Bower Luke is a greyhound with a reputation to match his huge 38 kilo frame.
Unlucky not to reach the final of the Stadium Bookmakers Puppy Classic here at Nottingham last year, eliminated in the worst possible placing when finishing third beaten just 4 1/2 lengths behind Roxholme Dolly after leading for a long way.
He then went on to finish runner up in the final of the O’Tooles Gym, Byker Laurels at Newcastle behind antepost Derby favourite Ice On Fire.
I spoke to trainer Pat Rosney after his Monday evening comeback trial of 17.93 -10 over the 305m trip.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with that run. It’s his first outing since the Laurels final and he can only improve massively.
“He’s two and a half years of age now and all being well I think he can have a really big year. The 500m trip here at Nottingham does test him in the latter stages. At least it did last year. He might have strengthened up a bit this year you do have to think that in against Derby class it’s definitely a trip where he’ll have to get it right at the start.
“I’m waiting on news of the Scottish Derby, It’s a competition and track that I feel is absolutely made for him, the Laurels and then the Scottish Derby was obviously a route we took with The Other Reg back in 2018.
“It ended with him being successful in both finals and I see no reason why Luke can’t go very well up in Scotland too.
“If you were to ask me now which of the competitions he’ll excel most in I’d say the Scottish without hesitation.
“We’ll just have to wait and see on dates. At the moment nobody really knows if the Scottish Derby will be coming before or after the English, though as time passes by you’d have to say it’s more than likely looking as if the Scottish will fit in somewhere around the time that the English would usually be staged.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with his run on Monday though on what was a track that was terribly slow through no fault of the track staff. “The weather conditions driving down to Nottingham were horrendous and the lads at the track have done extremely well to prepare the track and get it back into good enough condition to race.
“We’ll keep him sprinting in trials for now, there’s no great rush and see how we go”.
Pat Rosney’s Bower Luke continued his comeback with another trial over the 305m trip, this week recording 17.93 (normal) compared to his 17.93 (-10) last time out. The perceived small loss in time this time around likely being attributed to a not quite so fluent start and moving slightly wider than previously off the second turn.
He powered to the pick up however and is heading in the right direction and gaining fitness with each run