At the Gates | Dooper proves himself to be absolutely super

ROMPING HOME: Dooper won the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic by almost eight lengths.
ROMPING HOME: Dooper won the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic by almost eight lengths.

Exciting greyhound Dooper stamped himself as an up and coming star with a scintillating victory in the Reg & Aileen Ivory Memorial Classic Monday at Devonport.

The Karlene Cuthbertson-bred and -raced Fernando Bale-Millie Grace youngster blitzed his rivals in a career personal best time of 25.31 seconds.

The Butch Deverell-trained chaser notched up its ninth win from 19 starts with an awesome display that left a class field in his wake.

Dooper began brilliantly from box five and powered to the front, extending his lead over the chasing pack with every stride.

Turning for home, Dooper held an unassailable lead, going on to score by 7.75 lengths from last week’s heat winners Halo Henry and Woosha.

For Karlene Cuthbertson it was her second Ivory Classic, having won previously with New Recruit, while for Butch, Dooper’s runaway victory was his fifth success.

Copper Delight won back-to-back Classics in 2003/04 for the master trainer, before going on to be a great success in the breeding world, with one of her star progeny, Light Ice Lad taking the honours in the Ivory Classic in 2008.

Copper Delight’s sister Edan Rose, from Butch’s Elle’s Dominator–Two Codes litter, was the broodbitch of 2010 winner Akka Boy, which was the brother of Big Moose, inducted into the Tasmanian Greyhound Hall Of Fame in 2014.   

Michael and Adam Trinder flew the flag for North West trainers at Sunday’s thoroughbred meeting in Launceston.

Michael drew first blood with Liffeybeau racing clear over the concluding stages with Troy Baker to win the Class 3 over 1100 metres.

Liffeybeau, raced by Richele and Phillip Loane, was in second place coming to the home turn before dashing clear, proving too slick for last start winner Osborne.

The Magnus-Liffeybel four-year-old gelding has won four of 16 career starts, collecting highly-touted scalps along the way.

Liffeybeau broke its maiden status at Devonport in January last year leading all the way over 1150 metres to defeat Brilliant Jet by a length-and-a-half.