Young Graders To Follow (2)


Whelped in February 2016, Sherrif Bart is a black, powerfully built son of Scolari Me Daddy out of Janey Phoenix. The sire, by Droopys Scolari, had a progressive career brought to a premature halt when smashing a hock in a trial in preparation for a tilt at the Irish Derby. Scolari Me Daddy’s best winner to date is Jaytee Spartacus, who won the 2016 Ladbroke’s Gold Cup at Monmore. The dam, Janey Phoenix, is an unraced daughter of Eden Star, victorious in the 2011 William Hill Puppy Derby. Sherrif Bart is out of her first litter, and it’s fair to say that none of her offspring has shown huge potential as yet. However Sherrif Bart, on what he’s achieved so far, looks as though he can climb further up the grading ladder.

He made his Belle Vue debut on 1st September in A5, racing from Trap 1 and finishing in fourth place after crowding. Dropped a grade next time out, and wearing the blue jacket this time, Sherrif Bart showed that the experience of his first run had been put to good use. His early speed took him into the lead at the first bend, and he made all from there to win by 2¼ lengths in a time of 28.50 seconds. The average winning time for A6 at Belle Vue is 28.65, so Sherrif Bart’s effort against the clock was meritorious, and indicated that he would have a good chance if upped in grade. And so it proved; housed again in Trap 2 when contesting an A5 on 22nd September, his starting price of 4/5f showed that he was fully expected to improve. Taking a mid-rails course, he again led at the first bend and kept on strongly to win by 4½ lengths in 28.70 seconds. He’ll probably need to improve a bit on the clock if raised in grade to A4. The average winning time for that grade is 28.47, but I’m hopeful that he’ll make the progress required, given that he ran close to that time on his second appearance.


Feora Smallcrash is a December 2015 black and white bitch by Crash out of the first litter of Drowmeragh Debbie. The sire needs no introduction: Irish stud dog of the year in 2010 and sire of English Derby winner Bandicoot Tipoki amongst a host of other classy individuals. Drowmeragh Debbie, a daughter of Clonmel’s Red Mills Produce Sakes Final winner Duke Special, was no mean performer herself. She was successful in seven races, including an open, at Tralee. From her first litter, Feora Rose is showing promise at Pelaw Grange, having recently won an A5 there.

Feora Smallcrash first appeared on the card at Central Park on 31st August. She was unfancied at 8/1, unsurprisingly as her best trial time was 30.27, compared with an average winning time of 29.96 for an A6 at Central Park. Running from Trap 3 she avoided trouble but was never competitive and finished last in a time of 30.40. Next time out, on 7th September, she competed in an A7 that was more suitable for her stage of development. Though nothing was expected of her judging by her starting price of 10/1, Feora Smallcrash ran much better. This time racing from Trap 2, she crowded at the first bend but ran on to finish third, beaten ½ length and a head, in 30.16. This improvement was noted by Central Park’s regulars, and her odds were halved when she reappeared on 16th September, again in A7. Now boxed in Trap 4, she showed middle pace to lead at the fourth bend but was just caught near the line to lose by a head in 30.15.

On September 28th Feora Smallcrash was again up against Uncle Time, the dog that had just got the better of her on her previous run. This time there was no mistaking the confidence behind her ability to reverse the placings. Starting as 11/10 favourite, she showed early pace to take up the lead at the corner and ran on strongly to beat Uncle Time by 4¾ lengths in a much improved time of 29.60. That suggests that an A6 should be well within her compass.


Although there’s nothing in Rough Reason’s pedigree to suggest that he’s going to be a high flier, he’s the sort of dog that could well improve a bit more on what he’s achieved so far in his short career. His sire, Droopy’s Ward (by Westmead Hawk), was a useful open racer, with wins at Sittingbourne, Hove, Wimbledon and Shelbourne Park. He hasn’t had the opportunities as yet as a sire to show what he’s capable of. Rough Reason’s Irish dam, Rough Dilemma, won A3’s at Drumbo Park and Lifford. She’s only had a couple of runners so far from her first litter, of which Rough Reason is one.

Rough Reason is a 29 kilo black dog, whelped in September 2015. He showed in his trials that he likes to take a middle to wide course, and his four runs to date have been from Trap 5. In his first two runs, in A6 grade, he found trouble, finishing fourth and second, both in slow time for the grade. On 20th September, still in A6, the penny had clearly dropped as he powered into an early lead and held on to dead heat for first place in a time of 24.81. The grader was sufficiently impressed to put him in an A5 for his next outing. Unfazed by the upgrade, Rough Reason again showed early pace, leading on the run up and maintaining his superiority to win by two lengths in 24.74. The average winning time for an A5 winner at Romford is 24.75, so there was no fluke about his success. Interestingly, winners in A4 don’t need to go much faster than this, the average for that grade being 24.69. So, with normal progress, Rough Reason should be able to win in A4 in due course.


