Sunday afternoon in the opening round of the Henlow Puppy Derby as Droopys Cannon showed he will be the one to beat in the event, writes Paul Brown of the Racing Post.....
Dean Childs’ dog was sent off a 1-3 shot to take the final heat and, riding a minor early bump as he headed for the rails from trap three, scooted clear and kicked away off the second bend, going on to clock 27.41sec for the 460m trip.
Bockos Doomie, who went to well in the recent Star Sports, Arc & LPS Derby, made a winning step down to puppy racing but those who availed themselves of the odds-on about Patrick Janssens’ dog in heat two would have suffered a few anxious moments after he was outgunned in the early exchanges, with a flying start from Jet Stream Jimmy putting him under pressure.
However, he paced up well to the third and then powered up the inside to win going away in 28.03sec for the 460m trip.
Headford Ranger proved too strong for his rivals in the opener as clocked 27.65sec, but litter-brother Headford Zidane suffered a crashing fall along with Night Time Jet in heat three as the field squeezed up at the opening turn. He fractured a foreleg and was sent to the vet for an operation. Makeit Saymyname held his pitch inside and was left clear to go on for a 29.97sec success.
Sonic Bubba was a drifter in heat four but won in the style of a good thing. Chris Akers’ dog led at the bend and then kept up a strong gallop throughout to score by nearly five lengths in 27.62sec.
The draw for Henlow’s next round will be made at the GBGB on Monday.
BOCKOS DOOMIE was fastest in the semi-finals of the Henlow Puppy Derby on Sunday afternoon with Patrick Janssens' youngster overcoming a modest start in the third of the 460m contests to win in a best-of-event 27.32sec, writes Jonathan Kay.
The 4-5 favourite went well to the bend after being caught somewhat flat-footed when traps opened and forced his way round before drawing away along the back straight to win by five lengths from Perrys Choice.
Trainer forecasts were the order of the day in the other semis with Dean Childs's 2-7 favourite Droopys Cannon overcoming a few scares along the way in the opener before pulling clear from the third bend to beat kennelmate Droopys Code by six lengths in 27.70sec.
The winner had to bid his time for racing room to open up then eventually took matters into his own hands by barging past early leader Distant Lucy.
Phil Simmonds got in on the act by landing a one-two himself in the second semi as his Dower Product made all to beat Headford Danny by three lengths in 27.48sec.
BOCKOS DOOMIE powered clear of his rivals in the £5,000 Henlow Puppy Derby final on Sunday afternoon as his handler Patrick Janssens took a giant stride towards a first Trainer of the Year title, writes Steve Nash.
Much stronger in the market than fellow unbeaten finalist Droopys Cannon, the 11-10 favourite made a reasonable start in behind Perrys Choice and Dower Product and needed no second invitation when an inviting gap opened up on entering the back straight.
The Austin Whelan and Bev Lochead-owned September 2017 youngster quickly settled the issue as he drew right away to beat a gallant Droopys Cannon, for whom trap five proved the expected major handicap, by almost six lengths in 27.24sec for the 460m course.
Perrys Choice was another three lengths back in third, just outstaying Droopys Code for that position.
Janssens said afterwards: “This is a truly special pup. He did everything right to get into a good position coming off the second bend and I was confident it was all over from there as his back straight pace is brilliant, and he stays too.
“Since his very first trial at Central Park he looked exceptional but the Derby just came a little too soon. He’s quickly matured and today proves that.
“There an open for him on Sussex Cup night at Hove, followed by a return to Nottingham for the Puppy Classic.”
Hazel Kemp, whose daughter Michelle Brown trains third-placed Perrys Choice, was another to pay tribute to the winner saying: “He's some dog.”
Although Janssens missed out in Saturday's Guys & Dolls final at Crayford, second and third places there allied to yesterday's Category One success has seen him extend his advantage over multiple reigning champion Mark Wallis in the Trainer of the Year standings.
Going into Sunday night's racing, Janssens was 172 points clear of Wallis who has won the title on ten occasions including an unbroken run since 2012.
Trainer of the Year standings
1 Patrick Janssens, 616 points, 2 Mark Wallis 444, 3 Kevin Hutton 324, 4 Seamus Cahill 319, 5= Liz McNair & Hayley Keightley 287