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

Bubbly Strikes Gold At Sunderland


This competition played a starring role alongside the William Hill Classic at Sunderland at the festival. Worth £15,000 to-the-winner it's the biggest staying prize in the North and was a thrilling final. Bubbly Gold was sent off the 1-2 favourite last year but had to settle for the runners-up spot but this time he would strike gold and be crowned the 2015 William Hill Grand Prix champion.


Teejays Panther was quickly in to his stride and set the pace, Bubbly Gold turned in second with last year's champion Farley Rio in third. Dinzeo was in fourth and Toottoottootsie normally an early-paced runner was slow away and had a mountain to climb out back. Teejays Panther was in no mood to surrender the lead and held off all challengers till the fifth-bend. Bubbly Gold struck the front and the Champagne Club members nearly took the roof off with their cheers. Dinzeo was starting to fly and Farley Rio was never going to give up his crown without a fight. At the line Bubbly Gold took it by 0.5L over Dinzeo in second with Farley Rio just a Head further back in third, 1.25L back to fourth Toottoottootsie with Short-Head back to the brave longtime leader Teejays Panther in 39.79. 


It was an incredible race and the first three home all made last year's final. Bubbly Gold has finally got the big win his career deserves. This was incredibly his fifth major final and now he's a champion with a major title on his CV. Dinzeo last year's fifth ran a big race to take second and is another greyhound that is always there or thereabouts on the big stage, Harry Crapper deserves a lot of credit. Farley Rio put up a brave defence of his title, Kevin Boon's star lost nothing in defeat and he's right up there with the best in the land. Toottoottootsie is a new star and it would be no surprise to see her go well at Doncaster in the Yorkshire St Leger. Teejays Panther is an emerging talent and the 640m tests his stamina to the maximum, he will welcome a drop in distance and you could see him landing some decent races over 575m at Romford. We must not forget Jaytee China who was sadly withdrawn. She is a real star and her big target will be the Oaks at Belle Vue later in the year. 


Paul Young on Bubbly Gold and Teejays Panther


'He trapped out so well and followed our other dog Teejays Panther around and that was the key. It takes a lot out of him and he needs to be up with the pace and a week in between would have been ideal. We tried to freshen him up and it worked and I'm so pleased for the dog. To make four previous category one finals and not win one was disappointing but he's now won one. It's great for the Champagne Club who came out in force once more and everyone had a great night. Bubbly Gold is well he's fresher than us this morning. We will give him a break now and give him time but the St Leger is the obvious main target later in the year. We ran him in Ireland and he went amiss it's been a long road but the patience was rewarded. 


Teejays Panther ran a big race he's improved for every look at Sunderland but he just seems to run Romford better. His main target will be the Champion Stakes over 575m at Romford.

We have some great dogs, brilliant owners and I'm enjoying life. Even the nightmare journey on the way home with roads closed and the like could not dampen the spirits. Dogs like these keep me going and long may it continue'.


William Hill Festival Flyer - 261m (£3,000)


Walshes Hill is a superstar of the sprinting ranks but he had to settle for second place here behind the talented Daytime Flyer. It's all about the break and Daytime Flyer lived up to his name and pinged the lids while in stark contrast Walshes Hill fluffed his start. Daytime Flyer had gone and while Walshes Hill showed amazing pace to get within 3L of the winner in 15.61 the night and the plaudits belong to Daytime Flyer. 


William Hill Puppy Plate - 450m (£3,000) 


Jimmy Wright may have suffered defeat in the Flyer but he was back with a bang here taking a one-two with his two highly rated youngsters Droopys Buick and Droopys Vodka. The race was over in a matter of strides when Droopys Buick trapped out the best and although Droopys Vodka turned handy it was a race against the clock. Droopys Buick flashed over the line winning by an impressive 3.75L in a smart 26.81. He was immediately given a 66/1 quote for the 2016 William Hill Derby and judged on this evidence you'd not back against him running well at Wimbledon if he got there. 


Jimmy Wright had a big night; Airmount Paco, Droopys Alessio, Droopys Buick and Romeo Fantastico all won on the night to land the Newcastle trainer an impressive four-timer. Ted Soppitt had a good night with Calzaghe George and Calzaghe Rocky both recording impressive victories. It was a night to remember and you have to give Sunderland and the sponsors William Hill massive credit.