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 A whopping £15,000 will be heading to the winning connections of the 2014 EEC Timber Oaks. One thing that is guaranteed this year the trophy will have a new winning trainers name on it. One of the five trainers represented; Mark Wallis, Paul Young, Pat Flaherty, Alec Stone or Lynn Cook are about to realise a dream and win this prestigious classic for the first time. It's got a rich history and was first run all the way back in 1927. There's been lots of changes since Three Of Spades took that inaugural victory at White City. The biggest change is no doubt the switch to move it North to Belle Vue, Manchester in 2013. It's proved a great decision and without question greyhound racing fans have been treated to a thrilling competition.


Cashen Maureen is the hot favourite and looks to be all the rage to take this years crown. The Mark Wallis trained daughter of Cashen Legend has never looked back since her first-round defeat at the hands of Jaytee China. A sensational 8L victory in a calculated 27.41 in the Quarter-Final was followed up by a 3.5L victory in a super calculated 27.39 in her Semi-Final. All eyes will be on her and if the track was rated fast you'd have to consider the track-record of 27.20 set in 2007 by Barnfield On Air could be in real danger.


It's a high class final and Mark Wallis is double handed also sending out Evanta Evita who looks to be improving all the time. Earlier in the year Mark sent her out to win seven races on the spin and although not back to that sparkling form there's been hints that she could be returning to something like that level after her seasonal break. If she was to turn up here at her very best she's more than capable of giving any bitch in the country a run for their money.


Paul Young sends out Jaytee Osprey who arrived in the UK with an impressive Irish card. She went well in the Irish Derby beating a quality field in the third-round which included Lenson Sanchez and Droopys Norris. Just three runs in the UK and she is open to further improvement. A best time of 27.69 means she is a live contender and will have her supporters. The last Romford trainer to win this event was Peter Payne in 1986 with Sullane Princess, Paul Young and his supporters will be hoping that run is about to come to an end here.


Greenwell Lark is lining up in her second Oaks final having run so well in this competition last year. Pat Flaherty will be hoping she can go one better than her 2nd to Droopys Danneel last year. She was impressive in defeat in the Semi-Final behind Cashen Maureen and they had pulled right away from the 3rd Alma Chic. Let's not forget Lark was also a Scottish Derby finalist last year and possesses a touch of real class. Pat Flaherty must be extremely proud of what she's achieved in her career but a win here would be the icing on the cake.


Nottingham have never had a trainer win this great race. Alec Stone sends out Alma Chic, she's done remarkable to make the final and Alec and his team deserve huge credit. Likewise with Lynn Cook who's represented by Bromwich Sue, she ran a cracker to win her Quarter-Final and was not beaten far in her Semi-Final.


It is set to be an exciting final not only does fame and fortune await the winner but they will surely also embark on an exciting career in the breeding paddocks once they've retired from racing. Get yourself to Belle Vue to see who will be crowned the 2014 EEC TIMBER OAKS CHAMPION!


ECC Timber Oaks final 21.19


T1 Jaytee Osprey (11-2)

T2 Alma Chic (50-1)

T3 Bromwich Sue (14-1)

T4 Evanta Evita (7-2)

T5 Cashen Maureen (m) (8-15)

T6 Greenwell Lark (w) (10-1)


Mick Livesey