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Buick can lift Gold Cup on top class TV card at Monmore

| 18.08.2016

David Metcalf | August 18, 2016

Droopys Buick to turn on the style in Gold Cup Final

Top class Open race action from Monmore takes centre stage on Racing Post Greyhound TV tonight (Sky 468, Freesat 250) and T4 Droopys Buick rates a solid bet to land the Gold Cup Final at 21:12.

Jimmy Wright’s son of Yeah Man is a really class sort who made the final of the Scottish Derby and is unbeaten in two runs in the competition.

He was particularly impressive in the semi-final when breaking well and leading at the first bend for a comfortable 2 1/2 length success over Making Paper.

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Once he turned in front the race was over as Buick is a really strong sort when getting on the bunny.
With the slow starting Making Paper once again on his outside, and Trap 3 Oscar Whisky sure to be heading for the rails, a similar start can see the selection in control from an early stage.

Bullet can get back to winning ways

In the 684m Open (19:56), T2 Billys Bullet is going to be tough to beat if getting way on terms.
Mark Wallis’ Coral Regency winner has lost his trapping boots in recent weeks but has still ran some tremendous races in defeat.

He performed miracles to qualify for last week’s semi-final of the Stayers Classic, when missing the break completely and getting badly crowded before being beaten just a length by Belstone Fox.

Billys Bullet was then even slower away before rattling home to finish a close-up third in the semi and the return to the blue jacket may well see him in a better light.

He wore it when registering his last success over course and distance and, if leading or turning handy, is a tenacious sort who will be hard to contain.

Trapeze the class act in Trafalgar Cup Final

T1 Droopys Trapeze has won his last three starts over course and distance in impressive fashion and looks a worthy odds-on favourite to complete the four-timer in the Trafalgar Cup Final (20:41).

Jimmy Wright’s youngster is a very exciting prospect blessed with stacks of early pace and produced the fastest time in the heats when making all to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 28:20.

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Although that was only 3/4 of a length quicker than main market rival T3 Teejays Apache, the selection is far more consistent at the traps.

His last three sectionals have been 4.32, 4.31 and 4.33, and Trapeze should have no problem grabbing the rail and bossing the inside with a similar exit.

If doing so the son of Tullymurry Act can lead the bend and sustain the gallop for another trap-to-line success.

Shellam to sizzle in Summer Classic Final

Wright looks to hold major claims of landing a third big pot of the night with T5 Shellam Delano in the Summer Classic Final (20:56).

The son of Westmead Hawk is two from four at the venue and clocked the fastest time in last week’s heats when showing more early pace than usual to beat Melodys George by 1 3/4 lengths.

A similar start can see Shellam turn in a handy pitch behind the likely trailblazer T3 Ballymac Ramsey and, with T1 Fearsome Phantom sure to mount a challenge on the inside at some point, there is a possibility of some trouble on the rails between the pair.

If that is the case, the selection will hopefully be in a position to punish any mistakes and use his power-packed finish to maximum effect.

Monmore best bets

21:12 T4 Droopys Buick (NAP)
19:56 T2 Billys Bullet (NB)
20:41 T1 Droopys Trapeze
20:56 T5 Shellam Delano


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.