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Alley Shows He Is The King Once More 


Towcester hosted the semi-finals of the newly formed British Bred Derby and twelve greyhounds where chasing a place in the £5,500 to-the-winner decider. 


First Semi-Final

King Dec was all the rage in this first semi-final but he stumbled at trap rise and left himself with a mammoth task. In stark contrast Bang On Giles for Philip Simmonds broke well and made the bend in front after recording a 4.20 sectional. It was getting messy in behind and this April 2014 puppy was away and gone. To his credit King Dec recovered well and showed plenty of determination to get himself back in the race. He could not catch Bang On Giles, but did come out the best of the rest 2 and 1/2 lengths behind the winner in 28.53. Ace Zar Base came from last to grab that all important qualifying spot for the final a further 3 lengths behind.


Second Semi-Final 

King Alley played a starring role in the heats and the Liz McNair trained greyhound was in no mood to give up his leading role. He blasted from the traps to record a sensational 4.03 sectional which enabled him to lead comfortably in to the corner. Once out in front this son of Droopys Scolari - Shaws Dilemma burned up the track and looked like he was about to run out a very comfortable winner. It was to the credit of Lowgate Onyx that King Alley only crossed the line 1/2 length in front in 28.31. Jim Hayton's trained star broke slowly, had to ride a bump at the second-bend but came home strong and can count himself a little unfortunate not to win. Sambuka Sam ran on well to finish third and book his place in to the final.


Final 17/12/15 (Sky Sports)


Can Alley Make It Three From Three


Six greyhounds are chasing not only for the £5,500 first-prize but the honour of becoming the very first winner of this newly formed Category One competition. It is my wish that in fifty years someone is sat typing out a preview for the final and I'm sure they will look back at the history of the competition. 2015 is the year it all started and from this small acorn let's hope the greyhound world unites and builds on this competition so it can turn in to a huge oak tree. 


Who's name it going to be the first on the trophy? A great question and on paper it looks like King Alley, who remains unbeaten in the competition, will be the likely favourite. It is far from a one dog final though Lowgate Onyx put in a special run in the semi-finals and if he had got a clear run it's likely he would have come out on top. Bang On Giles is a young greyhound that is clearly heading places and is open to further improvement. King Dec is a former category one winner. He has not had the rub of the green in the first two rounds but you don't win an Arc without being classy and he is very much capable. Ace Zar Base is a strong stayer and if it was to get messy up front then none would be finishing stronger. Sambuka Sam is here on merit and connections will be extremely proud of making the final.


Jim Hayton on Lowgate Onyx 

"He can come away better than he did in his semi-final but I was delighted with his run. If he gets a clear run in the final I'm pretty sure he has a chance of winning it. If King Alley or King Dec trapped out in front and there was trouble in behind they would take some catching. The weather will have a role to play and if it was a slow track that would play to our strengths a bit more. He hit a bit of a lull but he's back running well and he is getting used to the track more and more. If he was to find time again then we would be right in the mix but like always in these finals you need a bit of luck".