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BRITISH BREEDERS STAKES FINAL - NOTTINGHAM

Sky Sports viewers and patrons at the track witnessed a truly remarkable performance from 10/1 shot Sawnsalona Diva to get up right on the line in the £8,000 to-the-winner British Breeders Stakes final at Nottingham.

King Dec was sent off the 5/4 favourite and his supporters soon got excited when the Arc winner trapped best of all. It was not to be for King Dec tonight and he was passed approaching the 4th bend by 5/2 Golden Apple who showed blistering middle pace. Charlie Lister OBE must have thought he was set to win his second big race in three days but Swansalona Diva put in a power packed finish, they flashed over the line together and it needed the judge to separate them. You could feel the tension while the result was called 'first trap-five Swansalona Diva' was met by cheers led by her trainer Kevin Hutton. The official distance was a short-head and the winning time was 29.63.

 

This performance will have delighted her breeder Noreen Power and is a great victory for her dam Odell Faith.

 

Kevin Hutton said 'We saw an advert on the internet and purchased a couple of pups at eight-weeks of age. We are delighted to have won this competition and going forward we may look to step her up in trip, perhaps target a six-bend maiden. She is improving all the time and it's great for me and my good friend Neil Price who own her together. We must thank Sara Monk who reared her for us, she did a great job'.

 

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Toosey Fern put in a real smart performance to take the Romeo Recruit At Stud Oaks Trophy worth £2,000 to-the-winner and a free mating to Romeo Recruit. She showed devastating back-straight pace to surge in to the lead at the third-bend and anyone who took 3/1 on offer never had an anxious moment from then on. At the winning line Toosey Fern had 2.5L to spare over Fabulous Party in a winning time of 29.86.

 

It was a fantastic night all round with some magical performances most notably by Mays Petal who lowered the 905m track-record stopping the clock in 56.58. Pam Dolby's greyhound looks very much like a lady to follow over marathon trips in the coming weeks and months.

 

Sidaz Jack the 2013 Derby Champion put in a very good performance to win by 1.5L over Calzaghe Davy in 28.75.

 

It would be a Sky Sports double for Charlie Lister OBE who sent out Tyrur Annaleen to victory the race before who won in style by 2L in a fast 28.62. The runner-up is one for your notebooks Skywalker Alice. Both of these ladies look Oaks bound!

 

Kevin Hutton would also land a nice double when Dragon Big Bux showed he is a serious contender for the National Sprint. He trapped out brilliantly to score by 4.75L in a very fast 17.58. The runner-up Calzaghe George did his National Sprint credentials no harm after riding a bump at the corner to run well to claim second.

 

The shock of the night came in the shape of Blue Freedom who made a mockery of his 20/1 starting price. He put in a very good performance to come out on top in a competitive race. Kevin Boon was delighted but not shocked by his performance winning by 1.25L in 29.85.

 

Barrie Draper also had a winner with Droopys Hawaii taking the 680m race in the style of a greyhound very much on the up. The winning distance was 2.5L in 41.29 and you'd have to think there is much more to come from this son of Westmead Hawk.

 

Mick Livesey