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William Hill All England Cup - Newcastle 480m (£10,000)

Maum Legend is a greyhound that's clearly had his problems but he announced to the greyhound world that he is back to his very best with an emphatic victory in the William HIll All England Cup semi-finals. He came away from trap-five recording a 4.60 sectional and ran out a comfortable winner over Swift Whirlwind by 4.25L in the fastest time of the night; 28.23.

 

Farloe Nutter made it safely to the final beating Holdem Chico by 3.5L in 28.61. These two benefited after they missed the first-bend trouble which put paid to any chances Glenpadden Rock, Swift Keith or Shaneboy Freddie had. Importantly, all three look to be ok and I've no doubt we will see them back wowing crowds in the future.

 

Kevin Boon's long journey back home was made more enjoyable after his Astra Prince picked up Calzaghe George close home to win going away by 1.25L in 28.48. The writing looked on the wall after Calzaghe George took a flier but you have to give Astra Prince huge credit for the way he pulled off this victory.

 

Final Thursday 15th October (Sky Sports) 

 

Maum Legend made the final last year, finishing third behind an inspired Newinn Yolo and heads to this year's decider looking better than ever. He's a greyhound that's clearly had his problems but one things that's never been in doubt is his class. He also finished runner-up in the Eclipse and his trainer Jimmy Wright will be hoping it's his time to shine. He heads to traps with both the fastest sectional and end time from the semi-finals and is the greyhound they all have to beat.

 

Calzaghe George was superb in the heats when he bulleted out of the traps recording a 4.53 sectional. If he was to bounce back to that sort of form then he is more than capable of landing this amazing competition. Astra Prince beat Calzaghe George fair and square in the semi-finals and gets a great draw for the final. Kevin Boon is clocking up serious miles around the country and makes another big final. He suffered disappointment in his last few big finals but he is having a massive year and Kevin will be hoping to add the All England Cup alongside his Three Steps To Victory trophy from earlier this year. Farloe Nutter has been a great dog, don't forget he won the Monmore Puppy Derby in 2014 and is here on merit. Carol Weatherall will be hoping it is 'Chico Time' and Holdem Chico will need to produce a magical run to land this massive prize but this is greyhound racing and anything can happen! 

 

The only thing that we can be certain about is this race is going to be very special. Six top-class greyhounds head to traps hoping to land the £10,000 first-prize and grab a place on the All England Cup roll of honour. We have an amazing night in store with the finals of the Northern Puppy Derby, Great North Run and Angel Of The North Oaks all sponsored by William Hill taking place. It's definitely got a festival feel about it and thankfully no tents, muddy fields or portaloos in sight but rather some of the most amazing greyhounds on the planet. See below for more information on the other big races.

 

Jimmy Wright On Maum Legend 

 

"Maum Legend did his tendon at Shawfield in preparation for the Scottish Derby. It's been a long road but hopefully we have him back. I kept him for this race and I'd love him to win it. He deserves a big competition win because he's got big ability and when he gets it right he's right up there with the very best in the country.

 

The draw does not matter if you come away there are no bad boxes. We head to the final full of hope and hopefully he will deliver a performance. We are taking nothing for granted he won the semi-final last year but like I said at his best he's capable of beating any dog in the country".

 

Draw 

 

T1 Calzaghe George

T2 Farloe Nutter

T3 Maum Legend (m)

T4 Holdem Chico (m)

T5 Swift Whirlwind (w)

T6 Astra Prince (w) 

 

William Hill Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle 480m (£8,000) 

 

Joker Delivers Ace Performance 

 

Pat Rosney's Camp Joker came out on top of the semi-final battle with Droopys Buick to win by 0.75L in 28.51. Greenwell Gem trapped out best of all but Camp Joker showed electric pace to lead around the first-bend, he was all out close home but had done enough to hold off the challenge from Droopys Buick. 

 

It's all about qualifying and although Jimmy Wright would have hoped his star puppy Droopys Buick would have won. He must have been delighted when Droopys Five joined Buick in the final with an impressive victory beating Calzaghe Matt 0.75L in 28.89. Calzaghe Billy had earlier booked his place in the final for June McCombe with a 0.75L victory over Droopys Portlaw in 29.18.

 

It is sensational that all three semi-finals had the same winning distance of 0.75L and it is going to be a very special final. With six brilliant pups that have huge potential to go on and become stars of the sport. 

 

Jimmy Wright On Droopys Five and Droopys Buick

 

"This will be the third race for Droopys Five, he is a progressive pup everyone is over the moon with him. I am not saying he will win it but he's capable. He will be a very good dog in three or four month and I think he's got a big future"

 

"Droopys Buick is doing his running but he's not roaring to the bend like he can, he's maybe changed his style of running a bit and is coming home strong. He is capable of coming away better in the final and if he does he's got a great chance.

 

You can't underestimate Camp Joker because he's a very fast pup and I'd say Buick and Joker are in the top five pups in the country".

 

Draw

 

T1 Droopys Five

T2 Droopys Buick

T3 Calzaghe Matt

T4 Camp Joker

T5 Calzaghe Billy 

T6 Droopys Portlaw (m)

 

William Hill Great North Run - Newcastle 670m (£3,000)

 

Shellam Maeby is a youngster with a massive future, she does not turn two until November and heads to the final the fastest qualifier beating Elwick Glory 0.5L in 40.76. Get the full results here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=133143

 

Jimmy Wright On Shellam Maeby

 

"Only a November puppy and she's coming off the pace to beat good dogs. I'm not going to throw my hat in the ring and say she will be this or that but we are delighted with her. She's got a great future ahead of her and if she is anywhere near them turning for home the opposition are all in trouble. She needs a bit of luck because she will have to pass dogs but she's got a good chance".

 

Draw 

 

T1 Calzaghe Lisa

T2 Shellam Maeby

T3 Liosgarbh Charl 

T4 Elwick Glory 

T5 Jimmy Nailed On (w)

T6 Barnish Panther (w) 

 

William Hill Angel Of The North Oaks - Newcastle 480m (£3,000)

 

Domino Storm beat the dogs in the William Hill Greyhound Derby Plate and she was always going to be formidable against her own sex. She lived up to that billing in style beating Pinpoint Dazl by 2.25L in the fastest qualifying time of 28.50. Get the full results here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=133143

 

Draw

 

T1 Graigues Diva

T2 Domino Storm

T3 Pinpoint Dazl (m)

T4 Fane Whalerdaler (m)

T5 Greenhill Gem (m)

T6 Greenwell Ace (w)