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William Hill Peterborough Derby - Peterborough 435m - £8,500

 

 

HIYA BUTT proved a sensational winner of the William Hill Peterborough Derby with a fastest-of-the-year 25.77sec at the Fengate track on Wednesday to claim the £8,500 first prize - and more big-race glory.

 

Trained by Hayley Keightley for Paul Ellis and brothers Greg and Trevor O’Donnell, Hiya Butt was adding the Category One title to last year’s Laurels crown at Belle Vue. In between he finished second to Mashmad Eyebrows in the Northern Sprint at Sheffield before, at Towcester in late July, reaching a second consecutive English Derby Final.

 

“He really has been a star, not just for our kennel and his owners, but the open-race scene. Since he’s come over, really as a dog just to have a bit of fun with, all he's done is compete, week in week out, with the best that Britain can throw at him, said the trainer’s husband Mark.

 

“And with respect, other than two super greyhounds from Ireland in Jaytee Jet and Droopys Roddick at Wimbledon last year when he finished third in the Derby, and then a cracking final at Towcester this year, what else has beat him? 

 

“Wherever he goes and meets with the best up to 500 yards, this fellow is one in a million, and they just don't come around that often. He has exceeded our expectations over and over again and to win the Peterborough Derby is a tremendous achievement.”

 

Hayley Keightley added: “We'll never replace him, but I’d think that near the end of the year would be near his retirement. Hopefully he'll be able to cover a few bitches and get some pups on the ground. He is a top-class racer, so tough and consistent.

 

Part-owner Trevor O’Donnell added: “He's run a belter, and is just so consistent. Mark and Hayley have done a great job in getting him out of the boxes, and he owns that first bend bend, and he is always such a tough dog to pass.

 

“I cannot say enough about Mark and Hayley. Jim (Hiya Butt) doesn't run bad races, and we'll never get another one like him. We’re over the moon. Belle Vue was fantastic last year, the Derby Finals were amazing, Sheffield was a close call and a great effort for a four-bend dog in a sprint final - and now this. Superb.”

 

The Keightleys had earlier initiated a double on the supporting card with Roxhome Wil Iam making a winning UK debut, and the Yarmouth Derby and the Belle Vue Laurels could be targets after he made all in 25.98sec.

 

Hayley Keightley said: “He’s been brought over for the 500yd races, where places like Yarmouth and Belle Vue are right up his street. We bred and reared him, and raced him in the Clonmel Unraced, and he definitely benefitted for the trial last week. I'm chuffed with him.”

 

Local trainers struck on the supporting card with Roger York’s Tullymurry Sid (26.31sec) winning the Puppy contest; David Pruhs’s Kilara Razz (26.23sec) taking the Seniors race and Hazel Kemp winning division two of the Stayers event with Master Kelly (38.15sec). Kevin Ferguson’s home-bred Acomb Ruby won the top division in 38.31sec.

 

Dark Crystal (50.92sec) landed the marathon for Sandra Clayton, while the Susan Newberry-trained Milady De Winter took the Bitches contest in 25.94sec.