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WILLIAM HILL ST LEGER - WIMBLEDON 687m (£25,000)

Fizzypop Buddy wins the 2015 William Hill St Leger for June Harvey, banks the £25,000 first prize and books a place in the history books. This will be a night that will live long in the memory banks, not only for greyhound fans, but for trainer June Harvey who will never forget this night. 

 

No greyhound has ever won the St Leger back-to-back but you have to give Roxholme Dream huge credit because she did not half give it a good go. She showed that customary burst of early pace to ensure she turned in front. Fizzypop Buddy got the better of the reigning champion in the semi-finals and when he turned right on her tail in second it was going to take a Herculean effort to fend him off. Odds-on favourite Diego Flight blew his start when it really mattered and never got competitive so it was a shoot-out up front between Roxholme Dream and Fizzypop Buddy. At the third-bend Fizzypop Buddy hit the front but Roxholme Dream desperate to hold on to her crown gave it everything, she's got a massive heart and never disappeared. In the end Fizzypop Buddy was too good on the night and his lead started to increase the 2015 St Leger would be his. He crossed the line 4.75L in front of the fast finishing Droopys Tamera with Roxholme Dream a further 1.5L back in third in 41.49.

 

This was incredibly only the 14th start for Fizzypop Buddy and he seems to be improving with every race. This son of Tubbertelly Dubh could be on the start of a remarkable journey that sees him become a genuine superstar of the sport. Droopys Tamera has some ability to mix it with the best over six and eight bends. Dean Childs finished runner-up last year with Millwards Teddy and the popular handler must settle for second once more. If there was an award for the bravest greyhound in training I'd vote for Roxholme Dream. That was the bravest St Leger title defence I've ever seen and once her racing career is over if she can throw that quality in to her offspring, we could be looking at a future super brood. Teejayspowerhawk, Ferryforth Fran and Diego Flight all did magnificent to make this final and they played a starring role in making the 2015 William St Leger a competition to remember.

 

Get full results here 

http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?racedate=10/11/2015%2000:00:00&track=Wimbledon

 

June Harvey on Fizzypop Buddy 

 

 

“Absolutely brilliant it is what dreams are made of. We have not seen the best of Buddy yet he is improving all the time and he will now have a break before heading to Monmore. His track craft is getting better and I think he is really special. He is the best dog I've ever had and he takes his races so well, you'd not know he had even raced. We got back to the kennels last night and all my dogs get a biscuit at bedtime, but if they have won they get two. He turned around and was waiting for his biscuits I think he knew he'd won.”

“My dad Joe Debenham got me in to greyhounds and it must be twenty years ago he owned dogs and one night Borris Teddy was running at Oxford and he ran badly. I said to my dad I could train him better and my dad said right let’s do this. He was such a massive support to me and he had a dream of winning the St Leger. I will put the St Leger Rosette of Buddy on his grave and I'm sure he was looking down on us. That victory is for my dad and who'd have thought after all these years I'd finally win this great race. We have an amazing team here and everyone plays their part. I honestly treat all my dogs the same open-race stars or A10 graders they all get exactly the same. These greyhounds are my world and I love them all so much. 

 

Last night in all the excitement I forgot to thank William Hill for their great sponsorship, it's really been bothering me and I'm so sorry but I think what they have done is fantastic.

I'd love Buddy to come back next year and try to defend his title but I'm not greedy I've won this race now and anything else is a bonus”

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