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Puppy Classic - Nottingham 500M -£7,500

THERE are nine months until the Derby but there are some who believe they have already identified the likely winner of the sport’s biggest race in the shape of Bubbly Bluebird.

And the Paul Young-trained dog will only have enhanced their opinion with another slick success – this time in the final of the £7,500 Nottingham Puppy Classic (500m) at Colwick Park on Monday.

I don’t think I was alone when raising an eyebrow when Young said he believed this son of Droopys Sydney to be the best he has ever trained. This is a man who put a collar on the brilliant Droopys Vieri, after all.

However, the more this dog, who loses his puppy status on Thursday runs, the more convinced I am becoming Young might have got it right.

His latest win was out of the top draw as he broke quickly and put a top class field to the sword from the outset. The speedy blue was never headed as he cruised to a five and three-quarters length success over Kildallon Bolt.

It was the seventh straight success for Bubbly Bluebird and by far the biggest of three competition successes for the dog owned by the Champagne Club Syndicate following hot on the heels of the William Hill Puppy Plate at Sunderland the Coral Puppy Cup at Hove.

Steve Fluin, the founder of the Champagne Club, has now also gone on record as saying her believes Bubbly Bluebird is the best his syndicate has owned in its 30 years in existence and again he is being compared to some cracking types – the likes of Bubbly Pheonix, Bubbly Totti and Bubbly Beauty to name but a few.

The story of the race is simply told. Bubbly Bluebird broke quickly, went clear and clocked 297.75sec (0.30sec fast). Kildallon Bolt started well but was always second, just over a length in front of Vatican Venice, trained by Pat Rosney, in third.

Seamus Cahill, who on Saturday had a brace in the final of the Lowther Stakes at Towcester and won it with Crossfield Molly, was also doubly represented in this decider – a race he won last year with Crossfield Cesar. But didn’t enjoy the same luck as Ballinakil Biddy and Newinn Shadow finished fourth and fifth. Newinn Blitz, another in the care of Pat Rosney, was last.


Paul Young (Bubbly Bluebird): “He is doing everything that has been asked of him and this is his biggest success so far. At the moment the next event for him is unclear. I might give him another run or two before the end of the year. To be honest I’m not sure at the moment. One of the problems we have is the uncertainty surrounding the Laurels (at Belle Vue) and of course next year’s Derby. It really is very difficult to plan ahead when you don’t know when a race is going to happen, where it is going to happen or even if it is going to happen. Hopefully the situation with those races and others will be clearer soon.”