Double triumph for Buckley/Proctor team
What started as a great weekend for Pat Buckley and owner John Proctor with Droopys Roddick winning the €80,000 Kirby Memorial ended up as a real dream few days as their dog Droopys Acrobat scored a 12/1 success in the final of the Gain Dog Food Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar on Sunday evening.
Buckley had two runners in the line-up for the final of the 600-yard classic and Paradise Maverik was an odds-on favourite to score a repeat win in the event. But the race turned out totally against expectations with the outsider Droopys Acrobat flashing out of traps while Paradise Maverik made a mess of the start.
Paradise did go second at the third bend and closed hard but Droopys Acrobat wasn't conceding and won by a length and a half in 33.31 with Droopys Tee finishing fast to be just a neck back in third.
Droopys Acrobat is only a September '14 whelp and Buckley doesn't intend running him in the Gain 600 at Shelbourne. "It would be too much; he is a bit too young yet. We'll see what route we take with him but we'll give him a bit of time now," he said.
Buckley also doesn't intend to run Paradise Maverik in the Gain 600 which starts on Saturday night at Shelbourne.
"He is getting on a bit now and you have to mind him. We will be mainly looking for one-off and two-race events for him, something we did successfully with Paradise Silva last year".
Talking about the Gain 600, Declan Carey reports that he is short on entries at the moment. "We could do with seven or eight entries at this stage. Entries will close on Wednesday morning at 11am and the draw will be made immediately afterwards".
Among the names already in the book are Shugabear Barber, Slippery Snowy, Tiernans Gift, Greenane Rocco, Notorious Ben, Anopheles, Amanita Chic, Vivaro Swift, Newlawn Luke, Highview Apollo, Hovex Blaze, Milldean Cougar, Jo Jo Fantasy and Milldean Puma. A few big names are still missing from that list and they will surely run in this traditional event.
Also commencing this week is the Lee Strand 550 at Tralee, an A3 event with a winner's prize of €8,000. The heats will be run on Friday and Saturday and entries are still badly required.
It is hoped that 60 names will go into the draw. Friday's meeting will include the final of the John & Mary Dowling Memorial and the meeting will be a benefit for the Kerry District League.
There will be a few alterations to the schedule at Galway track this week. Due to essential work being carried out to the track, there will be no trials over 525 yards today or tomorrow. Sprint and 550-yard trials can be booked as normal on both days.
Also, there will be no racing or trials on Saturday at Galway due to the Connacht versus Munster rugby match. Schooling trials will be extended from 5.0pm on Friday evening to facilitate owners and trainers.