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Pin Point Yorkshire St Leger - Doncaster 661m (£8,000)

Swift Curie took victory in the 2015 Pin Point Yorkshire St Leger to land the £8,000 first-prize and give trainer Russell Warren his first category one success. The sad news broke on the morning of the race that defending champion Millwards Teddy was to be a non-runner and the greyhound world wishes him a speedy recovery and hopefully we will see him back soon. This was to be Swift Curie’s night and she shined brightly in the main event to cap off a wonderful evening at Doncaster.

 

The race itself was all but over in a matter of strides because Swift Curie, who in the heats and semi-final ran on strongly, took a flier to lead them all a merry dance. Russell Warren's star recorded a 14.52 sectional, a significant improvement on her previous sectionals, and it made all the difference. Romany Rouge chased her home in 41.23 but the 3.5L winning margin hardly seems to do her justice because this was such an emphatic victory. 41.23 is only 23 spots of the track-record set all the way back in 2004 and held jointly by Frisby Figo and Black Pear. It must surely rank right up there with one of the best six-bend performances we have ever seen at Doncaster.

 

Romany Rouge finished second again for an incredible 6th time on the bounce and 11 times in his last 13 races. Farley Rio came 3rd in this big race for the second year in succession and is a massive credit to Kevin Boon. Romantic Rambo could not pull off the ultimate fairytale but it's incredible to see him back and performing so well. Kakantu keeps making big finals and you have to say he will surely win a big one if he keeps performing like this. We must not forget Millwards Teddy but even without the Dean Childs’ star this was one of the best six-bend finals you will see this year. We will be hearing a lot more about all of the finalists in the coming weeks and months.

 

Russell Warren on Swift Curie

 

“Can I say first of all that I'm devastated for the connections of Millwards Teddy. To have to come out on the day of a final worth £8,000 is terrible and I'd like to wish them luck.”

 

“Swift Curie loves the rails and it was a great bonus to have trap-one and she ran a terrific race. This is my first category one win and it means so much to me personally and to the kennel. It's just amazing it really is and I will sit down with the owner and see where we go from here. I'd think her immediate future will be at Sheffield probably next week. She's not always travelled great but if she did we would have a go at the St Leger at Wimbledon. We will have to see how it goes but for now we are just going to celebrate this victory.

I must thank Doncaster they have been brilliant and the wonderful sponsorship by Pin Point made this all possible so a huge thanks to them also”.

 

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Doncaster delivered a very special evening with patrons at the track and Sky viewers being treated to a track-record; Pinpoint Dazl smashed the track record on her way to a 4.25L victory in an incredible 27.50 over the 450m distance. The previous track-record was set by Fired Up Johnny in October last year in 27.79!

There was more to come when Marathon superstar Roxholme Magic lived up to her name by delivering a magical performance over the 877m trip. She won by a sensational 14L in 55.69 and did not take it up until the 5th bend. All the talk now is about a potential match race between Roxholme Magic and Ballymac Bonnie. If it happens it will surely be one of the greatest match races we have seen in the sport!