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Totepool 69th East Anglian Derby - Yarmouth 462m (£15,000)

Only two greyhounds in the history of the East Anglian Derby have successfully won this great competition back-to-back; Our Rufus (1978/79) and Fear Zafonic (2009/10). All eyes in the first-round where firmly fixed on last year's hero Swift Keith. He never disappointed and put in a brilliant display winning by 4L in a scintillating 27.59 +10. He sent out a very clear message that he was certainly not about to give up his crown easily. 

 

Last year's third Southern Mesut also scored impressively in 27.79 +10. Now a veteran he showed he still has plenty of wow factor under the guidance of Charlie Lister OBE. Ballymac Brogan the fantastic Juvenile winner bounced to back to form with a bang winning by 3L in 27.80 +10. British Bred Calco Flyer shined brightly winning by 2L in 27.79 +10. Make no mistake the competition started with a real bang and heading to the second-round it's only going to intensify. Check out full results here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=132148

 

Second-Round 

 

The second-round takes place on Monday and it promises to be a night of sensational action. The defending champion goes in heat two at 20.41. I decided to catch up with John Mullins and get the lowdown on the champ.

 

John Mullins On Swift Keith

 

“It meant so much to us to win this last year, it really did and it's great to be back this year. The pressure was on in the heats, it's always tough when you’re the defending champion. Only two greyhounds have successfully defended this title and that shows you how tough it is. There is a long way to go and this is a very hard competition to win. He ran so well in the heats and it's a great feeling to get off the mark.”

 

“The draw for the second-round is tough, he must come away but he's a class act. I like the format of this competition with it being three qualifiers all the way. I hate it when it's two qualifiers and would like to see all competitions have this format”.

 

Plenty of intriguing encounters are set to take place in the four second-round heats. In the first heat Seamus Cahill duo of Southfield Jock and Ballymac Brogan go head-to-head. It would be foolish to write off Charlie Lister OBE who sends out Stay Loose.

 

Heat three is a cracker with Southern Mesut taking on Evanta Evita and Sneezys Hero. Heat four see's Julie Calvert make the long journey to East Anglia with her Sunderland Classic winner No But. Julie will be hoping the journey is a fruitful one.

 

It's the first three to qualify to the semi-finals on Saturday 12th September, who do you think can win the 2015 Totepool 69th East-Anglian Derby? 

 

Monday 7th September 

 

Heat 1 20.24

T1 Flemish Idea

T2 Southfield Jock 

T3 Stay Loose

T4 Farloe Brae

T5 Swift Finn

T6 Ballymac Brogan (m)

 

Heat 2 20.41

T1 Swift Keith 

T2 Ilewin Allot 

T3 Calco Flyer 

T4 Do It For Twiggy 

T5 Montis Buster (m)

T6 Ballymac Manix (w)

 

Heat 3 20.57

T1 Evanta Evita

T2 Southern Mesut

T3 Sneezys Hero 

T4 My Mate Max 

T5 Swabys Millward (m)

T6 Farneys Cookie (m) 

 

Heat 4 21.12

T1 Miss The Flight

T2 Blackrose Vic 

T3 No But

T4 Urban Road 

T5 Cilldubh Picture (m)

T6 Astra Prince (m)