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Collett Is Fit To Eclipse Rivals In Thriller

Maum Legend was the greyhound that everyone wanted to be with after impressive victories in the heats and semi-final. After the draw for the final he was the 5/4 favourite but came in for support and was sent off the 4/5 jolly. The lids pinged open and it was Maum Legend who broke best of all, he led in to the corner to the delight of his supporters but Fit To Win ran an amazing opening bend and approaching the second-bend it was Tony Collett's charge who hit the front. It was race on down the back but Fit To Win certainly lived up to his brilliant name and this September 2011 whelp by Hondo Black - Have A Fit, would not be denied. Maum Legend tried with everything he had but at the line there was 1.75L between them with the fast finishing 14/1 Snappers Lad a further 1L back in third in a fast 29.53.

Some of the most decorated greyhounds in training lined up in a bid to win this amazing competition; Newinn Yolo (2014 All England Cup winner), Vanrooney (2013 Irish Puppy Derby winner), Viking Jack (2014 Gold Cup winner), Underground Paul (2014 Steel City Cup and Kent Derby winner), Calzaghe Davy (2013 All England Cup winner), Redbrick Stuart (2013 Northern Puppy winner). When you start looking at the entries you realise what a huge performance Fit To Win produced to come out on top and even more so when I tell you none of the above made this prestigious final. 

Some Picture won this race in 2006 and a year later was crowned the English and Scottish  Derby champion and made the final of the Irish Derby. This race regularly produces champions that go on to do great things. It will be interesting to follow Fit To Win and all being well you would expect to see him in the Derby. Maum Legend may have had to settle for the runner-up spot here but I get the feeling he will have better days and ran with great distinction in the competition. To give connections hope in 2012 Farloe Tango finished third and in 2013 he won greyhound of the year. The other finalists deserve huge credit; Snappers Lad, Be Up Front, Burnfoot Alpha and Killglen Chief did their connections proud. The six of them will have connections very excited for the remainder of the year and in to 2015.

Betfred deserve huge credit for their continued support of greyhound racing. This was a great competition and one of the real highlights of the year. 

Tony Collett (Trainer)

'The dogs running out of his skin, he loves it here (Nottingham), with all honesty he had to come away and have that bit of luck around the first bend. Once he was in front we have no stamina doubts over 500m. I'm just so pleased for the owners, they've been great supporters of the sport. It's such a honour to win a race like this and there's been some great winners in the past, I'd like to think this fella could go on and become something special. The dogs had no luck in trap-draws, he is an out and out railer, he really does need trap-one or two, he got that tonight and showed everyone what he's capable of. Connections where possibly thinking about the Springbok but this dog won't be going hurdling I can assure you.'

Helen Booth (Owner)

'Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. This is my first dog and to win a Category-one is fantastic'.