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The Coral Sussex Cup - Hove 515m (£10,000) Final Report

The Coral Sussex Cup and the £10,000 winners cheque headed up the M1 to Rotherham with Ballymac Mossjoe and Barrie Draper. This brilliant son of Ballymac Vic was the youngest in the field and looks to have a very bright future.


Ballymac Mossjoe was superb in his semi-final victory but he stepped up once again with a sublime performance here in the final. Out of trap-four, some had fears the draw may have been against him but he made a mockery of any such suggestions. He flew out and showed incredible speed to the corner whilst staying middle to record a scintillating sectional of 4.18. It was too much for his rivals and once he turned in front his supporters found their voice. Jet Stream Jack gave chase and put in an amazing performance but Kevin Hutton's star gave it everything but came up 1.5L short at the line in the fastest time of the year of 29.45. 


This was win number 11 from 22 starts and owner Peter Band is no stranger to success, being involved with superstars like Ballymac Eske and Farloe Warhawk. It looks very much like he's got himself another one here. Ballymac Mossjoe just keeps on improving and looks to be heading to the very top echelons of our sport. The runner-up Jet Stream Jack emerges from this competition with a lot of credit and you'd not back against him having his big moment sooner rather than later. 


My Real Mutley could only manage 6th in the final but he's another greyhound who's really shined bright in the competition. Burgess Oscar 5th and Reel Shirty 4th are emerging stars, both have won plenty of admirers down on the South Coast. King Dec 3rd, the former Arc champion, continues to perform well at the highest level and more big nights look on the agenda.


Barrie Draper on Ballymac Mossjoe


“It was a fantastic run, he had to come away and get around the bend in front. He did that in style. I've never won the Sussex Cup before and I'm delighted he's done it. I've not made any plans for him, if he's ok in the morning I will sit down with Peter (Band) and see what there is about. Peter is a great supporter of the kennel and I'm delighted for him”.

Trevor Draper added; “He's done us proud and he can now go to the top of the tree”.


Supporting Card


Roxholme Is Pure Magic 


The word great is banded about pretty often in sport and greyhound racing is no different. Anyone who witnessed Roxholme Magic in the 930m Marathon had no doubt they witnessed true greatness though. The Marathon scene looks to have a new heroine after Hayley Keightley's Roxholme Magic posted a sensational new track-record of 56.18. It was not just the time but the manner of the victory that impressed, Droopys Tamera was 6L in the clear and was in front until the 8th bend when Roxholme Magic swept past. Once in front this superstar powered clear in a matter of strides to win by 5.75L. Whenever a new star hits the Marathon scene comparisons are made to the great Scurlogue Champ but that's almost impossible to do; he was a star of the 1980's and she is a genuine star of 2015. Next stop the TV Trophy at Towcester make sure you look out for her.


Van Is Some Man


Coral deserve huge plaudits not only did they sponsor the Sussex Cup with £10,000 to-the-winner but on an action packed night there was three other finals each worth £2,500 to-the-winner. Vanayamzaman took the Sprint final in a manner of a greyhound heading right to the top. He ran out a comfortable winner by 1.5L in 16.03 to record his fifth victory on the bounce. What a race it would be to see Walshes Hill, Target Harris and Vanayamzaman take other on. It's a long way off Christmas but what a present that would be for greyhound fans around the country.


Droopys Dart put in a powerful display to land the Coral Puppy Trophy in a fast 29.73. Paul Young's puppy is fast becoming a greyhound to take note of. 


Rock Cinta took the Coral Ladies Trophy in impressive fashion with a trap-to-line victory in 29.92. 


Check out the full results on an amazing night here