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Racing Post Greyhound TV Scottish Derby - Shawfield 480m-£20,000 - Final report

Charlie Lister OBE made it a magnificent seven in the RPGTV Scottish Derby when Dorotas Woo Hoo produced a performance from the top drawer to land the £20,000-to-the-winner Category One over 500 metres at Shawfield at the weekend.

It means the legendary Lister has now won as many Scottish Derbies as he has of the English version – it’s no wonder he has an OBE for his services to greyhound racing.

And in Dorotas Woo Hoo the man from Newark in Nottinghamshire has a youngster for whom the Scottish Derby may well prove only the first of many big race honours. The May ’15 whelp is a member of the fabulous Ballymac Vic – Droopys Danneel litter currently lighting up the tracks and, like his siblings, he seems to have a bottomless pit of potential.

On Saturday, he demonstrated that with a breathtaking turn of pace off the second bend that blew away his opponents as he came home almost four lengths ahead of his nearest rival in 28.77sec (0.30sec fast).

Second place went to Coolavanny Mason, one of two Irish-based runners to have reached the final. The Emerald Isle has won the Scottish Derby nine times and when the Pat Buckley-trained dog hit the front along the far-side I am sure victory number 10 beckoned in the minds of many. However, the son of Aero Majestic simply had no answer for the pace of Dorotas Woo Hoo.

It was a case of déjà vu for Droopys Buick. Last year the dog, then trained by Jimmy Wright, reached the final with an unbeaten record in the preliminaries only to mistime his start and finish fifth behind big-priced winner Hot Pipe.

Angela Harrison, then Wright’s assistant, is now the trainer of Droopys Buick but that clearly hasn’t resulted in a change of luck. Droopys Buick again mistimed his start from a difficult draw in trap five and then proceeded to run a stormer to take third place – five and a half lengths behind the winner.

Knockard Spring was a 25-1 chance but you wouldn’t have thought so given the tremendous run produced by Kevin Boon’s dog who broke best, led to roughly the halfway point before he was forced to check when crowded at the third turn. In the end the lightly-raced April ‘15 son of Kinloch Brae was fourth – a head in advance of the second Irish runner Good News.

Pat Guilfoyle trains Good News for his sister Sandra and Marie Kennedy. The dog for whom a €43,000 bid was declined at the Shelbourne Park Unraced Sale last year sustained a knock, along with Droopys Buick, soon after the traps opened and was on the backfoot thereafter.

Azzurri Genesis trapped well along sides Knockard Spring but came across to the inside from the middle of the track at the first turn at which point the Pat Rosney-trained runner sustained a knock from his fellow 25-1 chance and lost momentum.

WHAT CONNECTIONS SAID

Charlie Lister (trainer of Dorotas Woo Hoo): “He is a smashing big dog who has been slow coming to hand but is now beginning to show what we know he is capable of. I though he was brilliant in every round of the Scottish Derby and was exceptional in the final. He’ll probably go for a trial at Towcester next Tuesday and I think he’ll run well in the Derby. It was great to win my seventh Scottish Derby. It is a terrific track and is a great competition.”

Angela Harrison (trainer of Droopys Buick): “He missed his break and then ran into trap four (Good News). I thought to finish third after that was a great achievement. He was flying along the far side but he had given a very good dog too much of a lead. He was never going to catch him. I think he (Droopys Buick) is probably in the best condition we’ve ever had him. He’ll now have ten days off and then we’ll take him to Towcester for a trial. He’ll then go straight into the Derby.”