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We have our six finalists and what a crop of talented youngsters they look. You will be hearing a lot more about these finalists over the course of the year and beyond. It promises to be some battle on Friday in a bid to join the history books and win the amazing first-prize of £12,500.


Pat Rosney knows what it takes to win this race having sent out the 2004 winner Dairyland Sue and 2012 winner Newinn Rocket. He will be hoping to land this for a third time with Vatican Baloteli in stark contrast to the Liverpool striker the greyhound has been firing on all cylinders currently unbeaten in the competition. 


The other unbeaten finalist is Romany Rouge, his style of running is exciting and Richard Devenish will be hoping his powerful greyhound can get up close home. He's turned in fifth in both the heats and semi-final and showed terrific middle and finishing speed. Comparisons could be made to the 2011 winner Droopys Greg and they certainly will be if he can do that again in the final.


It certainly is not a two dog race Paul Young's two runners Teejays Panther and Patchys Kerry are here on merit. Barrie Draper won this in 2003 with Knock Split and twelve years on he will be hoping to be standing on the podium with Glenpadden Rock. Richard Yeates must be incredibly proud of Honest John, he was only beaten a head in the heats by Romany Rouge and the same margin in the semi-finals by Teejays Panther. It would be no surprise to see him go close once more.


Pat Rosney On Vatican Baloteli 

'I thought his run in the semi-finals was the best to date, he was terrific but if he is to win this final he must get it right again. He's a front runner and must be foot perfect at the boxes with a fast starter on his inside and a dog that will look to move in outside of him. It's a tough race to win and the other five dogs are very good, it's going to be a great final. He's only had six races and you'd hope he keeps improving he's very good already but you just don't know how good he could be. I'd love him to win this for his owner Robert Ferrari he is a fantastic owner and so loyal. Robert's been a great supporter of the kennel over the years and I can't thank him enough'.


LADBROKES PUPPY DERBY - 16.28 (1st £12,500)


T1 Glenpadden Rock

T2 Vatican Baloteli

T3 Teejays Panther

T4 Patchys Kerry

T5 Honest John (m)

T6 Romany Rouge (w) 






June McCombe at the age of 69 is enjoying one of the most exciting periods in her career. It's not everyday you get owners sending you an Oaks and Dundalk International winner is it? That is exactly what happened when Cashen Maureen and Metro Jack entered the kennel this year. June is no stranger to having good greyhounds and winning big races but this promises to be a year the Lancashire handler will never forget.


Cashen Maureen could not have started her career off in better style for June winning both her starts and recording impressive times. Metro Jack made it a winning debut for new connections in the heats of the dog competition and I decided to catch up with June McCombe to get the lowdown.


June McCombe On Cashen Maureen and Metro Jack 


'It's really an exciting time I've had some good greyhounds like Bit View Ma, Aclamon Messi, Zigzag Stewart etc but to be given Cashen Maureen and Metro Jack to train is amazing, I'd like to thank the owners for their support and belief in me.


Cashen Maureen has settled in really well and I'm delighted with the way she is running. To win her first two races for me is really good and I'm delighted for the owners. I don't like planning and I'm concentrating on Friday's final. She cost a lot of money and I'd love them to get some back straight away. Hopefully she will go to the Derby but I honestly thought Aclamon Messi would have a big Derby and it seems when you plan things it can go wrong. Let's take it one race at a time but I truthfully could not be more pleased with her.


It was finally a big relief to get up and racing with Metro Jack, the owners have been really patient and I'm hoping he can win for them on Friday. He is a real bouncy dog with a great character and once he starts running regularly he will improve. I was delighted with his win in the heats he's got a huge heart and loves to win.

Good luck to my son-in-law and daughter  (Pat and Julie Rosney) who have Vatican Baloteli in the Puppy Derby final. Fingers crossed it can be a great day for our family'.


Turbo And Bullet Go Head To Head Again


One of the races of the year so far came in the Prestige final at Hall Green in January. There was just a head separating Billys Bullet and Supreme Turbo in the £6,000 to-the-winner decider after 645m. 630m is the distance on Friday and £5,000 is up for grabs it promises to be a thrilling contest - Both will have to be firing because Hove raider Fivestar Clipper romped to victory in the heats by 5.75L in the fastest time of the day of 37.82. It's all set up to be a special encounter and one that will thrill greyhound fans. 




T1 Chaotic Lynda 

T2 Evanta Evita

T3 Aero Babooshka 

T4 Cashen Maureen (m)

T5 Bubbly Beauty (m)

T6 European Queen (w)


LADBROKES SPRING FESTIVAL 630m - 16.14 (1st £5,000)


T1 Supreme Turbo

T2 Billys Bullet

T3 Chevy Blazer

T4 Cremartin Lark (m)

T5 Moss Lane Sue (w)

T6 Fivestar Clipper (w)


LADBROKES SPRING FESTIVAL DOGS 480m - 16.47 (1st £1,000)


T1 La Cuchilla

T2 Express Master

T3 Metro Jack

T4 Bog Brae

T5 Swift Keith 

T6 Ballygibbon King (m)