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The Betfred Steel City Cup - Sheffield 500m (£7,500)

The race known as 'The Derby Of The North' was turned in to a procession by Jimmy Wright's Minglers Thunder in the £7,500 to-the-winner decider. It gave Jimmy Wright his first Steel City Cup success and Minglers Thunder was immediately given a quote of 100/1 for the 2016 Greyhound Derby. Previous winners Blonde Dino (2008) and Bandicoot Tipoki (2009) both third and winner of the Derby respectively shows this race can be a great form guide for the Derby.


Housed in trap-one Minglers Thunder rocketed out recording a flying 4.15 sectional and quickly raced clear. The 34 Kilo white and brindle son of Archaton Pine would not see another rival. He was undoubtedly one of the most impressive Steel City Cup winners of all time. Satin Mark chased him home but was never nearer than the 4.25L at the winning line in a sensational 28.67.


This was a good final Satin Mark, Some Turbo, Crewe Bay Ace, Ballymac Mossjoe and Kakantu all stand a chance of hitting the headlines in future competitions. The night though belonged to Minglers Thunder who took apart a top class field in the manner of a greyhound heading right to the very top echelons of the Sport.


Jimmy Wright on Minglers Thunder


“He was very impressive and showed ferocious early-pace. He's a lovely dog, a bit timid till you get to know him but it does not bother him once he's in the traps. The Steel City Cup and All England Cup are my Derbies, I target these big races in the North. When we go to Wimbledon it's an eight hour journey and it can take its toll. 


If I've still got him and he's injury free of course he will go to Wimbledon next year for a crack at the Derby but this time around I think we will decide to miss the Scottish Derby. It's hard to be competitive in both.


The next big target is Newcastle my home track for the All England Cup. He will have a ten day break now then we will start giving him trials so he can get used to the track. I'm blessed with so many good dogs at the moment and would not single any of them out. He's a very good dog and there's potentially more to come from him”.


Jimmy, you have so many good dogs like Walshes Hill, Droopys Buick, Droopys Vodka, Minglers Thunder etc but can you give us a name of a greyhound to look out for that's currently under the radar?


“I've a nice pup just about to start trialling called Droopys Five, he's well worth watching out for. I've also a nice bitch that could be special over six-bends called Shellam Maeby. She's only had eight races but I think she could be a star of the BAGS Track Championship over six-bends”.


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Sheffield and the sponsors Betfred deserve huge credit because this was a sensational night for the sport of greyhound racing. 


Cedric The Great got the night off to a bang winning on debut for Lisa Stephenson. He did not have things all his own way but showed great character to win by a neck in 29.73 -10.


Swift Musket was impressive winning over 660m for Russ Warren by 4.75L in 39.51 -10. 

Quick Impact had Julie Bateson smiling with a brilliant display of front running winning by 0.75L in a fast 28.84.


Russanda Brax is no stranger to playing a starring role at Sheffield and once again he shined brightly winning by 1.75L in 28.93.


Droopys Gonza and Dinzeo both trained by Barrie Draper fought out a thrilling finish over 660m with Droopys Gonza getting the verdict by 0.75L in a very fast 39.14.


Biddys Fire for Elaine Parker lit up the stage with an exciting performance, blasting from the traps she made all to win by 3.25L in 28.73. There's no doubt her long-term target will be the Oaks across the Pennines at Manchester, on this evidence her early-pace could see her go a long way in that competition.


Barrie Draper was back on the podium with highly rated pup Worsboro Spectre, he took the sprint in fine fashion scoring by 1L in 16.14. Russ Warren would enjoy a nice double when Swift Curie bolted in by a whopping 5.75L in 28.84. Glenpadden Rock landed an impressive treble for Barrie Draper by running out a very comfortable winner by 2.5L in 28.79.


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