Whoops Molly is a September 2015 black and white bitch by Lenson Bolt out of Sineads Kelly. The sire won the Kent Derby at Sittingbourne and the Romford Puppy Cup in 2009, and held track records over four bends at both Sittingbourne and Wimbledon. Whoops Molly’s dam (by Moveit Jamie) was a modest winner at Clonmel before a short and unsuccessful spell at Romford. Scotts Topper, from the same litter as Whoops Molly, has already won seven races, from A6 to A4, at Sunderland.

Whoops Molly has had something of a stop-start beginning to her career at Yarmouth. Her trial times suggested that she could be competitive in A2, but her two efforts in that grade were well below par. She was finding trouble from her middle or middle to wide berth, and things didn’t improve when she was dropped to A3. Not until she was downgraded again, on 7th August, did she manage to steer a clear course and win in a good time for A4 (28.84). Still not ready for A3, Whoops Molly again crowded when upgraded on her next run. She must have had a problem after that, as she was off the track for a month. On 13th September she reappeared in A4 again and finished last. However, her last two races have shown her in a much better light. Improvement was clearly expected on 23rd September as she started at 7/4. Running wide rather than her usual middle to wide course, she led for most of the race, only giving best on the run in and finishing second. Last time out everything fell right; she broke smartly and soon led, winning her A4 by a length in 28.74. This was her best clocking so far, and 0.14 seconds faster than the average winning time for the grade. It’s also 0.07 seconds faster than the average A3 winning time, giving cause for optimism that Whoops Molly can win in the higher grade.

September 2018
Focus On Poole
August 2018
Focus On Perry Barr
July 2018
Focus On Nottingham
June 2018
Focus On Newcastle
May 2018
Focus On Monmore Green
April 2018
Focus On Hove
March 2018
Focus On Doncaster
February 2018
Focus On Crayford
January 2018
Focus On Central Park
December 2017
An Index Of Previous Blog Posts
November 2017
Focus On Belle Vue
October 2017
Young Graders To Follow (2)
September 2017
Young Graders To Follow
August 2017
Getting A Clear Run
July 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)
June 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (1)
May 2017
Specialisation (2)
April 2017
Specialisation (1)
March 2017
Qualities Of The Successful Backer
February 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (2)
January 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (1)
December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
November 2016
Racecard Comments : M - R
October 2016
Racecard Comments : H - M
September 2016
Racecard Comments : H
August 2016
Racecard Comments : E - H
July 2016
Racecard Comments : B - D
June 2016
Racecard Comments : A - B
May 2016
Form Cycles
April 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
March 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
February 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
January 2016
The Striped jacket
December 2015
The Orange jacket
November 2015
The Black jacket
October 2015
The White jacket
September 2015
The Blue jacket
August 2015
The Red jacket
July 2015
Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
June 2015
Upgraded Dogs
May 2015
Downgraded Dogs
April 2015
Focus on Romford
March 2015
Focus on Swindon (2)
February 2015
Focus on Swindon (1)
January 2015
Exploiting Formline Comments (2)
December 2014
Exploiting Formline Comments (1)
November 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (2)
October 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (1)
September 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
August 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (5)
July 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (4)
June 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (3)
May 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (2)
April 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (1)
March 2014
The Time Test
February 2014
Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
January 2014
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (2)
December 2013
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (1)
November 2013
Trap Draw
October 2013
Sires To Note
September 2013
Racing Post Summaries (3)
August 2013
Racing Post Summaries (2)
July 2013
Racing Post Summaries (1)
June 2013
Laying Greyhounds On The Betting Exchanges
May 2013
Spotting The Ungenuine Dog
April 2013
Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow
March 2013
Specialisation (2)
February 2013
Specialisation (1)
January 2013
Winter Ground Conditions
December 2012
Front Runners v Strong Finishers
November 2012
October 2012
Identifying Improving Greyhounds
September 2012
Race Ratings (2)
August 2012
Race Ratings (1)
July 2012
Following dogs in form
June 2012
Adopting a professional approach (3)
May 2012
Adopting a professional approach (2)
April 2012
A Greyhound's Win / Lose Ratio
March 2012
Adopting a professional approach (1)
February 2012
Warning To Speed Fans
January 2012
Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest
December 2011
Early Paced Dogs
November 2011
Speed Handicapping (5) : More FAQs
October 2011
Speed Handicapping (4) : FAQs
September 2011
Speed Handicapping (3)
August 2011
Speed Handicapping (2)
July 2011
Speed Handicapping (1)
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