Fraser challenges for big Towcester prize
Rathangan-based trainer Fraser Black was never a man afraid to travel and the Scottish-born handler will shortly be back on the road with his flying young bitch Droopys Streak, which is to contest the £10,000 to the winner Lowther Bitch Stake at Towcester next month.
Droopys Streak is a very talented young bitch which hasn't run since being beaten very narrowly by the brilliant Ballydoyle Honey in the final of the Transport & Health Services Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne. Trainer Black explains that she had no injury but that they just decided to give her a break due to her young age, being an October 2013 whelp.
Droopys Streak is owned by Mark Lowther who is the sponsor of the Towcester event and the final will tie in with the famed Lowther Stakes at the York race meeting on August 20.
Droopys Streak had a trial around Towcester last week and clocked a very impressive 28.13. It was even better than it seems because Fraser reports that they were held up for six hours on the motorway due to a lorry going on fire!
The plan is that Droopys Streak will probably have her next trial around Towcester on Saturday week and will then be ready for the start of the competition the following Saturday, August 8.
Trainer Black will be on the road to Enniscorthy this evening where his high class Droopys Bomber (9.0) will contest the BoyleSports Derby Trial Stake. Droopys Bomber has been a most unlucky dog so far, running-up in the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake, the Gain Irish Cesarewitch and the Gain 600. He is due a winning turn and surely it will arrive here at the expense of Piercestown Lucy and Salmon Lad. Don't forget that Droopys Bomber started his career at Enniscorthy.
Larry Mason could be the man to follow at Shelbourne Park this evening.
The Dublin trainer has his string in fine order and he has genuine prospects of a double with Crickleowl Buba and Cyprus Avenue.
Crickleowl Buba (8.58) has been performing well in sprints and if he can repeat his flying start of two weeks back could be just the answer to this A3/4 semi-final.
Mason's Cyprus Avenue (9.43) was taking on a useful prospect last time when second to Hitthekettle and he appears to have an easier task in this A2 contest where he can dash off in front and stay there.
Peter Comerford and Tony Moore have been enjoying quite a run with their dogs of late and in Water Fern (9.13) they have a young dog with the potential to compete at a much higher level than this A3. He just failed to catch Lingrawn Jubilee last week but lost considerable ground on that occasion and is well capable of winning this.