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Calne Racing Arc - Swindon 480m (£8,000)

Dec trained by Liz McNair is bidding to make Arc history by becoming the only greyhound in the history of the competition to win this great race back-to-back. He got his defence underway in spectacular fashion winning by 4L and stopping the clock in the fastest time of the day of 28.48. He is fast becoming the pin-up for British Breeding and looks set to put up a very big effort in attempting to defend his crown. 

He was not the only impressive winner from round-one Millwards Whitey really caught the eye riding a bump at the first-bend and going on to beat the well regarded Evanta Evita 5L in a fast 28.59. Domino Storm put a smile back on the face of Mark Wallis by making all to score by 1.75L over Leamaneigh Turbo in 28.61. 2014 East-Anglian Derby champion Swift Keith got in on the act winning by 0.75L in 28.97. Droopys Jarrow showed all his battling qualities to overcome first-bend crowding to get up close home to beat Bromwich Tom 0.5L in 28.90. 

In the last heat Kippers Usain showed explosive early-pace and enjoyed a trap-to-line success in 28.72. There are not many greyhounds capable of producing a 2.32 split and to put it in to prospective when Shaneboy Alley took this final by storm in 2013 breaking the track-record (28.18) he posted a 2.37 sectional. 

First-Round Times At A Glance

Millwards Whitey: 2.43, 28.59.

King Dec: 2.48, 28.48.

Dominio Storm: 2.41, 28.61

Swift Keith: 2.45: 28.97

Droopys Jarrow: 2.45, 28.90

Kippers Usain: 2.32, 28.72

Roly Woodcock Owner Of Kippers Usain

'You have to give his trainer Chris Allsopp massive credit he is a genius and certainly knows how to bring a greyhound on. I've had a lot of success buying the older greyhound for not stupid money like Ballycowen Dave (Kent Derby winner) and probably most famous of all Exocet (winner of Kent Derby, Sussex Cup and Night Of Stars). I purchased Kippers Usain at Christmas and he developed a blood disorder, he was leading but getting caught. Chris looks to have worked his magic once more and if he keeps trapping like he did in the heats we are going to have a lot of fun with him this year including a crack at the Derby. He is not getting any younger but there is potentially a lot of improvement left in him judged on his heat run. It is great to be involved in the competition and i'd like to thank Swindon and the sponsor for putting on this great competition'.

Semi-Final Draw (Wednesday 22nd April)

1st SF

T1 Evanta Evita

T2 Swift Keith

T3 Kippers Usain

T4 King Dec

T5 Leamaneigh Turbo (m)

T6 Home Raider (w)

2nd SF

T1 My Real Mutley

T2 Bubbly Gold

T3 Loughteen Eoin

T4 Teejays Panther

T5 Lann Jacob (m)

T6 Droopys Jarrow (w)

3rd SF

T1 Millwards Whitey

T2 Calco Flyer

T3 Domino Storm

T4 Bromwich Tom

T5 Forest Sara (m)

T6 Screen Critic (w)