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Greyhound Media Group Puppy Classic - Nottingham 500m - £7,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAUL YOUNG landed a second consecutive Nottingham Puppy Classic courtesy of surprise package Wildfire Lord, who landed odds of 12-1 in the £7,500 feature at the Colwick Park venue on Bank Holiday Monday.

 

 

 

Following on from subsequent GBGB Newcomer of the Year Bubbly Bluebird’s victory twelve months ago, Young’s September 2015 son of Tullymurry Act and Droopys Blossom paced up well to edge favourite Droopys Expert into the bend in the Greyhound Media Group-backed 500m decider and was never headed thereafter.

 

 

 

It was Corren Price’s Vigorous Becca who broke well but the early zip of Wildfire Lord and Droopys Expert soon dominated, and the eventual winner’s draw inside Angela Harrison’s star proved crucial. The latter challenged but was slightly hampered and the momentum was soon with the Romford raider who streaked clear.

 

 

 

Droopys Expert, runner-up in last month’s Puppy Plate at Sunderland, had to check his stride off the second bend and dropped back, but recovered well to move back into the second place although could not catch the winner who landed the spoils by one and a half lengths in 29.66sec (+30).

 

 

 

Third-placed Droopys Gold was never far away but was baulked when making a big run into the third bend after not quite timing the start, and then seeing Vigorous Becca move across him.

 

 

 

Wildfire Lord is the product of a repeat mating between his sire and dam. The first litter included Derby finalist and Mullingar Cesarewitch winner Droopys Acrobat, as well as last year’s Gymcrack champion Droopys Trapeze, so Young was also hopeful the Jim Cooper-owned runner, who was winning for just the second time in 18 starts, would come to the fore.

 

 

 

“It was a really good final and he's done it in great style. He's paced up well, held the line and went on. He showed good pace behind Droopys Gold in the semis so certainly wasn't winning out of turn - they don't know their prices!

 

 

"It's great for Jim (Cooper, owner). He was with us at the Dunphys and picked him out himself, along with his sister (Wildfire Angel). She runs in the bitches' final at Romford on Wednesday and, along with Jim's Wildfire Blossom in the same final, goes for a family double! 

 

 

"It's also great to win the Puppy Classic again and Nottingham again played a blinder. It was a busy night for us as a kennel with runners at Romford and Nottingham - plus Miriam (Young, wife) went to Yarmouth where Bluebird ran a great trial for the Derby there. We also had trials at Doncaster.

 

 "We have Bubbly Torpedo in the Coral Champion Stakes final so the week has certainly started well for us. Given the workload on Monday especially, this victory at Notts really is down to the staff."