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Glenpadden Rock joined an illustrious list of sensational winners after being crowned champion of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby and banking a whopping £12,500 for connections. 


The lids opened and there was jostling on the run up but it was the Barrie Draper trained Glenpadden Rock who came out on top of that battle and went around the opening bend in front. Vatican Baloteli showed huge pace after he was done no favours in that early battle where he was the meat in the sandwich between T1 Glenpadden Rock and T3 Teejays Panther. He is talented though and set off in pursuit of Glenpadden Rock. Rock was not going to be denied and crossed the line 1.25L in front of the fast finishing Honest John with Vatican Baloteli a further head back in third in 28.49 -20.


This was Barrie Draper's second victory in this great race having previously won it back in 2003 with Knock Split. He was a very good dog with blistering early-pace and raced through the competition unbeaten. He crashed out of the Derby in the third-round and I'm sure Barrie will have ambitions of Glenpadden Rock going deeper in this year's Derby, he looks a real talent with a big desire to win.


The finalists here will go on and compete on the big scene. Honest John looks very strong and could be a star over six-bends. Vatican Baloteli is very exciting and will head to the Gymcrack now and must stand every chance of doing well at Kinsley. Romany Rouge is a young greyhound that could excel with a bigger test of stamina and is one to keep an eye on. Patchys Kerry will bounce back and you'd not back against her going deep in a bitches competition like the Oaks. Teejays Panther will have his connections dreaming of better days and those dreams have a distinct possibility of coming true.


Supporting Card 


Clipper Puts In A Fivestar Performance


Fivestar Clipper played a starring role on the supporting card with a brilliant victory in the Ladbrokes Spring Festival 630m worth £5,000 to-the-winner. He rocketed out of the traps to the delight of his trainer Derek Knight and just managed to repel the late challenge of Prestige hero Billys Bullet by a head in 37.81 -20. 


Derek Knight On Fivestar Clipper


'He is a bit like a woman, he needs things his own way. He needed to come away and he did that, being honest that was our only chance. Billys Bullet ran a stormer but thankfully we did just enough and I'm delighted for his owner John Rohan. It's very hard to compete against these kennels with big powerful owners so to win this is fantastic. It's a bit of a drag the journey but the time flew, it would have been a different story if we had lost by a head. It's great for the kennel and all the staff, we are going to enjoy this. I'd like to thank Ladbrokes for their great sponsorship and everyone at Monmore.

Looking to the future he does not really have a trip, this 630m is the maximum he wants to go and four-bends is a bit sharp. He's a thinker and we will keep switching him and look to keep him to one off races'.


Maureen Banks The Cash


Cashen Maureen remains unbeaten for new trainer June McCombe to take her tally to 3 from 3 and bank the £1,000 to-the-winner cheque in Ladbrokes Spring Festival Bitches. Evanta Evita set the early tempo but was passed by Cashen Maureen and Chaotic Lynda close home with the former coming out on top by 1L in 28.45 -20. 


Cuchilla Is Too Sharp 


La Cuchilla put in a smart performance to emerge victorious in the Ladbrokes Spring Festival Dogs worth £1,000 to-the-winner. La Cuchilla showed the best early-pace and made his own luck out in front to run out a 2.75L winner over Metro Jack in a smart 28.28 -20. Cuchilla when translated to English means 'Blade' or 'Knife' he certainly looked sharp today for Steve Race.


Steve Race On La Cuchilla


'He's a very good dog when he hit the front it would take something special to catch him. Greyhound racing is about hitting the front its your only way to guarantee a clear run. When he does it right he's a top dog and next up we will look at the Scottish Derby and head there with a strong team. I'm delighted with the way he is running and it promises to be an exciting year for the kennel'.


Steve can I ask you where does the name come from?


'I'm a Sheffield United fan and their nickname is the Blades - Cuchilla is Spanish for blade'.