Noduff Excalibur

By SKYWALKER PUMA out of LACKEN COCO

whelped 27.9.19

Form (GBGB)

Form (GR Ireland)

Pedigree (Greyhound-Data)

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LACKEN PUMA is one of the older dogs we’ve bought. Whilst still a puppy, he loses that status in September so we will only have a handful of races with him before that happens. Spotted at Kilkenny sales, he recorded a 4.23 split, by far the fastest sectional of the session and better than his own previous best of an already impressive 4.34. To put that into context, no greyhound has recorded a faster sectional time at the venue this year let alone on very slow going!

Jock joins us as NODUFF EXCALIBUR and will start his Monmore Green career over the sprint distance in the hope, if not the expectation that he will show the same early pace in England as he has done in Ireland. He showed when recording 29.18 in his 525 yard sales trial that he gets the four bend trip well enough and his early pace should hold him in good stead when turning to Monmore’s 480 metre trip in due course.

Jock’s first sprint trial saw him record a time of 15.70 on his very first look at Monmore, taking a rails to middle course. He followed that run by winning three dog trials in times of 15.49 and 15.58 which will make him very competitive in D1 races. We are also looking at minor sprint opens for him in the near future.

Indeed, Jock was pitched in at the deep end on his UK debut running from an unsuitable trap in a very hot open sprint on Monmore Gold Cup semi-final night. It wasn’t surprising that he didn’t show his usual trapping speed as his was the penultimate race so he had a very long kennel. He also tried to get across to the rails from the four box and it wasn’t until the end of the second bend that he did so, running on when he had the benefit of the rail. An almost impossible introduction but he would doubtless do better especially if drawn nearer to the fence.

We let Jock have five sprint outings, the first four in D1. He came a close second in a tough D2 improving his times on each occasion. He was then qualified to race over four bends. Rather than trial he was entered into a maiden open and ran with enormous promise showing great early and contesting with the odds on favourite until being baulked. He checked at the sough where he thought the race would be over but kicked on remarkably well when the other dogs continued. In the end he was beaten by just 3.5 lengths in 29.20 having all but stopped!

Jock has been the most unlucky greyhound. As at the end of November 2021 he has twice gone well under 29 seconds but found one too good on each occasion. He is also prone to missing the break at Monmore Green which isn’t helpful in A2 when you need to be close to the pace! When finally dropped to A3 he went off hot favourite but found a lot of trouble and came home a little sore. A couple of weeks’ rest ensued. Jock’s elusive first win surely won’t be far away.

Indeed that was the case. On New Year’s Eve 2021 he forced his way into the lead at the first bend only to let a rival up his inside at the third which held him up sufficiently to be overtaken by a strong-staying wide runner. The following race however he not only led at the second bend but fended off all comers to record his first win. Onwards and upwards Jock!

Jock has won twice since in A3 and A2 and has become an A1 regular. His A1 debut success is still awaited but he is getting close. On 16.4.22 he got to within a half length of a chucked-in favourite in 28.80 – the fifth time he’s recorded times in the 28.80s. His best remains 28.55. With a trap one draw that elusive top grade win can’t be far away.

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