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William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon 480m (£250,000)

Quattro Wins The World's Greatest Race


Rio Quattro trained by Danny Riordan was crowned the 2015 William Hill Greyhound Derby champion and he banked the £250,000 winner’s prize for connections. It was an amazing night of action at the 'old lady' Wimbledon stadium but perhaps the biggest winner overall was the sport of greyhound racing. The atmosphere was electric and the air was filled with genuine optimism for the sport moving forward. It was a truly amazing night that will live long in the memory banks and I've a feeling this will be a springboard that could very much see the sport hit a golden era.


The final 


The 'Derby Roar' was the loudest for years and Farloe Blitz supporters where worried it could cause him to miss his break. It most certainly did not and the cheers when he rocketed out where almost deafening. He showed that customary burst of pace that had seen him win the first five rounds of the Derby. It was all over wasn't it? You've got to be kidding because what happened next was truly special. Rio Quattro turned in second but showed an amazing turn of foot between bends two and three to hit the front, rarely have I seen a greyhound with so much middle-pace. Tynwald Bish was running a massive race for Peter Cronin and he tried with all his might but he could not get to Rio Quattro who crossed the line to amazing cheers 1.25L to the good in a fast 28.24. Eden The Kid ran on past a tiring Farloe Blitz to grab third with Making Paper fifth and Millwards Davy sixth.


Rio Quattro will rightly grab the headlines and the plaudits he richly deserves. He performed when it really mattered and is now guaranteed greyhound racing immortality. This has been an amazing Derby so many stars but right up to this final race none shined brighter than Farloe Blitz. He won the first five rounds of the Derby in spectacular fashion but was beaten in his fourth major final. He returns to Ireland in my opinion a hero and I can't wait to see him again. Irish based trainers led an assault on this year's Derby, they may not have won it but they make the Derby extra special. 2008 Loyal Honcho victory is fast becoming a distant memory but have no fear they will be back in 2016 full of renewed hope and optimism. 


We must not forget William Hill their generous sponsorship helped make this arguably the greatest Derby we have ever seen. The £250,000 to-the-winner is the headline grabber but on the night the prize-money was sensational. The Derby 2nd got £25,000, 3rd got £10,000, 4th £5,000, others £4,500. The Champion Hurdle and Derby Plate each saw the winner collect £1,500 and every other race was worth £1,000 to-the-winner. That is some commitment from William Hill and they deserve massive recognition. 


Danny Riordan On Rio Quattro 


'I'm over the moon is probably the best way to describe how I'm feeling. You've still to get up though and go about your business, I'm just back from Mass and I can't believe it. We have had many disappointments over the years and now in the twilight of our career we have achieved the pinnacle the race we've always dreamt of winning. I had tremendous faith in the dog and we trained him hard for four months with one race in mind the Derby. It's paid off and I could not be happier to have achieved my dream after all these years trying. We will put him away now and I will speak to Michael and Sean Dunphy about what to do next. We might have a go at the Irish Derby I'm unsure just yet, we are a small team and the dog responds to one handler. I love greyhound racing and get a great deal of pleasure winning opens at Romford and Henlow those tracks have been very good to us. I love the razzmatazz of everything surrounding the Derby and I'd like to thank William Hill and Wimbledon for everything'.




There was some terrific action on the supporting card, some truly magical performances that most certainly had the wow factor.


Teds Last delivered a pulsating victory for Charlie Lister OBE in the puppy contest. He looked in a world of trouble and victory looked a forlorn hope. This puppy though had people gasping in awe has he came from last to first to get up right on the line to score by a short-head in 28.71. He looks every inch a future superstar and a note worth making is that Rio Quattro won this race last year and look what he's just achieved. I decided to catch up with Charlie Lister OBE and get his thoughts on this terrific puppy.


Charlie Lister OBE on Teds Last


'He was brilliant and I'm so pleased he ran so well to get this victory. He looked to have no chance when he was put out of the race but he battled on so well. I don't like talking up my dogs and I'd rather let them do the talking but he is an exciting prospect. He was so unlucky in the Derby but we gave him his chance knowing he lacked experience and he ran very well in the Derby. He's got to strengthen up and I think he will put weight on but we are in no rush with him. He will be given a break now and we will just take our time. Greyhounds only have so many big runs in them and you can't keep going to the well every week. No plans have been made but we will look after this youngster and see how it goes.

On the Derby I'd like to congratulate Danny Riordan, I thought his dog ran really well and he's had dogs for years I was so pleased for him'.


Teds Last was not the only greyhound to wow the greyhound world on finals night. Millwards Teddy the St Leger runner-up smashed the track-record over 687m. It was vintage Millwards Teddy has he landed an impressive four-timer when he crossed the line 7L to the good in a sensational 41.13.


Roxholme Magic is a greyhound that gets you on the edge of your seat but here she had greyhound fans standing in admiration after an exhilarating display in the Dorando Marathon. New recruit to the Marathon scene Droopys Cottage was out in front and nearly pulled off a debut victory over eight-bends. Roxholme Magic though somehow recovered from crowding at the seventh-bend to get up by 1.5L in a very fast 55.65. I decided to catch up with Mark Keightley and ask him about this staying superstar.


Mark Keightley on Roxholme Magic 


'She was running in Ireland and making mistakes but I thought she could be special if stepped up in trip. She was un-gamely and struggled to dominate races but over marathon trips it's a different story. I think we should keep her to marathon trips and not confuse her, it's safe to say she's got a mind of her own. She disgraced herself in the final of the Ted Hegarty and just ran with the field but last night she was magnificent. I don't just like this bitch I love her and think she can go on and become a real star of the marathon scene. Her big target will be the TV Trophy and I'd like to take her back to Ireland for the Ted Hegarty to get compensation. We will keep her to eight-bend races on Sky nights and just wait for the competitions'.


Jetstream Reason was crowned the 2015 William Hill Champion Hurdle winner in some style. He blasted out and managed to repel the challenge of Alittlelesslip and Razldazlnewstalk at the third-bend to win by 1.5L in 29.24.


Domino Storm put in a terrific performance to win the William Hill Derby Plate for Mark Wallis. She showed terrific all round pace to win by 3.75L in a very fast 28.23. If the Oaks was next week she would surely go off favourite and looks a bitch to very much stay on the right side of.


It was an amazing night with many other impressive victories; check out the full results here