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Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers - Monmore 480m/630m - £10,000/£7,500

KEVIN HUTTON might be busy readying Dorotas Wildcat for a crack at the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park - the Select Stakes and Derby Plate champion trials there on Saturday - but the Towcester handler still had time to send out the fastest heat winners in both the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Ladbrokes Summer Stayers on a huge night of open-racing at Monmore on Thursday.

 

For good measure, Hutton’s team were also involved in what could have been a run-off for a semi-final place between his Jet Stream Larry and Stuart Buckland’s Supreme Merlot after they dead-heated for third place in heat two won by local champion Droopys Turin (28.39sec), trained by Sandra Ralph. The subsequent withdrawal of Barrie Draper’s Ballymac Mossjoe means both now qualify under GBGB rules.

 

That eventful second qualifier had followed Forest Chunk (28.01sec) setting the standard for the competition in the very first heat over 480m as Hutton’s dog made all to win by six lengths from Greyhound of the Year Droopys Bucik in a fastest time of the night, although, as Hutton explained, that does not tell the whole story of the race.

 

“Buick ran a great race to qualify. He was out it seemed after almost being put on the floor, so to get back up to qualify was superb,” he said. “But Chunk ran great also and things are beginning to fall into place for him. We knew he was decent when he chased home [Dorotas] Wildcat on his debut at Swindon in April, but he had no luck at Sunderland.”

 

Entered for the Classic at the north-east venue, Forest Chunk narrowly missed out on a place in the final, and was then unlucky-in-running in a supporting race on final night. “Thursday showed us what he can do with a run and hopefully he gets a decent draw for the semis after the run-off on Monday,” he added.

 

Owned by John Schofield, Alex Antoniou, Paul Bennett and John Clarke - a team of owners which between them own the likes of Mash Mad Eyebrows, Ela Ela Genie, Rubys Rascal and Rubys Rascal, July 15 whelp Forest Chunk (Tullymurry Act-Forest May) was bred by Paddy and Margaret Kehoe and continues Hutton’s fine association with the husband and wife team from Co. Kildare.

 

“Paddy and Margaret are responsible for the ‘Forest’ dogs and, of course, the Droopys Danneel litters - of which Dorotas Wildcat is from and they do a great job,” continued Hutton, who later at Monmore oversaw Jet Stream Lynx clock the fastest time in the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers heats as the April 2015 daughter of Zero Ten and Allen Harbour, owned by Mick Freshwater, led off the second bend to win by no less than seven and a half lengths in 37.72sec.

 

“She became available via Greyhound Data. She’d won a pretty decent 750-yard novice open at Cork and I recommended Mick buy her - and thankfully he did,” said Hutton. “She’s only had four races here now and there was certainly a lot to like about how she handled Monmore second time round, and went away from her rivals.”

 

Jet Stream Lynx lines up in the first semi-final of the Ladbrokes Summer Stayers at Monmore on Thursday, where she takes on fellow heat winner Swift Hansel (37.82sec), the Grand Prix runner-up, who made a winning debut for Charlie Lister in heat three. Rubys Rascal, beaten favourite behind Vicki Lea’s Coolavanny Bear (37.96sec), is also in here.

 

Coolavanny Bear runs in the second semi where he takes on, among others, Corren Price’s heat four winner Buckos Lass (38.08sec) and Pat Rosney’s Cuba Libre (38.12sec), both of whom came from off the pace to win their heats well. The remaining heat winner, Paul Young’s fellow strong runner Bubbly McCoy (38.01sec), goes in the third semi.

 

The aforementioned Rosney camp had been on the mark in heat five of the Ladbrokes Gold Cup courtesy of The Other Ben (28.85sec), who swooped impressively late on in a crowded heat five, on a night where two major competition winners already in 2017, Forest Con and Droopys Country, both produced the goods.

 

Seamus Cahill’s Forest Con, winner of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore earlier this year, led off the second bend to win his heat in 28.15sec, while Angela Harrison’s William Hill Classic winner Droopys Country struck in heat four in 28.22sec, also leading down the far side. The remaining heat six was won in all-the-way style by Jason Bloomfield’s Savana Donie (28.24sec).

 

Draws: www.bagsracing.com/assets/10-august---monmore-adv.pdf