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Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British-Bred Derby - Towcester 500M - £7,000

AS birthday presents go it, the winner of a Category One greyhound race must be up there with the best of them.

When thinking of a gift for John, his father, Gary Birtles came up with idea of buying Russanda Rubin. It was clearly inspired thinking because the dog hasn’t looked back since.

On Tuesday, at Towcester, Russanda Rubin recorded his fifth win from nine starts since Birtles bought him when bagging the £7,000 first prize for the Category One Leamaneigh Turbo At Stud British-Bred Derby Final (500m).

He was one of three runners in the decider trained by Jim Hayton, who also supplied the runner-up, Lowgate Sirius, and very nearly the third placed in the shape of Lowgate Malfoy, who finished in fourth, a neck behind Bang On Giles.

Russanda Rubin completed an unbeaten run through the competition with yet another textbook display of front-running. He trapped well and by the time he had reached the first bend the April ’14 of Ballymac Vic was a couple of lengths ahead of Lowgate Sirius, his kennel mate.

That order was maintained throughout and the pair raced across the line with Russanda Rubin a length and a half in advance of Lowgate Sirius in 29.93sec (0.30sec slow).

Lowgate Malfoy, a brother of Lowgate Sirius, had threatened to make it a one-two-three for the North Yorkshire-based Hayton but Bang On Giles, who had taken a hefty knock at the first bend, relegated him into fourth on the run-in.

Honest John, who swung wide at the first bend, was fifth, whilst Let Me Tell You, who failed to break with his usual speed and collided with Bang On Giles at the first bend, came in sixth.

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Jim Hayton (the trainer of the Russanda Rubin, Lowgate Sirius and Lowgate Malfoy): “To get one through to the final was great but I couldn’t have expected to get three through, it was marvellous. I was pleased with the way they all ran. In fact, I think all six in the final did their connections proud.

“I was reluctant to take Russanda Rubin when I was first asked. I don’t keep that many dogs and initially turned him down. But I reconsidered because he is a sprinter – I didn’t have one of those. He has obviously turned out well and I’m over the moon.

“Russanda Rubin will probably now have a break over the winter but Lowgate Sirius and Lowgate Malfoy will race on for a bit to gain more experienced. They are both quite young.”