Droopys Blink (Romeo Recruit – Droopys Quinta Apr 16) made an impressive sprint debut at Hove on Thursday night.

Central Park handler Frank Gray’s only runner on the card, the striking white and black pup (2-1JF) was quickly in front, coming home clear of London Gangster in 16.51 (-10 slow). Gray is understandably excited with his prospect and said afterwards: “He has fantastic early for a pup, which he showed in his first trial, and hails from a very good litter. I’ll be keeping him to sprints for the time being, I’m hoping he can step up to Romford’s 400 as he gets stronger.”

Frank Gray

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Olympic Final night pointers from a week ago held up well, led by June Harvey’s Clash (Tullymurry Act – Dynamic Trend Oct 14) who bounced back from defeat in the big Coral final to land a competitive 515 open. Shrugging off the early attentions of market leader Fweshfromthesesh, the 7/4 shot was never in danger, clocking 29.71 (calc) to land a fifth win in his latest nine starts for owners Debbie Williams and Mick McCrory.

Matt Dartnall’s rails lover Droopys Polly (29.75) and Jason Heath’s Droopys Affirm (41.81 both calc) followed up last week’s wins over 515m and 695m respectively, both using their early pace to maximum effect. The latter has progressed well from A5’s just a few weeks ago, and this Ballymac Eske – Droopys Hilda Sept 15 bitch now has a victory over established staying stars Clares Kyletaun and Slick Strauss on her CV.

Local trainers picked up 475 opens. Seamus Cahill’s home bred Babyface Owen (Scolari Me Daddy – Newinn Echo Dec 15) romped a maiden in 27.77 (calc) and is clearly on the upgrade. Doreen Walsh’s Totus Tommy, a son of Premier Fantasy, landed an 8-1 upset after hot favourite Bockos Alfie (impressive last week) found plenty of trouble.