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WILLIAM HILL DERBY TRIAL STAKES AT WIMBLEDON

With just three weeks to go until the start of the William Hill Derby at Wimbledon, sixty dogs will run in trial stakes on Saturday night, the largest trial stakes session yet, which is indicative of the huge interest generated by the record breaking first prize of £250,000.

Ireland is represented by Paul Hennessey who has four runners; Jaytee Dutch, Budgie Bypass, Barefoot Artist and Jaytee Jet. Of the four, Budgie Bypass is the most exposed, having won four from sixteen in the Republic. Jaytee Jet and Jaytee Dutch have trialled together at Wimbledon with the former beating the latter by four and three quarter lengths in 28.55. Barefoot Artist has won two of his five races at Shelbourne Park.

Kent trainer Liz McNair has been dominating recent Trial Stakes, having has seven winners in the last two sessions. She has four runners on Saturday including last year’s Swindon Arc winner King Dec and King Alley, who won a Trial Stakes two weeks ago in 28.79.

King Dec runs in the final Trial Stakes of the night, which is a high quality event also featuring Racing Post Juvenile winner Ballymac Brogan and the abovementioned Jaytee Jet. Elsewhere on the card are Eclipse winner Fit To Win and National Sprint winner Geelo Vegas, who steps up to four bends for the first time in the UK, but has won over 480 metres in Ireland.

On Wednesday there was a busy trial session in which Danny Riordan’s Rio Quattro went quickest in 28.53 with Paul Young’s Jaytee China next fastest in 28.62. Ante post joint favourite with Farloe Blitz, Droopys Nidge, had his first look at the track with a two bend solo, which he completed in 16.05. Last year’s Derby third Crokers Champ reacquainted himself with the circuit and posted 16.21.