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Betfred Select Stakes - Nottingham 500m (£7,500)

The Betfred Select Stakes is unique but it is without doubt one of the most exciting races we see every year. It is champion taking on champion and the 2015 running was a real cracker. We witnessed the Scottish Derby champion (Swift Hoffman) taking on the East-Anglian Derby hero (Swift Keith), Gold Cup champion (Viking Jack), Derby Plate heroine (Domino Storm) and the Derby third (Eden The Kid). All five of the greyhounds that went to traps have huge reputations but only one could be crowned the champion and bank the amazing £7,500 first prize.

 

Swift Hoffman had been burning up the track in trials including 28.93 +30 and 29.08 +20 both under the 29.16 track-record set by Sawpit Sensation in November 2012. He looked to be streets ahead of his rivals but when he drew trap-five there was a slight question mark. Could this great dog be at his sensational best from the orange jacket? The lids opened and the powerful brindle rocketed out recording a brilliant 4.98 sectional. In terms of a contest it was all over and Swift Hoffman turned on the gas to run away from this outstanding field. Eden The Kid and co simply had no answers and Swift Hoffman crossed the line 4.75L to the good over that rival in a sparkling 29.20 +20. (Only four spots off the track-record).

 

This was Pat Rosney's third victory in the Betfred Select Stakes having won this in 2004 with Dairyland Sue and 2009 with Windy Millar. Some of the biggest names the sports ever seen have won this race; Mile Bush Pride, Desert Pilot, Whisper Whishes, Some Picture, Larkhill Jo, Sonic Flight and Droopys Shearer just some of those massive names but make no mistake the 2015 champion Swift Hoffman is right up there now with the greatest ever victors.

 

Pat Rosney On Swift Hoffman

 

“First of all I'd like to thank Betfred for their brilliant sponsorship, this is a race I love and it's a real honour to be involved. I'm delighted to have won it for the third time and last night Swift Hoffman was brilliant. He's well this morning and I really could not be happier, he's been flying in trials but to do that in a race is so pleasing. The time was fantastic and if he'd been in trap-six he may well have broken the track-record. None of that really matters it's the icing on the cake if you like. If like in other sports it was merely done on times then I'm not sure he would be beaten. Nottingham suits him, the track plays to his strengths but there's no big races coming up for him at the track. No decisions have been made on what's next but I guess we will have to make a decision soon”.

 

Pat will he go to Ireland for a crack at the Irish Derby?

 

'The honest answer is I don't know, no definitive plans have been made. I've never had a runner in Ireland and now there's even more obstacles with the rabies jabs and pet passports etc. The travelling would be hard on us but that is not important he's the one that must do the running. To have his best chance he'd probably have to be based over there, I'm not sure that is possible. My honest answer is I'd not advise anyone to back him to win that competition unless he's a confirmed entry. I'd say there is more chance of him possibly running on the Night Of Stars. I'd have to see what the owner wanted to do but nothing's been decided yet'.

 

There is talk about him stepping up to six-bends will he do that?

'I'm very excited about this possibility, I think he could be sensational and dominate the races. It's hard though we have a winning formula and it is hard to change that. I think he will stay six-bends and I'd envisage him being tried sometime in the future'.

 

Teddy Scores In Select Stayers

 

The Betfred Select Stayers worth £2,500 to-the-winner was won by Millwards Teddy. The great Farley Rio set the pace but heading to the fifth-bend Droopys Cottage looked all over the winner. Droopys Cottage had the door slammed firmly shut when she made her challenge and Millwards Teddy pounced. He's a great dog and quite literally seized the day in some style. He crossed the line 2.5L in front of Alma Prince in 44.56 +30. Both Dean Childs runners Millwards Teddy and Droopys Cottage look set to have very exciting weeks and months ahead of them. Farley Rio is a model of consistency and again ran a big race. You have to also give a lot of credit to the runner-up Alma Prince. Millwards Teddy just keeps on winning the big races and will always be a force anywhere he runs.

 

Big Performances

 

Camp Joker looks a puppy set to head to the top. Pat Rosney's emerging star recorded a smart victory over 480m recording 28.63 +20. Calzaghe George made it impressive back-to-back victories recording 28.79 +10 over 480m. The incredible form of Target Harris continues he smashed the track-record at Crayford and rattled it here on his way to a smart victory in the sprint recording 17.48.