Latest News

William Hill Grand Prix - 640m (£15,000)

Thirty-six greyhounds set off in a bid to win the fantastic William Hill Grand Prix at Sunderland, worth £15,000 to-the-winner. It turned out to be an incredible night for Paul Young who, after an amazing night of action, qualified six of the eighteen qualifiers for the semi-finals.

 

Jaytee China got the Paul Young show on the road making her very first appearance over six-bends. She set a ferocious pace out in front before running out of steam at the fifth-bend but she safely made it through in third. Toottoottootsie a daughter of the great Tyrur Sugar Ray got the victory with Baliff Ray in 2nd in 39.86 -10.

 

Next up was Jaytee Osprey the Oaks finalist and just like Jaytee China she had to settle for 3rd but in a different manner. This was a great battling performance after crowding at the fourth and fifth-bend but she did what she had to and made it through. Lowgate Jasper took the race for Jim Hayton who beat Fearsome Code 0.5L in 40.25 -10.

 

There was a pattern emerging and the Paul Young trained Teejays Panther took 3rd place in the third-heat with a great battling display. Jimmy Nailed On emerged out of the second-bend in front and the writing was on the wall with eventual 2nd Dinzeo and 3rd Teejays Panther suffering first-bend bumping. Jimmy Nailed On took the race by 3.75L in 40.07 -10.

 

 

That run of 3rd place finishes would continue here for Paul Young with Teejays Porsche. He qualified behind Kakantu and Blackhouse Heidi. It was a mighty impressive display from Kakantu who blasted from traps to make every metre a winning one and crossed the line 5.75L to the good in 39.84. Magical Reid, who had been absolutely flying and looked to be a major player for outright glory, sustained a hock injury at the first bend..

 

Teejayspowerhawk ended the Paul Young run of third place finishes with a scintillating display that brought about a very impressive victory. Wearing the black jacket he flew the lids and from then on it was a race against the clock. He stopped it in a very fast 39.33 and there was 3.75L back to runner-up Calzaghe Vet and a further Neck to 3rd Airmount Paco.

 

To complete a sensational night for Paul Young last year's runner-up Bubbly Gold safely negotiated his passage in to the semi-finals by finishing 3rd. It was last year's winner Farley Rio who took the heat with a powerful display taking up the running at fifth-bend. He soared past long time leader Calzaghe Lisa who stuck to her task well by finishing 3.5L behind in 2nd in 39.72.

 

It was a night that will live long in the memory for everyone at Paul Young's kennel. To have a greyhound qualify in each of the six heats of a major category one competition is nothing short of remarkable and I caught up with a delighted Jack Murrel, Young’s assistant, after racing.

 

 'We are delighted with Jaytee China, she'd never even had a trial over six-bends so to qualify for this is really pleasing,” Murrell said. “She just ran out of gas but with her early-pace and a fast track she is the sort that can throw down the gauntlet and say come and catch me. She will get stronger the more she runs over this distance and we need some luck now with the trap-draw'.

 

Murrell added: 'She ran brilliantly in the Oaks but took her time to get right. Really pleased she qualified and can come on, especially with more experience of Sunderland. She can have a really good career over six-bends'.

 

Murrel was pleased to get Teejays Panther through: “Teejays Panther won a nice Maiden Competition and we stepped him up again in trip here. He could be special over six-bends and we are delighted he qualified after a bumpy ride'.

 

“Teejays Porsche is somewhat in the shadow of his litter brother 'Panther' but ran well in the Maiden Comptetion behind Panther at Romford. We are glad he's qualified and in the semi-final and with some luck you never know”.

 

'This is the right trip for Teejayspowerhawk and he's been running very well of late. I thought he was impressive on Derby final night and he's a nice dog. It is nice to see him run so well here in the heats and if he can get a bit of luck he could go all the way'.

 

To complete a sensational night for Paul Young last year's runner-up Bubbly Gold safely negotiated his passage in to the semi-finals by finishing 3rd. It was last year's winner Farley Rio who took the heat with a powerful display taking up the running at fifth-bend. He soared past long time leader Calzaghe Lisa who stuck to her task well by finishing 3.5L behind in 2nd in 39.72.

 

Murrell said of Bubbly Gold that there could be better to come; 'He was not at his best here but he qualified and that is all that matters. He's capable of breaking much better and if he does then he's a greyhound who could go all the way from off the front. Last year in the competition he was brilliant in the heats and semi-final but then could not catch Farley Rio in the final. If he was to qualify in the semi-final and ping in the final he could go one better”