Friendless Oscars is fastest in Puppy Cup
Romford's Puppy Cup continues with the semis on Friday, live on RPGTV, channel 212, or can be seen via racingpost.com and other internet sitesPICTURE: STEVE NASH
OSCARS GOODBYE, friendless in the market as he drifted from 6-4 out to 5-2, proved the doubters wrong when setting the standard in the Romford Puppy Cup with a best-of-night success in the opening heat of the 400m competition.
Jim Reynolds’s local had blown chance of victory in a final five days earlier when moving off the inside draw and he looked well suited to a middle berth as he cracked out of trap four to take a lead he never appeared in any danger of losing.
Well-backed Gurtmullen Penny (5-1 from 8-1) went off in pursuit but made little impression on the leader who came home two and a half lengths to the good in recording 24.22sec (normal) with newcomer Jaytee Hellcat running an eye-catching race in third after a slow start.
Training honours on the night went to Eric Cantillon, who landed a 19-1 double courtesy of Blackrose Mia and Blackrose Eve
Blackrose Mia was first to score in heat three, biding her time to challenge until room appeared on the rails between the last two bends and then forging clear to beat Lenson Champ by two lengths in 24.54sec, while Blackrose Eve caught tearaway Yahtzee at the third bend in the finale and went on to beat Kinloch Tiger by two and a half lengths in 24.34sec.
Kinloch Tiger’s trainer, Chris Allsopp, had earlier gone one better when Express Rover impressively won heat five in 24.24sec, while other heat winners were Keith Crew’s Fahy Pine (24.33sec) and Derek Brighton’s Bens Angel (24.38sec).
*Draw for Friday’s semis – first: 1 Jaytee Hellcat, 2 Droopys Felton, 3 Bens Angel (m), 4 Express Rover (m), 5 Gurtmullen Penny (w), 6 Lenson Champ (w).
Second: 1 Kinloch Tiger, 2 Blackrose Mia, 3 Fahy Pine, 4 Ballymac Josh, 5 Oscars Goodbye, 6 Droopys Derek (w).
Third: 1 Unique Woe, 2 Severn Bolt, 3 Paulees Stevie (m), 4 Glanmire Lad (m), 5 Yahtzee (m), 6 Blackrose Eve (w).
At Nottingham, the heats of the Caffreys National Oaks over 500m went to Harry Crapper’s Bansha Mo (29.60sec) and Barrie Draper’s Ballymac Floreck (29.91sec). The draw for next Monday’s final will be made at the GBGB.
*Yarmouth draws for Thursday's Ladbrokes East Anglian Derby gala
7.25pm 462m 1 Ballymac Barn, 2 Jura Jaz, 3 Darian Creek (m), 4 Honey Bound (m), 5 Coyote Bluff (w), 6 Boher Chieftain (w).
7.40pm 462m puppy (Sky) 1 Droopys Ardan, 2 Ferndale Eagle, 3 Royal Command, 4 Ballyfinn Oscar (m), 5 Killieford Deal (w), 6 Dr Whizz (w).
8.00pm 277m (Sky) 1 Lil Risky, 2 Big Local, 3 Diesel Sammy, 4 Glanmire Phanter, 5 Monleek Town (m), 6 Gold Finch (w).
8.15pm 462m bitches (Sky) 1 Aero Joker, 2 Mays Bonus, 3 Westmead Athena, 4 Belvedere Emma, 5 Missy Kissy, 6 Cloncunny Peach.
8.35pm 843m (Sky) 1 Skyline Amber, 2 Powerfast Pigeon, 3 Storm Pockets, 4 Aero Gaga, 5 Jell On Jook (w), 6 Hometown Honey (w).
8.50pm 462m dogs (Sky) 1 Droopys Reason, 2 Star Cash Simon, 3 Jordans Chris (m), 4 Isheforreal (m), 5 Ayamzaman (m), 6 Diesel Harry (w).
9.10pm 659m (Sky) 1 Go Little Jeanie, 2 Droopys Trump, 3 Monleek Amigo, 4 Goa Girl (m), 5 Jaytee Monroe (w), 6 Blonde Reagan (w).
9.25pm 462m invitation (Sky) 1 Boher Paddy, 2 Hollys Bob, 3 Darian Chief, 4 Loughteen Blanco (m), 5 Ballycowen Dave (w), 6 Jaytee Pedro (w).
9.45pm 462m EA Derby final (Sky) 1 Taylors Sky, 2 Pennys Midas, 3 Fifis Legend, 4 Guinness Dusty (w), 5 Bubbly Phoenix (w), 6 Millwards Matt (w).
10.05pm 277m 1 Droopys Stig, 2 Monleek Wonder, 3 Ceroc Swift (m), 4 Dual Control (m), 5 Diesel Elsie (w), 6 Mountjoy Hawk (w).
10.20pm 462m 1 Extremely, 2 Way Lad, 3 Rathglass Lad (m), 4 Creamery Dallas (w), 5 Subway Lorraine (w), 6 Swift Freeze (w).