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RPGTV Henlow Derby - Henlow 460M - £10,000

 

 

 

LENSON SANTI brought his current winning run to five to take easily the most lucrative race of his career when landing the £10,000 final of the RPGTV Henlow Derby (460m) on Sunday evening.

It was yet another performance out of the top drawer from a dog who has in recent weeks turned a significant corner. “More than anything else, I’d say he has become a more consistent trapper and he has also taken to Henlow,” said Tony Collett of the dog he trains for leading owner Len Ponder.

Ponder is a huge fan of Arsenal, to the extent that a number of his greyhounds have been named after the great and the good from the Emirates. Lenson Santi is named after Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, others that spring to mind Lenson Sanchez, Lenson Cech and Lenson Walcott.

I was as guilty as the next man in thinking the Category One decider was going to be between the Mark Wallis duo, California and Clondoty Alex, the East Anglian Derby winner. Little did I think that Lenson Santi, the fastest first round winner, was going to pull such a big run out of the bag.

But he did. And, trapping ahead, he took them to the turn ahead of California. Peregrine Falcon sat in third position, with Clondoty Alex in fourth. Ajlo Legalbeagle was fifth and Prince Rock brought up the rear.

Lenson Santi kept on well along the back straight as Peregrine Falcon passed California to take second place. The John Mullins-trained Peregrine Falcon closed on Lenson Santi on the run for home but the latter still had three parts of a length in hand over his nearest rival when crossing the line in 27.41sec (0.10sec slow).

California, whose trapping let him down on the night, stayed on for third, with Clondoty Alex fourth, Ajlo Legalbeagle in fifth and Prince Rock at the back.

WHAT CONNECTIONS HAD TO SAY

Tony Collett (trainer of Lenson Santi): “It was a cracking race and the only way he could win was to crack out the way he did. I’ve had it (the Henlow Derby) in mind for quite a while – since he won a decent sprint at Hove. The trip and the track suits him down to the round. I’m really pleased. It’s a great race to win. As for the future, the likelihood is that he will run for Central Park in the elite race in the BAGS/SIS Track Championship.”

 

Len Ponder (owner of Lenson Santi): “It’s great to win a race such as this at a good, traditional greyhound track. It’s a fantastic place, run by fantastic people. I went into the race with an open mind. Obviously, I wanted to win but all I really wanted was the dog to come home safely. This is a bonus. I would like to thank Henlow for the marvellous way they have looked after us tonight. It has been fantastic.”

 

Kevin Boothby (promoter at Henlow): “I’m delighted for both Len and Tony. To go unbeaten in the Henlow Derby is a major achievement. It’s a very prestigious race that has been won by some of the sport’s biggest names. I would like to thank Racing Post for sponsoring the competition.”