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THE TOTEPOOL 69th EAST ANGLIAN DERBY FINAL - YARMOUTH 462m (£15,000)

There's been some great champions of the East Anglian Derby but the previous 68 winners would have to go some to match the 2015 Totepool East Anglian Derby champion Do It For Twiggy. The Erica Samuels trained greyhound literally took the roof off with a powerful late surge to enter the history books and bank the £15,000 to-the-winner prize.

 

The run to the bend was always going to be vital and when the talented Southfield Jock made it to the corner in front you could be forgiven for thinking it was all over. Nobody told Do It For Twiggy, not even first-bend crowding could stop this son of Droopys Scolari from having his night of destiny. He set off in pursuit and somehow managed to catch Southfield Jock and power on to victory by 0.75L in a sensational time of 27.82 -30.

 

This was a vintage final with six outstanding greyhounds in it all bidding for the victory but what unfolded was truly remarkable and will live long in the memory banks. It was a sensational night not only for the sponsor Totepool, Yarmouth Stadium, greyhound fans but for the entire sport. It's night like these that should fill each and every one of us full of hope for the future. 

 

Get full results here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?racedate=16/09/2015%2000:00:00&track=Yarmouth

 

Erica Samuels on Do It For Twiggy 

 

“It means so much to win this race it really does. I've watched it for years and being honest I never thought we'd have a dog good enough to win it. There's been some amazing winners and I don't think it's sunk in properly just yet. It's a massive team effort, everyone does their bit and it means so much. You have to have the dog and then you have to know the dog but to win it is massive. 

 

When Southfield Jock turned in front I never thought we would win it, he's an amazing dog and even at the third-bend it looked like we had a mountain to climb to catch him. Twiggy came home and did it and honestly I have never heard cheers like it. Seamus Cahill was the first one to come over and congratulate us, not only is he a brilliant trainer but also a fantastic sport.

 

I don't know what we will do but we will have to sit down with the owners and come up with a plan because I don't think the racing office will grade him now. He's supposed to be a bad traveller but he's been so laid back for us and he's got a great temperament in the kennel. We don't live far from Yarmouth it takes us about ten minutes so it's hard to judge but I guess we will find out when we hit the road. 

 

This was the biggest nights of our careers and I doubt we will ever beat it. It's rare to get a dog like Do It For Twiggy he can do it from the front, middle or from the back. Myself, husband Roland, son and granddaughter will remember last night forever. I'd like to thank Yarmouth, Totepool and the owners for giving him us to train for them.”

 

Supporting Card 

 

John Mullins landed a wonderful hat-trick; Borna Champ winning the £1,500 to-the-winner Derby Purse over 659m was the highlight. He came from off the pace to win this in thrilling fashion. Romany Rouge supporters hit top note at the fifth-bend and looked all over the winner but Borna Champ flew past on the run in to win by 1.75L in 41.27 -45. Soviet Paddy showed plenty of guts and determination to win the sprint in 16.74 -15 and My Mate Max was everyone's mate after he won very impressively in 27.98 -30. On this night last year John Mullins lifted the East Anglian Derby he may not have reached those heights in 2015 but it was another vintage training performance and a night to remember for the Mullins camp. 

 

The John Smiths Sprint final worth £1,000 to-the-winner has a rich history. Unique Wishes came out on top after a great battle with Montis Buster to score by 0.75L with only a head back to 3rd Coolavanny Grace in 16.78 -15.