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William Hill Northern Puppy Derby - Newcastle 480M - £8,000


KILDALLON BOLT completed an unbeaten run through the William Hill Northern Puppy Derby with a compelling victory in the £8,000 final over 480 metres at Newcastle on Thursday.

There really something special about Heather Dimmock’s youngster. An arrogance, perhaps, but when you are as good as he is you can afford to be a be a bit cocksure.

It was KIldallon Bolt’s seventh win from his last nine races and it was achieved with the minimum of fuss as he quickly picked up after a moderate start to lead approaching the first bend.

Supporters of Droopys Yen may have experienced a moment of optimism when their runner turned into the back straight in second place and for a moment appeared to be closing, if ever so slightly, on the leader.

But it was only brief optimism because the relentless gallop of 36-kilo heavyweight Kildallon Bolt broke the resolve of Droopys Yen, and the others, as, perfectly balanced around the final two bends, he pulled clear to score by three lengths in 28.65sec (normal).

Jimmy Wright, who won this last year with Droopys Buick, suffered the frustration of watching his Droopys Yen and Farloe Raider, who mostly enjoyed a clear enough run, finish second and third respectively.

The others – Be Majestic (fourth), Pinewood Barney (fifth) and Bramble Rafa (sixth) – all experienced first bend crowding and they were never a factor in a race dominated by Kildallon Bolt, who started the odds-on favourite.


Mick Pacey (assistant to Heather Dimmock, the trainer of Kildallon Bolt): “He probably didn’t break as well as he can but he has run really well. It’s his last month as a puppy and he might have a few more puppy races while he can. He’s pretty close to the finished article now. He might find a bit growing up but he is almost there. I have no long term plans for him, we’ll play it by ear.”

Geoff Wills (Co-owner of Kildallon Bolt): “He really is an exciting dog to own. I think he could be one for next year’s Derby. There is no reason he won’t be. He has come on a hell of a lot since Nottingham (Puppy Classic). You cannot ask any more from him.”

Adam Duncan (Co-owner of Kildallon Bolt): “He didn’t break to well but his pace showed through. Mick and Heather have done a tremendous job and I think he’ll come on a bit more.”


GREENHILL GEM pulled off a surprise but nevertheless meritorious success in the £3,000 final of the William Hill Angel of the North Oaks (480m).

Carol Weatherall’s three-year-old moved quickly to the turn and shoulder barged Sidarian Riva as she took command at the first bend and went on to win by a length and half from Charlie Lister’s bitch in 28.76sec (normal).

It was fabulous compensation for Greenhill Gem after her defeat in the same final last year when she hit the front early on but was unable to contain Graigues Diva, who went on to score by a shade under two lengths.

Domino Storm is one of the sport’s great achievers but this competition is destined to elude her after she suffered her second successive defeat in the final. She broke well but was hampered by Some Woman soon after the start and came home in last place.


Darren Holmes (assistant to Carol Weatheral, trainer of Greenhall Gem): “I gave her a chance despite her price. I thought she ran really well in this last year and she ran even better this year. She has a nice turn of early pace and out in front is the place to be. She’s a lovely bitch to train and has recovered from a broken hock. She’ll probably go to the Oaks next, as long as season or something else doesn’t intervene.”