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

The 2015 William Hill All England Cup was won by Farloe Nutter for George Power so the impressive trophy and £10,000 cheque head to Scotland. This was the first victory for Scotland since Full Cigar won the title in 2003. This was an ultra-impressive training performance by George Power because since landing the prestigious Monmore Puppy Derby (then with Craig Dawson), Farloe Nutter has had plenty of setbacks due to injury. In fact it was touch and go if he would line up in the first-round of the All England Cup.

 

The lids flew open and the run to the corner was always going to be crucial. The massive crowd witnessed Farloe Nutter in trap-two win that battle and come out of the first-bend in front. Maum Legend last year's 3rd was off in pursuit and he threw down the gauntlet to Farloe Nutter down the back but Nutter was in no mood to surrender the lead. Turning for home Maum Legend gave it one last huge effort but Farloe Nutter would simply not be denied and crossed the line 1.25L in front in 28.61. Maum Legend emerges with great credit a 3rd in 2014 and now a runners-up spot in 2015 his search for a big race title his ability deserves goes on but the night belonged to Farloe Nutter.

 

Astra Prince stayed on strongly to grab 3rd and he looks a big improver for Kevin Boon, he is a greyhound very much worthy of a mention. Swift Whirlwind 4th, Calzaghe George 5th and Holdem Chico 6th all played their part in making the 2015 All England Cup a very special competition. 

 

George Power on Farloe Nutter

 

"It's incredible he nearly never made the competition. What a buzz this is to win and I have to say this surpasses anything we have ever done in the sport. I am just so pleased for the owner and everyone connected with the kennel it is fantastic, it really is".

 

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

 

Buick Hits Top Gear Late On To Deny Joker 

 

This race was billed with plenty of hype surrounding Camp Joker and Droopys Buick. Two of the best pups in the UK. They never let anyone down and put in two sensational performances to really wow the crowd. 

 

It was Droopys Buick who emerged victorious to land the £8,000 to-the-winner title for Jimmy Wright. He trapped out much better than he did in the heats or semi-final but he still only turned in 3rd. It was Camp Joker who showed blistering pace to come out of the opening bend in front with Droopys Five in 2nd. Droopys Buick quickly hit top gear and it turned in to a thrilling match between him and Camp Joker. At the third-bend Droopys Buick threw down his challenge but Camp Joker was determined out in front. Swinging for home it was still in the balance but Droopys Buick had the finishing power to get up close home to win by 0.5L in 28.54.

 

These two stars raced clear of the rest but Jimmy Wright did not only train the winner he also had the 3rd Droopys Five and 4th Droopys Portlaw. The former especially looks very much an emerging talent and does not turn two until February. 

 

Jimmy Wright on Droopys Buick 

 

"He is one of the best pups in the country and it feels so good to win this. It is all about winning these big races. The runner-up Camp Joker is a very good dog and you have to feel for Pat (Rosney) but Droopys Buick got the job done. He showed his class and did it the hard way but it was touch and go. He will now take on all aged probably at Nottingham for the Eclipse it won't be easy and sometimes it takes the pups a few runs to adjust".

 

Supporting Card 

 

The two big finals played a starring role on this hugely successful night but the supporting cast had patrons and Sky Sports viewers also on the edge of their seats. Graigues Diva took the William Hill Angel Of The North Oaks worth £3000 to-the-winner by 1.75L over Greenhill Gem in 28.50. Derby Plate heroine Domino Storm was back in 3rd and this was a superb victory for Tom Helibron. Graigues Diva has already got impressive Belle Vue form in the bank and will be a player come Oaks time.

 

Liosgarbh Charl has hit an impressive run of form and that continued here when Gary Carmichael's charge took the William Hill Great North Run worth again £3,000 to-the-winner. He made every metre a winning one to cross the line 0.75L to the good over Jimmy Nailed On in 40.92.

 

Ribble Atom rattled the track-record in the marathon for Mark Wallis over 895m. She just failed to take the clock by 2 spots when recording a 5.25L victory in 55.83. Ironically the track-record is held by Aayamzabella who was also trained by champion trainer Mark Wallis. Her 2013 clock lives to fight another day but this was close and it won't be long before Ribble Atom sets new figures over these kind of trips back at Newcastle or another track.

 

Blackhouse Heidi has been a wonderful bitch for Harry Williams. She's been runner-up twice in two Great North Runs behind the superstar Farloe Tango in 2013 and last year behind Airmount Paco. She put in one last fantastic performance to get up close home in the stayers race over 670m to win by 0.75L in 40.94. She will now be retired and this was some way to sign off.