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Neasa's debut delights Lister.

RAYVIN NEASA and Tudor Prince remain joint-favourites with the sponsor for the Keith Swain Manchester Puppy Cup after both overcame troubled runs to take their heats of the 470m competition at Belle Vue on Thursday.

Jimmy Wright's Droopys Luisao was the fastest winner, powering through from last to first to take the finale in 27.72sec (+20), but Swain still favours Charlie Lister's Rayvin Neasa (27.86sec) and Tudor Prince (28.33sec) on the 9-4 mark ahead of that dog at 3-1. The other heat winner, Ballymac West, is 16-1. Having seen Rayvin Neasa, a March 2009 Droopys Maldini-Droopys Gucci pup, get a big build-up before his debut, Lister was happy it proved a successful experience. "I thought he showed a lot of guts given it was his first race," said Lister yesterday. "When they get in with six dogs, it's different from trials and he certainly got his share of trouble, but the experience will have done him good. "He's always looked a right good pup and he showed that with the tremendous middle pace to win the race the other night. The bitch who led him [Soviet Fantasy] won a decent open at Wimbledon not so long ago so to go past her like he did was great to see.

"I suppose there's a chance that he might want to be seeded wide and that's something we'll look at after this competition." Draw for Thursday's semi-finals - first: 1 Whiteoak Striker, 2 Baliff Lucy, 3 Tudor Prince (m), 4 Ballymac West (m), 5 Borna Coin (m), 6 Soviet Fantasy (w). Second: 1 Ballymac Drogba, 2 Ballymac Denis, 3 Ballymackey Ace, 4 Blue Blood (m), 5 Rayvin Neasa (m), 6 Droopys Luisao (m).

Manchester Puppy Cup Keith Swain (Belle Vue): 9-4 Rayvin Neasa, Tudor Prince, 3 Droopys Luisao, 14 Blue Blood, Borna Coin, 16 Soviet Fantasy, Ballymac West, 25 bar.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2010
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