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DROOPYS BUICK has had a year with more highs and lows than an Alton Towers rollercoaster but thankfully for connections it ended on a high with success in the Coral Olympic, the last Category One of 2016.

It really has been a 12-month white-knuckle ride for trainer Jimmy Wright and owners the Conlon Family. They have suffered the disappointment of his defeat in the finals of the Scottish Derby, the Monmore Gold Cup and Wilf Husband Memorial, the frustration of his sickness-enforced withdrawal from the Derby and the euphoria of late season success in the Eclipse and Olympic.

Droopys Buick was the red-hot favourite for the £7,500-to-the-winner final of the Olympic after two impressive victories in the preliminaries but this was a race that also featured a Category One winner and a dual Derby finalist, amongst others, so nothing could be taken for granted.

The last time Droopys Buick ran from trap one – his draw in the decider - was in the first round of the Olympic and he had to come from off the pace after a slow start to win. This was a much stronger race and even a dog of his quality couldn’t expect to give this field a start and a beating.

That was a scenario which didn’t arise, however, as Droopys Buick trapped well and guarded his rails’ position up to the bend and then went clear. It was a messy first turn. Barricane Tiger, the Sussex Cup winner over track and trip, was knocked over, Cork Falcon, who had gone up well, was badly hampered and Huarache Scotty was also given a knock.

Droopys Buick moved clear off the second bend. He was chased by Brinkleys King who, in turn, was pursued by Peregrine Falcon. Save for the latter passing Brinkleys King to take second place approaching the third bend, the finishing positions were pretty much cast in stone at the first turn.

Two and a half lengths separated Droopys Buick and runner-up Peregrine Falcon at the line as he stopped the clock at 29.89sec (0.20sec slow). Brinkleys King, who has made a promising start to his career with Wimbledon’s June Harvey, was third.

It took Droopys Buick less than half a minute to land the Olympic but nine hours to travel to the track from his Northumberland base after a series of road closures on route.

Afterwards Wright described Droopys Buick as the fastest he has trained. He also revealed that the dog will be trained almost exclusively for the Scottish and English Derbies next year.