Roddick sparkles in Kirby Memorial finale
Pat Buckley's Droopys Roddick is certainly proving to be the dog for the big occasion following another scintillating performance in winning the final of the €80,000 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick on Saturday night
Roddick had produced his best previous effort when winning the final of the RFS English Puppy Derby at Wimbledon last back end and he again turned on the magic in front of a large attendance.
The expectation had been that Clares Rocket would continue his domination of the competition with his super early pace. But Graham Holland's star badly misfired as he walked from traps and was then baulked on the bend.
In contrast Droopys Roddick broke fast and was accompanied to the bend by Riverside Oscar. Roddick had the inside line and he made full use of it to power away. By the line Droopys Roddick had extended his advantage to eight lengths over Riverside Oscar in a flying 28.09, with Witches Belle some three lengths third.
English owner John Proctor was on hand to collect the trophy from sponsors JP and Noreen McManus, who had flown back from Aintree.
Buckley, meanwhile, says the dog's next race will be in the first round of the English Derby and intimated that he will have a trial around Wimbledon a week before the Derby.
The RPGTV Scottish Derby final produced a real upset as former Irish tracker Hot Pipe shocked the field as he took the £20,000 prize at 25/1.
Bred by Maurice Heffernan and formerly owned by Tony Martin, Hot Pipe got around the bend in front and pipped the Francie Murray-trained Fair Taxes by the minimum margin, with Ballymac Matt back in third after being involved in trouble.
A victory for Fair Taxes looked on the cards as he challenged strongly off the final bend but his effort failed by an inch, while Ballymac Matt ran on well at the finish to be just another head back in third.
There was some fast racing at Shelbourne where the opening round of the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks was run and this proved to be a much more profitable event for trainer Holland as he completed a five-timer in the heats - he had an incredible eight winners at the meeting.
Ballinakil Clare, owned by the same connections as Clares Rocket, was the star in the Puppy Oaks as she flew around in 28.06.
Holland's other heat winners were Slippery Louise 28.79, Slippery Thelma 28.55, Sidarian Pearl 28.17 and Rockburst Riva 28.41. The non-Holland-trained heat winners were Mustang Evita 28.63, Airmount Tess 28.35 and Madhmad Eyebrows 28.76.
Holland's three winners on the undercard were Hovex Blaze 31.13, Coran Sky 29.82 (550) and Jo Jo Fantasy 28.28.