Ian Fortune

Droopys Wyatt looked a stayer of some potential at Shelbourne Park on Friday evening as he took the Novice 750 with a display of real power and pace.

The son of Laughil Duke and Droopys Sylvia has been racing in red-hot company since the very start of his career, highlighted by the fact that his fourth ever start came in the opening round of the Derby.

He has so often caught the eye and in recent outings, has really found some exceptional form. After winning a valuable 575yd stake last week, Robert Gleeson made the decision to step him up to six bends and it looks an inspired choice.

Making a flying start from trap three, he comfortably led Moyola Seamrog into the turn and proceeded to pull right away. By the fifth turn he was out of sight and he maintained a relentless galop to the line to score by seven lengths from the fast finishing Sinfonia in a rapid 41.43. It was a tremendous first start over the extended trip and he’s clearly one to keep an eye on in the coming months.      


Elsewhere on the Shelbourne card there was a massive run from Frontlineallstar in the opening round of the Retired Greyhound Trust A2.

Trained by Pat Norris for Mark Lowther, the son of Bull Run Bolt and Coolavanny Roxy was simply too good for his rivals as he raced clear to eventually come home an ever-widening thirteen lengths clear of Jet Stream Vic in 28.39.

Ronnie Craven’s Lolos Fury (Head Bound/ Lolos Ferrari) led from the second bend to take the opening heat. He went on to hold the finish of Razldazl Curtis by three parts of a length in 29.26.

James Kerr’s Manalishi Blitz led from the opening turn to take Heat 3. The son of Makeshift and Jetts Roberta was tight to the fence and he eased away to win by a comfortable five and a half length margin in 29.01.

The final heat of the round saw Superior Racking come home in front for Liam O’Rourke, Barry Cooney and Michael Dowd. The son of Scolari Me Daddy and Diamond Star broke well and disputed the lead into the opening turn.

Despite taking a hefty bump, he turned in front and he continued to make all to see off Me Paisley Park by two lengths in 28.87.