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Greyhounds: Breeding Lines: Golden return on Clarky investment.

MILLDEAN CLARKY was a convincing winner of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Saturday, rounding off his unbeaten run through the Category One competition with a meritorious victory over the odds-on favourite Greenacre Lin in the pounds 12,500 final.

Trained by Barry O'Sullivan, the June 2002 whelp was recording his fourth open win, all over Crayford's 714m, since being bought from a Racing Post advertisement just before Christmas by Graham Clark, Jamie Donnelly, Clive Francis and Tony O'Connell. The sum of pounds 3,000 was then asked for the dog, who had won a 640m Walthamstow open in 39.96sec for Jim Reynolds and had previously been a EUR4,200 Cork sales-topper. He was bred in Carrignavar, Co. Cork, by Diarmuid Mullins.

Combining stamina with a decent turn of early pace, Milldean Clarky is another good winner for his sire Frisby Flashing, who stands with Sid and Jo Page in Bedfordshire. Purley Queen (Oaks), Four Handed (Grand National), Sheriff Bow Wow (Grand Prix), Mustang Buster (Cork Super Sprint) and Flashing Away (Barry's Tea 700) figure among the other prominent offspring of the recordbreaking son of Frightful Flash.

The Golden Jacket hero's dam Creamery Profit showed smart form at Youghal in 1996, scoring over 700 yards in 39.96sec, the record then standing at 39.52sec. The daughter of Murlens Slippy--Creamery Wish also reached a couple of 525 yards finals there, while her threequarters brother Creamery Bridge (I'm Slippy--Creamery Wish) made Essex Vase and Coronation Cup finals over Romford's 575m.

Similar stamina showed up in Creamery Profit's Spiral Nikita litter, which featured the prolific-winning sixand eight-bend bitch Creamery Euro, second in the Cesarewitch and Milton Keynes Summer Cup and third in the TV Trophy.

Milldean Clarky's littermates include Sheffield Silver Collar and Cock O' The North finalist Creamery Puzzle, former holder of Belle Vue's 647m clock. Some of Creamery Profit's June 2003 Roanokee offspring have gained winning brackets at Cork, notably the 29.02sec scorer Creamery Duke.

Granddam Creamery Wish was a litter-sister to Sam Bridge, who set a 27.44sec record at Wimbledon in 1988, and half-sister to Excise Man (Dipmac--Creamery Cheque), fourth in Romford's Champion Stakes and Crayford's Carlsberg Vase in 1990. Creamery Cheque (Liberty Lad--Creamery Alice) was halfsister to Creamery Cross (by Knockrour Slave), a prolific winner on whose scoresheet were inscribed an East Anglian Derby, two Edinburgh Cups and a Thanet Gold Cup.

It was with the acquisition in 1974 of Creamery Alice (Rita's Choice--True Romance) that the Mullins family's connection with this dam line began, and they could hardly have cut into anything better, True Romance being a daughter of Clomoney Grand, a celebrated racing and brood bitch who won the 1966 Easter Cup and set a 29.00sec Kilkenny track record.

Bandicoot Jazz won the 540m Spring Trophy on the Golden Jacket undercard in good style, posting her tenth open win for owner David Pearson and trainer Cheryl Miller as she landed the pounds 2,500 purse in 33.39sec (+50), a fast 12.52sec split helping her on her way.

The March 2002 whelp won a pounds 2,000 four-bend Hove final last year, beating embryo Oaks heroine Tidyplayroom into second, but a split web precluded an attempt on the bitches' Classic.

Bred in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, by Damian Quigley, she came from the last full crop produced by Staplers Jo, whose influence is probably most evident in her smart turn of initial pace.

Dam Springtown Charm (Frightful Flash--Hectors Charm) had winning form over long distances at Dungannon (780 yards) and Lifford (790 yards). Several of the July 1995 bitch's littermates scored over sprint and middle trips, among them Drumside King, who annexed a modest 462m Swaffham open.

Springtown Charm, threw Bandicoot Jazz in her third litter, along with Scartna Aglish, successful in four middle-trip opens, and Lively Joe, runner-up in Galway's EUR3,100 Christmas Cracker over 525 yards.

Granddam Hectors Charm was a litter-sister to Derby champion Farloe Melody, a connection which will add weight to Bandicoot Jazz's appeal as a breeding prospect in due course.


Milldean Clarky leads them home in Saturday's Ladbrokes Golden Jacket final at Crayford
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2005
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