In his previous four races, he had been beaten at 1-4f, 1-2f, 4-5f and 2-5f, but on Monday night Droopys Expert reminded punters that when he gets is right, he is almost unbeatable.
Angela Harrison’s All England Cup winner went to traps at 2-5f over the Nottingham 500m course where he was the fastest greyhound in 2017 and produced an eight length victory in 29.28 (+20).
The quality of the performance can be judged against some of the great hounds to have graced Colwick Park since 2010 – better still if going allowances are taken into consideration.
|29.16||(+10)||Sawpit Sensation||Head Bound||No Joke Sherry||Hunt||28/11/12|
|29.20||(+20)||Swift Hoffman||Makeshift||Swift Erin||Rosney||21/7/15|
|29.21||(+50)||Ballymac Eske||Burnpark Champ||Burnpark Penske||Draper||29/10/12|
|29.23||(+50)||Eden The Kid||Westmead Hawk||Cabra Jade||McNair||19/10/15|
|29.24||(+40)||Droopys Buick||Yeah Man||Droopys Hilda||Wright J||7/11/16|
|29.26||(+30)||Newinn Yolo||Crash||Little Flutter||Rosney||18/8/14|
|29.26||(+50)||Droopys Expert||Greenwell Hawk||Droopys Rhiona||Harrison||13/11/17|
|29.28||(+50)||Ballymac Eske||Burnpark Champ||Ballymac Penske||Draper||22/10/12|
|29.28||(+50)||Sidarian Padre||Vans Escalade||Drive Ahead||Lister||19/9/16|
|29.28||(+20)||Droopys Expert||Greenwell Hawk||Droopys Rhiona||Harrison||14/5/18|
The other outstanding performance on the night belonged to Phil Simmonds’ Newlawn Adam (Ballymac Vic-Gurrane Princess, Apr 15).
The 9-4 chance reminded Gymcrack winner Brinkleys Poet of the gulf in class when taking on seasoned open races in all-aged events when stretching his course and distance winning streak to four in 17.63 (+10).
With Simmonds, Jim Hayton and Angela Harrison all securing doubles on the night, the Nottingham open race trainer table now looks like this: