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CHELSEA GLASS GTA TRAINERS' CHAMPIONSHIP - SITTINGBOURNE

CHELSEA GLASS GTA TRAINERS' CHAMPIONSHIP - SITTINGBOURNE

 

Super Super Kev, Super Super Kev, Super Kevin Hutton!

 

The Chelsea Glass GTA Trainers' Championship was won in dramatic fashion by Kevin Hutton, not only does he bank the £7,500 winners prize but he delivered a performance that will stay in the memory banks forever. This was Kevin Hutton's debut in the championship but he left his mark on it forever. While reading this report may I suggest you have the theme tune to 'The Great Escape' playing in the background.

In all my time in greyhound racing I can't ever remember seeing scenes like those that unfolded at Sittingbourne and it was a truly remarkable advert for the sport of greyhound racing. It's hard to make comparisons but this performance must rank right up there with the best in history;

 

Greatest Sporting Comebacks 

1981 The 'Botham's Ashes' England 500/1 midway through their second innings but Ian 'Beefy' Botham defied the 500/1 odds and pushed England on to victory.

 

2005 Liverpool in the Champions League final went in at half-time 3-0 down against the might of AC Milan but roared on to take the final on penalties.

 

1973 Red Rum came from 30L behind to beat Crisp on the line in a dramatic finish to capture the hearts of a nation.

 

2015 Kevin Hutton sitting in last place at the half-way stage of the Greyhound Trainers' Championship. He went on to win four races on the bounce to beat Mark Wallis and send the crowd and greyhound fans worldwide into uproar.

 

Kevin Hutton On Winning The Championship 

 

'First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you to Mark Wallis he was the first to come over and congratulate us, it says so much about the man, he is gracious in defeat and victory. Mark Wallis is a fantastic trainer and someone I have the upmost respect for, it meant so much to me for him to do that.

At the half-way stage we looked dead and buried it looked very much like Mark Wallis was going to win it. Forest Sara ran a superb race I thought she was fantastic but even after her win with three races left I did not think we could do it. Victory from Jolly Redeye in the next was a good feeling I just thought well we have done well but with Vanrooney to run for Mark Wallis I still did not believe the impossible was possible. Then Swansalona Diva won and I thought wow this is going to be closer than people think. I was not keeping score and people kept asking me where did we stand. We had drawn level and it was a one race shoot-out; El Pedro rocketed out and I knew then we had won. I was trying to shout him on but nothing was coming out. 

It was unbelievable we made the Derby final and won the Oaks but this night eclipses everything. I've never known a buzz like it and I just can't believe it. I'd like to thank everyone for their support and everyone connected with the kennel'.

 

Your fan club will surely swell now Kevin and people will want me to ask you about the upcoming Derby. What is your best chance of winning the Derby?

 

'Face The Blade, don't write him off I think this greyhound can be sensational if he keeps improving the way we hope. We have some good dogs to come back but I honestly think Face The Blade is a dog to get excited about and people should definitely follow him'.

 

As It Happened

 

Jacob Sends Mullins Fans Crackers

 

Lann Jacob scores for John Mullins with a demonstration of fantastic early-speed, he crossed the line a short-head to the good over Mark Wallis trained Blue Moment in 29.08. Blue Moment was marked awkward on the run in when looked to be all over the winner. Kevin Hutton's Face The Blade could only manage 5th.

 

Scores After Race 1

J Mullins 10

M Wallis 7

P Young 5

S Cahill 3

K Hutton 2

D Childs 1

 

Whirlwind Swoops Past Jock In Thriller

 

Mark Wallis was sitting pretty after his Swift Whirlwind swooped to pass Southfield Jock on the run in by 1L in 30.24. It was another 5th place for Kevin Hutton with Swift Leonard.

 

Scores After Race 2

M Wallis 17

J Mullins 11

P Young 10

S Cahill 10

K Hutton 4

D Childs 4

 

Whitey Slays The Dragon

 

Millwards Whitey took the sprint contest with a powerful display by 1L over the Kevin Hutton trained Dragon Big Bux in 16.35. Mark Wallis had to settle for 4th place with Cloudbursting but still had a healthy lead.

 

Scores After Race 3

M Wallis 20

J Mullins 16

D Childs 14

P Young 12

S Cahill 11

K Hutton 11

 

Bullet Hits The Target For Wallis

 

The trainers' championship looked all over bar the shouting when Mark Wallis sent Billys Bullet to victory in the stayers beating Droopys Ward 1L in 39.86. It was a very impressive performance by the Prestige champion but also by the runner-up Droopys Ward who was making his true six-bend debut. It was another 5th place for Kevin Hutton with Airport Captain. 

 

Scores After Race 4

M Wallis 30

P Young 19

D Childs 17

J Mullins 17

S Cahill 16

K Hutton 13

 

Sara Beats Evita And China In Style

 

This was a magnificent performance by Forest Sara who showed terrific early-gears to make the corner in front. At Wimbledon Jaytee China got the better of their battle but revenge was sweet for team Hutton and it was the Mark Wallis trained Evanta Evita who was the closest challenger but went down by 0.5L with Jaytee China a further 1L back in 3rd in a very fast 28.86. All three bitches look set to have a huge year and will be contenders for major honours.

 

Scores After Race 5

M Wallis 37

P Young 24

K Hutton 23

S Cahill 19

D Childs 19

J Mullins 18

 

Hutton Is Jolly After Redeye

 

This looked a tricky race on paper and was packed with talent. The Kevin Hutton trained Jolly Redeye made it look easy after a ping break they never looked like catching him, he crossed the line 1.25L to the good over Droopys Jarrow. Mark Wallis had to settle for 4th with Adageo Bob who ran well after crowding. 

 

Scores After Race 6

M Wallis 40

K Hutton 33

S Cahill 26

P Young 25

D Childs 24

J Mullins 20

 

Diva Victory Sets Up Last Race Shoot-Out 

 

Kevin Hutton made it three wins on the bounce with Swansalona Diva who romped to victory by 4.25L over Chicago in 44.34. Mark Wallis trained Vanrooney could only manage 4th. It quickly became apparent that we had Kevin Hutton and Mark Wallis tied for the lead and we would have a last race shoot-out.

 

Scores After Race 7

M Wallis 43

K Hutton 43 

S Cahill 33

P Young 30

D Childs 25

J Mullins 22

 

Hutton's Pedro Completes Greatest Comeback Ever Seen

 

After seven races it came down to this; who ever finished in front between Blonde Nipper (Mark Wallis) and El Pedro (Kevin Hutton) would be crowned the champion. Lids opened and the crowd gasped because El Pedro took a flier, this strong running dog would not see another rival, he beat Swift Keith by 1.75L in 29.10. Blonde Nipper finished 4th and the title would go to Kevin Hutton in dramatic style. Sittingbourne turned in to an echo of chants for Kevin Hutton and we witnessed scenes rarely if ever seen at a greyhound stadium. 

 

FINAL STANDINGS

K Hutton 53

M Wallis 46

S Cahill 38

P Young 32

J Mullins 29

D Childs 26

 

LEN PONDER OF CHELSEA GLASS

 

'Absolutely fantastic you always hoped it would go to the last leg and it did. It was like a Derby Final the atmosphere was fantastic. I'd like to thank Roger Cearns of Sittingbourne and Ricky Holloway of the GTA and announce it was that good we will sponsor it again next year. Well done Kevin Hutton and all the trainers involved'.