. . .and the Draper camp is looking for another Brave Display
MAN of the moment Barrie Draper, a member of Pat Rosney’s Team Cani’ssage, most fears Team North East in the BETDAQ Premier League Greyhounds qualifying races at Doncaster next Wednesday but his Brave Display, who heads for the Oaks opening round at Wimbledon just three days later, might have a surprise in store for the ante-post favourites captained by Ian Lavery MP.
“Greyhound wise the north-east has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years and the area is getting stronger all the time,” says Draper, who reports Eden Star in fine fettle following his exertions in winning the Laurels at Belle Vue earlier this week.
“When you look at the kennels of Harry Williams, Kelly Macari and Jimmy Wright for example they are bursting with talent and look sure to go a long way in the Premier League. Quite how their runners will fare at Doncaster is anybody’s guess, and it’s the same for all of us, but it’s a good, fair track and all the Drapers are very much looking forward to the competition.”
THE Mick Pacey Fan Club BETDAQ Premier League team, captained by Perry Barr-attached Carol Weatherall, will be hoping their star sprinter, Dynamo Joe, will be fit and ready to do himself justice in the qualifying round at Yarmouth on December 3.
The dog boasts an impressive win ratio of 11 from 26, all but one of those wins in open competition, and completed a four-timer recently at Belle Vue, which followed a hat-trick at Nottingham, all those races around two bends.
“Joe’s been off a couple of weeks but should be fine for Yarmouth,” said Darren Holmes, the partner of Mrs Weatherall. “Carol has asked me to look after the Premier League affairs and while we have a few good dogs ourselves we have the support of Brian Clemenson and Norah McEllistrim on our side and they probably have better dogs than us. Either way, we’re delighted they’ve joined ranks and delighted also that GOBATA has come up with an event open to all trainers of all denominations.
“Heather Dimmock completes the team and while we have been quoted at 100-1 to win the competition those are very attractive odds, after all this is greyhound racing we’re talking, anything can happen!”
So where did the team name Mick Pacey Fan Club come from? “Mick is Heather’s partner and we thought we’d have a bit of a laugh,” added Holmes. “He’s not really got a fan club and, even if he did, I doubt even his missus would join!”
Draper youngster mops up once more at Belle Vue...
OUT comes the cotton wool and into winter wraps goes Eden Star who, once again burned them off in a big race final, the Betfair Laurels over 470 metres at Belle Vue last night.
At one time a bit hesitant at the start, Eden Star is fast getting the hang of things and he was gone beyond recall after just a few yards and then opened up an unassailable lead down the back to come home in another excellent time, 27.27sec. on ground .10sec. fast.
The actual time was just seven spots, or less than a length, outside the record set by Barnfield On Air more than four years ago but the proximity of the second and third, Longwood Fantasy and Tudor Prince respectively, suggests that he doesn’t need much further than this trip.
. . . and the Red Devils’ Michael Owen might also put in an appearance
THE Betfair Laurels final coverage on Sky from Belle Vue tomorrow promises to be an action-packed show with Eden Star topping the bill in the big race while the usual host of supporting opens over four distances will add to the excitement.
But just as much interest will centre on the recordings of the recent big races, including the Irish Grand National win at Harolds Cross by Olivers Twist, Ballymac Ace’s victory in the Joe Hardy Memorial final at Sunderland for Chris Allsopp and Milldean Panther’s tenth consecutive win at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Draper dog must box clever in the Laurels...
BARRIE DRAPER’S Eden Star passed his first venture into all-aged company with flying colours in his Betfair Laurels heat at Belle Vue last week and goes back to Manchester tonight for the semi-finals and runs in the third and final eliminator which is a potential minefield!
With only nine races under his belt in England, which took in victories in the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon and the Romford Puppy Cup, Eden Star has proved on more than one occasion that he can beat almost anything if breaking loose.
A GOBATA member recently paid a visit to Belle Vue and was hardly impressed with what he saw. “The only thing keeping the carpet together upstairs was the chewing gum!” he said. Would have been funny were it not true . . .