The tremendously exciting Droopys Roddick completed his unbeaten run through the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial when reserving his best for Saturday night’s final at Limerick stadium.
Trained by Pat Buckley for John Proctor, the April ’14 son of Droopys Jet and Droopys Start produced his best break of the competition, and used his pace to clear the three runners on his inner as they raced to the turn. Favourite Clares Rocket missed the kick and could never get involved, whereas Riverside Oscar challenged early with litter brother Riverside Chip in third.
However, the winner, whose middle and finishing speeds are his best assets, pulled away down the back, and maintained a searching gallop all the way to hit the line eight lengths clear of Riverside Oscar, in a flying 28.09, with Witches Belle getting up late to snatch third spot from Riverside Chip.
Winning connections receive a cheque for €80,000, while the runner-up gets €20,000, third-place runner €10,000 and the unplaced finalists €5,000 each.
Droopys Roddick’s performance also strengthened his position at the head of the market for the English Derby and the Irish Derby, both of which he is available for at 16-1, though the latter may prove more suitable for the strong-running tracker.
Winning trainer Pat Buckley and owner John Proctor completed a notable double 12-1 chance Droopys Acrobat upset kennel companion and reigning champ Paradise Maverik in the final of the Cesarewitch yesterday afternoon at Mullingar. The lightly raced September pup made all the running to beat the favourite by a length and a half in 33.31.
The final of the Scottish Derby took place on Saturday night in Shawfield and there was a huge upset as 25-1 chance Hot Pipe prove just too good for Irish challengers Fair Taxes and Ballymac Matt.
It was an unusual race to watch, transpiring in a manner contrary to what would have been expected by form students. The winner was first to show and led around with odds-on favourite Ballymac Matt seemingly well placed in second place.
However, Fair Taxes quickened impressively to move into second place down the back stretch, and then mounted a challenge on the leader as they turned for home. He looked sure to prevail but Hot Pipe battled back and, with Ballymac Matt picking up in the home straight, a three-way photo finish was called.
The picture showed Hot Pipe to have held on by a short head from Fair Taxes, with Ballymac Matt just a head away.
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