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

The 2015 Chelsea Glass Grand National, worth £8,000 to-the-winner, was won by novice hurdler Mo's Bullet for trainer Ricky Holloway in dramatic fashion. In what must be one of the most exciting finals we have ever seen!

 

Julius George benefited from his trap-one berth and made the bend in front for Tony Taylor with Soviet Jackson for John Mullins hot in pursuit. These two served it up to each other in a spectacular battle, Julius George looked to have come out on top of that battle and the Grand National title looked to be going his way when they turned for home. Mo's Bullet came from nowhere though to get up in the shadow of the line to win by a Head over Julius George with Soviet Jackson 0.75L back in 3rd in 29.80 -10.

 

Mo's Bullet had not had a single hurdle race heading in to the Grand National and it's incredible in just his third hurdle race he is the Grand National champion. Ricky Holloway has tried to win this competition with many hurdlers but in the end it was a raw novice that gave him his first Grand National victory in the training ranks. Julius George was unlucky in the Springbok and he ran the race of his life last night to go down bravely. He played a starring role and although there can only be one winner in the eyes of his supporters he was a big winner last night. Soviet Jackson must also be mentioned he had his fans on the edge of their seats and both of these are hurdle stars but the night belonged to Mo's Bullet.

 

Ricky Holloway realised a dream of training the Grand National winner but spare a thought for Tony Taylor. He's been trying to win this classic for 40 years, he had four in the final and when Julius George turned the last bend in front he must have thought his dream was about to come true.

 

Ricky Holloway on Mo's Bullet 

 

"I paid £1,000 for him and if I'm honest I tried to sell him for that same £1,000 a good few times as he was surplus to requirements. Nobody wanted him and he was the worst hurdler I've ever tried to school, it took me six months to get him to jump a hurdle. Then one day it just seemed to click but he was never ever going to run in the Grand National. I needed a dog to make up a trial and he went 30 spots faster than Soviet Military and I don't like entering an even number, I'm superstitious and always prefer to enter an odd number so I entered him.

 

Last night there was no pressure on us and you know what I enjoyed it so much more. I was shocked he won it but he did. I've paid £20,000 for a dog and other big fees to try and win this race and they all came up short. It took a dog nobody wanted andthe patience of a saint for me to be able to say 'I have now trained the Grand National winner'.

 

I've now done the Holy Grail (Springbok, Champion Hurdle and Grand National) I've not been so well and I've had a couple of heart operations. I could never retire not winning the Grand National but now I've done everything I ever wanted to do. This is my life and my dreams have come true. I will retire at the end of the year and I can look back and say I fulfilled my dream and won the Grand National".

 

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

 

Twiggy Does It Again

 

Just twenty days ago Do It For Twiggy was scorching around Yarmouth winning the £15,000 to-the-winner East Anglian Derby. Last night he added the John Smiths Kent Derby to his ever swelling CV. He had not broken in the heats or semi-final but he flew out when it really mattered in the final to turn in front. He managed to hold on close home from a very fast finishing Bubbly Gold to win by 0.25L in 28.84 -10. Next stop for Do It For Twiggy will be the Eclipse at Nottingham! 

 

SUPPORTING CARD 

 

Spencer Mavrias looks to have a very smart prospect in Designer Cee who put in a powerful display to win impressively in 29.24 -10. 

 

June Harvey the former Poole trainer now at Wimbledon enjoyed a double with Fizzypop Magic winning over 642m in 40.22 -15 and Fizzypop Buddy winning over 708m in 44.25 -20. Both will look to take the greyhound world by storm in the St Leger at Wimbledon which starts later this month.