Eden Stars on a scintillating Racing Post Juvinile night
On a night that will live long in the memory of all greyhound racing fanatics Eden Star came out on top in the feature Racing Post Juvenile run at Wimbledon.
It was a pulsating night of action where seven of the top eight in the Derby took to the track and every race lived up to its star-studded billing. But it was Barry Draper’s sensational hound that took centre stage.
The brute of a dog took advantage of some sloppy starting inside of him from Mill Maximus and Coolavanny Bert but showed his usual strong starting speed but took off down the back straight in a style of a dog that has a special ability.
It was race over from that point as the runners in behind bunched up and maybe made the victory look easier than it actually was. The time certainly suggested that with the dog clocking just 28.59secs but the distance of four lengths back to Go Go Sonic certainly merited a lot of respect regarding his Derby campaign.
It takes a special dog to convince Nick Saava to turn to hurdling, in fact the last time he did so was back in 1979 when Westmead Manor won the Springbok. But 33 years on, the legendary handler has landed the novice hurdle championship again with Westmead Melanie. The performance, though, was anything but novice. Last at the opening turn, the bitch showed incredible braveness to surge through the field to get within striking distance at the last bend. She was still three lengths off on the turn for home until two immaculate leaps down the back straight sealed the win in sensational fashion as she timed her run to perfection to beat Lenson Teddy by one length.
The strength of the card as a whole was defined by the fact an Irish Derby finalist, Razldazl Bugatti, was appearing in division two of the standard races. Ruth’s classy type could only finish third however as Millroad Scolari sprung a surprise after pinging out of trap six.
The Irish raiders continued to fluff their lines from the traps in the Download William Hill from the App Store sprint race as Razldazl Rioga was sleeping from the lids, which paved the way for Lil Risky to speed up the inside and make all for Mark Wallis.
Razdazl Jayfkay was one of the stars on show this evening but last year’s ante-post Derby favourite also failed to land his race for Ruth, but ran excellently in defeat against Boher Paddy, who gave his Derby credentials a huge boost with a classy performance. On his first run of the year he clocked a sensational 28.44secs, three quarters of a length ahead of Razldazl Jayfkay.
Ireland finally got one on the board as Razldazl Marilyn landed the RP Cheltenham Festival Guide On Sale Stayers in a style suggesting that more races will fall in her lap this season.
“That’s why she’s called Marilyn, she’s an icon,” said owner Liam Marks.
You could hear the celebrations from Wimbledon all the way to Sheffield as the insanely well-backed Bansha Mo landed the gamble in the William Hill App - Download Today 480 Ladies event. The bitch has the Derby on her agenda according to trainer Harry Crapper, and she looks worthy of that ilk after a very impressive performance saw her stretch six and a half lengths clear of Britannia Joan in a speedy 28.49secs.
Race-fit, he may not be, but that didn’t stop Capoley Ash still being too good for his rivals in the Racing Post Free Greyhound Adverts Marathon, where he saw off a late surge by Lottes Girl to land the marathon by a length.
Despite the high-quality of the night the reigning Derby champion Taylors Sky wasn’t booked for a race but was in action in a pre-race trial – and what a trial is was. Charlie Lister’s star hound clocked a hugely impressive 28.25secs in a solo spin. The markets reacted accordingly and have cut him into favouritism to win back-to-back Derby titles.
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