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THE BRITISH BRED DERBY - TOWCESTER 480m (£5,500)

The British Bred Derby might be the newest competition in the calendar but after this first ever running you have to say it is most certainly exciting. King Alley emerged triumphant to land the £5,500 first prize and become the very first winner after a thrilling finish.

 

King Alley went in to this final unbeaten after two explosive runs in the heats and semi-final. The lids flew open and it was the stunning blue King Alley who broke smartly and turned in front. There was trouble in behind and the gap quickly opened up and it looked all over in terms of a contest. Sambuka Sam though had other ideas and he came out of the pack to try and chase down this impressive front runner. It looked to be a huge task but bit by bit he was eating in to King Alley's lead. When they turned for home it really was race on and Sambuka Sam was flying at the finish, King Alley was all out but the winning line came just in time. They flashed over together but King Alley had done just enough to score by a Neck in 28.29 (-10). There was 4 and 1/2 lengths further back to the third King Dec and in truth nothing else struck a blow on the night.

 

King Alley is the champion and will rightly get the plaudits, he is blessed with serious early-pace and is a very worthy champion. You have to give credit though also to Sambuka Sam; he ran the race of his life and made this final ultra-exciting.

 

Rab McNair On King Alley

 

“The way he is coming out of the boxes I doubt even the great Skate On would have lead him. He is flying out of the boxes and I am so pleased he's won it. He just seems to have taken to the track and right now he is running well. 

 

I'd like to thank everyone connected to the British Breeders Forum because races like this are important and we need more of them. This stadium is brilliant and I must thank Lord Hesketh because he and his staff have looked after us so well”.

 

SUPPORTING CARD 

 

It was a magical evening and Mark Wallis was crowned the Totepool Premier League Champion after back-to-back victories in the final two legs courtesy of Clondoty Alex and Black Francis.

 

Peter Cronin set off from his base in Ireland at 6.30am at 19.11pm he witnessed a truly wonderful performance from his Gyp Rosettl. This was colossal because not only did the greyhound have to endure a mammoth journey he also had no experience of Towcester. This special greyhound took up the running at the first-bend and ran out a comfortable winner by 2 lengths in 28.17 (-10). Peter Cronin said afterwards "This was some performance, he will now be put away for the English Derby". He was immediately given a 66/1 quote for the world's greatest race.

 

Kevin Hutton looks to have unearthed a new star in the shape of Glenanore Ace. He took the sprint in style by 5 and 1/2 lengths in 15.30 (-5). That is impressive on its own but what makes it even more so is the fact that he is not a sprinter and he's got some big form in the book over four-bends. 

 

The Totepool Invitation worth £3,000 to-the-winner looked a very hot race. It included Forest Twilight the current track-record holder and Lowther Stakes winner but it was the veteran Blackstone Marco who emerged triumphant. He was bumped at the boxes but he showed a tremendous will to win and got up close home by 1/2 length over Coolavanny Jap in 28.21 (-10). This is a performance that will live long in the memory and now at four years of age he seems to be running better than ever.