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William Hill Classic - Sunderland 450m (£25,000) Final Report

No But Lands Calvert Her First Classic

 

Five greyhounds battled it out in the final of the richest race in the North; The William Hill Classic worth a staggering £25,000 to-the-winner. Kelly Macari was double handed with Pinpoint Finas and Conna Trigger but it was another North-East lady Julie Calvert who landed this massive prize with No But.

 

Laughing Gravy was a late withdrawal and it left five greyhounds to go to traps. There was genuine excitement in the air and it proved to be an incident packed race. There was so much happening it was difficult to keep track of the events. Pinpoint Finas was crowded at the first-bend but emerged in front. Bubbly Ninja turned in second with Conna Trigger looking menacing in third. Bubbly Ninja took Conna Trigger out of the race around the second-bend and all of a sudden Pinpoint Finas had a very healthy looking lead. In behind No But was starting to hit top gear and he came home like an express train to range up alongside the longtime leader but was hesitant to pass. No But eventually kicked on to take this amazing competition by 0.75L over Pinpoint Finas in 27.00.

 

The eventual third Bubbly Ninja was disqualified for deliberate interference and that's never nice to see. Connections will be so disappointed and I'm sure I speak for everyone in wishing them well with him. Conna Trigger fourth was given no chance and Jolly Tricks fifth will almost certainly have better nights. Tonight though belongs to No But. He was winning an A5 last May and tonight he's landed the second richest four-bend competition in the calendar. This is a marvellous training performance by Julie Calvert and I caught up with her after the race.

 

Julie Calvert On No But

 

'I never went to the heats or semi-final so I did not want to go the final for fear of jinxing him. I watched it at home on Sky Sports and I was screaming at the TV, I could see him coming and I just wanted him to get there. He gave me a fright up the home straight but he got the job done and I'm delighted. This race means so much to me being at Sunderland it really does make it extra special. All my family and friends went and it's a great occasion for us all. I'm having a glass of Champagne now to celebrate and I'm just delighted, it means so much to me. Pat Dalton reared and schooled him for me and to go from A5 to this is very special. If he's well we will have a go at the Steel City Cup at Sheffield but for now I'm just going to enjoy this wonderful night. I must thank William Hill for their amazing sponsorship and everyone connected with Sunderland'.