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William Hill Classic - Sunderland 450m (£25,000) - Final - Wednesday 15th June (Sky Sports)

If it is excitement you crave then Wednesday night at Sunderland is the place to get your fix. The feature event is the 2015 William Hill Classic which is worth a whopping £25,000 to-the-winner and a place in history. This competition has been thrilling from the start and it's been incredible to see the drama to unfold before our eyes. The stage is set for the final act now and it promises to go out with a real bang. Who will be the star of the show? 

 

Kelly Macari knows what it's like to win this great race but also to suffer disappointment in the final. Kelly won it in 2013 with the great Pinpoint Maxi and she's got two chances here with Pinpoint Finas and Conna Trigger. Both are a real credit to connections, now veterans but they are performing at the top of their game. Read what Kelly said about her two stars here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/news/2/2015/7/165/William-Hill-Classic---450m-25000 

 

Laughing Gravy looks to have really taken to the North-East circuit and the former Romford Puppy Cup champion and Golden Sprint runner-up was eye catching in the semi-final. I decided to catch up with his trainer David Pruhs ahead of this great race.

 

David Pruhs on Laughing Gravy 

 

           'It's very nice to be involved in any final but this feels a bit special. He won the Romford Puppy Cup and in all aged he's finished runner-up in the Golden Sprint. I feel we have a squeak in the final for sure but one or two others will feel the same. Sunderland looks the ideal track for him with its long straights and sharp bends, he seems to be relishing it. Not too many greyhounds win major puppy competitions and then again in open-aged, it would be nice if he could do that. These last four or five weeks I've felt him returning to top form, his coat and everything about him is looking really good. He's taken his races well and I was a bit worried about him travelling but he's handled that very well. I've just weighed him and he's spot on, we are good to go and I think he will run very well. After this competition we will head to Monmore for the Gold Cup'.

 

No But for Julie Calvert is here on merit and his never say die attitude is winning him a lot of fans. He can do it from the front or from behind and looks to be a very exciting greyhound. Bubbly Ninja is fast and more than capable and likewise Jolly Tricks. It's going to be a superb race and six greyhounds are heading to the traps all with a realistic chance of tasting Classic glory. We have the Derby roar at Wimbledon what about us having a Classic roar at Sunderland? 

 

Final Draw

T1 Pinpoint Finas

T2 No But

T3 Bubbly Ninja

T4 Jolly Tricks

T5 Laughing Gravy

T6 Conna Trigger