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Racing Post Greyhound TV Scottish Derby 1st rnd Review /Semi-Final Preview - Shawfield 480M- £20,000

DROOPYS BUICK is poised to reach the RPGTV Scottish Derby for the second consecutive time when starting in the third semi-final of the £20,000-to-the-winner Category One at Shawfield on Saturday.

Angela Harrison’s 2016 GBGB Greyhound of the Year is clearly on top of his game at the moment after taking three hundredths of a second off his previous best for course and distance when winning at the first round stage in 28.60sec (0.40sec fast).

Whilst connections will be hopeful of a winning performance from the November ’13 son of Yeah Man they will also be mindful of the fact that last year Droopys Buick scored in both preliminary rounds before failing to sparkle in the final won by 25-1 outsider Hot Pipe.

There was so much to like about the way Droopys Buick went about his business at the first round stage. He broke quickly and soon set up a decent lead before staying on well enough to see off a challenge from the progressive Dorotas Woo Hoo in the closing stages.

Droopys Buick is drawn in trap two at the weekend and will have to be at his very best as a top quality line-up including fellow first round winners Slippery Amigo, Black Zak and Coolavanny Mason are in opposition.

It promises to be an enlightening contest and one which Droopys Buick is expected to win if he is going to land this prestigious competition.

Knockard Spring is the only runner in the first semi-final who was successful at the opening stage but it is, nevertheless, a contest stacked with high quality performers, including last year’s winner Hot Pipe.

The Kevin Boon-trained Knockard Spring also renews first round rivalry with Stay Loose, who ran on gamely to finish only three parts of a length behind the winner and will have his supporters to reverse those placings.

Boon is also represented by Shaneboy Freddie in the second semi-final. Others in this qualifier also include first round winner Ginas Lad, the talented Irish raider Good News and Droopys Five to name but a few.

But the dog they all have to beat here is Dorotas Woo Hoo. This brindle is a member of undoubtedly the best litter for many years – the Ballymac Vic – Droopys Daneel May ’15 batch, which is the talk of greyhound racing at the moment.

Dorotas Woo Hoo showed the sort of form that has seen him win six of his 11 starts with an incredibly impressive half a length second to Droopys Buick at the first round stage and this looks well within his radar.

 

First Semi-Final

1 Azzurri Genesis

2 Knockard Spring

3 Stay Loose

4 Grangeview Puma

5 Droopys Approve (w)

6 Hot Pipe (w)

 

Second Semi-Final

1 Good News

2 Ginas Lad

3 Droopys Five

4 Shaneboy Freddie

5 Dorotas Woo Hoo (w)

6 Farloe Falcon (w)

 

Third Semi-Final

1 Slippery Amigo

2 Droopys Buick

3 Coolavanny Mason

4 Black Zack (m)

5 Murrys Act (w)

6 King Kid (w)

 

HOW THE FIRST ROUND UNFOLDED

Heat One

Ginas Lad converted a first bend lead into a three and three-quarters length winning margin for Newcastle trainer Jimmy Fenwick. The February ’14 whelp broke quickly and was always in the driving seat as the odds-on favourite Good News came away slowly. The latter made up ground to take second but was never a threat to the 29.15sec (0.40sec fast) winner.

Heat Two

The race of the round as last year’s finalist Droopys Buick kept young pretender Dorotas Woo Hoo at bay by a fast-diminishing half a length in a new track record time of 28.60sec (0.40sec fast). This was an absolute thriller in which no quarter was either asked nor given by two greyhounds at the top of their game. There was a 10-length gap to the third-placed Farloe Falcon.

Heat Three

Richard Rees has made no secret of the high regard he has for Black Zack and the November ’14 son of Melodys Royal vindicated his trainer’s opinion of him with a slick two and a quarter lengths success. The Hove handler has described Black Zack as a “proper dog” and it was not difficult to see what he means as he deployed a no-nonsense approach and made all in 28.99sec (0.40sec fast). Azzuri Genesis was third.

Heat Four

Slippery Amigo, the 8-1 outsider, gave Newcastle trainer Angela Harrison her second winner of the first round when moving through on the rails and then holding a late challenge from Shaneboy Freddie. It was a messy first bend as Owen McKenna’s Cahir Castle attempted to get across to the rails from trap four and paid the price when taking a tumble. Thankfully, he got up and completed the course. King Kid who been caught up in the first bend trouble impressed when staying on for third.

Heat Five

An injury to the extremely talented Oscar Whisky cast a shadow over this contest. The Charlie Lister-trained All England Cup winner was second along the far side when fracturing his hock. Meanwhile, Kevin Boon’s Knockard Spring had taken an early lead and he stayed on well enough to see off Lister’s second string Stay Loose by three parts of a length in 29.31sec (0.40sec fast). Hot Pipe, last year’s big priced winner, stayed out of bother on the outside and came home in third place.

Heat Six

Coolavanny Mason gave Ireland it’s only first round winner when denying Angela Harrison a treble by beating her Droopys Five three parts of a length in 29.08sec (0.40sec fast). Pat Buckley’s dog tracked the Newcastle runner until the crown of the third and fourth turn at which point he went ahead. He stayed on well enough up the home straight to prevail, with Racing Post Juvenile winner Murrys Act, trained by Kevin Boon, in third.