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Veteran races into retirement, leaving rivals in his Shadow

By Robert Fenton

Published 09/05/2016

Salute Drumbee Shadow won its 101st race (stock photo)
Salute Drumbee Shadow won its 101st race (stock photo)

Salute Drumbee Shadow, a veteran of 101 races and still running with enthusiasm at nearly seven years of age as he showed at Drumbo Park over the weekend.

What a great servant he has been for Armagh's John Pearson and he'll go into retirement, leaving behind special memories. His last win was almost a year ago but he proved here that he's far from finished, beating dogs more than half his age.

Leading out from the lift of the lids, Drumbee battled on well to hold Markstreet Dixie by a length in 18.33 over the sprint trip, making it victory number 16 for the grand old boy.

And to complete the night, Willies City made it a nice double for the Pearson family when John's daughter Audrey Burney, saw her white and black dog maintain his consistent form with a fourth success. Trapping just ahead of Matts Maisie, City hit the turn in front and held that position all the way, beating Nosey Meg a length in 29.19 secs.

Saturday night saw a phenomenal run from Gary Silcock's Lurgan runner Hooya Crater. The black dog improved form from third the previous week, to roar round in a superb 28.68, beating dual sprint winner Prime Article a comfortabley seven and a half lenghts.

The evening saw a treble for Dundonald trainer Margaret Campbell courtesy of Blackstone Nero who clocked 29.20 over 525; sprint winner Morning Jack (18.28) and Rag Bush who showed his stamina with a four lengths success from Take The Call over 575 (32.15).

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