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Rab McNair On Breeding and King Dec

Interview by Mick Livesey

“These races are fantastic for British breeders and are a much needed boost. The sport needs to give people incentives to breed. We have the Produce Stakes at Swindon (£15,000) and this race (£8,000) it would be great to see more of them. I think a great addition would be a big unraced competition for decent money.

Brendan Keogh and Simon Senyk bred King Dec the Arc winner and with King Kane already winning the TV Trophy we are chasing our third category one of the year with our own breed. Nick Savva was a big inspiration and we've switched our emphasis from buying expensive purchases to try and breed our own. Without the investment from Brendan and Simon it would not be possible but there is no feeling like it when you win a big race with a greyhound you've handled from birth.

King Dec is in great form and very well in himself we are hopeful of a big run on Tuesday but it's a cracking final and I'd like to wish everyone connected with a runner the very best of luck.”

British Breeding 2014

It's been a sensational year for British breeding and here are some of my highlights;

Salad Dodger winning the £200,000 William Hill Derby. What an incredible story this turned out to be, it was like something Hans Christian Anderson would have penned. Romford grader to being crowned champion of the greatest greyhound race in the world - phenomenal  

King Dec a finalist in the Breeders Stakes winning the Pin Point Recruitment Arc back in April. He was brilliant that night. You could see how much it meant to connections to not only own and train a big race winner but for the first time to have bred one.

King Kane went from being a decent six-bend greyhound to a marathon superstar in what seemed like the blink of an eye. He was incredible in smashing the track-record in the Roto Roof Windows TV Trophy final. This performance really made an impression on me because he was supposed to have to lead to win, somebody forgot to tell King Kane.

Take The Crown was breathtaking in winning the Swindon Produce Stakes. In my opinion he was pound for pound the fastest British bred greyhound over four bends we have seen so far this year. Now at stud the sport is poorer for his retirement but his incredible performances will live long in the memory.