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The Chelsea Glass Grand National - Sittingbourne 480m (£8,000)

Tony Taylor had four qualifiers from the heats and he remarkably safely guided all four through to the final. This must rank right up there with one of the greatest training performances ever seen in the hurdle ranks. 

 

The first semi-final Tony Taylor had three runners and they finished first, second and third! Affane Duke put in a powerful performance to take up the running from his kennel companion Castlelyons Cofi and win at the huge odds of 50/1 by 1L in 29.92. The talented veteran Castlelyons Cofi held his position to take second and the fast finishing Bizarro completed the magnificent feat by taking third. The result in and the tricast paid a huge £1,361.91p. Did any Tony Taylor fans have that? 

 

The second semi-final was won by the John Mullins trained Soviet Jackson who took it up at the third-bend from Tony Taylor's other runner Julius George. The latter suffered a bumpy ride to the corner, showed plenty of guts to hit the front, but in the end went down bravely by 1.5L in 29.81. Mo's Bullet ran on well to qualify for the £8,000 to-the-winner decider for Ricky Holloway.

 

 

Final 06/10/15 (Live Sky Sports) 

 

Six super greyhounds now head to the final in greyhound racings biggest hurdle contest; The Chelsea Glass Grand National worth an incredible £8,000 to-the-winner. It's fast becoming the Tony Taylor show but we must not forget the amazing achievements of Soviet Jackson and Mo's Bullet. Six greyhounds will head to traps all with a big chance of landing this amazing competition and entering the history books.

 

I spoke with Tony Taylor after the heats but after this performance I thought I better catch up with him again! 

 

Tony Taylor On Affane Duke, Bizarro, Castlelyons Cofi and Julius George

 

First of all Tony I have to ask you did you have anything on that whopping tricast that paid ££1,361.91p? 

 

"Unfortunately not, I'm not a gambling man it goes back to the old GRA days when you where not allowed to bet and if you got caught it was instant dismissal. I grew up not betting but I hope one of the owners had a go on it".

 

What an achievement it was by you, can you talk us through last night?

 

"It is a night I will never forget the whole kennel is buzzing and I'm getting lots of phone calls congratulating us. I'm never one to blow my own trumpet but it's great to get the recognition for the staff and the owners. Affane Duke is one of the fastest dogs in the competition and last night he got on with it and I'm not surprised in all honesty. Castlelyons Cofi is the most genuine dog I've got in the hurdles and I'm delighted for him that he qualified. Bizzaro got out and looked for the rails he held up a couple of the big fancied runners so you could say it was teamwork.

 

I was so pleased with Julius George I thought he ran a big race and it's amazing to have four in the final".

 

Talking of the final what are your thoughts on it?

 

"John Mullins will be delighted with the draw for Soviet Jackson and you can't write off Ricky Holloway with his novice Mo's Bullet. For the neutral it will be a very exciting race there's not a lot in any of them and it's wide open. I have to say Julius George is my best drawn dog and if he comes away and gets on with it he could take this but honestly there's not a lot in it. I'm delighted to have four chances but now I'd be disappointed now if he we did not win it. I think I'm right Charlie Lister OBE had five once in the final of the Reading Masters and did not win it. I'm loving the build up and really enjoying the competition. This race means so much to me and it would be a dream come true if I won it but I'm taking nothing for granted.

 

I have to say a big thank-you to Lenny Ponder of Chelsea Glass without his amazing sponsorship this race may not have gone ahead. The whole sport is reliant on people like Lenny sponsoring these big events and it means so much".

 

You pulled off a sensational tricast in the semi-finals can lightening strike twice?

 

(Tony Laughs) "Wow that would be something, we'd make history if we did I'm not going to say it's not possible especially after the semi-finals because anything is possible but I'd settle for the winner".

 

Draw 

 

1 - JULIUS GEORGE

2 - BIZARRO

3 - AFFANE DUKE (M)

4 - MO'S BULLETT (M)

5 - CASTLELYONS COFI (W)

6 - SOVIET JACKSON (W)

 

John Smiths Kent Derby - Sittingbourne 480m (£5,000)

 

There's a massive double header taking place at Sittingbourne with the final of the 2015 John Smiths Kent Derby worth £5,000 to-the-winner running alongside the Grand National. Swabys Millward was the fastest semi-final winner clocking 28.94 -15 for Paul Young. There was also impressive victories from Moanteen Merlin 29.20 -15 and Crossfield Cesar 29.19 -15. It's set to be a fantastic race with Do It For Twiggy the hero at Yarmouth in the East Anglian Derby qualifying for Erica Samuels. Category one winner Bubbly Gold and Across The Way also qualified ensuring Paul Young will have three runners in the big decider.

 

Draw 

 

1 - BUBBLY GOLD

2 - DO IT FOR TWIGGY

3 - ACROSS THE WAY (M)

4 - SWABYS MILLWARD (M)

5 - CROSSFIELD CESAR (W)

6 - MOANTEEN MERLIN (W)