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70th East Anglian Greyhound Derby - Yarmouth 462M - £12,000

Heat One

Holdem Rio, the Peterborough Puppy Derby winner and successful over track and trip in early August, was the favourite but the two-year-old had to settle for third place to Ballinclare Solo. The winner is another of a seemingly unending supply of top class talent available to Seamus Cahill. He passed early leader Harrow Wolf at the second bend and went on to defeat Erica Samuels’ runner by a convincing five lengths in 27.78sec (0.20sec fast)

 

Heat Two

Stay Loose gave Charlie Lister the first of three winners on the night when confirming favouritism with a slick three-lengths win over Whatugonnado in 28.12sec (0.20sec fast). In a messy race, particularly on the run-in where Midland Puppy Derby winner Castell Henry fell over after crowding, April 2014 whelp Stay Loose made all. Roxy Lass was also embroiled in pushing and shoving on the run-in but secured third and a place in the second round.

 

Heat Three

Jaytee Spartacus made a winning start to his attempt to win his second major title in a month with a one-length success over defending champion Do It For Twiggy in 27.69sec (0.20sec). Fresh from his victory in the Midland Gold Cup at Monmore on August 18, the Paul Young-trained Jaytee Spartacus broke well and was soon controlling the pace. Do It For Twiggy was impressive as he produced a strong finish to reduce the deficit in the latter stages. Bockos Alfie was a further five lengths away in third in this high class qualifier.

 

Heat Four

Southfield Jock frustrated connections when caught in the closing stages by Do It For Twiggy in last year’s East Anglian Derby final but the May 2013 Droopys Scolari whelp is intent on again making a big impact judging on his slick 27.63sec (0.20sec fast) win. Seamus Cahill’s dog was always in command as he opened up along the far side to score by two and a half lengths from All About Class. Michael Fawsitt’s Burgess Tadhg filled third.

Heat Five

Kelva Den came off best after first bend crowding in a qualifier marred by trouble. Jim Daly’s dog went ahead and scored by three lengths in 28.14sec (0.10sec fast). The July 2014 son of Kinloch Brae has been in good form recently and was winning his sixth open race from his last 13 starts. Clondoty Alex, the favourite, was three lengths back in second place – Ballymac Cathal secured the other qualifying place in third.

Heat Six

Having finished in second with Clondoty Alex in the previous heat, the victory of California came as some relief for Champion Trainer Mark Wallis when he converted a first bend lead into a length and three-quarters winning verdict in 27.96sec (0.10sec fast). The son of Ballymac Vic has a fabulous attitude to racing, as has Aljo Legalbeagle who was second. Both the winner and the runner-up reached the quarter-finals of the English Derby. Shaneboy Freddie, who won a first round heat of the Irish Derby, finished third.

 

Heat Seven

Oscar Junior was the easiest winner of the round when sprinting to a magnificent seven-length success over Bubbly Turbo in 27.89sec (0.10sec fast). The latter, who made a name for himself when reaching the semi-finals of the Derby, was favourite but, having received a hefty knock at the start, he was unable to respond well enough as the Charlie Lister-trained winner piled on the pressure from the outset. Bar The Warrior, who was also compromised by trouble at the boxes, was a further short-head away in third.

Heat Eight

Old Joe Golden, withdrawn from the East Anglian Derby at this stage last year, brought up the Charlie Lister hat-trick by justifying favouritism. The son of Premier Fantasy impressed when winning the East Anglian Challenge over course and distance on August 10, showed enough in the way of early pace to lead around the first bend and sufficient stamina to win by a half-length from Kevin Boon’s Shaneboy Style.