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


DROOPYS BUICK proved once again the greyhound for the big occasion as he justified favouritism in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup Final at Monmore on Thursday - victory in the £10,000 annual at the Wolverhampton venue raising the possibility of him winning back-to-back Greyhound of the Year titles.


Success in the Eclipse and the Olympic saw the then Jimmy Wright-trained runner land one of the sport’s biggest honours last year, and already this year he has finished third in the Scottish Derby, including a track record in the semis, reached the English Derby semis, run-up in the Select Stakes and now landed the Category One Gold Cup at Monmore.


Tony Williamson, Monmore racing manager, said after the now Angela Harrison trained had made all in a fantastic 27.63sec - the fastest of the year for 480m - to lead home the Jason Bloomfield trained Savana Donie: “What a fantastic performance from Buick, and the perfect way to bring to a close a great competition and terrific Summer Festival here.


“His was the best run this year, which is phenomenal when you think he’s well into this fourth year, but he’s as good as ever, which is testament to the work of Angela and Jimmy and their team. He had a tough draw in last year’s final here and didn’t get the luck but showed his class tonight. He’s one of the best we’ve seen at Monmore that’s for sure.”


Sharing top-billing with Droopys Buick was Buckos Lass (38.00m, 630m) as the locally-trained and owned runner of Corren Price’s landed a 16-1 shock in the £7,500 Ladbrokes Summer Stayers Final as the 26-kilo bitch escaped from her rivals and held on, albeit with connections of Geelo Monty and Swift Hansel feeling what might have been after troubled runs.


Williamson added: “It was a really gutsy run from Buckos Lass and great for the track here, in front of a fantastic and our biggest Thursday crowd. Corren was understandably delighted and emotional, as her bitch did so well to battle on and hold all challengers to the winning line. Again, it was a great Summer Stayers with a top-class entry and a terrific final.”


The other major prize on the card was the Gentleman George Curtis Trafalgar Cup Final, which saw the Produce Stakes form upheld as the British-bred youngster King Elvis broke smartly and made all in 27.96sec for the 480m to claim the £2,500 for trainer Liz McNair and owners and breeders the KSS Syndicate, led by Brendan Keogh.


Highlight of the supporting card included a track-record run from Slick Strauss as Patrick Janssens’ dog easily made all in the marathon to post 51.00sec for the 835m trip, while Seamus Cahill landed a double courtesy of Ladbrokes Puppy Derby champion Forest Con (27.77sec, 480m) and Karlow Turbo (40.69sec, 684m), the latter just nine spots off Centaur Corker’s long-held track record.