The Cearnsport Springbok, a competition for novice hurdlers, gets underway on Sunday. The competition is no longer for 36 greyhounds; it is now restricted to 24 and ran over three weekends at Central Park (better known as Sittingbourne).
The entry is drawn from the top 24 greyhounds based on times set over course and distance since December 1st . No greyhound is eligible if it has won a hurdle race before December 1st .
As usual there are a number of screwballs amongst the entries. One is King Nelson who has twice been listed as ‘awk run-in’ but has shown enough
class to make the final of the Puppy Derby. Just two years old and a trial stake winner, he is the justifiable ante-post favourite.
But, at 20/1 , Droopys Trawler is a far better value. Another with ‘previous’ and disqualified for fighting at Nottingham in the Eclipse Stakes in November, the Seamus Cahill trained greyhound landed the Northern Puppy Derby in August. That’s strong form.
Having his card marked in mid-November has doubtlessly led to a rushed
preparation and Droopys Trawler only had his first official hurdle trail days before Christmas. Nevertheless he has shown improvement in trials and he had legitimate excuses for defeat in his one and only hurdle race to date.
In a soft opening heat (7.03 pm on Sunday), Droopys Trawler will surely progress to the semi-final and he might just show some much improved form in his second hurdle race start.
Droopys Trawler @ 20/1 (generally available) for the 2019 Springbok