I'm Slippy

I'm Slippy

Photo(s) Courtesy www.thedogs.co.uk

Whelped in May 1981, I’m Slippy was an Irish-bred white and brindle dog by Laurdella Fun out of Glencoe Bess. He was owned by Mr J.J. Quinn and sent over to England to be trained for the 1983 English Derby by Barbara Tomkins. I’m Slippy held the two bend record at Dunmore Park, Belfast, but he was considered a doubtful stayer, which allowed John Quinn to back him at odds of 100/1 for the Derby.

Two hundred and thirteen greyhounds took part in the qualifying round of the Derby, including established stars such as Scurry Gold Cup winner Yankee Express and Game Ball, winner of the Produce Stakes at Clonmel. There were no major shocks in the qualifying or first rounds. In the second round Game Ball, the 5/4 on favourite, clocked 29.43 seconds when beating I’m Slippy by four lengths. Yankee Express won his heat, as did Long Spell, expensively purchased for £50,000 during the 1982 Derby.

In the quarter finals Game Ball and Yankee Express were drawn together in heat two. Both found trouble and were beaten by 50/1 shot Lisnamuck, though Game Ball managed to qualify for the semis in second place. I’m Slippy and Long Spell contested the final heat, and it was the former who won in a time of 29.87, beating Speedy Hope by a length, with Long Spell failing to qualify.

In the semi-finals Game Ball was a convincing winner of his race in a time of 29.42 from Irish Cesarewitch winner Debbycot Lad and outsider On Spec. In the second semi-final I’m Slippy was just edged out of it by half a length by Victor Chandler’s Amazing Man, with 33/1 chance Real Miller in third.

Game Ball started the even money favourite for the final of the Derby; I’m Slippy was only the fourth choice of punters at 6/1. Belying his odds, I’m Slippy broke best from trap four and showed better pace than Game Ball to lead at the first bend. Rounding the fourth bend I’m Slippy was being pressed from all sides, but in a thrilling finish he held on to win by a neck and the same from On Spec – well backed by connections despite his 33/1 starting price – and Debbycot Lad. Game Ball was a further ¾ length back in fourth place.

On his return to Ireland I’m Slippy showed that the Derby had taken nothing out of him by winning the Guinness National Sprint at Dunmore Park, the Irish Classic that was the equivalent of the Scurry Gold Cup. He went through the competition unbeaten, winning the final by four lengths and twice breaking the track record. I’m Slippy thus became only the second dog in greyhound racing history to win a Classic race in both England and Ireland in the same year.

I’m Slippy proved a great success at stud, passing on his blistering pace to his offspring. In 1990 his son Slippy Blue emulated his sire by winning the Derby.

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