Thursday 22 February 2018

Scottish Derby the likely target for Wendy

Coolavanny Wendy is tipped to challenge for the Scottish Derby, which starts in late March Photo: Getty (Stock picture)
Coolavanny Wendy is tipped to challenge for the Scottish Derby, which starts in late March Photo: Getty (Stock picture)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Connections of Red Mills Unraced winner Coolavanny Wendy have yet to discuss the exciting tracker's future, but it would be no surprise if he ended up challenging for the Scottish Derby, which starts in late March.

The young dog, trained by Fraser Black for Mark Lowther, turned in a foot-perfect start when beating the slow-starting hot favourite Boylesports Duke by three and a half lengths in a sizzling 28.35.

Black wasn't unduly surprised by the big run, saying: "It was the first time that he got a clear run in his career. We knew he was capable of a very big run and he picked the right night.

"I didn't get a chance to talk to Mark yet due to what happened over the weekend but you can take it that he will now have an easy few weeks.

"We haven't even thought about Limerick yet and there is quite a possibility we might let him have a crack at the Scottish Derby."

Hertfordshire-based Lowther has invested heavily in greyhounds over the years but has enjoyed very little by way of major success.

All that certainly changed over the weekend with Wendy's victory being followed up by Sunday's victory in the Boylesports Derby at Clonmel with the brilliant Coolavanny Bingo.

Both winners can be attributed to legendary Castleisland breeder Noel Browne, who trains Bingo and retains a share in the dog.

Browne reported that Coolavanny Bingo was even fresher yesterday morning than he was 24 hours earlier.

"He's an amazing dog but we have decided not to run him again. He will go to stud shortly but we haven't made a final decision yet on where he will stand."

It was on the recommendation of Jody Thompson that he bought Bingo as a pup from Jim O'Donnell and he also bought another pup the same day from O'Donnell to rear with Bingo.

That dog is known as Coolavanny Mason and will represent Browne and Lowther in the forthcoming Juvenile Classic at Tralee.

He could make a bold bid to gain another big victory for them as he has already clocked an impressive 28.67 in a trial.

Mason is a half-brother to such as Newinn Yolo, Rockburst Pearl and Newinn Expert.

Entries for the Juvenile Classic will close next Tuesday, and a number of fast youngsters have been trialled around the track in preparation.

Irish Independent

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