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Ping slips by rival for Coral gold.

Byline: Tony Bullen

JIM REYNOLDS enjoyed mixed emotions during Horseshoe Ping's success in the Coral TV Standard final over 400m at Romford on Friday night, writes Tony Bullen.

The start is always vital at this level and it was kennelmate As Time Slips By who showed his customary early dash to lead round. Horseshoe Ping quickly countered the move, but caught the heels of his kennelmate off the second bend, which saw As Time Slips By lose all momentum and dragged back to last.

Up front, Horseshoe Ping had set sail for home and was always holding Ronnies Innocent by just under two lengths in 24.23sec.

Reynolds said: "I was hoping As Time Slips By and Horseshoe Ping would turn unscathed, but Ping just dragged the heels of my other one.

"However, once he held his form down the far side, I knew he'd go on to win as the dog stays well enough once in the clear. It was difficult watching one dog out in front while keeping another on the dog at the back, but despite a graze or two, As Time Slips By is perfectly fine.

"I'm really pleased for Horseshoe Ping to win a final of some recognition, considering he's contested a few big races this year only to come up short when it mattered most.

"Horseshoe Ping is not getting any younger, but continues to take in his races well, and we'll be looking at the National Sprint for him at Nottingham."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2008
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