn, was third.


Heat 2: Kildallon Bolt was the youngest in the line-up but showed enough confidence to barge Ballymac Benz and Roxys Lass out of the way to lead at the first bend. The Heather Dimmock-trained runner then opened up to score by four lengths in 3017sec (0.10sec fast). Ballymac Benz was regulated to second at the first bend after leading briefly on the run-up and held on to that position right to the wire. Vatican Venice, the favourite, came from off the back to take third.


Heat 3: The Russell Warren-trained Truly A Legend went up well and took what was to prove a winning lead just off second turn on his way to defeating Ballinakil Biddy by a shade under three lengths in 30.00sec (0.10sec fast). The latter had trapped well and led to the first bend where Truly A Legend slipped through on the inside. Salacres Matt enjoyed a good run around the outside and contested with the eventual winner to half way, at which point the Peter Harden-trained runner faded and was passed by King Kid for third.


Heat 4: This was billed as a match between Bubbly Bluebird and Newinn Shadow, with the betting just favouring the former. But in reality there was only one runner in it as the Paul Young-trained Bubbly Bluebird outran his rival from halfway to score by almost four lengths in a fastest-of-the-round 29.99sec (0.10sec fast). The pair – neither of whom led from the traps - pulled well clear of the opposition to the extent the third placed runner, Broadway Scout, was a further five lengths adrift.


Heat 5: Most of the field gathered in the centre of course on the way to the first bend which resulted in crowding. Thinkingofdarcy, the odds-on favourite, was one of those held up, as King Diego enjoyed a clear run on the outside from trap six. The Liz McNair-trained dog took full advantage of the situation of finding himself in front at the first bend and kept on to score by two-and a quarter-lengths from Murrys Act in 30.44sec (0.10sec fast). The latter, a March 2015 whelp, is the youngest in the competition. Garryglass Teddy stayed on well to keep the favourite out of the frame.


Heat 6: It was a good job Newinn Blitz trapped so quickly because, judging on the way he moved to the middle of the track on the way to the turn from trap one, he would have caused no end of trouble from a level break. As it was Newinn Blitz went clear and always had his rivals toiling as the Pat Rosney-trained runner scored by two and a half lengths in 30.37sec (0.10sec fast). Balboa Vadar got a smooth run around the outside to take second.