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Puppy Classic - Nottingham 500M - £7,500

BUBBLY BLUEBIRD will be favourite to land his third puppy title from a short seven-race career but the £7,500 Nottingham Puppy Classic (500m) on Monday will be no cakewalk for Paul Young’s strong contender for the Newcomer of the Year 2016.

Whether or not the Champagne Syndicate, the owners of Bubbly Bluebird, take to the stage at January’s GBGB Awards to accept the newcomer trophy remains to be seen but there is no doubting the impact he has made since his debut at Romford in June.

He was beaten then but has won his six races since and taken the finals of the William Hill Puppy Plate and the Coral Puppy Trophy along the way. This is the biggest prize he has raced for so far and the quality of the opposition mirrors that.

A fast break for Bubbly Bluebird is imperative and if he starts well he will prove almost impossible to peg back.

Kildallon Bullet produce the biggest run at the semi-final stage, which came as something of a surprise but you cannot ignore the impressive way the Heather Dimmock-trained runner clinically disposed of his rivals.

He looks like a youngster on the up and will prove a serious threat if trapping in the same sizzling fashion. He produced the fastest split of the competition when recording a slick 04.98sec and with a 40 per cent strike rate could make them all pull out the stops.

Seamus Cahill has two in the final – the Hove trainer also has a brace going for him in the final of the Lowther Stakes at Towcester on Saturday – and he also has a tremendous record in this competition having won it last year with Crossfield Cesar, and with Droopys Odell (2013) and Droopys Oscar (2010).

Newinn Shadow would appear to be the best of the Cahill pair. This December 2014 whelp has a lovely turn of pace and races with the confidence of a dog with considerably more than just six races in the book under his belt– four of which were wins.

Ballinakil Biddy has only raced twice – the heats of this competition – since joining Cahill and has yet to win. She has, though, settled well and could be open to further improvement.

Pat Rosney landed this with Newinn Yolo in 2014 and like Cahill will mount a two-pronged attack on the final with Newinn Blitz and Vatican Venice.

The former is probably the best of the duo. He has drawn trap one but in the heats has seemed to prefer running in the middle of the track which could compromise the chances of him getting a smooth run in the early part of the race.

Vatican Venice hasn’t won any of the preliminary heats but he is the only wide seed and on that basis alone merits some consideration.


The Nottingham Stadium Puppy Classic Final – Monday, August 30 2016

1 Newinn Blitz

2 Bubbly Bluebird

3 Kildallon Bolt

4 Ballinakil Biddy

5 Newinn Shadow (m)

6 Vatican Venice (w)

The Nottingham Puppy Classic Semi-Finals, Monday August 22 2016

First Semi-Final

Bubbly Bluebird recorded his sixth consecutive victory from seven career starts with another textbook display of front-running. There had been a fear that being drawn in trap three, with Newinn Blitz in trap one, put Bubbly Bluebird at risk of a knock from his middle-running rival on the run-up. That, however, didn’t materialise as Paul Young’s dog powered to the turn and went round a length or so clear. Newinn Blitz, trained by Pat Rosney, gamely gave chase but at the wire was five lengths second to Bubbly Bluebird who posted 29.64sec. Only the first two qualify for the final.

Second Semi-Final

Favourite Newinn Shadow lived dangerously at the first bend but survived intact and went ahead off the second turn to register a convincing success for Seamus Cahill, a multiple winner of this event. The December 2014 whelp was kept up to his work by Ballymac Benz and spurred on by Gerry Ballentine’s runner, he went on to score by three lengths in 28.87sec. Vatican Venice had been crowded at the first turn by he ran on best of the rest to secure second ahead of Ballymac Benz who became tired in the latter stages.


Third Semi-Final

Kildallon Bolt produced a sizzling performance which was highlighted by a sizzling 04.48sec split which was three parts of a lengths quicker than the next best semi-final winner who was Bubbly Bluebird. This was a real statement of intent from Heather Dimmock’s dog who quickly went clear and defeated favourite Ballinakil Biddy by two and a half lengths in 29.57sec – the fastest of the stage. The latter was forced to check when Kildallon Bolt cut to the rails at the first bend but had no major excuses. The same applies to Truly A Legend, who was never better placed than third after impressing at the first round stage.