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Betfred Gymcrack - Kinsley 462m (£8,000)

You have to 'Doff Your Cap' to Kinsley and the sponsors Betfred. They have taken this great puppy competition and made it even better. It is now in receipt of Category One status but along with the £8,000 to-the-winner purse they are paying the winning trainer £1,000 and breeder £500. That should be applauded by everyone in the sport and hopefully The Betfred Gymcrack will become a trendsetter in terms of giving trainers' and breeders some payment for their success.

 

The leading pups in the country headed to Yorkshire for a tilt at becoming the Betfred Gymcrack champion. They travelled from far and wide but it was won by a Yorkshire lass Elaine Parker who sent out Stay Loose to victory in this great competition. Stay Loose improved in the semi-final but he took it to an even higher level in the final recording a fast 5.14 sectional, that was good enough to see him turn in front. The hot favourite Southfield Jock turned in second and he put up a gallant effort but he simply could not get passed a very brave Stay Loose. Southfield Jock was eventually passed for second by Swift Carter who himself emerges with great credit but Stay Loose still had 1L in hand at the line and stopped the clock in 27.50.   

 

Elaine Parker on Stay Loose

 

'I said he could improve and he did just that, he battled really well but once he trapped I knew because he stays well that he could win. He is a good trier and a very genuine greyhound. He gets in the van and goes straight to sleep like all good dogs he does everything right. He's had his problems with a slight shoulder injury and a tooth had gone up in to his gum, we needed to have it out, everything is fine now. He runs a tight track and is decent young dog, we don't know how good he could be, we've not got to the bottom of him but it will be exciting finding out'.

 

Kane Is Still Marathon King

 

There where some notable performances on the supporting card including a marvellous track-record breaking run from the TV Trophy champion King Kane. He romped to victory by 11.25L and set new figures for the 844m course of 52.44. This surely sent out a loud message on the marathon scene that he won't be relinquishing his TV Trophy crown without a major fight.

 

Vodka Is Made Of The Wright Stuff

 

Jimmy Wright will have enjoyed the journey back to Scotland filled with immense excitement after his youngster Droopys Vodka put in a breathtaking display. He went within 1L of the track-record over 462m stopping the clock in a sensational 27.18. He was immediately given a quote of 66/1 for Derby glory. He will now head to Newcastle and if tonight is anything to go by the Newcastle faithful are in for a treat.