Nova has the potential to be a real contender

I’ve four more all age runners for your consideration tonight.  Given the nature of the opening round of the Derby this year things are certainly a lot harder to figure out. Some I fancy more than others but I’ll leave my own favorites to shortly before the season starts!

Needham Simple
(Bexhill Eoin x Gadget Girl)

Simple burst into the coursing public’s thoughts when winning a very competitive Trial Stake at Castleisland in late October last year. The manner of his victory, and the view that there was plenty more to come saw him installed as the early Derby favourite. This beautifully bred son of Bexhill Eoin and Gadget Girl went off favourite for the Troy Electrical Puppy Stake in Old Kilcullen only to run slightly below expectations, losing out to Bank Perspective in the final.

Simple was one of the first round shocks in Clonmel, falling to semi-finalist Light Duty in the opening round having looked in control of the course, however he showed what he was capable off in Limerick clocking well in the opening round and the fastest time in the second round before losing out to beaten finalist Eshwary Leader. With an older head on his shoulders this year he might just have matured enough to make him a big player this season.

Vale View Flyer
(Murtys Blaze x Blades of Glory)

This June whelp really came into his own in the second half of last season having shown promise at the October meeting in Ballinagar and November meeting at Rathcormac. Another well bred dog, he’s a son of Murtys Blaze and the excellent Blades of Glory, his mother reaching the Champion Bitch Stake final in her second season.

Flyer eventually gained silverware taking the Reserve Trial Stake at Doon and a few weeks later claimed a full Trial Stake when impressing at Galbally. He progressed to the quarter final of the Derby, getting some luck along the way, although he was unlucky enough to have to go up the field three times on the Sunday. Given his profile he could be one to keep onside this season.

Fleetwood Nova
(Johnny Casanova x Fleetwood Denise)

Nova’s form had caught my eye early in the season when he won on his first outing in New Ross, in what turned out to be a fairly hot 64 dog Trial Stake. He defeated Needham Danger and Hi Black Jack enroute to securing his Trial Stake ticket but never really got the credit he deserved for it.

In Clonmel he ran well in the opening round beating the subsequent TA Morris winner Cuine Rock and then In The Centre before falling to a subsequently disqualified Droopys Newman in the third round. A fine performance in Limerick saw him reach the semi-final beating Amys Lotto and very good pups Crafty Boohoo and Journey of Life before losing out to Newinn Wonder. If he can continue that level of form this year then he’ll be one of the dogs to follow this season.

Central Investor
(Bexhill Eoin x Central Model)

Drawn in the same section of the draw of as Vale View Flyer and Fleetwood Nova was Brendan Duffy’s home-bred Central Investor. A dog well fancied for the Derby after an impressive showing in his first outing of the season in Edenderry he went to Clonmel with that as his only outing. Having won his opening round of the Derby in difficult conditions beating Killeagh Jingles, he then beat Glenrock Gary before crashing out in very unfortunate circumstances having twice run unsighted in the third round. The Derry kennel normally get the best out of their all age runners and he might well be their best hope for this season.

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